Harper, Lind Power Nats to Opening Day Win

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By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals opened the 2017 campaign with a 4-2 win over the Marlins in front of a packed Nats Park in DC. This game had a little bit of everything as far as thrills go, great pitching, a close contest and late home runs.

Stephen Strasburg got the Opening Day start on the mound, his fourth of his career, and had a solid outing. Strasburg went seven strong innings allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts, an effective start after ending 2016 with a late-season injury.

Strasburg gave up his two runs in the fourth inning. Giancarlo Stanton doubled into center field to score J.T. Realmuto. Stanton would come home when Marcell Ozuna singled him in.

Bryce Harper got the Nationals on the board in the sixth with his fifth Opening Day home run. He is the first MLB player in history to hit five Opening Day homers by age 24.

In the bottom of the seventh with Matt Wieters on, Adam Lind came off the bench and hit a pinch hit two-run homer over the center field wall that put the Nationals in front, 3-2. The Nationals got insurance in the bottom of the eighth when Daniel Murphy delivered a single into right field that scored Adam Eaton.

Both Adams are new to the team. Lind was acquired to keep the Nationals’ bench strong. Eaton was acquired to give the Nats a good bat to their already potent lineup and he had a solid debut with a double, two walks, a stolen base and a run scored. Lind homered in his first at-bat in a Nationals uniform and got a well-deserved curtain call from the home crowd.

Blake Treinen, who was recently named the Nats’ closer, got his first save by retiring all three batters he faced including striking out the last two.

The Nationals and Marlins will continue their series on Wednesday night. Tanner Roark will take the mound for the Nats while the Marlins will counter with Dan Straily. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

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