Series Review: Nats take two out of three from Tigers

WASHINGTON NATIONALS SERIES REVIEW: The Washington Nationals took two of the three games from the Detroit Tigers.

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WINNING PITCHER: Max Scherzer (5-2), Shawn Kelly (1-0)

LOSING PITCHER: Joe Ross (3-2)

SERIES MVP: Daniel Murphy.  Who else?  It is just that kind of year.  And, what else would you expect from a player batting .409 and leading the National League? Murphy did not cool off this series, going 7 for 13 and driving in 13 runs and his two doubles has him sitting in second overall in the National League with 13 doubles on the season.  [7-13 (.538) at the plate, 2 2Bs, 1 R, and 6 RBI]  Runner up was Anthony Rendon, who was 4 for 9 at the plate with 2 doubles.

BENCH GUY:  How about Clint Robinson?  He continues hitting the ball well.  In this series, he pinch hit twice and was 2 for 2 with a double and a walk off homer.

UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT: Max Scherzer.  Scherzer pitched a complete game and had a truly dominant performance, one of the best in baseball history.  Through 9 innings, Scherzer faced 33 batters and struck out 20, becoming the fourth player in major league history to fan 20 batters in nine innings.

TOP STARTING ARM: Max Scherzer. He pitched a truly dominant game and have Nationals fans a piece of history, fanning 20 batter in nine innings, only the fourth player to do that in isitory (Roger Clemons did it twice).  He lowered his ERA to 4.15.  [9 IP, 6 H, 0W, 20KOs]

TOP BULLPEN ARM: Shawn Kelly.  Kelly still has not yielded a run this season, throwing 11.2 scoreless innings from the pen.  This series, he appeared in 2 games and threw 1.1 scoreless innings and picked up his first win.

HOT AS FIRE: Daniel Murphy. Murphy has seven multi-hit games in his last ten games.  That is precisely how you post a .409 batting average through 33 games.  He isn’t just contributing hits, but has also driven in 10 runs overt those 10 games.  He leads the majors with a .409 batting average and is second overall with 13 doubles.

STARTING PITCHING: Scherzer was dominant, Strasburg was solid.  Although Strasburg did not pick up the win, he did record 11 KOs. The young Joe Ross proved he is touchable as he was tagged for his second loss.  Combined, the three starters racked up 35 strikeouts in three games.

COLD AS ICE: Ben Revere.  He went 0-12 in the series.  Not good.  Nats are struggling at the leadoff spot.  Jayson Werth has cooled as well, he went 1 for 8 in the series.

What’s Next? The Nationals host division rival Miami Marlins for a four game weekend series.  They kick that series off this evening with Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nats facing off against Tom Koehler.

Season Record: 21-13