#Nats win 7-6 and survive 6 unanswered runs by the Phillies

The Washington Nationals improve to 3-1, and this game they held on to win 7-6 as Max Scherzer got the win and Koda Glover the well earned Hold and Blake Treinen survived the 9th inning after pitching in his third straight game. Max Scherzer was great until he hit the wall to begin the 7th inning after walking the first two batters, but lasted 6 2/3 while giving up 2-runs on only 4 hits with those 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.

The offensive stars were Jayson Werth who got the game winning RBIs with a 3-run HR, Daniel Murphy had a 2-run HR, and Bryce Harper also had a 2-run HR. Dusty did bat Eaton-Harper-Murphy together in the batting order, and they collectively went 3-for-3 with 2 walks against the Phillies left-handed reliever. Every starter and pinch-hitter recorded a hit today except for Trea Turner, and it is not time to panic. Trea Turner did not forget how to hit.

Every batter in the starting line-up has an OPS over 1.000 except Turner and Anthony Rendon.

“Everybody said they’re okay [in the bullpen],” Dusty Baker said as he asked his relievers before the game. How often does a relief pitcher tell you he is not ready to go? It is best to pitch to workloads and sit players based on that.

As we announced from sources on Wednesday, Jeremy Guthrie will indeed start tomorrow’s game for the Washington Nationals in Philadelphia and be added to the 40-man roster and Wilmer Difo will be optioned back to Triple-A Syracuse. The 40-man roster will move to 39 spots.

My suggestion would also be to bring up a long-man for the bullpen, and make an additional roster move.

“We’ll figure [how we will handle the bullpen],” Dusty Baker said. “We’re just kind of still in the process of figuring out where to slot guys in that part of the game.”


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