Thursday, April 06, 2017

Opening Day at Nationals' Park

What a great day for a baseball game. The weather was great. It started out sunny but clouded over by the end of the game but it was a mild day. Best of all the Nats won.

I had a little problem with the Metro so I didn't get there as early as I wanted to. And there were a couple other hiccups as well. Once I got some food, which was an adventure on its own, I put them out of my mind and concentrated on the fact it was opening day and Nats baseball was back.

From the Post:
There was a healthy Stephen Strasburg on the mound shutting down an opposing lineup over seven innings. There was Bryce Harper crushing a home run, showing that his 2015 form could resurface. There was Adam Lind, Washington’s last-second bargain basement acquisition, clobbering a pinch-hit two-run home run with his first swing in a Nationals uniform, which solicited the first curtain call of his life. There was Adam Eaton, the center fielder who cost three intriguing pitching prospects, and Trea Turner, now at shortstop, wreaking havoc atop the batting order. And then there was Blake Treinen, the nice-guy groundball specialist, pitching a perfect ninth inning in his first chance as a closer.

The Nationals had their scoring chances against Volquez but didn’t exploit them, continuing a theme from 2016 for a couple hours in 2017. Turner and Eaton, who went 1 for 2 with two walks in his Nationals debut, reached base in the first inning, only to watch Harper, Daniel Murphy and Zimmerman strike out in order. The scenario was repeated in the fourth inning, this time with Murphy and Zimmerman standing at first and second base with no outs before Jayson Werth struck out and Stephen Drew grounded into an inning-ending double play.

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