But Speier, the Nationals' acting manager this weekend, was not ready to declare anything before Ross's start Sunday against the San Diego Padres, another light-hitting, last-place team from the West Coast.
"You always have to be prepared in case", Glover said. "I would have been booed like insane had I taken him out", Speier said. "We'll see how he does". On the mound one day after Max Scherzer overwhelmed the San Diego Padres, the right-hander did just that. Ross struck out on Chacin's slider, which has been a very good pitch for him to begin this game. His sinker plummeted from 94 miles per hour in the first inning to 89 miles per hour in the fifth, though the Padres weren't fooled by it at any speed.
Scherzer got a nice ovation when he came to bat with two outs and none on in the last of the eighth, and no one seemed to care when he struck out on three pitches. He also had two singles and an RBI.
The East Coast road trip doesn't get any easier Saturday for the San Diego Padres, who fell to 9-18 away from home with a 5-1 loss on Friday night to the Washington Nationals.
Even though Ross has an ERA over 5, if you dig a bit deeper, Washington is 4-0 in his 4 starts this season, and have scored double-digit runs in all 4 of those games, including a combined 38 runs in his pair of no-decisions.
A Yankees 3, Athletics 2: Oakland rookie Jharel Cotton held the Yankees hitless until Matt Holliday launched a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning that sent resurgent C.C. Sabathia and host NY to victory.
Red Sox 6, Mariners 0: Brian Johnson (2-0) pitched a five-hitter, struck out eight and walked none in his first big league appearance at Fenway Park, and Boston stretched its winning streak to a season-high six games by defeating visiting Seattle.
The Padres did acquire All-Star first baseman Wil Myers in the trade. That incited an avalanche. However, closer Corey Knebel offered up a solo home run to Chris Iannetta to ultimately force extra innings.
San Diego, which had managed only three hits each of the previous two nights, matched its season high with 14.
A Royals 5, Indians 2: Alcides Escobar hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth and Kansas City won at Cleveland. Two batters later, Chacin smacked a groundball through the left side to drive in d'Arnaud. The Padres mustered up just 3 total hits as a team, with Allen Cordoba, Yangervis Solarte and Hunter Renfroe each chipping in a single in the losing effort for the Padres.
"I didn't do a darn thing the whole game, not a thing, because I didn't have to", Speier cracked after Friday's game, noting that Scherzer almost pitched a complete game while Washington hit three homers in the 5-1 win. The fortune expired in the fifth inning.
On Aug. 16, 2015, Ahmed blooped a single to right-center leading off the eighth inning for the Diamondbacks' first hit against Atlanta's Shelby Miller. San Diego's primary center fielder left Wednesday's game with calf soreness and was in a walking boot ahead of Friday's series opener. In the second, Chase d'Arnaud led off with a double. Stanton's two-run homer was his 12th of the year but his first since May 8. Archer (4-3) gave up two runs and five hits in 72/3 innings. Turner tossed two scoreless innings, and Blake Treinen followed with two more.
Chicago's Tyler Danish (1-0) worked around six walks in the opener while allowing three hits over five innings for his first major league win, and David Robertson finished the four-hitter for his sixth save in seven chances.