Jun 16, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and teammates high five after they beat the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Washington Nationals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 16-4. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
It’s been a week of history for the Washington Nationals franchise. On Sunday, they watched Max Scherzer nearly throw a perfect game, but still struck out a club record 16 batters in his complete game win over the Brewers. Two days later, the Nats offense decided to join in and set history.
Last night, the team had 23 hits, which is the most in a single game in Nationals history. All nine players that were in the starting lineup had at least one hit in this one. With the offense struggling as much as it has this month, could this be the game that sparks another hot streak?
For some players, such as Ian Desmond, this could be the game that starts up his season. The Nats shortstop went 2-for-4 with a walk and a RBI. For others, it was about having some of the best games of their respective careers. Danny Espinosa went 5-for-5 with three runs scored and set a career high for most hits in a game. Plus, Clint Robinson went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI’s, including a mammoth home run in the second.
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With the team scoring six runs in the top of the second, those were all the runs that Tanner Roark would need as he threw seven strong innings and held the Rays to one run. While Drew Storen gave up a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, remember that Storen hadn’t pitched in a game since June 10 against the Yankees.
Even though the team showed some inconsistency at times, they still finished 4-4 on the eight game road trip and are just 1.5 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.
Before tonight’s game in Washington DC, here are some of my takeaways from last night’s 16-4 win over the Rays: