Los Angeles Dodgers
The Washington Nationals, one of the most decimated-by-injuries teams in the league with over 580 man-games missed, have still managed to maintain the 2nd largest division lead out of all 30 teams in Major League Baseball.
Bryce Harper stood out in his surprise call-up over the weekend, not just with his hair or with his bat, but with his arm. And considering he hit well against one of the league’s better pitching staffs, perhaps Harper could be the bolt of energy this lineup needs.
Lefty Gio Gonzalez (2-1) allowed two runs, three hits and five walks through six innings, and struck out seven. He’d gone 6-0 in his previous eight starts since last Sept. 12 – the Nationals haven’t scored more than two runs in any of his five starts while he’s been in the game.
The Washington Nationals’ top prospect can take satisfaction from the fact he hit a rope over Kemp’s head in center field for a double in the third at-bat of his major league debut.
Joe Torre, a four-time World Series winning manager with the New York Yankees and the 1971 National League MVP, joined “The Mike Wise Show” on Wednesday and said Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is “something that comes along once in a generation.” Torre, a nine-time all-star with the Braves and Cardinals, managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2008-2010, and compares Strasburg to a player he coached, 2011 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
The Nationals used four home runs to power past the Dodgers en route to a 7-2 win.
On the schedule, it’s just another Tuesday night baseball game. However, the eyes of the baseball world will be on the man who’ll be the first to touch the ball to start the game.
The Nationals struck out thirteen times and only managed two hits in their 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers and lose their fourth series in a row.
The Nats fell 7-6 to the Dodgers after a Rafael Furcal double in the bottom of the 9th scored Jamey Carroll.
John Lannan gave up one earned run in a little over six innings, but also went 2 for 3 at the plate including his first MLB home run in the Nats 7-2 win over the Dodgers.