Jul 3, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy (22) reacts after giving up a two run homer to Washington Nationals first baseman Clint Robinson (left) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 2 – 1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
While the Washington Nationals offense has hit a slump as of late, they were able to get the timely hit against the San Francisco Giants last night. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, it was Clint Robinson who played the role of hero with a two-run homer against Jake Peavy that ultimately gave the Nationals the victory.
Even though last night’s win was far from a playoff game, it was a nice way to make a statement against the team that knocked the Nats out of the playoffs in the NLDS a season ago. In last year’s series, three of the four games had a one run margin.
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It was unknown how the starting pitchers would fare in this game. Jake Peavy and Gio Gonzalez were coming into last night’s game with some area of rust. Peavy hadn’t pitched in the Majors since April 17 because of a back strain and GIo Gonzalez had his last start cancelled because of rain after only one inning.
That being said, both pitchers did a good job against the opposing lineups and taking advantage of their aggressive approaches at the plate. Both starters made a mistake, but it was Peavy’s mistake that cost the Giants the game. With the win last night, the Nationals have now won seven straight home games and they are 23-14 at Nats Park this season (21-22 on the road).
Before the Nationals and Giants start their 11:05 AM ET game, let’s take a look at some of my takeaways from last night’s 2-1 win:
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