Washington Nationals Defeat Twins 8-4: 3 Takeaways

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Apr 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth (28) celebrates with catcher Jose Lobaton (59) after his fifth inning solo home run against the Minnesota Twins at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Minnesota Twins 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth (28) celebrates with catcher Jose Lobaton (59) after his fifth inning solo home run against the Minnesota Twins at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Minnesota Twins 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) points to catcher Jose Lobaton (59) (not pictured) after scoring on his single during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Murphy Back On Another Hitting Streak

On Thursday, Daniel Murphy had his 12-game hit streak snapped against the Miami Marlins. However, the Nats’ second baseman was quick to start another streak last night with his ninth multi-hit game of the year.

With two outs, Murphy got the scoring started when he hit a base hit to left to drive in Harper. In his next at-bat, he led off the third inning with a double and would later score on a Espinosa single. With those two hits, he is now 4-for-5 in his career against Gibson with two RBI’s.

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From his time with the New York Mets, Murphy was always known as a doubles hitter and that trend has followed him to the Nation’s Capital. His five doubles are the most on the team and tied for eighth in the National League through the first 14 games.

Of course, with his 2-for-4 night, Murphy increased his league leading batting average up to .411 and he’s now third in the NL in on-base percentage (.484) behind Dexter Fowler of the Cubs (.500) and Christian Yelich of the Marlins (.516).

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Despite being off to a great start, Murphy has played in every game this season. Dusty Baker told the media after last night’s game that he would be getting the day off this afternoon.

While Baker didn’t necessarily say who would start, one would think that Stephen Drew would get the chance to get the start at second base. It’s an afternoon off that is well deserved as Murphy has continued to stay locked in since the season began.

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