With it being a spot start by Miguel Yajure, he provided the results you want even if he didn’t pitch all that well. However, the play of Oneil Cruz and Hoy Park on both sides gave this team the support it needed for an early lead. Cruz homered for the first time in 2022 and Park went 2-for-4 while provided solid defense as well.
The game came crashing down when Stratton was sent out for a second inning and fell apart. Two doubles and a HR in the 8th provided the two runs the Nationals needed to win the game. We discuss why Shelton decided to send out Stratton or a second inning.