Lineups 8/7

D-Backs:

Drew – SS

Romero – RF

Parra – CF

Reynolds – 3B

Snyder – C

Oeltjen – LF

Whitesell – 1B

Ojeda – 2B

Garland – P (RHP, 6-10, 4.26)

 

Nationals:

Morgan – CF

Guzman - SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF 

Dukes – RF 

Belliard – 2B  

Nieves – C

Balester – P (RHP, 1-1, 3.68)

 


Ryan Zimmerman.jpgThe Nats completed their first sweep of the season against the Marlins yesterday and have won or tied the last five series. The Nats trailed 6-0 after two innings but they slowly chipped away at the deficit and eventually took the lead with a four-run eighth inning. It was the second-largest come-from-behind win in a home game since MLB returned to DC in 2005. (On June 17, 2006 at RFK, the Yankees jumped out to a 7-run (9-2) lead after their half of the 5th inning, but the Nationals rebounded to win, 11-9.)

 

“Our pitching has been our key because we have been in every single game,” Josh Willingham said of the recent success. “You have to have good pitching to be able to be in every game because you aren’t going to score seven runs a game so you have to limit the other team in runs and you have to catch the ball. And then we’ve been getting some timely hitting as well so we’ve just been playing a lot better baseball.”

 

It is a night and day difference from when the Nats were swept at home by the Marlins in April. That was the most painful sweep in Nationals history…

 

In case you forgot, the Marlins were the first team in Major League history to sweep a series of at least three games after trailing in the ninth inning (or later) in each game.

 

This time was different:

Tuesday:

The Nats trailed 4-0 in the bottom of the eight but scored six runs in the inning to take a 6-4 lead. Adam Dunn blasted an opposite field two-run shot to break the tie and give the Nats the eventual 6-4 win.

Wednesday:

The Nats jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and Mike MacDougal entered in the ninth with a 5-4 lead and saved his fourth game in four days.

Thursday:

The Marlins scored six runs in the first two innings and knocked starter Craig Stammen out of the game. It was a game the Nats would have lost before the break but Ryan Zimmerman led the comeback going 4-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs and was a double away from the cycle. The bullpen was sensational and the offense kept the heat on the Marlins to win 12-8.

 

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