Bryce Harper showed off his cannon to nab Ryan Braun on this attempt at a double on Sunday …
That was just after the Brewers plated two runs on a Jonathan Lucroy homer off Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann, which explains Harper’s scowl. Washington is currently five games back in the NL East.
Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is day-to-day after leaving Friday’s game against the Brewers with a hyperextended neck. Escobar suffered the injury when he collided with a fan and the railing along the left field line while attempting to catch a foul ball off the bat of Ryan Braun in the first inning. You can watch the play here.
Anthony Rendon took over at third base while Danny Espinosa entered the game to play second. According to CSNMidAtlantic.com, Nationals manager Matt Williams is hopeful that he won’t have to miss much time.
“He ran into a fan trying to catch that ball. As he went to reach for it, he kinda leaned over with his upper body,” Wiliams explained. “The fence caught him at the waste and hyperextended his neck a little bit. So he’s a little sore. We’ll see how he is tomorrow. For now, he’s day to day.”
In a year where many on the Nationals have underachieved and/or battled injuries, Escobar has been one of the team’s best players. The 32-year-old is batting .305 with nine home runs and 40 RBI over 109 games. His .779 OPS is his best since his rookie season with the Braves in 2007.
Milwaukee has called up Domingo Santana from Triple-A three weeks after acquiring the 22-year-old corner outfielder from Houston in the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade.
MLB.com ranked Santana as a top-100 prospect coming into the season and he’s improved his stock by hitting .333 with 18 homers and a 1.000 OPS in 95 games at Triple-A.
Santana strikes out a ton–108 times in 95 games this season, with similar rates throughout his pro career–and that may keep him from consistently posting solid batting averages in the majors, but he has 25-homer power.
Milwaukee has Ryan Braun entrenched in right field and 27-year-old Khris Davis plays every day in left field, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Brewers give Santana a look in center field to get his bat into the lineup.