If there was a good time for a Nationals pitcher to have a slipup, Tom Gorzelanny seems to have found it. He's given up three homers tonight, but all of a sudden, the Nationals' offense is hitting well enough to slug its way back into games.
After scoring 19 runs in three games with the Braves, they've rallied to tie the Marlins at four through four innings tonight, scoring three in the fourth. Laynce Nix crushed a solo homer off Chris Volstad, and Roger Bernadina followed four batters later with a two-RBI double to left-center. He has three hits tonight, and Nix now has five homers for the year.
Both players, it should be noted, are trying to keep themselves in the lineup. Nix has added the spark to the Nationals' order that they thought they'd get from Michael Morse, and Bernadina has the Nationals wondering if he could be their solution at the top of the order. He's now hitting .348 since being called up last week.
Gorzelanny has thrown 76 pitches through four innings, but the Nationals have countered his early mistakes.
Bernadina just made a fantastic catch to end the top of the fifth, robbing Mike Stanton of an extra-base hit. Bernadina sprinted back toward the warning track in center before perfectly timing a leap and coming up with a sno-cone catch as he tumbled to the ground.