The Nationals flat out dominated the Reds from the opening pitch to the final out in an 18-3 rout on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park. Trea Turner set a career-high with five hits, Michael Taylor homered twice, Ryan Zimmerman finished 2-for-3 with two RBI’s, and Daniel Murphy drove in four runs.
Bryce Harper came up clutch in the bottom of the 10th inning, delivering a deep walk-off single to the right field wall that scored Trea Turner to give the Nats a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the three-game series opener at Nationals Park. Trailing 5-1 earlier, the Nats used the long ball four times to tie the game.
Max Scherzer pitched another gem but the effort was wasted as the Nationals dropped the series finale to the Marlins 2-1 thanks to a late rally by the Fish. Scherzer struck out his first six batters he faced, setting the stage to another special outing for the ace.
The Nationals rebounded with a 12-3 win over the Marlins thanks to multi-RBI nights from Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. Gio Gonzalez had a strong outing over the course of seven innings, only giving up three runs while striking out eight. The Nats go for the series win today at 12:10 p.m. with Max Scherzer on the hill
The Nationals got out to a 6-0 lead before Tanner Roark gave it up. It was Roark’s third poor start in a row and ever since his bobblehead day he hasn’t been the same. The dagger came in the third inning when the Marlins tied it with a six-run inning capped off by a grand slam by Justin Bour.
The Nationals dropped the four-game series finale with the Mets by a final of 5-1 on Father’s Day. After the Nats took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Mets responded with five unanswered runs starting with Jacob deGrom’s first Major League homer in the third. It wasn’t as incredible as Bartolo Colon’s homer, but when a pitcher homers it’s definitely a big deal.
The Nationals took the third game of the four-game set with the Mets 7-4 on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The Nats got a strong start both offensively and by Stephen Strasburg and the bullpen closed the door. The Nationals will go for the sweep on Father’s Day at 1:10 p.m.