Washington Nationals Reaction: Strasburg Now 8-0 After Win Over Mets

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May 24, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 24, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) reacts after he hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Home Runs The Story Of The Series

Through the first two games of this series, the two teams have combined to hit 11 home runs. On Monday night, the Mets hit four home runs in their 7-1 win. While New York hit two home runs last night, the Nats responded with five of their own to get the win.

The five home runs by the Nats came from Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy, Ben Revere, and Wilson Ramos. You know the offense is having a great night when Revere hits a home run, which was only the fifth of his career.

In the fourth, Zimmerman and Rendon hit back-to-back home runs to give Washington a 2-1 lead. Both of their home runs came on changeups from Harvey. This month, Zimmerman has five home runs (tied with Murphy for the team lead) and 14 RBi’s (second on the team) while Rendon is tied for third with Ramos in RBI’s (13).

One inning later, Murphy continued his great hitting against the Mets through the first five games when he crushed a fastball into the second deck in right field for a two-run home run. Murphy, who had another multi-hit game, is now 8-for-19 against New York with two home runs (both home runs against Harvey) and six RBI’s.

While the Nats’ offense doesn’t hit home runs the way the Mets have been hitting them season, their five homers last night puts them at 55 for the year (tied for third in the National League) and they are second in home runs this month with 29 (Mets have the lead with 32). As the weather is heating up, more home runs should be flying out of Nationals Park.

Next: Strasburg Stays Perfect

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