WASHINGTON NATIONALS SERIES REVIEW: Three game series sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies
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SERIES RECORD: 0-3
RECORD VERSUS PHILLIES: 2-4
NATS OVERALL RECORD: 14-7
DIVISION PLACE: First
RUNS SCORED: 3
RUNS YIELDED: 10
WINNING PITCHER: None
LOSING PITCHER: Oliver Perez (1-1), Gio Gonzalez (1-1), Felipe Rivero (0-1)
SERIES MVP: Tanner Roark. Roark put together a second straight scoreless outing, going 7 shut out innings and permitting just 2 hits. Over his last two starts, Roark has tossed 14 scoreless innings while allowing just four total hits. … (7 innings, 2 hits, o runs, 2 walks, 14 KOS. Overall, 2-2, 2.03 ERA13 walks, 30 KOs.)
FORGETTABLE MOMENT: The entire series. Buck up, move on, and focus on the Cards.
TOP STARTING ARM: See series MVP.
TOP BULLPEN ARM: Shawn Kelly pitched another 1.2 scoreless innings in two bullpen appearances. He has yet to yield an earned run this season. (0-0, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 W, 1 KO, 0.00 ERA).
HOT AS FIRE: See Series MVP. Only player hot as fire right now is Tanner Roark. The offensive prowess has disappeared into a whimper. No player on the squad had over two hits in this series. Daniel Muphy had two doubles and was 2 for 10.
STARTING PITCHING: Gio Gonzalez took a loss, but that more has to do with the lack of offense. Gio only allowed 11 run over 6.1 innings. But, when the offense is dormant, one run will cause a loss, and that is what happened to Gio. Gio is off to a red hit start, posting a mere 1.42 ERA over his first four starts. He also has posted a terrific walk/KO ratio, permitting just 4 walks while fanning 25 batters. The same can’t be said for the Nats ace. Max Scherzer has struggled thus far this season. The Nats need Scherzer back to Scherzer form. In five starts, Scherzer has posted a 4.35 ERA. Particularly troubling is his last two starts. IN a combined 11 innings, Scherzer has allowed 8 runs and that includes 6 walks to just 8 KOs. Scherzer is struggling to say the least and the Nats need Mike Maddux to figure it out.
COLD AS ICE: The Nationals offense. No one had over two hits this series and the Nats only had two extra base hits, 2 doubles by Daniel Murphy.
What’s Next? The Nats crawl out of Nationals Park bruised. They now travel to St. Louis for a three game series beginning tonight. Stephen Strasburg (3-0) takes the mound against Mike Leake (0-2).
Season Record: 14-7