Series Review: Nats take two out of three in Miami

WASHINGTON NATIONALS SERIES REVIEW: The Washington Nationals took two out of three games from division rival Miami Marlins on the road.

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WINNING PITCHER: Tanner Roark (3-3), Max Scherzer (5-3)

LOSING PITCHER: Joe Ross (3-4)

SERIES MVP: Ben Revere is hitting well at the plate, collecting 5 hits on 9 at bats. [5-9 (.555) at the plate, 2 R, and 2 RBI]  Max Scherzer rebounded with a 8 inning win in the series finale and fanning 8 batters.

TOP STARTING ARM: Max Scherzer rebounded after a loss from his last start and stood 8 strong innings.  Through eight innings, Scherzer scattered 6 hots and 2 runs while fanning 8 batters and not allowing a walk.   The win improved Scherzer’s record to 5-3 and lowered his ERA to 3.80.

TOP BULLPEN ARM: The entire bullpen gets props this series for not allowing any runs.  they combined for 5.2 scoreless innings.  Shawn Kelly appeared in one game and pitched 1 scoreless inning.  He has yet to yield a run this season.  Papelbon picked up his 12th save.

HOT AS FIRE: Ben Revere. The Nationals need offense at the top of the order and Revere appears to be getting into he swing of things after starting his season with an injury.  Revere was 5 for 9 at the plate this series.  Revere has three consecutive multi-hit games, going a total 7 for 14 at the plate his last three games.  That’s a good thing.  Lats need that production at the top of the lineup.

EXTRA BASE HITS:  The Nationals got 4 doubles and 2 home runs this series.  The long balls came from Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman.

STARTING PITCHING: National starters pitched a combined 20.1 innings and permitted only 5 earned runs.  They also walked 4 while striking out 22.  Solid ratios.  Scherzer rebounded from a less than impressive start in his last outing to tossing 8 innings today and fanning 8 batters while walking none on the way to his fifth win.  Joe Ross is the worry on the staff after starting the season on fire.  Over his last three starts, Ross has allowed 13 runs on 17.1 innings.  He also has been lit up for 23 hits over those three starts.

COLD AS ICE: Danny Espinosa. Espinosa went 1 for 8 at the plate.  His season batting average is .203.  When is it Treat Turner time?

What’s Next?  The Nationals stay in division play with a three game series at Nationals Park.  It starts tomorrow with Gio Gonzalez taking the mound against Bartolo Colon.  At 27-17, the Nationals remain in first place.  The Mets trail the Nats by 1.5 games.  Big home series.

Season Record: 27-17