Game #82 Recap: Nats Another Big Day in Harpers Return
The Nationals offense had been fairly lackluster in the 2013 season, but it seemed to have been better of late. After a big 13-2 win over the Mets on Sunday, the Nationals had yet another strong offensive showing over the Brewers. Bryce Harper was finally off the disabled list and starting in for DC for the first time since May 26th.
Jordan Zimmermann, the Nationals best starting pitcher this season, came into the game going after his 12th win. He pitched pretty well, but allowed 2 runs in both the 5th and 6th innings. However, he was able to help his cause at the plate going 3/3 with a double and 2 runs scored. Jordan's rough 5th and 6th innings were a non issue as the offense came to back him up. Zimmermann's final line was 6IPs, 9 hits, 0 walks, 5Ks, and he allowed 2 home runs.
Harper had gotten the offense started in the bottom of the first with a deep drive to left center field to record his 13th home run in his first at bat off the disabled list. The Nationals were able to drop a 5 run frame on the Brewers and tag Gallardo for a total of 8 runs throughout the game. Gallardo was taken out in the 4th inning after failing to retire 3 consecutive batters. It was Gallardo's 8th loss of the season.
The Nationals are now 2 games over .500 and have played some of their best baseball of the season in recent weeks. The Nationals have now won 8 of their last 12 games and are showing the signs of life everyone believed they had.