In spite of the fact that they lost Bryce Harper to an ugly-looking injury in the bottom of the first inning last night, the Washington Nationals stayed focused and collected a couple of early runs to take a 2-1 lead after one in the series opener with the visiting San Francisco Giants.
Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy drove in runs in the first, and the Nationals padded their lead with an RBI double by Adam Lind in the sixth inning of what ended up a 3-1 win over the Giants.
“It was very important because it was a downer for out team, a downer for the fans, and our guys seemed to pick us all up, which we needed big time,” Dusty Baker said after the game.
“Those were very, very important runs, and then we added a run later in the game, so that was very important that we got those hits.”
Baker told reporters after the game that Harper hyperextended his knee, and is going to get an MRI today... though he said “tomorrow” even though it was already today... but we think he meant today... and reports last night said GM Mike Rizzo would update reporters today.
After a three-hour-plus delay, and the injury to their 24-year-old right fielder, the Nats took the first of three with the Giants in D.C., with Edwin Jackson putting together an impressive start, and the new-look bullpen locking down another curly-W.
“That was a big one for us to win,” Baker said.
“Especially waiting around and the conditions. Jackson was a little shaky early, had a lot of pitches, but he settled down in the middle innings and took us to the seventh, then the seven-eight-and-nine guys did their job again. I’m just glad that we have them, and all the new guys that we acquired, including Jackson, the new and renewed Jackson, I’m just glad that he gave us a victory tonight and we had just enough offense.”
They’ll try to make it two straight over the Giants, and four straight overall in the first of two today in the nation’s capital.
HERE’S THE LINEUP FOR THE FIRST GAME OF TODAY’S DOUBLEHEADER:
#Nats vs #Giants 2 of 3 in D.C.: Goodwin RF, Sanchez 2B, Rendon 3B, Zimmerman 1B, Lind LF, Difo SS, Stevenson CF, Lobaton C, Cole P— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) August 13, 2017