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Washington Nationals news & notes: Jackson Rutledge bounces back from a rough debut; Nats 4-3 over White Sox...

“It was pretty much spot-on to what I was expecting, to be honest,” 2019 1st Round pick Jackson Rutledge said of his debut in the majors last week in PNC Park.

“Beautiful stadium, beautiful place to play,” the 24-year-old told reporters.

Things didn’t go as he hoped, however, with the 6’7’’ starter giving up 10 hits, and seven runs, six of the hits, and four of the runs, in a 33-pitch first which threatened to end his outing real early.

“Obviously I dreamed of a better first inning,” Rutledge acknowledged after hanging in there for 3 23 innings and 90 pitches, “but … it will be better next time.