WASHINGTON NATIONALS SERIES REVIEW: The Washington Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time in franchise history in St. Louis.
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SERIES RECORD: 3-0
RECORD VERSUS CARDS: 3-0
NATS OVERALL RECORD: 17-7
DIVISION PLACE: First
RUNS SCORED: 17
RUNS YIELDED: 6
WINNING PITCHER: Stephen Strasburg (4-0), Joe Ross (3-0), Max Scherzer (3-1)
LOSING PITCHER: None
SERIES MVP: Jayson Werth. Werth had a good series, batting .400, hitting a home run, scoring 2 runs and driving in 5 runs. After a slow start to his season, Werth is heating up at the plate. … (4-10 at the plate (.400), a home run, 2 runs scored, and 5 RBI). Daniel Murphy had another solid series, collecting 4 hits on 12 at bats. (4-12 at the plate, double, 2 runs, and 3 RBI)
FORGETTABLE MOMENT: None.
TOP STARTING ARM: Max Scherzer. Scherzer suddenly became Scherzer. He picked up his third win by throwing 7 shutout innings and permitting just 4 hits while recording 9 strikeouts. He improved to 3-1 and lowered his ERA below 4 to 3.55. Scherzer never even allowed a runner past first base.
TOP BULLPEN ARM: Felipe Rivero pitched in two scoreless appearances ( 2 IP, 1 H, 0 W, 3 KO, 0.00 ERA).
HOT AS FIRE: Joe Ross. Ross had another terrific start, throwing 6 innings and allowing just 1 run on 6 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 4. Thing is, Ross has not had anything but terrific starts. In 4 starts, Ross has pitched 22.2 innings and allowed only 2 runs. He is 3-0 with an incredible 0.79 ERA. The kid is on fire.
STARTING PITCHING: Sensational again. Stephen Strasburg, Joe Ross, and Max Scherzer were the series starters and all three picked up the wins. Combined, they only allowed 3 runs. They combined for 22 strikeouts over 20 innings. All three starters made it to six innings. Here are there combined stats. (20 IP, 18 H, 2 BB, 22 KO, 3 Runs) That’s just good stuff!
COLD AS ICE: Bryce Harper. Harper is slumping at the plate. Despite a Nats’ offensive resurgence, Harper was 0-11 at the plate. Blake Treinen pitched twice and gave up a run in each outing.
What’s Next? The Nats stay on the road and begin a three game series against the slumping Kansas City Royals.
Season Record: 17-7