Nats take first two games in South Side Chicago

By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals entered their three game series with the White Sox coming off an impressive offensive outburst in Sunday’s finale in Cincinnati. After an off day on Monday, the Nats bats picked up where they left off on Tuesday and Wednesday night in Chicago with 10-5 and 11-4 wins respectively.

Trailing 2-0 on Monday night the Nats struck back in the second. Anthony Rendon drove in the first run of the game with a double that scored Daniel Murphy. Danny Espinosa followed with a fielder’s choice groundout that scored Ryan Zimmerman that tied the game at 2.

The White Sox regained the lead with a sac fly by Jose Abreu and a home run by Todd Frazier to go up 5-2. The Nats responded in the fourth. With Wilson Ramos on, Rendon belted a home run to the seats in left-center field that pulled Washington within one run, down 5-4. Rendon went 3-for-5 on the night.

The Nats would go on to outscore the Sox 6-0 the rest of the night. In the fifth with two on, Bryce Harper doubled into centerfield to score Ben Revere and Jayson Werth to put them ahead 6-5. The Nats scored four more runs in the sixth. Michael Taylor hit an RBI double into left field that scored Zimmerman and Rendon. Harper hit a sacrifice fly to score Taylor. The Nats would go on to load the bases and Wilson Ramos drew a walk that scored Ben Revere to round out the scoring. Nats took game one of the three game set 10-5.

On Tuesday night the Nats took control from the very beginning. With Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper on, Daniel Murphy singled into right field to score Werth for the first of four runs that inning. Wilson Ramos grounded out to first to score Harper. Nats skipper Dusty Baker challenged the call but the play was upheld. Ryan Zimmerman then smacked a two run homer over the left-centerfield wall.

In the second, the Nats smacked back-to-back homers. The first came off the bat of Stephen Drew while Danny Espinosa followed with a solo shot of his own. In the third, Ben Revere singled home Anthony Rendon.

Up 7-0 heading to the eighth inning, the Nats weren’t done yet. Jayson Werth smacked a three run homer over the left field wall. The Nats rounded out the scoring with an RBI groundout by Werth that scored Danny Espinosa. The Nats would go on to win game two with a final of 11-4.

The Nats conclude their road trip tonight with the finale of the three game set with the White Sox. First pitch is at 8:10

Jayson Werth smacked a three run homer in the eighth inning. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

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