Since returning from the All Star Break, the Nationals have been on fire, posting a 24-11 record and most recently compiling eight wins during a 10-game road trip.
The trip began with a sweep of the lowly Astros that brought about several memorable moments, including Gio Gonzalez’s first career home run, a couple of monstrous Michael Morse home runs — one of which would have sailed over the Minute Maid Park railroad tracks had there not been signage in the way –, and a memorable sweep-clinching grab at the left field wall by Roger Bernadina.
Ironically, the Nats had to scrape by Houston, baseball’s worst team, in three one-run games, including two extra-inning thrillers. The Nats then proceeded to take a series each from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants. Washington bested their NL West foes 40-25 in those six games. On Friday, they clobbered the Diamondbacks 9-1 and were relentless in their 14-2 domination of the Giants on Monday.
Strong contributions came from just about everywhere over the past 10 games. Morse provided power with his bat. Bernadina not only displayed highlight reel production in the outfield but impeccable timing in his hits at the dish as well. Gonzalez pitched a complete game the same night of his home run and notched a franchise-tying 15th win. Steve Lombardozzi put up two four-hit games while Stephen Strasburg put up two wins on the trip. Danny Espinosa, Jordan Zimmermann, Jayson Werth also benefited from their time away from Nationals Park.
At 72-45, the Nats continue to boast the best record in baseball. Their next four series are against division opponents, with the Mets and Braves coming to D.C. followed by a six-game trip to Philadelphia and Miami.
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