Legends On Deck

Nationals Win Big And Keep Pace With 1st Place Mets

The Washington Nationals took their recent frustrations out on the Atlanta Braves on Thursday as they scored 10 runs in the first three innings en-route to a 15-1 pounding, dropping the Braves to their ninth straight loss.

The Nationals trail the first place Mets by six games, with 29 games to go and six of those games with the Mets.  But the Nats first have to continue to take care of business this weekend against the Braves before they can be in a position to battle the Mets for tops in the NL east. That series gets started on Monday in Washington.

After opening the month of September with a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Nats won the final game of the series 4-3 on Wednesday then scored double digit runs for the first time in nearly a month, as they pounded out a 15-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies on August 18th.

Since the All-Star break the Nats are 21-26, which caused them to lose a hold on first place and drop behind the Mets. But there is still time to make up ground and Thursday’s victory kept them alive.

The offense went to work early as they scored two in the first, five in the second and three in the third to take a commanding 10-1 lead. In the fifth and sixth, they scored twice in each and added their 15th run of the game in the eighth.

The Braves offense took the night off as they managed only one run on two singles.

Bryce Harper had an interesting night as he scored four times without recording a hit,  in four unofficial at bats, all walks.

The rest of the Nats explosive offense was led by, Ryan Zimmerman who was 3 for 3 with four RBIs, Clint Robinson went 2 for 4, with four RBI’s and Yunel Escobar finished 3 for 4 with three RBI’s.

On the mound Jordan Zimmermann tossed six strong innings, allowing just one run on two hits with five strikeouts, then the bullpen shut down the Braves with three scoreless inning without allowing a hit and striking out six.

The battle for first starts next week with a three game set with the Mets, but first the Nats have to continue their winning ways this weekend.  The NL East playoff hunt is looking to get serious real soon, just what baseball should be about.

David Conde
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