We’ve been saying it over and over this season: the Nationals’ pitching has been superb, and the only thing standing in the way of dominance is the inconsistency of the offense. Well, after sweeping a series against the top 3 Giants starters, coming back twice, that time may have come.
The Nationals scored a combined 24 runs against the Giants over the three games. In game two, they went down 3-0 in the first before roaring back to a 9-4 victory. Last night, during throwback night, they rallied from a 5-1 deficit to walk-off with a 6-5 victory, courtesy of clutch hitting by Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche.
This series changed the book on the Nats. Earlier in the season, opponents could take comfort in the fact that if they got the Nats down a few runs early, they wouldn’t be able to come back. They used to be the Lindsay Lohan of the league, but now they are closer to J. Lo’s revived music career.
It isn’t just the comeback factor: the Nats haven’t scored less than 5 runs since game 1 of the Rockies series (a 4-2 loss) back on June 25. The offense has found a groove, and it should put a ping of fear into the rest of the league.
The Nats aren’t going away. In fact, they have become stronger and more consistent as the season has worn on. It is now a week into July and they are still in first (though Atlanta is still on their heels) and they are powering through difficult opponents.
This is the real deal. Jump on now.