The Washington Nationals, fresh off a 6 game slide, now find themselves on the verge of a series sweep, after defeating the Kansas City Royals 4-3 last night.
Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham homered to power the Nationals offense. It was home run number 17 for Dunn and career homer 100 for the Hammer.
Nationals got a strong effort on the mound from Luis Atilano. Atilano, now 6-4 on the season, threw 5.1 innings allowing 1 run on 6 hits. Rookie Drew Storen, new call up Joel Peralta, and Tyler Clippard three scoreless efforts out of the Nats bullpen.
Of course, with the Nats, smooth sailing is not the course to wins. Matt Capps did earn his 20th save, but struggled, loading the bases and allowing two runs in. Nats manager Jim Riggleman in post game comments said the important to remember is that Capps nailed the save. How long is that going to fly?
Nationals defeated the Royals 2-1 two nights ago so set themselves up for a series sweep tonight. Who better yo send to the mound than #37, Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg has made his first three starts and is 2-0 with a 1.68 ERA and a record setting 31 strikeouts in those first three career starts.