Nats offense, Strasburg sink Marlins 7-0

The Washington Nationals for the first time in franchise history, hit back to back home runs, twice in one inning, one of which was the second grand slam of this young season for OF Bryce Harper.  The Nats also got splendid pitching on the mound as the Nats pummeled the Marlins 7-0.

The Nats put all 7 runs up on the Marlins in the 7th inning.  How about Bryce Harper?  Harper is off to the fastest start in recent history, smashing his second grand slam of the season, just 13 games into the season.  The seventh inning started off with back to back solo home runs.  Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos went back to back with one out to give the Nationals their first runs and first lead at 2-0.  After the solo shots, Stephen Strasburg, who  as masterful on the mound, singled  to center with two outs.  The next batter up, Michael Taylor, doubled to left, and sent Strasburg to third, to give the Nats runners on second and third with two outs.  After a Marlins pitching change, Anthony Rendon walked on a full count to load the bases.  That would bring up Harper, who smashed his second grand slam, and his seventh home run of their first 13 games, to right field to cap the Nats scoring off at 7-0.   It was also Harper’s fifth home run in his last six games.

On the mound, Stephen Strasburg improved to a perfect 3-0 with a masterful performance.  Strasburg tossed 8 shutout innings, permitted just 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out a season high 10 batters.   Through the eight inning, Strasburg reached 105 pitches.  He improved to 3-0 with an ERA of 1.25 over his first three starts.  Shawn Kelly pitched a scoreless ninth inning from the pen.

Up Next:  The win evened the series at 1-1 in this four game road series against their division rival.  Joe Ross takes the mound for the Nationals and he will face Wei-Yin Chen.  Ross is off to a 2-0 starts with a 0.61 ERA.