Sanchez (0-2) took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out six Friday against the Marlins. Sanchez surrendered just one run through five innings, but he ran out of gas in the sixth and gave up two more before being lifted. The 35-year-old issued four walks in an outing for the second time this season, and on both occasions, he's been unable to complete six innings of work. Sanchez owns a 4.91 ERA with 17 punchouts over 22 innings heading into his next start, which lines up for Wednesday against the Rockies.
Sanchez allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking one across seven innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Saturday. The Pirates had runners aboard in the final six innings with Sanchez on the mound, but he worked around the traffic by throwing 63 strikes out of 100 pitches. Of those 63 strikes, 17 of them were called. Sanchez is 0-1 with a 4.86 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in 16.2 innings. His next start should be against the Marlins on the road Friday.
Sanchez will start against the Pirates on Saturday instead of Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Max Scherzer has been battling ankle soreness throughout the week and Thursday's off day allows Sanchez to move up a day in the rotation while still pitching on regular rest. Sanchez has given up seven runs on 11 hits with a 9:6 K:BB over 9.2 innings during his first two starts.
Sanchez (0-1) gave up three runs on seven hits with two walks while striking out six through 5.2 innings in a loss to the Phillies on Monday. After struggling and ultimately leaving with a hip injury in his first start, Sanchez recovered well by striking out six and walking two over 5.2 innings. Usually able to keep the ball in the yard, the right-hander surrendered two home runs that cost him a quality start. Sanchez has a 6.52 ERA and a 9:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He will take the mound for his next start Sunday against the Pirates at Nationals Park.
Manager Dave Martinez said that Sanchez (hip) would be fine to make his next scheduled start, which is expected to fall Monday in Philadelphia, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Sanchez was limited to four innings in his season debut Wednesday against that same Phillies squad, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three. Along the way, Sanchez was struck by a comebacker that produced a "pretty good-sized" bruise on the right-hander's hip, according to Martinez. The Nationals pulled Sanchez from the start thereafter, but follow-up evaluations revealed nothing concerning. He shouldn't face any limitations with his pitch count Monday while he aims to bounce back from the rough outing.