Friday, May 5th, 2017: 4-2 W (Phillies)
The offense got started early as a Rendon single scored Jayson Werth in the 1st inning of play but could not plate Murphy or Zimmerman. Stephen Strasburg has taken a pride in his hitting ability and went yard for the first time of the season in the 2nd inning adding to the Nationals lead. Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon hit back-to-back jacks in the 5th to make it 4-0 in Washington’s favor. Phillies hitters were able to come up with two runs but could not overcome the lead the Nationals’ had built for themselves.
Saturday, May 6th, 2017: 6-2 W (Phillies)
Cameron Rupp got the scoring started in Philadelphia with a single in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Ryan Zimmerman continued his home run assault with number 13 on the year in the 4th that put the Nationals ahead 2-1. Zimmerman continued to be the main weapon in the offense as he doubled in the 6th scoring Werth and sending Murphy to 3rd. Anthony Rendon added to the Nats offense with a home run to lengthen the Nationals lead to 6-1. The lead was too big for the Phillies as they managed to score one more run before falling to the Washington offense.
Sunday, May 7th, 2017: 6-5 L (Phillies)
Jayson Werth continued his home run raid on his former team with a 1st inning home run against the Phills to put the Nationals up 1-0. In the 4th inning Freddy Galvis doubled in two runs before Galvis was thrown out on the bases. Jayson Werth hit his second home run of the game with Jose Lobaton aboard to get the Nationals back on top in the 5th. Washington padded the lead with two more runs via a Rendon single and Adam Lind sac fly to make it 5-2. Washington’s bullpen has been a question all year and continue to be an apparent weakness for the club as a 3-run homer by Aaron Altherr tied the series finale and sent the game to extras where Galvis won it for Philadelphia with a sac fly.
Ryan Zimmerman continues to stay hot and lead the N.L. in all triple crown categories (and Major League baseball in batting average and runs batted in but tied with Aaron Judge with home runs). I have been saying this from the beginning but it looks like Ryan Zimmerman is back to his old self (if not better) (knock on wood). The boys took 2 out of 3 in Philadelphia, but the bullpen continues to appear unreliable. Bryce Harper was absent in the series likely still out due to the groin strain he suffered at the end of the Diamondbacks series. Hopefully he returns soon as his he has been on a tear all season. That’s all I have for now. I am curious to see what you all think of the bullpen and possible solutions there might be to fix it, or make it better. I have heard potential trade rumors about acquiring Brett Gardner has a replacement for Adam Eaton. All thoughts and comments are welcome! Go Nats!
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