Starter Taylor Jordan, meanwhile, is unavailable because he threw a simulated game in Florida on Monday.
The Nats blew open Thursday’s game in the seventh inning against New York’s struggling bullpen. LaRoche smashed a two-run single off the glove of first baseman Lucas Duda. Zimmerman followed with another RBI single. Ian Desmond’s ground out scored LaRoche. Just like that the score was 7-2. LaRoche also drew a bases loaded walk in the eighth inning for another run.
“Everybody really did their part. It wasn’t really just one or two guys,” Espinosa said. “The pitching staff gave us a great opportunity to stay in games and win ball games. And then at-bats went well, off the bench, the starters, everyone had good at-bats. If you can carry that into the majority of your season, you can produce success.”