Nats beat Astros on Espinosa’s 2 run homer

Danny Espinosa leads the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 win over the Houston AstrosThe Post
Worried about slump? Not EspinosaNats Insider
The Washington Nationals won an up and down game, their second in a row, against the Houston Astros. 2B Danny Espinosa hit a 2-run homer in the 7th inning after the Astros had gone up 3-2 in the top of the frame. Espinosa had been in his first MLB slump, but did not seem concerned. He also tripled and scored a run earlier in the game. It seems he is the second baseman of the present and future.

Jason Marquis had pitcher into the seventh, but after giving up a hit, he was removed for Doug Slaten, who walked the only batter he faced. Tyler Clippard gave up a single and the lead when two runs, charged to Marquis and Slaten, scored. Espinosa’s homer in the bottom of the inning put Clippard in position to win and when Joel Peralta and Sean Burnett held the Astros scoreless, Clippard vultured his team leading 11th win. Having a relief pitcher lead the staff in wins is good, right? (for some reason thinks of Lee Gutterman leading the Yankees in wins one season)

Thoughts from Storen and RigglemanNats Insider
Drew Storen did not pitch or even warm up last night after being pulled with 2 outs in the ninth the night before. Hmmm…

Adam Dunn got hit on the elbow by a pitch (Nationals Journal, The Post) and left two innings later. He may play in today’s 4:35 p.m. series finale.

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