Nats go longball and smallball again & bullpen holds on!

The Nationals won 7-5 in a game that was a nailbiter. Every starter got on by hit or walk and the longballs were the difference. Joe Ross looked better than his 3 earned run statline and the good news is that Joe ‘Cool’ Ross didn’t give up the lead his team gave him.

Oliver Perez was shaky again in relief, but luckily Treinen didn’t give up any runs on his ledger and Solis got his Hold in the 8th. Yusmeiro Petit got his Save in the 9th which allowed Shawn Kelley and Felipe Rivero a true night off.

Dusty showed he wasn’t going to use Matt Belisle who was rested, and that is an issue when you are only relying on 6 men in your bullpen.

The defense other than the first hit of the game was solid. Anthony Rendon made it look easy on several tough plays, and the game ended on a tough grounder that Danny Espinosa made the play on.

Joe Ross had a RISP single, but Anthony Rendon was thrown out at the plate. Here is an overhead shot and looks like the ump got it right

The Nats are now 18 games over .500, and more importantly widen their lead in the NL East to 6.0 games.

The homeplate ump struggled much of the night, and none bigger than missing this strikeout. That walked turned into a run for the Padres on Joe Ross.

joe ross against Schrimpt 6 17 16


boxscore 6 18 16

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