Nationals take advantage of early breaks against Cardinals

The Nationals’ six-run seventh inning last night was built on two things - their ability to hit with two outs and a sloppy Cardinals team. They’ve kept those things going early tonight.

After Michael Morse hit a second-inning homer off Kyle McClellan into the Cardinals’ bullpen, the Nationals added a second run in the third inning after Jayson Werth reached first on an Albert Pujols error. Pujols, who is playing third tonight, made a lazy throw off his back foot and fired too short for Lance Berkman. That kept the inning going, and Werth scored after two two-out singles from Roger Bernadina and Ryan Zimmerman.

Four of the Nationals’ six runs in the seventh last night came with two outs, and the fact they’ve continued to hit with two outs tonight shouldn’t be overlooked. This has been a poor situational hitting team all season, and once again, Zimmerman was in the middle of keeping a rally going. The Nationals entered the night hitting .197 with two outs this season, with a meager .601 OPS. Tonight, they’re 2-for-5. You can see some hits starting to fall in, and because of that, they’ve been able to extend some innings and score some runs.