Sean Doolittle goes 20/20; Murphy beats the Mets again!

The Washington Nationals got back to their winning ways, and while it wasn’t pretty — it still counted as the Nationals 93rd win of the season. The Nationals bullpen threw another shutout covering the 6th through the 10th inning.

Stephen Strasburg was abused by seeing eye singles which led to 3 earned runs on his night. Luckily the Nats scored 3 runs for Strasburg to get him off the hook. The Nats could have won the game for him but they were not good in RISP opportunities tonight going a poor 1-for-9. Michael Taylor left 5 men-on-base and Stevenson left 7. Taylor had chances twice to score runs with a productive out and he struck out twice.

The Nationals scored all 4 of their runs off of home runs coming from a 2-run smash from Adam Lind, and solo shots from Matt Wieters and Daniel Murphy. With Murphy’s game-winning home run, it was his 9th against the Mets in his two seasons with the Nationals, and he also joined the 90+ RBI club with Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman.

Sean Doolittle earned his 20th Nats save in 20 opportunities. Sammy Solis, Ryan Madson, Brandon Kintzler, and Matt Albers all threw shutouts in their innings. The Nats bullpen combined for 7 strikeouts in the game. 

Anthony Rendon had 3 walks in the game and now has more walks than strikeouts on the season. Matt Wieters home run was his 10th of the season which made him the 9th Nat this season to join the double-digit home run club.

“We should have got some more timely hits,” Dusty Baker said. “The fact we came back and kept grinding — that’s what I liked the most.”

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