Na­tion­als lose Turner, lead in night­mare de­feat

Short­stop frac­tures wrist in loss to Cubs

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY MATTHEW PARAS

Call it “Night­mare on South Capi­tol Street.”

The Na­tion­als lost man­ager Dusty Baker to an ejec­tion, gave up yet an­other lead in the ninth in­ning and, worst of all, found out af­ter Thurs­day night’s 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs that su­per­star Trea Turner suf­fered a nondis­placed frac­ture in his right wrist and will be out in­def­i­nitely.

Turner suf­fered the in­jury af­ter be­ing hit by a pitch in the sev­enth in­ning and ex­ited the game in the top of the ninth when he was re­placed by short­stop Stephen Drew.

The Cubs’ Pe­dro Strop hit Turner with a two-seam fast­ball reg­is­tered at 96.3 miles per hour.

Turner un­der­went an x-ray, which re­vealed the frac­ture. No timetable was pro­vided for a re­turn.

“It sucks, try­ing to have a good at-bat there,” Turner said. “You wish it’d hit you in the back or the arm or some­thing. Not the hand, or the wrist, which is never fun.”

At­lanta Braves first base­man Fred­die Free­man suf­fered the same in­jury to his left wrist in May and was es­ti­mated to be out 10 weeks. He has missed the last 40 games for the Braves and is still out, though he’s on track to make a re­hab start in the mi­nors as soon as Satur­day.

Turner’s in­jury was an­other blow to the Na­tion­als af­ter blow­ing a two-run lead in the ninth in­ning to the Cubs. Re­liever Blake Treinen gave up three runs

in the ninth, in­clud­ing hit­ting a bat­ter to start the Cubs’ rally. Treinen spoiled the Na­tion­als’ three-run sev­enth, which gave them a 4-2 lead.

Na­tion­als man­ager Baker didn’t see the in­jury be­cause he had been ejected in the sixth in­ning. Baker had got­ten into an ar­gu­ment with first base ump David Rack­ley over left fielder Ryan Raburn be­ing called out on strikes.

Baker ar­gued that Raburn’s third strike should have been called a foul-tip and Rack­ley, ac­cord­ing to Baker, said he didn’t see it. “You can’t see any­way,” Baker replied and he was tossed out of the game for the first time as the Na­tion­als man­ager.

Ini­tially, Baker didn’t sound con­cerned, telling the press Turner would “prob­a­bly be sore for a cou­ple of days.”

It turned out to be a bad sign. The news comes at a time where Turner had been es­pe­cially pro­duc­tive, es­pe­cially when steal­ing bases.

His four stolen bases on Tues­day led to catcher Miguel Mon­tero call­ing Cubs pitcher Jake Ar­ri­eta slow off the mound in a rant that got Mon­tero des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment.

Turner stole two more bases Thurs­day, giv­ing him 35 on the sea­son — a ca­reer high. As the Na­tion­als’ lead­off hit­ter, Turner was bat­ting .279 this sea­son and had seven home runs.

The 23-year-old pre­vi­ously missed 10 games in April with a right ham­string in­jury. He said he hadn’t bro­ken a bone since he was 12, but added he had a bone chip in col­lege.

Turner tried to down­play the in­jury, say­ing he’d rather have a bone in­jury than a mus­cle one.

He ini­tially tried to stay in the game, play­ing the top of the eighth. He said it ini­tially didn’t feel that bad be­cause he had tape on his wrist. He went out and tried throw­ing. He said it hurt when he tried lob­bing the ball, but felt fine when he threw it at full speed.

But his wrist started to stiffen up on him and took him­self out, not want­ing to jeop­ar­dize the game.

“I thought about Fred­die Free­man ear­lier in the year and that’s no fun,” he said. “But it is what it is and I’ve got to roll with it.”

The Na­tion­als en­tered the ninth in­ning with a 4-2 lead thanks to a 2-run homer by An­thony Ren­don and an RBI sin­gle from Brian Good­win in the sev­enth.

Treinen’s blown save snapped a twogame win streak as the Na­tion­als now head to St. Louis to face the Car­di­nals. Treinen got flus­tered af­ter hit­ting Jeimer Can­de­lario. He then pro­ceeded to give up two sin­gles and a dou­ble, which brought home the win­ning run for the Cubs.

Wash­ing­ton en­tered Thurs­day’s game with pitcher Joe Ross set to start against Cubs ace Jon Lester.

Ross went in­ning-for-in­ning with Lester — and do­ing it with­out run sup­port. Prior to Thurs­day, the Na­tion­als had av­er­aged 11.12 runs of sup­port in Ross’ starts.

In­stead, Ross threw for 6 in­nings and only al­lowed five hits and two runs. He was pulled in the sev­enth when Chicago took a 2-1 lead off a Can­de­lario home run.

The teams were locked in a 1-1 duel for the ma­jor­ity of the game. Both Lester and Ross gave up runs in the first in­ning. Chicago scored when Wil­son Con­tr­eras had an RBI sin­gle and Wash­ing­ton’s Ryan Zim­mer­man dou­bled to score Bryce Harper.

But af­ter Treinen had seem­ingly got back on track (a 1.35 ERA over the last four games), the Na­tion­als lack of a closer con­tin­ues to cost the team.

“We are a re­ally good team now, but we still need some help,” Baker said.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als re­lief pitcher Blake Treinen blew the save when he gave up three runs in the ninth in­ning of a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Thurs­day.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als man­ager Dusty Baker was ejected by first base um­pire David Rack­ley on Thurs­day af­ter ar­gu­ing a strike­out by out­fielder Ryan Raburn.

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