By Michael Marzzacco
The Nationals escaped an eighth inning bases loaded jam by turning their first triple play in franchise history. The Giants were threatening, down 4-1, with Brandon Crawford at the plate. Dusty Baker went to his bench with three substitutions, reliever Sammy Solis coming in for Blake Treinen, Danny Espinosa replacing Wilmer Difo at shortstop, and Ryan Zimmerman filling in at first base.
Crawford lined out to Zimmerman who stepped on first base to get the lead runner and fire across the diamond to third to complete the triple play. Denard Span wasn’t aware Zimmerman snagged the liner before it was too late. Span took off for home and already crossed the plate as the ball was hit. The defensive heroics by Zimmerman sealed a 4-1 Nationals win.
Trailing 1-0 earlier in the contest, the Nats evened things up in the fourth. Jayson Werth singled into right field to score Wilson Ramos. The Nats took the lead in the fifth. Wilmer Difo led off with a double. Max Scherzer followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Difo over to third. Ben Revere singled to right to score Difo to put Washington in front 2-1. Two batters later, Daniel Murphy hit one all the way to the deepest part of the ballpark in centerfield. It nearly cleared the fence but it bounced off the wall allowing Revere to score and Murphy to hustle all the way to third base for a triple. The Nats plated their final run in the sixth. Werth led off with a double and a base hit by Anthony Rendon brought him home.
Scherzer improved his record to 11-6 on the year. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out six. The Nats and Giants continue their series today at 4:05.