Series Review: Nats sweep the Cards for the first time in St. Louis

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