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?
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