Strasburg Shuts Down Mets, Nats Having Fun

DC Sports Nexus ---- Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nationals 5, Mets 2

The Nationals may be shutting down ace Stephen Strasburg at the end of the season, but it isn't time yet.  On Wednesday afternoon in New York, Strasburg led the Nationals to a 5-2 victory with 11 strikeouts, 4 hits, and only 1 run through 7 innings.  With the win the Nats have won 5 in a row and swept the Mets for the first time this season.

Strasburg was dominant in his 94 pitch outing.  If it wasn't for the Tommy John then Strassy would have probably been able to go another inning or for the complete game.

Morse & Espinosa went back to back in the 2nd inning and Adam LaRoche hit a 2 run bomb in the 7th to highlight the Nats scoring.

Davey Johnson almost bungled the game for Strasburg in the 8th.  With a 5-1 lead he opted to give Henry Rodriguez a chance.  H-Rod walked the first two batters and after 3 pitching changes and a run, David Wright came to the plate as the tying run.  Davey let Storen pitch to Wright of all people, and the former closer saved the day retiring the Mets All-Star.

Four pitchers in the eighth inning.  Strange matchup pitching in games that aren't that close.  Letting pitchers face only 1 batter.  Several interesting/crazy moves by the Nats skipper.

Clippard came in and picked up his 18th save with a perfect 9th.

FP Quote of the Night: "Beasts don't usually like the daytime" following a Michael Morse 2nd inning solo homerun.

Hot Nats Bats:  Espinosa is now on an 11 game hitting streak with 2 more hits on the day.  During the streak Espy is batting over .400.  Red hot Roger Bernadina also picked up another hit giving him a 6 game hitting streak in which he has batted .522!  Morse's homer continues his hot month of July where he has hit in 17 of his last 20 games.

The Nationals are having fun out there.  Lots of smiles, low tens, high fives, and hugs.    (or Peace, Love, & Homeruns) The fun heads to Milwaukee on Thursday...

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