Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar had to exit in the sixth inning after he was hit in the right hand by a pitch thrown by Andrew Cashner. It is not known whether his injured hand sustained any fracturing or nerve damage at this time.
The bases were loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The hit to Escobar’s hand brought in the Nationals’ first run of the night and brought the game to a tie. The Nationals took the lead upon scoring another run that inning. Escobar initially remained in the game before Danny Espinosa took his place in the lineup and Anthony Rendon shifted to third base.
Escobar has had a string of bad luck this season, missing some time last weekend due to a hyperextended neck. The 32-year-old has proven to be one of the Nationals’ best players despite all this, batting .308/.367/.423 with nine home runs and 42 RBI over 112 games.