Nats Blast Bumgarner, Rip Giants Again
by Al Galdi
Jul 05, 2012 -- 9:31am

Nationals beat San Francisco 9-4 on Wednesday (July 4, 2012).

1.    The Nats improved to 47-32 overall and 22-14 at home.
     a.    The Nats improved to 33-28 since their 14-4 start.

     b.    The Nats improved to 2-0 on their six-game homestand.
     c.    The Nats won for the sixth time in eight games.
     d.    The Nats have tied a season best at 15 games above .500.

2.    The Nats totaled 12 hits and four walks and went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

     a.    Giants starter Madison Bumgarner allowed seven runs in five innings.
     b.    Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had a two-run homer (7) in the fifth inning and an RBI double in the third inning.
          i.    Zimmerman now is 17-for-46 with four homers over 10 games since receiving a cortisone shot in his ailing right shoulder before the 2-1 at the Orioles on June 24.
     c.    19-year-old rookie center fielder/right fielder Bryce Harper had two singles, a walk and two runs.
          i.    Harper leads the Nats with four triples, now is second in runs with 41, now is second among qualified Nats with an .832 OPS and now is third in walks with 26.
     d.    Left fielder Michael Morse blasted a solo homer (4) in the fifth inning, going back-to-back with Zimmerman.  Morse also had a walk.
     e.    Rookie catcher Jhonatan (JAHN-uh-tihn) Solano had a solo homer (2) in the fourth inning, a single and a stolen base.
     f.     Center fielder Rick Ankiel blasted a two-run homer (5) in the eighth inning.
     g.    Second baseman Danny Espinosa had two singles, a stolen base and a run.
     h.    Shortstop Ian Desmond had a two-run single in the third inning.  He did get picked off.
     i.     First baseman Adam LaRoche drew two walks.

3.    Relievers Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Burnett and Michael Gonzalez combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

     a.    Nats relievers are fifth in MLB with a 3.03 ERA.

4.    Negatives from the win:

     a.    Starter Edwin Jackson allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings on five hits and two walks versus three strikeouts on 98 pitches.
          i.    Jackson allowed three runs in the first inning.
          ii.   Jackson improved to 5-4 with a 3.73 ERA over 16 starts this season.
     b.    Rookie first baseman Tyler Moore went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.
     c.    Right fielder Mark DeRosa went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

5.    Injury/absence/roster update:

     a.    Reliever Chien-Ming Wang (right hip strain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     b.    Right fielder Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on May 7 and was expected to miss 10-12 weeks.
     c.    Outfielder Xavier Nady (right wrist tendinitis) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     d.    Reliever Drew Storen (right elbow) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on April 11 to remove a small bone fragment from his right elbow and is expected to return sometime around the All-Star break.
     e.    Catcher Wilson Ramos (torn right ACL and meniscus) is on the 60-day disabled list and is done for the season.
     f .    Catcher Sandy Leon (high right ankle sprain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     g.    Catcher Carlos Maldonado (lower back strain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     h.    Infielder Chad Tracy (right groin tear) is on the 15-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on May 31 and was expected to miss six to eight weeks if not the rest of the season.
     i.     Reliever Cole Kimball (right shoulder surgery) is on the 60-day disabled list.
     j.     First baseman Chris Marrero (torn left hamstring) is on the 60-day disabled list.



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