The last time the Nationals broke out of a hitting slump, they cranked up the shock-and-awe factor by scoring 17 runs in Baltimore after getting shut out on back-to-back days. Their offense hadn't been that frigid heading into Tuesday's game against the Phillies, but considering the pitcher they beat, this win might have been even more improbable.
With two home runs from Danny Espinosa, a three-hit performance from Michael Morse and at least one hit from every other position player in the lineup, the Nationals thumped the Phillies 10-2 at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. They knocked out Cliff Lee - who'd thrown a three-hit shutout the last time he pitched here - in the sixth inning, and won for just the third time in their last 13 games.
Espinosa hit a three-run homer as part of a five-run third inning, and added a solo shot in the sixth inning. The Nationals improved to 23-31 for the season. They'll try to win the series tomorrow afternoon.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit - and for the first time in a few days, I'm guessing it will be full of players happy to talk to reporters.