After losing six of their first eight games, the Washington Nationals have won consecutive games for the first time this season. After scoring just nine runs in their five games combined, the Nats scored 30 runs in the five games immediately following that.
They have won three out of five of those games, dropping two to Boston this past week. This is not a good sign for Nats fans; it’s a great sign. If the lineup can keep up this pace and continue to hit well, then the Nationals will be quite a force to be reckoned with.
In yesterdays game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the newly-acquire Yunel Escobar hit his first home run in a Washington uniform. He hit the jack on the very first pitch in the bottom of the first inning. this is the second time in his career that Escobar has hit a long-ball in such a situation.
Michael Taylor also added a solo home run, as Ryan Zimmerman chipped in as well with a two-run double in the sixth. Doug Fister pitched effectively into the seventh inning, allowing just one earned run on four hits in six and two-thirds innings. He has an ERA of 0.69 in his two starts this year.
Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels was handed his second loss of the season, giving up five runs in six innings pitched, while also striking out seven batters. He did, however, score a run of his own in the third inning thanks to an RBI-triple off the bat of shortstop Freddy Galvis.
Closer Drew Storen recorded his third save of the season, as the Nats beat the Phillies by a final score of 5-2. The Nationals used only six hits to score five runs in this game, which is a good and bad occurrence at the same time. Yes, putting up five runs on a limited amount of hits does mean that you hit a couple of long-balls, which is always good to get into the habit of doing. However, the more hits, the better.
The Nats will continue this four-game series against Philly at 7:05 tonight. They will then finish the series up with two afternoon games. However, I don’t know if the views for Saturdays Nationals game will be too high, as the city might be focusing on something else.
The Washington Wizards will tip-off the NBA postseason at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon, so if you are to chose baseball over basketball in this situation, then you are either a true Nationals fan or you just don’t care about basketball.