Before today's game against the Cubs, Nationals manager Davey Johnson talked about how he wouldn't mind a "laugher" of a game to spare a bullpen that's worked 10 2/3 scoreless innings in the last three days and has carried the team through a stretch where it's won six straight one-run games.
Looks like he's got his wish.
The Nationals scored seven runs in the third inning, collecting eight hits and knocking Matt Garza out of the game before he could record an out. It was their biggest inning of the season, and it put the Nationals up 7-0 after three.
Roger Bernadina and Danny Espinosa each have two hits for the Nationals tonight, and Wilson Ramos drove in two with a double to right. Even Jayson Werth got in on the act with an infield single.
And the outburst comes at a good time, too; the Nationals have the starting pitcher on the mound (Livan Hernandez) who gets more rope to go deep in games than anyone else on the staff. It should give Johnson a chance to rest his bullpen, and the Nationals are well on their way to their first four-game sweep of the season.