It’s a little too early to tell if the Nationals are going to bag their first win of the year, but the game couldn’t have started much better for Washington. Shairon Martis has started well against Philadelphia’s fire-breathing lineup, allowing just a walk and a hit in the first three innings. He just gave up an RBI single to Raul Ibanez, so it’s 3-1 Nats in the top of the fourth. He’s done a nice job of pitching to contact, and it’s paid off so far—he’s only thrown 54 pitches to this point.
The Nationals’ offense is also doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. New No. 2 hitter Nick Johnson is 2-for-2 (both Mark and I really like him in that spot, for what that’s worth). His single in the top of the first was followed by a Ryan Zimmerman single and just a titanic blast from Adam Dunn. He hit a three-run homer off Joe Blanton into the second deck in right field—a spot where maybe two or three guys have hit it in Nationals Park.
This is what the Nationals’ offense is supposed to do—put runners on base for Dunn to do his damage. So far, it’s worked tonight. We’ll see if it lasts.