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Zimmermann, Rendon Lead Nationals Over Astros 7-0


If only Anthony Rendon’s Houston homecoming could have lasted a few more days.  Closing out a short two game series with the Astros, Rendon and the Nationals scored early and often, winning easily 7-0.

While the offense as a whole hit the ball well in support of starter Jordan Zimmerman(2-1), Rendon’s bat proved the most dangerous.  On the night, Rendon finished 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs.  The RBIs bring Rendon’s total for the month of April to 20, which is a new Nats team record. Also on the night, Zimmerman became the Nationals all-time team leader in wins with 45.

Denard Span started things off for the Nats in the third, leading off with a triple and then scoring when right fielder George Springer failed to pick up the ball cleanly.  The Nats then added four more runs in the fourth, and solo home runs in the fifth and sixth by Danny Espinosa and Rendon made the score 7-0.

Those runs proved to be more than enough for Zimmerman who scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one.  The outing was Zimmerman’s fourth quality start in a row, and fifth out of six starts on the season.  After allowing no runs on the night, he lowered his ERA from 4.05 to 3.27.

Left-handed starter Brett Oberholtzer (0-5) had few answers against a Nationals offense that came into the game third in the NL in batting average and slugging and second in OPS and runs scored.  Oberholtzer surrendered 11 hits and two walks on the night, with six earned runs despite the early Astros fielding gaffes.

On the night, the Nats offense collected 13 hits total.  Rendon led the way with four hits, but Span, Espinosa, and Kevin Frandsen each recorded two hits.  Frandsen played left field for an injured Bryce Harper.  Right fielder Jayson Werth singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

The Nats have now won six straight against the Astros and five of their last seven games overall, outscoring their opponents 36-16.  In that time, they’ve thrown two shutouts and allowed three or fewer runs five times.

After an off day on Thursday, the Nats head to Philadelphia for a three game series before returning home to play the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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  • Shawn Casey

    Is it just me or are the Nats with all their injuries, playing more like a team? I know it was against Houston but I saw a ton more hustle, calmness at the plate, aggressiveness on the bases, outstanding defense, and a loose and fun-loving team. I know it is wrong to say but I kind of dread seeing Ryan, Wilson, and Bryce come back to the lineup…I know we need them but damn the chemistry of this current line-up is something to behold. I also think Matt should platoon Tyler Moore and LaRoche more as well as giving Werth and Desmond more days off. The only starter I see scuffling is Desi…when he gets hot look out.
    But back to my original point, what do you think Matt should do (if the team keeps playing like this) when Zim, Ramos, and Harper are healthy?

  • Scott Bline

    I tweeted something similar last night about what do the Nats do when Zimmerman returns. Espinosa has been playing well. Desmond will figure it out. Rendon has been great. With Lobaton hitting so well the Ramos injury hasn’t been awful. Infield is the one area where the team has considerable depth, especially with LaRoche playing great. Harper has to play of course. I just want Williams to find a consistent spot in the lineup for him. A little continuity would help a lot. Sometimes you forget how young he is. Stop messing w the guys head.

  • Scott Bline

    Speaking of Williams though, it’s good to see him being more aggressive w the runners but would a few hit and runs hurt? Getting some runners in motion wouldn’t make this team so dependent on the pig hit all the time.