Nationals Park reopens one day after shooting outside ballpark during Nats-Padres game

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The Washington Post 18 July, 2021 - 03:34pm 21 views

Why was the Washington Nationals game postponed today?

A reported shooting outside the third-base gate at Nationals Park during the game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres forced fans and players to run for cover Saturday night. The game, which was in the sixth inning, was postponed to Sunday. FOXSports.comPadres-Nationals postponed after shooting outside stadium

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An MLB game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres erupted into chaos Saturday night after gunshots rang out near Nationals Park in Washington, causing players and fans to flee for safety.

Videos of the incident quickly spread on social media with the Nationals' Twitter account confirming gunshots outside the stadium. Players and fans could be seen running for cover.

"Something crazy going on at Nationals Park," Boston Globe sportswriter Ben Volin tweeted. "Players just sprinted off the field and fans running from the stands."

Four people outside the stadium were struck by gunfire, though none of the wounds appeared to be life-threatening, a D.C. Metropolitan Police Department source told Fox News.

Two of the victims were found wounded outside the stadium while two others sought treatment at a nearby hospital, FOX 5 of Washington reported.

Padres stars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado opened a gate to the field area so that some frightened fans could seek refuge in the team's dugout, Andrew Golden of the Washington Post wrote on Twitter.

The area near the stadium has seen a spike in gun violence recently, the police source said. Recent incidents have included an Uber driver being carjacked and killed by teenage suspects.

The gunfire came just one night after a 6-year-old girl was killed by gunfire in the nation's capital, with five adults wounded in the same incident.

The public-address announcer at the stadium told fans to stay inside the park.

The game was in the sixth inning at the time of the incident.

Just after 10 p.m., the Nationals posted a statement, saying the game had been suspended and would resume at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, followed by the game that was already scheduled for Sunday. The Padres were leading 8-4 when Saturday's game was interrupted.

The Washington Nationals posted on Twitter that gunshots had been reported. 

Firetrucks and ambulances were spotted on the scene.

Washington, D.C. Metro Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

Nationals Park is located less than 2 miles south of the U.S. Capitol, in Washington's Southwest Waterfront area. It opened in March 2008, three years after the Nationals arrived in the city after moving there from Montreal, where they were known as the Expos for more than 30 years.

Both Nationals Park and nearby Audi Field, which opened in 2018 as the home of soccer's D.C. United, were built in the area as part of efforts to revive that part of the city.

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Padres pregame: Blake Snell looking for a clean start to second half

The San Diego Union-Tribune 18 July, 2021 - 04:10pm

Perhaps it’s time for left-hander Blake Snell to put his best foot forward.

The 28-year-old was activated from the injured list (gastroenteritis) to start Saturday’s game against left-hander Patrick Corbin. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m., although there is rain on the horizon.

By any measure, Snell’s tenure in San Diego to date has been a disappointment.

Snell’s own history shows exactly how far he’s fallen in San Diego:

Snell has been especially “off” on the road, as his ERA jumps from 1.43 in 37 2/3 innings at Petco Park to 9.09 in 32 2/3 innings away from the Padres’ downtown yard.

The Padres played with a 25-man roster on Friday so they will not need a corresponding move to activate Snell for his his first start of what the team hopes is a much better second half.

“I know he’s feeling well and he’s got his strength back and so I know he’s going to be good to go today,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “As far as these last two, two and a half months, just like we’ve talked about, more consistency in the strike zone, get on the attack using the fastball, slider, curveball and getting after the other team in the strike zone and not letting them see five, six, seven, eight pitches per at bat.

”... That’s what’s going to allow him to, A, be dominant and, B, go deeper in the games.”

This is Snell’s second career start against the Nationals, as he struck out 10, walked four and allowed only one hit over seven shutout innings in 2018 in Tampa Bay.

Current Nationals hitters have a .250/.357/.500 batting line in 28 career plate appearances against Snell:

The right-handed-hitting Tommy Pham will lead off, Jake Cronenworth will move to first base as Eric Hosmer takes a seat and Ha-seong Kim will start at second base. Webster Rivas will also start behind the plate today as Victor Caratini prepares to catch Joe Musgrove’s Sunday matinee.

The Padres also activated left-hander Drew Pomeranz (forearm inflammation). To make room, right-hander James Norwood was optioned to Triple-A El Paso.

Corbin (6-7, 5.40 ERA) beat the Padres earlier this month at Petco Park with two runs allowed over six innings. It was his fourth quality start in his last five trips to the mound (3.77 ERA).

Here is how current Padres have fared in their career against Corbin, a former Diamondback pitcher:

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