Major League Baseball
Preview
San Francisco at Washington
When: 1:05 PM ET, Thursday, April 18, 2019
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia

The Washington Nationals answered a rare power display by the San Francisco Giants with one of their own, belting four homers to even their three-game series at one victory apiece. The Nationals aim to salvage a split of their six-game homestand on Thursday afternoon when the clubs play the rubber match of their series.

Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick homered in the first inning while Matt Adams and Kurt Suzuki went deep in the seventh as Washington bolted out to a seven-run lead before holding on for a 9-6 win on Wednesday. Anthony Rendon extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games with a two-out single in the eighth inning heading into Thursday's matinee versus left-hander Drew Pomeranz, against whom he has struck out in both at-bats. San Francisco's Steven Duggar followed up his two-run homer in Tuesday's 7-3 win with a two-run blast in the ninth the following night. Duggar has recorded multi-hit performances in four of his last five outings for the Giants, who have lost six of nine on the road.

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco), MASN (Washington)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 3.86 ERA) vs. Nationals LH Patrick Corbin (0-0, 2.84)

Signed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal in the offseason, Pomeranz has allowed two runs in each of his three starts this season but hasn't received much run support from his offense. The 30-year-old settled for a no-decision on Friday despite scattering four hits while striking out five over five innings versus Colorado. Pomeranz, who will make his 200th career appearance on Thursday, owns a 2-0 mark with a 2.19 ERA in two starts versus Washington.

Corbin has yet to record a decision this season despite surrendering just six runs in three starts (19 innings) and registering 20 strikeouts over the last two. The 29-year-old owns an 8-8 mark in 25 career appearances against San Francisco, although he is 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his last seven starts. Corbin has kept Evan Longoria (2-for-11) and Joe Panik (1-for-13) in check, although Yangervis Solarte (6-for-16) has gotten his licks in on the hurler.

WALK-OFFS

1. San Francisco has been slow out of the blocks this season, getting outscored 11-0 in the first inning.

2. Washington RF Adam Eaton is 12-for-26 with a homer, four RBIs and eight runs scored in his last six games.

3. Longoria is riding a seven-game hitting streak, going 7-for-30 during the stretch.

PREDICTION: Nationals 4, Giants 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Francisco 7-10 L1 5-5 2-5 0-0 0-0 6-8 1-2
Washington 7-7 L1 3-5 4-2 6-5 1-2 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
San Francisco Washington
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/10/18 SF 2 WAS 0 .156 1 .594 .111 0 .337
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco N/A
Washington N/A
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco T. Austin 0 0 0
Washington M. Adams 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 0.00 .000 0
Washington 0.00 .000 0
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Crawford .228 13 .553
Washington A. Rendon .400 22 1.333
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco K. Pillar 4 7 12
Washington A. Rendon 6 18 17
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 2.75 .199 149
Washington 5.00 .260 137