The Nationals Giants series kicked off on Memorial Day out in San Fran. Ryan Zimmerman continued his dominance homering in the second inning of the ball game. Zimmerman scored a second run for Washington when Daniel Murphy doubled off the right field wall in the 6th inning. With two outs in the eighth inning and still a 2-0 lead, reliever Hunter Strickland drilled super star Bryce Harper with a 98 mph fastball with the first pitch of the at bat. Bryce took exception to that due to a past history in the postseason between the two and pointed at Strickland before charging the mound. Bryce “threw” his helmet at the pitcher which didn’t really go in his direction, before fists started flying. A benches clearing brawl took place and both Harper and Strickland were ejected from the game. Harper had to be restrained by team leader Ryan Zimmerman where it took several Giants players and staff to restrain the hurler. Daniel Murphy got another rbi in the eighth inning to give the Nationals a 3-0 lead and the win. Tanner Roark went 7 scoreless innings and Koda Glover got his 6th save of the season as the Nationals won on Memorial Day.
Suspensions were handed out to Bryce Harper, 4 games; and Hunter Strickland, 6 games for the benches clearing skirmish that occurred last game. Both players will appeal their suspensions. Ryan Zimmerman keeps the offense rolling in the first inning with a double who was then drove in by Murphy to put the Nats up 2-0, in the 1st. Gio Gonzalez helped out his own cause singling up the middle and got Michael A. Taylor to score making it 3-0 Washington after 2 innings of play. Lead off hitter, Orlando Calixte, doubled in a pair to cut the Nats lead to 3-2. Calixte’s two hits in the game were the firsts of his MLB career. Michael A. Taylor drove in two more runs with the bases loaded which propelled the Nationals to a 6-3 win over the Giants in the second game of the series. The more Michael A. Taylor has played this year, the more impressed and confident I have become in him as an every day player. I sure do miss swingin Adam Eaton, but now that he is out there isn’t anything we can do about it. I hope Michael A. continues to stay consistent throughout the season and hopefully into some October baseball.
Bryce Harper’s suspension was reduced from 4 games to 3 games, and I have yet to hear word on the level of success of Stricklands appeal. Ryan Zimmerman continues his return of an impact player this season by smacking his 15th homer of the season with Trea Turner and Daniel Murphy aboard to put the Nationals up 3-0 in the 1st inning. I’ll keep saying it, Ryan Zimmerman is an impact player if he continues to stay healthy. In one of my earlier predictions I said: “I believe if he is able to stay healthy and play 100+ games, we can see “Mr. National” hit 20-25 homers and possibly more.” Wow. I feel really good about that 20 home run count right about now (knock on wood). Buster Posey doubled in a run in the 4th inning but it was not enough because “Mad” Max Scherzer was on a mission. Mad Max went the distance, a complete game allowing five hits, one run, while retiring eleven batsmen via the strikeout, all on 100 pitches. No, that is not a typo, 100 pitches. 79 of them were strikes. Mind blown. Complete games are tough enough in the big leagues, but 100 pitches is insane. There is a reason this guy has a $200+ million contract. The guy is too good.
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