Apr 1, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT
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Jayson Werth’s patience at the plate has rubbed off on his new teammates.
Most of the positives that have been outlined from the Nationals’ 2-0 Opening Day loss to the Braves have centered around the club’s solid pitching and defensive performance. It’s difficult to find positives out of an offensive performance that included five hits, none of them with runners in scoring position, right?
Not so fast. The Nationals’ lineup may have lagged behind the rest of the club during yesterday’s loss, but it did offer a glimpse of something positive fans should become accustomed to this season: its ability to make opposing pitchers work.
Though Braves starter Derek Lowe dominated in earning the victory, the Nationals’ ability to work the count and wear down the veteran right-hander forced Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez to pull him after only 5 2/3 innings.
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