The Washington Nationals are off to a 7-1 start to the season, courtesy of 6 wins against the lowly Atlanta Braves. Today, behind a grand slam by Bryce Harper, the Nats completed a four game sweep of the Braves. Harper’s slam was the 100th career home run for the twenty-two year old.
Stephen Strasburg (2-0) picked up his second win in as many starts, tossing 7.2 innings and allowing just 4 hits and 2 runs while fanning 7 Braves’ batters. He lowered his season ERA to 1.98. Felipe Rivero finished the game out with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief work.
Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a Nick Markakis single. That lead would not even make it one inning. Harper’s slam to the upper deck came in the bottom of the third that gave the Nationals the insurmountable 4-1 lead and sent Strasburg to the mound in comfort.
Wilson Ramos continue this tear at the plate, hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ramos finished the game going 2 for 3 at the plate and lifted his season batting average to .407. Ramos is 7 for 10 over his last three games. Washington’s final run came on an RBI double off the bat of Ramos in the sixth inning.
With a four game sweep of the Braves complete, Washington will not travel to Philadelphia for a three game series. Joe Ross takes the mound tomorrow evening for the Nats and he will face Jeremy Hellickson.