Washington Nationals: Takeaways From 3-2 Win Over Phillies
By Ricky Keeler
Nats Continue To Score In 1st Inning
Last night, the Washington Nationals scored a first inning run for the third consecutive game. They were able to string together a two out rally to get an early lead against Jerad Eickhoff. Daniel Murphy started the rally with a double down the left field line, Bryce Harper drove him in on a double off the wall in center field.
After a five-pitch walk by Anthony Rendon, Wilson Ramos singled up the middle to score Harper and put the Nats up 2-0. By getting these early leads, it allows pitchers like Scherzer and Tanner Roark to get into a groove and be more relaxed.
This season, the Washington Nationals are one of the best teams in baseball in the first inning. They lead the National League in runs scored (104), are second in home runs (23), second in walks (66), second in on-base percentage (.372), and fourth in batting average (.297).
After that first inning, Eickhoff was able to settle down and have a good outing. He went six innings, gave up three runs on five hits, struck out three, and walked four in his 13th loss of the season.
Over the last two nights, the Washington Nationals have scored only three runs after the first inning. But, at the same time, the Nats are doing a good job of getting the lead early on the road and making a statement. That holds true especially against a team like the Phillies, who the Washington Nationals have beaten in eight consecutive games.
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