WASHINGTON, D.C. The Washington Nationals continued their rebound from a terrible road trip with another eight run outburst last night. The visiting St. Louis Cardinals could only muster a mere unearned run as the Nats cruised to a 8-1 win.
Edwin Jackson had 10 strikeouts over 8 innings, most of them in the first three innings. Jackson got more efficient as the game progressed.
CF Bryce Harper won the game in the first with a two run line drive/laser beam home run to the right field bullpen, driving in Jayson Werth, who walked. Harper later came within 3 feet of a second consecutive two-homer night. Harper also made a running, over the shoulder catch. 19 year old legs have a way of overcoming bad reads. Thomas Boswell probably gives Harper too much credit though (The Post).
With a full moon (or awfully close to it) rising over the 1st base stands, the “werewerth” came out — Werth hit his first home run since returning from his broken wrist.
Only 23,000+ in the ballpark last night. The convention must have taken some of the eyeballs away.
2 or 3 more starts for Stephen Strasburg (CSN Washington), meaning Sunday’s game may be his last D.C. appearance.
The Washington Nationals finally ended their week-long, 5-game losing streak last night, splitting a 2 game series with the Miami Marlins in the process. It came after Davey Johnson‘s team meeting. Brilliant strategy skipper, why did you wait so long?
The story of the night was Bryce Harper. He hit two home runs, the first giving the Nats their first lead in about 58 innings and the second reaching the upper deck.
In the 8th, Harper make a nice grab in center and threw home to hold the runner out third, helping Drew Storen get out of the inning alive.
Then, in the 9th, Harper grounded into a double play. Called out by half a step, he threw his helmet off and was ejected immediately.
I wasn’t alone when I figured out the Harper version of the Gordie Howe Hat Trick:
Harper said “I just need to grow up in that mentality a little bit” (Nationals Journal, The Post)
The Nats are back in D.C. tonight (I might have an extra ticket) with the St. Louis Cardinals in town.
MLB Productions has a new series called “My MLB Life.” This Saturday, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman is featured on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on MLB Network. Here is the preview:
“My MLB Life” gives you an exclusive and unique look at the personal and professional lives of the top MLB players in the game. We take you to their hometown to see how they grew up, when they fell in love with the game, and how they made it to the big leagues. You will meet their family and hear their perspective on what makes a super athlete. We even give you a VIP tour of their personal homes, so you can see how athletes lives. You’ll see what these athletes are passionate about off the field, relive some of their best on field moments, and learn what it takes to become a Major League star.
The show will be rebroadcast several times – 9/9, 12:30 p.m. & 4 a.m. Mon., 9/10, 1 p.m. Sat., 9/15, 2:30 p.m.
Worst loss in 8 seasons. Check.
Stephen Strasburg gives up 7 runs. Check.
Haven’t held a lead in a week. Check.
Still lead division by 4 games. Check.
Losing is not fun, but thankfully the Washington Nationals won so much that it hasn’t killed the season yet. However, this isn’t sustainable and I want it to end this evening.