The Washington Nationals took the first two games of this weekend's from the Philadelphia Phillies with Dan Haren putting together another strong outing in Friday night's 9-2 win and Jayson Werth lifting the Nats to victory in last night's come-from-behind victory in the nation's capital. The win evened up the season series between the NL East Divisional rivals at 6-6 and gave the Nationals three-straight wins over the Phillies at home in what was once mockingly referred to as Citizens Bank South. The Nats, as today's pregame notes mentioned, earned their sixth series win of the last seven in D.C. with the Phillies, but they'd never swept Philadelphia in the nation's capital and never won four straight from the Phillies in Washington, D.C. The Nationals erased both those nevers from the Nats' record books this afternoon with a 6-0 sweep-clinching win over the Phillies.
Stephen Strasburg dominated the Phillies this afternoon in Nationals Park and the Nats' hitters knocked Kyle Kendrick around, getting up to a 6-0 lead before the right-hander was lifted from the finale of the three-game weekend set.
Strasburg went nine innings for the complete game shutout in a dominant outing in the nation's capital. Jayson Werth kept swinging a hot bat, Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos too and the Nationals beat the Phillies for the third straight game in a series that provided a hint that the Nationals might just have a run in them yet. As much as beating up on the Phillies can inspire such thoughts. Either way, Strasburg was dominant and the Nationals completed the sweep.
With the win, the Nationals improved to 57-60 on the year and took a 7-6 lead in their season series with the Phillies. The Nats have a day off tomorrow before they start a series with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.