The Nationals only needed to score two runs for Stephen Strasburg who gave up one run over six innings to lower his ERA to 2.63 and improve his record to 15-1. The Nationals hitters exploded for 19 hits and 5 walks on their way to score 14 runs tonight en route to a 14-1 win.
All nine Nationals starters improved their batting averages last night, and none larger than Stephen Strasburg who had 3 hits on the night including an infield hit he legged out. The other impressive feat was the Nationals had a season’s high four hits with 2 outs and RISP (runners in scoring position) by Wilson Ramos, Clint Robinson, Danny Espinosa, and Stephen Strasburg.
We got to see Mark Melancon make his Nationals’ debut in a scoreless 9th inning where he struck out 2 batters and made it look easy. Jonathan Papelbon threw the 7th inning with a quick 1-2-3 inning.
If you could not watch the game, here is the video recap.