Nats Make it Rain, Clobber Mariners 10-1

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Photo: @Nationals

By Matthew Jacobson

Well, I’m back. After a nearly two week hiatus (school is hard), I’m back writing for this awesome site, as well as taking on a larger role within social media and in other operations (Michael and I should be recording a podcast for the site soon). Michael’s worked really hard to get this site up and running, and I’m so fortunate for the opportunity to contribute to this.

I can afford to start the gamer like this because, well, the Nats killed Seattle last night. It was not close, it was never close, and it was never going to be close.

Joe Ross in his first start since being recalled from the minors was brilliant, going 8 solid innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out six, and walking just one. While he seemed to hit a wall in the fifth or sixth inning with his velocity dropping from the mid-nineties to the lower nineties, he pushed through it in miserable weather en route to a gem of an outing.

Offensively, the Nats clobbered Mariners starter Christian Bregman to the tune of 14 hits and 10 runs in four innings, including an eight-run fourth.

The Mariners were hesitant to pull him, considering this was the start of a lengthy east-coast road trip. Anthony Rendon had another stellar day, going 3 for 4 with two home runs and 5 RBI.

Jayson Werth added a homer, and Bryce Harper hit one that may still be traveling.

Ryan Zimmerman chipped in with another three hits, Matt Wieters looks like the steal of the offseason (a la Daniel Murphy a few years ago), and Michael Taylor is thriving in outside of the first two batters in the order.

The Nats continue this series tonight at 7:05. Tanner Roark looks to get back on track for the Nats, while Sam Gaviglio looks to continue off an impressive debut for the Mariners.

SCENES FROM NATS PARK

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