Nats vs. A’s Series Log: Nationals Take 2 of 3 in Oakland

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By Michael Marzzacco

Oakland was the center of the sports world this past weekend with many fans nationwide tuned in to the NBA Finals round three rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. On the baseball side of things, the Nationals and A’s were playing a three game series just across the street from all the hoops action and Sunday we were treated to a baseball and basketball doubleheader. Here’s how the Nationals took two out of three from the Oakland Athletics.

FRIDAY
The Nationals took the series opener against the A’s 13-3 with a whole lot of offense with five home runs and 20 hits. Here’s their five home runs.

The home runs came off the bats of Michael Taylor, Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth, Brian Goodwin and Anthony Rendon. For Goodwin, it was his first big league homer. It was also his first four hit game.

Murphy also had a great night at the plate going 4-6 with 2 RBI’s including the homer.

The win was manager Dusty Baker’s 1,800th.

SATURDAY
The Nats dropped the second game on Saturday afternoon 10-4. One highlight from the game was Adam Lind going yard for the fourth time this season. This season, in 32 games (16 started), Lind is 21-for-61 (.344) with six doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI’s.

Daniel Murphy also had his second consecutive three-hit game.

SUNDAY
The Nationals rebounded to take the series finale on Sunday afternoon with an 11-10 win. The bullpen survived a late scare as Koda Glover failed to get anybody out. He allowed two runs and loaded the bases prompting Dusty Baker decided to turn to Sean Kelley to finish the ballgame. He got the first out but then gave up a grand slam to Matt Joyce.

Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, the Nats got in front with a two-run triple by Trea Turner all the way to the big wall in center field. Turner crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Brian Goodwin.

In the eighth, Ryan Zimmerman hit his 16th homer of the season.

In the ninth, the Nats went back-to-back with home runs by Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor. They added one more run with a two-RBI single by Daniel Murphy.

Following the game, the Nats boarded the plane for LA. That series will begin tonight. Washington Post Nats beat writer Chelsea Janes had trouble getting out of the parking lot due to the NBA Finals taking place next door.

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