Today, it was another rookie. A rookie not named Bryce Harper.
His name is Tyler Moore and Moore knocked in five of the six Nationals runs to lead the Nats past the Blue Jays for a 6-2 win. It was their sixth consecutive win, second consecutive series sweep.
Subbing in at first base and giving Adam LaRoche a day off, his first since returning from his ab strain, Moore went 3 for 4, smacked 2 home runs, a double, and drove in 5 runs. Moore's first two RBI came in the top of the second inning, when he doubled to center field to drive in Mike Morse and Ian Desmond. That gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead. Toronto would strike back in the third inning, scoring both runs of the game, one coming on a solo shot from Jose Bautista, his second straight home run in consecutive games against Nats pitching.
Moore would put the Nationals back on top 4-2 one inning later, smashing his first home run of his major league career, a tow run shot that scored Danny Espinosa. Moore would add his second home run of the game two innings later, a solo shot to deep center, to give the Nats a comfortable 5-2 lead. For a rookie prospect that hit 62 homes runs over his last two season in the Nationals minor league system, Nationals fans need wait no longer to see the power that Moore can display at the plate. It was banner day for the young first baseman.
Ian Desmond would finish off the scoring smacking his 9th home run.
Stephen Strasburg tossed 89 pitches over 6 innings to earn his fifth consecutive start and improve overall to 8-1. Through 6 innings, Strasburg allowed 5 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs while fanning 8 batters. His 8 strikeouts allowed him to become the first pitcher this season to reach 100 strikeouts. Craig Stammen and Brad Lidge combined for three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, picking up a combined 5 additional strikeouts.
* The Nationals won their sixth consecutive game, sixth consecutive game on the road, and their third consecutive series.
* Stephen Strasburg won his fifth straight start. Strasburg has tossed 6 innings or more in three straight starts and fanned 8 or more batters in three straight starts.
* Bryce Harper has a three game hitting streak and three game RBI streak.
* Mike Morse has a three game hitting streak.
* Danny Espinosa has a four game hitting streak.