Nats Offense On Fire, Detwiler Delivers

DC Sports Nexus ---- Sunday, July 22, 2012

Nationals 9, Braves 2

Ross Detwiler  had a good day, but the Washington Nationals offense and 18 hits led the team to a 9-2 victory and a series split with the Braves on Sunday afternoon at Nats Park.  The Nats are now up 3.5 games on the Braves.

Less than 24 hours after John Lannan walked into the dugout after a 7th inning to a standing ovation, Ross Detwiler received the same treatment, pitching 7 innings of 7 hit baseball, giving up only 2 runs, 1 earned.  That is now 3 games in a row where the starter went 7 full innings.

To give you an idea of how well things were going for the Nats, in the 5th inning, Roger Bernadina was intentionally walked (does that ever happen?) to get to minor-league catcher Sandy Leon who proceeded to belt in his first 2 career RBIs on a bases loaded double.

Four Guys On Fire

Ryan Zimmerman hit 2 homers on a 3 for 5, 3 RBI night.  In the month of July, Ryan Zimmerman has hit safely in 16 out of 18 games, batting .414 with 9 homeruns.

Michael Morse also had 3 hits and in his last 9 games is batting .405.

Roger Bernadina reached base 4 out of 5 times at the plate, going 3 for 4 with an intentional walk and 2 RBIs.  The Shark is on fire and has 11 hits in his last 19 at bats.

Danny Espinosa has also been on fire as of late.  He went 3 for 4 with a walk and 2 RBIs on Sunday continuing his 8 game hit streak.  Espy has 14 hits in those 8 games.

The Nats head to NY for a series with the Mets...No Rest

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