Nats sweep division rival Mets; Happy flight–Onward to Colorado!

Photo by Kevin Nibley for TalkNats; Ryan Zimmerman 2-run HR

The Washington Nationals went sweep-mode on their division rival New York Mets. The Nationals improved to an MLB best 13-5 record and increased their winning streak to 7 straight games. Max Scherzer went a full 8 innings and took the win while improving to a 3-1 record on the season. Daniel Murphy provided all the runs the Nats needed with a first inning grand slam (video), and Ryan Zimmerman added some extra insurance to make the final score 6-3. Koda Glover earned his 2nd save of the season in a clean 1-2-3 for him after he inherited a runner as Oliver Perez gave up a single to Jay Bruce to start the 9th inning.

On Friday, the Mets put Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores on the DL. One strange part of the weekend series was players like Asdrubal Cabrera, Travis d’Arnaud, and Yoenis Cespedes were all supposed to be injured and would not play, or so we were told numerous times. Well, Cabrera played in all three games and d’Arnaud pinch-hit on Friday and Saturday, and Yoenis Cespedes came out to pinch-hit in the 9th inning but was stranded in the on-deck circle. So much for the #FakeNews!

The Nationals will now jump on a plane and head to Denver for a four-game series with the upstart Rockies. The game tomorrow starts at 8:40 pm EDT. Jacob Turner is the planned starter for the Nationals as Stephen Strasburg goes on paternity leave for the birth of his second child.

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