Washington faces Arizona, looks to build on Corbin’s solid performance
Washington Nationals (14-19, fifth in the NL East) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (17-21, fourth in the NL West)
Phoenix; Friday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Max Scherzer (2-2, 2.33 ERA, .78 WHIP, 61 strikeouts) Diamondbacks: Riley Smith (1-2, 4.85 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 12 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: Washington heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Patrick Corbin. Corbin pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits with nine strikeouts against Philadelphia.
The Diamondbacks are 8-7 in home games in 2020. Arizona’s team on-base percentage of .316 is fourth in the National League. Carson Kelly leads the club with an OBP of .486.
The Nationals have gone 5-9 away from home. Washington ranks seventh in the league in hitting with a .246 batting average, Starlin Castro leads the club with an average of .309.
The Diamondbacks won the last meeting 5-2. Madison Bumgarner recorded his first victory and Josh Rojas went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Arizona. Paolo Espino registered his first loss for Washington.
TOP PERFORMERS: Eduardo Escobar leads the Diamondbacks with seven home runs and is batting .204.
Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 41 hits and has 15 RBIs.
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