Reaction: Washington Nationals Continue To Dominate Braves

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Apr 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Stephen Drew (10) hits a solo homer against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inningat Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Stephen Drew (10) hits a solo homer against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inningat Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

4th Inning Runs The Difference

Early on in the game, the Nationals couldn’t get much going against Braves’ starter Matt Wisler. Wisler had five ground ball outs through the first ten batters and made a great fielding play on a bunt by Bryce Harper in the bottom of the first inning.

However, in the fourth, the Nats were able to find a way to get on the scoreboard. After getting his first hit as a National last night, Stephen Drew took advantage of the third straight fastball he saw from Wisler and hit it to right center for his first home run.

Then, Jayson Werth finally got on the home run column for 2016 when he crushed a two-run home run to center that gave the Nats their 3-0 lead. It will be interesting to see if that one home run gets Werth going on a hot streak.

As for Drew, while he is not Yunel Escobar at third base, he definitely is a good bench piece for Dusty Baker to utilize when he needs to give Anthony Rendon a night off. So far, Baker has built a good bench, but the question will be whether or not these players will play significant roles like the bench did last year with all the injuries?

All in all, I think Drew is a good fit for this team because he has that home run power and is a good defender at three positions, which means he can spell Rendon, Danny Espinosa, or Daniel Murphy.

Next: Roark Keeps Braves In Check

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