The Nationals reached the 50 win mark in this season joining only the Astros, Dodgers and Diamondbacks who have reached at least 50 wins at this point in the season.
Sevens were spinning wild on the Nationals own slot machine. Joe Ross gave up just 2 runs in 7 strong innings for his team today and exited with a 7 run lead with another impressive amount of run support. Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy went back-to-back combining for 7 combined hits and one walk and 7 RBIs. This Independence Day had a lot of fireworks off the Nats bats! Every Nationals starting position player had at least one hit today.
We wrote earlier, “Something has to give in the random stats we have fun with because Wilmer Difo and Jose Lobaton are both starting today and each have almost polar opposite stats when they start. When Difo starts, the Nats are 16-4 in Difo starts but 6-16 when Lobaton starts”.
The Nationals improved to 17-4 when Wilmer Difo starts and Lobaton’s record improved to 7-16 with this win!
Some people called this a “B” line-up, but these players combined for 14 hits and 5 walks today. With the win today, the Nationals clinch another series win and also lengthen their lead over the Mets to 11.5 games in the NL East.
The Nationals played this morning matinee game in front of a crowd of over 37,000 fans, and not only were they treated to a great game but also got to watch elite armed forces sky dive into the stadium and a performance by the Rockettes!
This win also hit a milestone of 1,000 in the Nationals team history.