Ankiel’s 3 rbi’s help lift Nats to victory

By Editorial Staff

After having been shut out opening day the bats decided to make their first appearance of the season for the Nats topping the Braves by a score of 6 to 3.

The Nationals jumped out to an early lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from second baseman Danny Espinosa that sent Michael Morse home for the Nats first run of the season and 1 to 0 lead.

The Braves came back and tied it up in the top of the third on a Chipper Jones single that drove in Nate McLouth. But the game would not remind tied for long as the Nationals put 3 more runs on the board in the bottom of the third. The first of the three runs came on a Mike Morse sacrifice fly to right field that drove in Jayson Werth. The very next batter Rick Ankiel hit a two run shot over the right field wall giving the Nats a 4 to 1 lead.

John Lannan picked up the win for the Nationals going 5 innings despite having to sit through a 4th inning rain/hail delay. Lannan came back out and pitched the 5th and left the game after the 5th inning having given up just 1 run in 5 innings.

The Braves scored again in the 6th and the 8th but could only manage to get within 2 runs.


Ankiel- had a two run home run in the 3rd inning and a beautiful sacrifice bunt in the 7th that drove in Zimmerman

Zimmerman- 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 rbi and a 2 runs. Played solid at the plate as well as defensively

Ramos- 3 hits. He did not knock anyone in or get drove in but he lead off the inning on two of hits. If he continues to play like he did the rbis and runs will definitely start to pile up eventually.

Werth- 3 hits, 1 walk and 1 run. Still early but has looked impressive both defensively as well as at the plate so far.

Espinosa- 0 hits but had a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning that sent Morse home. He may not have did a whole lot with his bat but he played defense like a gold glove caliber second baseman having stopped several runs with his glove.