BALTIMORE - The Nationals have only scored 12 or more runs in four series this season. They’ve got that many tonight - and unless their bullpen falters late, they’re in line for their first true blowout victory of the season.
A sizzling offense added another six runs in the fifth inning, with Danny Espinosa posting a single (he’s now a double from the cycle), Wilson Ramos getting his first career triple, Roger Bernadina homering to center with an assist from Adam Jones (who knocked the ball over the fence with his glove) and Jayson Werth smashing a two-run shot to center. It’s 12-5 headed into the sixth inning, and the Nationals’ offense, facing a struggling pitching staff, has finally broken out tonight.
Washington hadn’t scored more than eight runs in a game this season, and had just 12 runs in its last five games before tonight.
One note, though: Despite all the runs, Jason Marquis doesn’t have a chance at the win. He was pulled after allowing five runs and throwing 89 pitches in four innings. A few of you mentioned he looked to be a little hot after finding out he was getting pulled. I can see the logic, though - he’s gotten plenty of run support (5.62 runs a game) this season, and it’s helped him to five wins. He didn’t necessarily deserve one tonight, and maybe manager Jim Riggleman was trying to send that message. I’ll have to check on that after the game.
But for now, the Nationals’ offense is rolling, and looking at a much-needed win.