Nats break out in the fourth with smart baserunning

The Nationals, lately, have been unable to score runs, much less hang a crooked number on anybody. That changed in the fourth, with some aggressive baserunning, and they now lead the White Sox 3-1.

After a leadoff triple, Cristian Guzman scored on a fielder’s choice when Paul Konerko tried to throw him out at home on Adam Dunn’s bouncing grounder to first. Guzman made a great slide, touching home with his left hand ahead of Ramon Castro’s tag to tie the game.

With the next batter, Josh Willingham, facing Freddy Garcia, manager Jim Riggleman called for a hit-and-run on a 1-0 pitch. It was an aggressive move, and it paid off, with Dunn going to third on Willingham’s single. He then scored on Roger Bernadina’s single, and Wil Nieves drove in Willingham later in the inning.

It should be noted Bernadina went from first to third on that single, too. A sharp inning for the Nats, making things happen when they’re not hitting well. We’ll see if they can hold on.