Postgame analysis of the Nationals' 5-4 walkoff win over the Detroit Tigers.
How it happened: The Tigers jumped out quickly as the hot-hitting Nick Castellanos launched a two-run home run off Stephen Strasburg to give Detroit an early 2-0 lead. The long ball hurt the Nats again in the fifth inning when Strasburg allowed another two-run dinger to J.D. Martinez.
But then Daniel Murphy did Daniel Murphy-like things to ignite Washington's offense. He hit a two-run shot of his own to draw the Nats closer at 4-3 in the sixth. An inning later, the game was tied at 4 on a sac fly from Ben Revere.
The real drama occured in the ninth, when Bryce Harper was ejected after arguing a strike three call on Danny Espinosa. Dusty Baker went out to argue to diffuse the situation, but it was too late. Of course, it didn't wind up mattering in the end because Clint Robinson hit a solo shot to end the game and send the Nats home victorious.
What it means: The Nats snap their four-game skid with a gritty home win over the struggling Tigers. While certain issues persist — Ryan Zimmerman's issues with men on base, in particular — the Nats once again proved better than an inerior opponent.
Strasburg's eventful day: While it wasn't his best start, Strasburg still gave the Nats seven-plus innings of solid work, allowing four runs while striking out 11. Of course, he was doing all of this while news of his contract extension was circulating around the ballpark, making for a strange night. Things got even more fortuitous for the 27-year-old right hander when his sac-bunt during the Nats' seventh inning rally drew an error by Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez to load the bases, which lead to Revere's sac fly.
What's next: The Nats will reportedly hold a press conference to announce Strasburg's seven-year extension. After that, baseball will be played as Washington sends Joe Ross (3-1, 1.23 ERA) to the mound to oppose Detroit's Michael Fulmer (1-1, 6.30 ERA).
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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