Not nearly the offensive explosion I personally was expecting tonight, though perhaps the Nationals were due for a quiet game. Walker didn’t have the greatest or longest start, but he kept Diamondbacks in the game while he was there, and he handed the bullpen a lead when he was taken out. The bullpen did much better, going 4 1⁄3 innings, keeping the Nationals off the board entirely, and preserving the lead through the rest of the game.
The offense did their part too on the night. They tagged National’s starting pitcher Tanner Roark for four runs off six hits, including two home runs in the fourth, and two walks. They added two more off the bullpen, including a Hazelbaker home run in the ninth Not bad when you consider that the top three in the order (Pollock, Owings, and Goldy) went 1-for-13 on the night. Full, happy recap to follow!