On Thursday, the Washington Nationals suffered another loss after entering the ninth with the lead, as they lost to the Chicago Cubs 5-4. However, the Nationals lost even more than the game on Thursday.
Trea Turner, the leadoff hitter for the Nationals, is the stolen bases leader in baseball with 35. In Thursday’s game, Turner stole two bases before breaking his right wrist after being hit by a Pedro Strop pitch during the seventh inning.
Turner remained in the game after being hit by the pitch and played defense during the Cubs’ half of the eighth inning, but was removed later in the game.
He said that he did not know his wrist was broken because he taped his wrist so he did not initially feel how bad the injury was. However, after a short while, it began to stiffen on him so he decided he needed to leave the game.
The team did not make an announcement as to the amount of time Turner would miss. Stephen Drew took Turner’s spot at shortstop and will be the likely replacement for Turner during the shortstop’s recovery.
Washington manager Dusty Baker was not present to see Turner being hit by a pitch as he was ejected the previous inning due to arguing a strikeout call by Ryan Rabur that had appeared to be a foul ball.
After the game, Baker said that when he looked at Turner’s wrist it did not appear to be swollen but does not know if that was a good sign or a bad one.
The relief pitchers for the Nationals took it on the chin again. After starter Joe Ross was given a lead of 4-2 in the seventh, the Cubs rallied against Blake Treinen during the bottom of the ninth to win.
Treinen use to be the closer, but was pitching during the ninth because Enny Romero and Matt Albers both worked the last three days. He allowed a RBI single and a two-run double that resulted in the Nationals losing the lead and the game.
This was the sixth game Washington had lost this season during the ninth inning.
Treinen said he felt good but was not able to execute. He added that he needed to be better and was exhausting as the team is tired of having negative results.