The Washington Nationals were red-hot in the first week of June, enjoying a four-game winning streak before finally falling on June 7.
The Nationals swept the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series at home and extended their win streak to four games with a road win over the San Diego Padres on June 6, but they saw their winning ways come to an end late Saturday night. The Nationals currently sit in second place in the National League East with a 31-29 record.
June 3-5: Nationals Sweep Phillies
Washington shut out the Phillies, 7-0, in Game One on June 3. Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was the driving force behind the shutout, lasting eight full innings without giving up a single run. Tyler Clippard closed out the ninth inning to seal the win. Shortstop Ian Desmond and third baseman Anthony Rendon both went the yard with home runs; center fielder Dennard Span had three hits and scored three runs.
The Nationals won 8-4 in Game Two on June 4, thanks again to their starting pitching. Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs in the fifth and seventh innings, but was mostly dominant throughout his seven innings pitched, striking out 11 batters. Rendon hit a home run for the second straight game.
The strong pitching trend continued for Washington in a 4-2 win over the Phillies in Game Three on June 5. Starter Doug Fister was in control for seven innings, allowing just four hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts. In fact, Philly was held to just four hits in the entire game as Clippard didn’t give up a run in the eighth inning before Rafael Soriano took over to close out the ninth. Soriano picked up his 12th save of the season.
June 6-7: Padres Snap Nationals Win Streak at Four
Washington pushed its win streak to four games with a 6-0 victory over the Padres in Game One of a three game series on June 6. Starting pitcher Tanner Roark kept the pitching success flowing for the Nationals with an awesome performance, giving up just three hits and dealing 11 strikeouts in eight innings pitched. Rendon hit his third home run of the week in the first inning.
Unfortunately for the Nationals, their perfect week was ruined with a 4-3 loss to the Padres in Game Two of the series on June 7. Washington was ahead 3-2 going into the ninth inning but Soriano blew the save opportunity by giving up a tying home run in the ninth. Craig Stammen took over for Soriano in extra innings, but gave up a walk-off single in the 11th inning.
Next up: After the rubber match with the Padres on June 8, the Nationals will travel to San Francisco to take on the Giants in a four-game series on June 9-12. Washington’s road trip will continue with a three-game set against the Cardinals on June 13-15 in St. Louis.