Weekly Review (5/28)
Here at Curly W Live, we will be conducting a weekly review every Tuesday of all the storylines from the week that was. If you’re new to the site or have just been too busy to stay current with all the day-to-day action, this is your way to get caught up on everything going on with the team.
The Nationals entered what many considered the toughest part of their schedule to date, a 10-day, nine-game, three-city swing against a trio of division rivals. The trip began in Philadelphia on Monday, where Gio Gonzalez kept the Phillies scoreless through six innings and the Washington held on late for a 2-1 victory. The Nationals came out strong again Tuesday, as Bryce Harper keyed a four-run third inning off Roy Halladay, helping the Nats beat the Phillies ace for the first time since 2002 by a final of 5-2. With the team again taking the series from their most bitter division rival, we reminded you that this election year in D.C., one set of votes should be easy. On Wednesday, Cole Hamels prevented a Washington sweep for the second time this season, shutting the Nats bats down in a 6-1 Philadelphia victory.
From there, the Nationals enjoyed an off day before moving on to Atlanta for the weekend, matching up with the team that stood just a game behind them atop the NL East. Meanwhile, although the team was on the road all week, there were still important baseball games being played at Nationals Park. After having scored just eight first inning runs in their first 44 games combined, Washington plated four in the top of the first on Friday against the Braves and never trailed in a 7-4 victory. Again the team jumped out to a four-run lead Saturday, but relinquished it momentarily before pushing forward for good on the strength of RBI extra-base pinch-hits from Chad Tracy and Rick Ankiel to win 8-4.
In the nationally televised series finale on Sunday, Gonzalez dominated for the second time in the week, outdueling NL ERA leader Brandon Beachy and retaking the Major League lead in strikeouts in a 7-2 victory. In so doing, he also delivered the Nationals their first true sweep in 10 opportunities this season.
Mon @ PHI: W, 2-1
Tue @ PHI: W, 5-2
Wed @ PHI: L, 1-6
Fri @ ATL: W, 7-4
Sat @ ATL: W, 8-4
Sun @ ATL: W, 7-2
Weekly Record: 5-1