500 Week Keeps Nationals Stuck in Third Place in NL East

Two wins and two losses recorded from May 26-31 kept the Washington Nationals at a .500 record (27-27), as of June 1. The Nationals lost back-to-back home games to the Miami Marlins in Washington, D.C., but bounced back to win two straight home games over the Texas Rangers later in the week.

May 26-29: Miami Dishes Two Straight Losses to Washington
Washington lost Game One of its series against Miami, 3-2, on May 26 in Washington. First baseman Adam LaRoche went the yard with a home run in the sixth inning but it was only one of three total hits for the Nationals team. Starting pitcher Tanner Roark lasted seven innings but gave up three earned runs early and Washington’s offense was never able to overcome the short deficit.

Game Two of the series was postponed but Game Three was no better for Washington as they lost, 8-5, on May 28. Unlike in Game One, the bats came alive for Washington as the team recorded 15 total hits. But pitching doomed the Nationals in this game as starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up four runs, three earned, in just five innings pitched. The Nationals bullpen was just as bad, giving up four runs in the 10th inning.

May 30-31:Nats Win Back-to-Back Home Games over Rangers
But the Nationals ended its losing slump at just two games when they beat up on the Rangers, 9-2, on May 30 in Game One in D.C. The Nats had another stellar offensive game with 15 hits recorded for the second straight contest. Shortstop Ian Desmond hit a home run and outfielders Denard Span and Jayson Werth each had three hits. Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was solid, pitching six innings with 9 strikeouts and just two earned runs allowed.

Game Two of the series went the same as Game One as the Nationals blasted the Rangers with a 10-2 win on May 31. Washington had four home runs, including two hit by third baseman Anthony Rendon. LaRoche and outfielder Scott Hairston both also hit home runs for the Nats. Doug Fister started the game at pitcher for Washington and lasted six innings, giving up two earned runs with six strikeouts.

Next-up: After completing their third game of the Rangers series on June 1, the Nationals will host the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series at Nationals Park on June 3-5, and then will travel to San Diego to challenge the Padres in a three-games series on June 6-8.

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