WASHINGTON D.C. — The fans who bought tickets for Friday night’s series opener waited 48 hours for the first pitch. Naturally, the Giants and Nationals ended up playing extra innings.
The second game of a doubleheader, and final game of a rain-wrecked series, ended at 10:35 p.m. Sunday night when Howie Kendrick hit a walk-off grand slam with no outs in the bottom of the 11th. The Nationals won the game 6-2 and took the series.
It was a long weekend. Loooooooooong. Anyway, here are five things to know from the final game. Don’t @ me if there are spelling or grammar mistakes …
—- Matt Moore took a very positive step against a good lineup. His line: 7 innings, 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 9 strikeouts.
—- Joe Panik, who had a concussion last year, was involved in a scary play at the plate. Panik was on second when Hunter Pence singled up the middle, and it looked like he would score ahead of the throw. Michael A. Taylor had other ideas. His rocket to the plate arrived at Panik’s face just as Matt Wieters’ glove did. Panik went down hard as Wieters hit him, and he appeared to lose a contact. He was checking his vision during the next half-inning but he stayed in the game.
—- Pablo Sandoval’s first homer since returning was absolutely crushed. Max Scherzer threw him a 93 mph fastball that caught too much of the plate and Sandoval launched it off the facing of the upper deck in right. The ball left the bat at 110 mph and traveled an estimated 423 feet.
—- Jarrett Parker had a doubleheader from hell. He was 0-for-5 in the first game with four strikeouts and 0-for-4 in the nightcap with two strikeouts. .
—- Albert Suarez hit 96 mph while striking out the side in the 10th inning. Hey now.