The Nats jumped out to a lead and never relinquished it, winning 2-1 over the Mets. What stood out the most?
After trouncing the Mets 16-4, the Nationals scratched out a tough 2-1 win over their rival. Overall it was a complete game for the Nats. The offense was able to help out an inconsistent Max Scherzer, while the bullpen came in and closed the door on any comeback attempts. Here are three takeaways from last night’s win.
Max Scherzer Is A Warrior
In Max Scherzer’s last start, which just happened to come against the Mets, he left the game early with a hamstring injury. Tonight, he started and labored through the first two innings, finishing with just under 50 pitches after allowing three hits and two walks. He would go on to settle down and gutted out six strong innings, adding seven strikeouts, while only allowing one run, which came on a sac fly. After showing diminished velocity in his last start, he was able to reach 96 with his fastball.
Trea Turner’s Bat Is Coming Around
Trea Turner is the heart of the Nationals because when he gets going, the team gets going. So it’s no surprise that since Turner has been struggling, so have the Nats. In fact, the speedster started the season 9 for his first 47, and over that time the Nats went 4-7. However, the Nats have won two straight with Turner going five for nine over that span including a homer in each of those games. On the season, Turner is hitting .250, with three homers, and six RBI’s. To top it off, he made a spectacular web catch gem.
Oh, yea. Turner’s leadoff homer to start the game puts him in first place all-time in franchise history for leadoff home runs. with 10.
Washington Is Undefeated As The Away Team
With tonight’s win, the Nationals are 4-0 on the road and have won 12 straight away games dating back to last year’s NLDS against the Dodgers.
Whatever the reason, Washington has thrived as the road team and has been using these games to catch back up to the pack.