The Nationals offense was raking all weekend with 29 total runs including 10 homers. Though today, they could only muster single digits. In the first inning the bats picked up right where they left off by putting up a five spot en route to a 6-1 win over the Reds
The Reds struggled to record an out in the first inning. Brian Goodwin led things off with a double and got to third with a base hit by Stephen Drew. That set the table for Bryce Harper, who hit a three-run shot for his 23rd of the year.
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Ryan Zimmerman followed with a solo shot for his 20th. The home run was his 235th of his career, all in Washington, which set a franchise record for the most homers in Nats/Expos franchise history passing Vladimir Guerrero. It was also the eighth time this season the Nats have went back-to-back.
Thirteen years in the making.
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The Nats would add another run with a sac fly by Matt Wieters. While Reds right fielder Scooter Gennett made a diving catch, he did drop the ball after he came down with the ball. That wasn’t the first time the Reds would have outfielders sleeping. Ryan Raburn led off the fourth with a triple after left fielder Adam Duvall hesitated to make a throw.
In the sixth, Goodwin joined the home run party with a line drive shot to the seats in right field for his eighth of the season.
Stephen Strasburg was stellar on the mound. He had 11 strikeouts over seven innings to get the win, striking out the final three batters he faced. The win improved his record to 10-3. Strasburg struck out two batters in the second and third innings. It was the 35th time in his career Strasburg finished with 10 or more strikeouts which he’s pretty much been doing since he struck out 14 in his major league debut in 2010.
The Reds gave up 61 total runs to the Nationals this season which was their most ever in a season series of seven or fewer games against a National League opponent. With the win the Nationals are now 20 games over .500 at 56-36 and a 10 game lead over the Braves in the NL East as of prior to their game Monday night with the Cubs.
The Nationals now head to Anaheim to take on the Los Angeles Angels for a two game series. Both games are at 10:07 and it’s looking like Edwin Jackson will make his first start with the Nationals since the 2012 postseason.