Friday, April 21, 2017: 4-3 W (Mets)
Trea Turner came off the DL which is a good sign, getting #7 back on the field. Turner did not start the game however. Bryce Harper stayed hot hitting his seventh homer of the year in the 1st inning to get the Nationals rolling early. Miguel Conforto tied it up with a homer of his own for the Mets in the bottom of the inning. In the 4th inning Granderson hit a single to Harper in right who let it take a hop then threw it home to Lobaton, who then came up to get the throw and threw it to second in an attempt to get Granderson, however it went into centerfield and the Grandy man stopped at second base safely. Lobaton homered for the first time of the season to put the Nats up one in the 5th but Curtis Granderson homered in the 6th to even the score. Trea Turner came to the plate to pinch hit with the bases loaded in the 11th and didn’t swing once. Turner walked on four pitches and the Nationals took a 3-2 lead, which was all Shawn Kelly needed to lock his third save of the year.
Saturday, April 22, 2017: 3-1 W (Mets)
After a four pitch pinch hit at bat, Trea Turner was in the two hole behind Adam Eaton for the Nationals on Saturday. With Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy aboard, Matt Wieters hit a line drive to center to score Harper however Murphy was thrown out at the plate trying to get the Nationals another run to open the scoring. The top of the lineup seems to be working because in the 5th inning Trea Turner doubled in Adam Eaton to make it 2-0. Ryan Zimmerman came up later in the inning singling in Turner to get the Nats their third run of the day. In the 6th inning former National infielder, Asdrubal Cabrera, singled in Jose Reyes to get the Mets their first and only run of the game. Gio Gonzalez pitched well going 6 1/3rd innings striking out six and surrendering only one run. Treinen was the first man to relieve Gio and Blake worked 2/3rds of an inning not allowing a hit or walk. Koda Glover came into the game and recorded his first save of the season.
Sunday, April 23, 2017:
The Nationals put Stephen Strasburg paternity leave before the game. I have to admit when I saw “The Nationals place (P) Stephen Strasburg… I started to freak out he was hurt again but then I read paternity leave and I was fine. We are very happy for Stephen and his wife. Scherzer took the mound for the Nationals looking for back to back sweeps of NL East rivals. Daniel Murphy went yard in the top of the 1st inning with a grand slam to get the Nats out in front early. Miguel Conforto hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the frame to get the Mets on the board. In the 3rd inning Neil Walker continued the long ball scoring trend with a two run homer cutting into the Nationals lead to make it 4-3. Ryan Zimmerman continues to stay hot as he countered with a two run homer of his own in the 8th inning giving the Nationals a bit of insurance for a 6-3 lead. Oliver Perez relieved Scherzer who went 8.0 innings and 110 pitches in the 9th, but Perez only last two pitches before Koda Glover came in to get his second straight save.
The Nationals completed back to back sweeps on the road against the Braves and now the Mets. The Nats only have one more series on the road (in Colorado) before heading back to Nationals Park to take on the Mets and Diamondbacks. Daniel Murphy continues to launch long balls against his former club with a grand slam in the series finale. I have been saying it from the beginning, Ryan Zimmerman can have a big year in 2017 if he stays healthy and he is proving it by being second on the team in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs and runs batted in trailing only Bryce Harper in each of those categories. The starting rotation looks good, as they are eating up large chunks of the games lately and the bullpen seems to be settling in more now. I have a feeling I will be repeating most of these thoughts throughout the year. If I am, then it means we will be doing pretty well throughout the year. This is one of the most complete lineups I have seen in the short Nationals’ history. I love the rotation, and the bullpen is looking more promising.
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