The past week, the surging Washington Nationals won a road series against the New York Mets and their home opening series against the Cincinnati Reds, including walk-off extra inning victories in the first two games in Washington this season. Though the week ended with a tough 11-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds, it also included a five-game winning streak that gave the District’s major league baseball club it’s best start ever and vaulted them into first place in the National League East.
Edwin Jackson‘s complete game two-hitter on Saturday afternoon highlighted a string of extraordinary performances by Washington’s starting pitchers, who look as strong as advertised, albeit much too early in the season to draw any lasting conclusions.
Injuries continued to be the cloud underneath the Nationals’ encouraging start. One day shy of re-joining the club for the home opener, Michael Morse re-injured his right lat and is now out for six weeks. Drew Storen had surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow and will be sidelined until, approximately, the all-star break. The only good injury news was that Rick Ankiel completed a strong re-hab assignment and joined the Nats on April 14.
Look to your District on Deck staff to keep you up to date with game re-caps and features as the Nationals continue their exciting 2012 season. Today, we began a new feature “Down on the Farm” with a look at Harrisburg Senators’ electric second baseman Jeff Kobernus.
We had 11 total posts on the week for you. Here’s your recap:
Game 4 Recap: Mets 4 Nationals 3 (Andrew)
Storen Undergoes Surgery: Out Until June (Michael)
Game 9 Recap: Nationals 4, Reds 1 (Andrew)