WASHINGTON NATIONALS SERIES REVIEW: Early April
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OPPONENT: Atlanta Braves
SERIES RECORD: 4-0
NATS OVERALL RECORD: 7-1 DIVISION PLACE: First
RUNS SCORED: 17
RUNS YIELDED: 7
WINNING PITCHER: Max Scherzer (1-0), Blake Treinen (2-0), Tanner Roark (1-1), Stephen Strasburg (2-0)
HOT BATS: Daniel Murphy (6 hits, 12 at bats, double, home run, 3 runs scored, 1 RBI), Bryce Harper (2 hits, 15 at bats, 2 runs, 6 RBI, Grand Slam, double), and Wilson Ramos (7 hits, 10 at bats, 1 run, 3 RBI, double, and home run)
SERIES BAT MVP: Wilson Ramos, .700 AVG, double, and home run
TOP STARTING ARM: Tanner Roark [7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 4 KO, 3 BB, Season: 2.45 ERA, Record 1-0] This was an unscheduled start for Roark, who took over for Stephen Strasburg, who was ill. Roark pitched a beauty with 24 hour notice.
TOP BULLPEN ARM: Felipe Rivero [3 appearances, 2.2 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 W, 2 KO, 0.00 ERA]
HOT AS FIRE: Daniel Murphy [.480 AVG on the SEASON, 12 for 25 at the plate, with 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 home runs]
COLD AS ICE: Danny Espinosa [0-13 at the plate]
Notes: Bryce Harper’s grand slam this week was the first of his career and career home run #100. After a smoking hot spring, Michael Taylor is off to a rough start filling in for the injured Ben Revere. Through 7 games, Taylor is batting just .138 (4 for 29).
Season Record: 7-1