BY RICK PORCARO
The Giants post season hopes were dealt another blow Wednesday afternoon as they fell 4-1 to Washington, completing a three-game series sweep for the Nationals.
Washington didn’t waste any time jumping on Giants starter Shaun Anderson (3-4, 5.33), manufacturing a run in the first on a Juan Soto RBI groundout after Trea Turner and Adam Eaton opened the game with back to back singles.
But the real damage came two innings later when former Giant Gerardo Parra blasted an Anderson pitch 380 feet into the left center field bleachers to give the Nats a 4-0 third inning lead. Released by San Francisco on May 7th with a paltry .198 average after 30 games, Parra signed with the Nats two days later and has batted a solid .287 in 56 games with 36 RBI’s.
Nationals starter Joe Ross (2-3, 6.75), a native of Oakland, threw six shutout innings against the Giants, only allowing three hits while striking out five. The Giants only run came in the ninth when a Brandon Crawford double knocked in Kevin Pillar, who had been hit by a pitch one better earlier.
With the win, Washington solidified their grip on the NL’s top Wild Card spot while the Giants fell four games off the pace. It was their sixth loss in their last seven games and ninth in their past 13.
Another team San Francisco is chasing, Philadelphia, arrives for a four game series starting tomorrow night, with Phillies ace Aaron Nola (10-2, 3.60) facing Madison Bumgarner (6-7, 3.92) in the opener.
With the win, the Nationals took the season series from San Francisco 5-1.
Today, August 7th, was the 12th anniversary of Barry Bonds 756th home run, making him the All-Time Major League leader.
On Tuesday, San Francisco announced that they placed second baseman Joe Panik on unconditional release waivers after six seasons with the Giants. If the former Gold Glove winner clears waivers, he will become a free agent and have the option to sign with any team.
The Giants also announced the acquisition of relief pitcher Ryan Dull off waivers from the A’s. Dull, 29, will report to the Giants’ top minor-league team in Sacramento.