Apr 10, 2014, 10:27 PM EDT
The Nationals completed their sweep of the Miami Marlins on Thursday in what ended up a 7-1 blowout in the box score. But for much of the game the Nationals were hanging on to a one-run lead thanks to an efficient start by Stephen Strasburg, and another big hit by Jayson Werth.
Werth gave the Nationals their first two runs on a homer off starter Tom Koehler in the third inning. He crushed a 3-0 fastball several rows into left-center field, only 18 hours after hitting a grand slam in the team’s win the night before.
“Yeah, felt pretty good up there and got the green light from [Matt Williams]. Got a pitch up that was elevated and put a good swing on it. Good to get us out in front there and Stras pitched a heck of a game. And then we tacked on some runs late and Desi hit the big grand slam. It was good to get the sweep.”
Werth is now hitting .375 through nine games on the season with two homers, eight runs and eight RBI. He is currently slugging .625 and reaching base at a .487 clip.
The 35-year-old has picked up right where he left off last season when he finished 13th in National League MVP voting.
“I feel pretty good. I’ve been kind of tinkering with some things lately, but all in all I like where I’m at up there.”
When asked if there was a carryover from last season, Werth said he is just taking it one day at a time, but shortstop Ian Desmond does see a continuation.
“He picked up right where he left off. He’s really comfortable in that 3-hole and it helps that [Adam LaRoche] is really raking right behind him, too.”
Desmond had a day himself, breaking the game open with an eighth inning grand slam to make it 7-1 in the Nats’ favor. He has also started the season off well with three home runs, most among MLB shortstops through the first two weeks.
The Nationals are clicking on offense, having won four straight games and averaging 7.3 runs over their last three. Now they head to Atlanta to battle the Braves.
“This is good. This is what we’ve been looking for. This is the lineup and this is the offense that we feel like we can put out there every day,” Desmond said.
NL EAST STANDINGS
Through Monday's games
NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Monday's games
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
(End of regular season)
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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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