Nationals Offense Stays Hot; Stomp Rangers 10-2
Everyone take a breath, the Washington Nationals have finally returned to .500 after dipping below the mark at the end of last week. It may not seem special to win two straight games against an interleague team in your home park while the team across the diamond cannot bat their DH however these last two games against the Texas Rangers have been special. The Nationals followed up their 9-2 blowout win last night with an even more impressive 10-2 blowout win.
The slumping Anthony Rendon finish last night’s game with two singles in his final at bats which seemed minuscule at the time but those two hits seemed to spark Anthony’s huge game today. Rendon batting second like he has most of the season got the Nationals off to a strong start to the game as he roped a fastball from Nick Tepesch into the Rangers bullpen to get the Nationals an early lead something that has been holding the Nationals back in their struggles this season. Rendon would then go on to single in his next three at bats as well as crossing the plate three times to hopefully spark the low average of Rendon that has dropped to .268.
After Ian Desmond three run homerun in last night’s game Nationals fan must of wonder how long it would take to hit another three run homerun after not hitting one since April 16 well it took all of about 18 hours before a National registered another one. In his at bat in the fourth inning, Adam LaRoche launched a shot over the out of town scoreboard in left center that plated both Doug Fister and Jayson Werth. Combined with two two run homeruns from Jose Lobaton and pinch hitter Scott Hairston the Nationals hit four home runs and it seems finally have started to reach the full potential that they have as an offense.
When you have a pitching matchup like the one that took place between the Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals that saw a 25 year old pitcher who has pitched in just 20 starts in his career going up against a 30 year old postseason ready pitcher who has 131 career starts under his belt you would expect the team that is pitching the veteran pitcher has the advantage and that couldn’t of been proven more than today. Doug Fister continues his strong start to the season as he allows only two runs over six innings which allowed him to register his third win in a row to give him a record of 3-1 with a strong ERA of 3.34. The 25 year old pitcher for the Texas Rangers, Nick Tepesch, try to get the Rangers back on track but it went bad early and his day ended very soon as Tepesch only would pitch 2 innings as he allowed 4 runs to the Nationals offense.
The Nationals did not allow any hope to sneak into the heart of the Rangers after Fister left after six innings as Craig Stammen and Jerry Blevins pitched three shut down innings to secure the Nationals 27th win on the season as well as their 16th at home.
The Nationals will look to secure their first three game series sweep since April 8-10th in which they swept their division foes the Miami Marlins. Tanner Roark will look to continue the string of strong starts as he will be facing the Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish who will look to somehow quite this very hot Washington Nationals offense.