It was Bryce Harper’s historical grand slam that provided the oomph in the Washington Nationals’ latest win. Harper hit 42 of those homers last season while winning his first NL MVP award despite the Nationals falling short of the playoffs.
Slumping Atlanta Braves slugger Freddie Freeman is not in the starting lineup for Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals.
Washington’s sixth win of the campaign came courtesy of a fine pitching display from Tanner Roark and home runs from Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth.
Harper became the eighth-youngest player to reach 100 home runs with a third-inning grand slam in Thursday’s 6-2 victory over Atlanta. Harper’s slam was the 100th career home run for the twenty-two year old.
Washington got three runs and four hits in six innings against Wisler (0-1). He turned on a fastball from Julio Teheran and sent it sailing over the out-of-town scoreboard in right field.
Rangers 6, Orioles 3: Rougned Odor had a tiebreaking double in a five-run sixth inning, sending Baltimore to its second straight loss after a 7-0 start.
The Braves have lost 13 straight in Washington, matching their worst stretch on the road against one opponent (a 13-game skid at the Dodgers in 1951-52) since the then-Boston Bees lost 17 straight at the Cubs in 1935-36, according to STATS LLC.
“Obviously, you guys know I’m not too thrilled about it”, Freeman said before game against Washington.
Even so, his manager made a decision to give him a day off as the Braves and Nationals close their four-game set.
“You’re just trying to get something through the hole and knock something, get those runs in and try to get ahead”, Harper said. The Nationals’ 6-1 start was the best beginning to a season in D.C. baseball history since the 1951 Senators, who also began 6-1…. “I think about Jackie Robinson, there’s probably times when Jackie wouldn’t be pleased right now very much”.
Nationals: Manager Dusty Baker was uncertain whether Strasburg would be well enough to start Thursday. With a flawless penalty-killing effort and a power-play goal by John Carlson, the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 last night in Game 1 of their first-round series.