Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nats Have Historic Night

LaRoche gets greeted by the team after one of his two home runs. (Photo: sbnation.com)
Last night, the Nationals had an offensive outburst that we haven't seen from the club since they arrived in D.C. in 2005. 12 runs off of 21 hits and 11 extra base hits added up to a 12-5 win for the Nationals last night.

It took four Rockies pitchers 168 pitches to get through last nights offensive onslaught from the Nationals. All four gave up at least two hits. Rockies reliever Guillermo Moscoso took the blount of the beating going just 1.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 8 earned runs, and three home runs. He couldn't get off the mound fast enough.

Every single Nationals starter knocked through a base hit last night. A total of ten Nationals got hits. Six Nationals had an RBI last night including the starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Five Nationals hit doubles and three Nationals combined for four home runs.

Fun Fact: According to hittrackeronline.com, Tyler Moore's home run last night...traveled 462 feet...not bad, rookie!

Adam LaRoche (twice), Moore, and Ryan Zimmerman all went yard in last nights victory.

The Nationals were 6-13 with runners in scoring position.

There were two glaring stains on the Nationals box score, however. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman both comitted an error last night (tisk tisk! back to the minors!).

Whether or not the Nationals recently found offense is here to stay we won't know until tonight. But, Davey Johnson finally got what he has been trying to get out of his lineup this season. Everyone was seeing the ball well last night and was feeding off of each others energy.

We finally know what this Nationals team is capable of. It was rumored that they were capable of this before, but now we have evidence they can do this. Who knows, maybe last night was exactly what they needed to kick-start their offense.

All I know is that if the Nationals can even come close to that offensive performance night in and night out, the rest of the year is going to be a lot of fun to watch.