First off, I want to say that I understand this is a Baltimore sports blog. However, there has to be someone you know that enjoys the Washington Nationals as much as I do. Also the struggle of going to a Baltimore college and being a Washington D.C. sports fan is hard enough, so just let me have this one, OK?
After the rain-affected the Nats game last night (a one-hour, 48-minute delay), the team managed to pull out the curly W at Nationals Park and beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-4.
They remain third in the NL East at 29-28, only 1.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves, who own the top spot. (This is the closest division in all baseball right now, just saying).
The Nationals have won four of their last five games, and have scored 34 runs in those games.
BUT the biggest story for the Nationals right now is the return of third baseman, or should I say left fielder Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman returned Tuesday for the first time since his injury on April 12.
For the first time in all his career in baseball, Ryan Zimmerman did not walk to third base, but to left field. His old spot is occupied by Anthony Rendon, who is having a pretty good season himself so far.
Until the return of Harper, which is likely to be early July, Zimmerman will have that position.
On Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies, Zimmerman was able to show his abilities by running and catching a ball hit by Chase Utley. Also in that game, Zimmerman smacked a double in his first at-bat, then had a RBI double in the fifth inning. Not a bad first game back.
Last night, the start belonged to Steven Strasburg who had 11 strikeouts, making that 101 for the season. He also added a RBI single.
Many Nationals are getting their bats ignited with hits these days. Rendon, Denard Span and Danny Espinosa all had more than one hit in last night’s game. Only two players were without hits: Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond.
Both hope to add to the list of hitters in today’s game against the Phillies. The Nationals try to get the sweep today at 4:05 p.m.