The Washington Nationals are showing all the naysayers who still have doubts about them that they’re for real in 2012. They will no longer be riding in the backseat of the N.L. East Division.
They beat the defending N.L. East champion Philadelphia Phillies for the second day in a row and seventh straight head-to-head game overall. The Nats received another brilliant start by pitcher Gio Gonzalez who went seven innings and allowed only four hits, one-run, and struck-out seven to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Gonzalez also laced a big double in the fifth inning to spark the game deciding rally that was highlighted by a Jayson Werth three-run bomb.
The Nats offense pounded out 15 hits and scored a season high seven runs in their solid 7-1 win. A once struggling Nats offense has 29 hits in the first two games against the Phillies.
It’s hard not to be excited about what this team’s doing, but I understand there’s a lot of baseball to be played this season. The Nats 18-9 start is more impressive when you factor in all the early season injuries to key players.
They will be looking to sweep the Phillies tomorrow night on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in front of a primetime audience. Get ready America, meet the Never Say Die Nats!