MILWAUKEE - We've played 2 1/2 innings at Miller Park, and in the second round of Michael Morse and Corey Hart's ongoing game of Home Run Derby, the Nationals have a 5-2 lead. That came after Morse - who was 5-for-13 this year against the Brewers before tonight and entered the day hitting .400 in his last eight games - launched his first career grand slam.
Morse got a fat 2-0 fastball from Chris Narveson in the top of the third inning, and launched it to left field for a grand slam that put the Nationals up 5-2. He has homered twice in the series so far, and he gave the Nationals the lead back after Hart - who homered three times last night - hit another two-run shot in the first inning to put the Brewers on top early.
With Adam LaRoche out for at least 2-3 weeks - and possibly facing shoulder surgery - the Nationals need Morse to get hot at the plate. He's probably going to get a large chunk of the playing time at first base, and he'll keep himself in the middle of the team's order if he can continue to do damage. It should also be noted that the entire inning was set up by a pair of walks from Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos to load the bases; the Nationals were having trouble drawing walks the last few games. But when they were able to set up a big inning, Morse cashed in on it.