Battle of the Beltways: O's Take Game Two

DC Sports Nexus ---- Saturday, May 19, 2012

 Nationals 5, Orioles 6
Well if you were bored last night, tonight's game provided you with some excitement of the offensive variety.  The O's locked up the series win with their win tonight, but the Nat's will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow behind Strasburg.  Here's your recap:

The big bats for the O's got it done again tonight, with Markakis and Jones driving in two runs a piece via the long ball off of Ross Detwiler.  As we said in the series preview, the major advantage the Nat's had over the O's was their starting pitching, but tonight Detwiler couldn't keep it together.  On the flip side, Jason Hammel cruised through the earlier innings tonight before running into trouble in the 6th inning when the Nationals bats came to life and made a game of it.  The bullpen, unlike last night, held the O's scoreless after Detwiler left.  H-rod was brought in during the 9th inning and worked a hit-less frame.    

After their shaky close last night, the Orioles brought in Jim Johnson to finish things off.  Ryan Zimmerman tried to upset Johnson's perfect save percentage by belting a homerun, but it wasn't enough to lead the Nat's to a late inning rally.  Lets hope that homer is a sign of Zimmerman breaking out of his slump.

Final game of the series is tomorrow afternoon.  If anyone on the Nat's can slow down Jones and Markakis, its Strasburg.  The Nat's lineup will have to get it done against Chen, who is a perfect 4-0 on the season.  Each team walked into this series sitting in first place, but it looks like only the O's will exit in the same fashion.  Lets hope the Nat's can avoid the sweep tomorrow!
Question:  Adam Jones or Bryce Harper?  As a National's fan, who would you rather have on the team today?     

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