|White Sox 7, Nationals 8|
|Read the full box score at ESPN|
Adam LaRoche was stuck in a rut. He hadn't gotten a hit in his first fifteen at bats this season. But on Tuesday night at Nats Park, after missing 2 straight games with a sore back, the slugger crushed his first two hits of the season, both homeruns, in a 8-7 win over the Chicago White Sox.
(A character from an HBO show joined the President's Race...lame...)
Gio Gonzalez started for the Nationals, but struggled early on raising his pitch count. Much to his dismay, Captain Hook yanked Gio after 5 innings at 99 pitches. Gio only gave up 1 earned run, on a bases loaded balk, and struck out 7.
|Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, and Adam LaRoche aptly named by FP as Murderer's Row|
The Nats were in great position with a 6-2 lead heading into the 7th inning but Tyler Clippard gave up 3 runs and made the game much closer than it should be. The Nats picked up insurance runs in the 7th and 8th, and Rafael Soriano came on in the 9th to seal the 8-5 victory. Instead the new closer gave up a 2 run homer to Alex Rios and walked the game winning run before closing the game for his 3rd save of the season.
The Nationals finished the game with 4 homers, all big. Ian Desmond a solo shot in the 5th, Jayson Werth (with a new walk-up song) hit a 2 run homer in the 6th, and LaRoche added one a few batters later in the 6th for his first hit of the season. Bob Carpenter (continuing the hits) was so excited he exclaimed, "VIVA LAROCHE!" as the ball cleared the centerfield wall.
Later, in the 8th inning, LaRoche belted a second homer.
"He's baaaack!" - FP Santangelo
The Nats are now 5-2 with another 2 games against the White Sox starting tomorrow at 7...