Washington Nationals Reaction: Nats Rally For Opening Day Victory

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Apr 4, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and right fielder Bryce Harper (34) react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Nationals defeated the Braves 4-3 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and right fielder Bryce Harper (34) react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Nationals defeated the Braves 4-3 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 4, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and right fielder Bryce Harper (34) react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Nationals defeated the Braves 4-3 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and right fielder Bryce Harper (34) react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Nationals defeated the Braves 4-3 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

Check out our takeaways from yesterday’s extra-inning comeback win over the Braves on Opening Day

Yesterday, at Turner Field, Washington Nationals fans watched a game that featured many twists and turns. Before the ninth inning, it felt like the game was going to be about the struggles of a new-look bullpen in the bottom of the eighth. Instead, the Nats were resilient and found a way to rally in the top of the ninth to tie the game and eventually win it in extra innings, 4-3.

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In Dusty Baker’s first game as the new manager in DC, the star of the day was Daniel Murphy, who went 2-for-3 with a home run and the game-winning double in the tenth in his Nats debut. Plus, Murphy was involved in one of the new rules in baseball as Nick Markakis was called out in the seventh inning for oversliding second base.

There were many new faces that made their debut yesterday, but some had better debuts than others. While Oliver Perez had a key strikeout of Markakis with the bases loaded, Shawn Kelley walked in a run before Perez came in the game and Ben Revere’s debut only lasted two at-bats because of a ribcage injury (replaced by Michael Taylor in the fourth inning).

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With that being said, while one game doesn’t define a season, it’s always good to get that win on Opening Day. Plus, Max Scherzer had a good start to his 2016 as he gave up only two solo home runs on three hits and struck out seven batters over seven strong innings and Bryce Harper hit his fourth career Opening Day home run.

Before the Nats finish their two-game series with the Braves Wednesday night (7:10 p.m ET, MASN), here are my takeaways from yesterday’s comeback win:

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