By Michael Marzzacco
Trea Turner’s bat and Stephen Strasburg’s arm helped the Nationals pick up a 4-1 win over the Indians to snap a two game losing streak. Turner drove three of those four runs, all with two outs, while Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts.
With the bases loaded with two outs in the second, Turner smacked a line drive into left field to score Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman. In the sixth Daniel Murphy lined a home run into the left field seats. In the following inning Turner doubled down the left field line to score Zimmerman.
Aside from Murphy’s solo shot, Turner was the only bat that produced with runners in scoring position. The Nats finished the afternoon 2 for 12 with runners on, two of those hits came from Turner.
“He’s a really good hitter. He’s not giving away pitches. He’s fun to watch right now and he’s really putting a lot of pressure on the defense,” said second baseman Daniel Murphy.
After a brief two game trip in Cleveland that saw them split the series, the Nationals now head to San Francisco to take on the Giants. Both teams are in first place in their respective divisions and have identical records of 59-42. The Giants have been slumping lately as they lost 9 of their last 11 games since the All Star break. This could be a potential playoff rematch from two years ago. If that ends up being the case, the Nats want nothing more than payback.