Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals are playing well at the right time.
Ryan Zimmerman made up for lost time and immediately tested the injury that resulted in a lengthy absence.
Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs in seven innings, Bryce Harper had three hits, and the Washington Nationals kept up their push for home-field advantage in the NL playoffs by beating the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Thursday night.
After winning the National League East Division title in 2012 for the first time in team history, the Washington Nationals looked like a rising power in Major League Baseball.
The Washington Nationals celebrated like a team that expected to be in this position a year ago.
With a versatile lineup that can generate offense in so many different ways, the Washington Nationals definitely look like a dangerous team come October.
Stalking off the mound, Gio Gonzalez slammed the ball hard into Matt Williams’ hand without a word.
Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon had two-run homers off Bartolo Colon, who was ejected after hitting the following batter both times, and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-2 Thursday night for their 12th straight win at Citi Field.
A big lead in September is anything but a sure thing — just ask fans of these teams that endured some of the worst late-season collapses in baseball history.
Mathematicians will say the Washington Nationals can’t clinch the NL East until next week. Practicality says they essentially wrapped it up Tuesday night with another win over the Atlanta Braves.