Tonight has turned into one of those games we haven’t seen since May, when the Nationals’ lineup seemed full of fire-breathing beasts capable of putting up eight runs every night.
They’ve turned a 2-2 game into a 9-2 rout with seven runs from the fourth through the sixth inning, highlighted by their first back-to-back-to-back homers since they moved to the District.
Nick Johnson started it with his first homer since June 6 off Felipe Paulino. Josh Willingham followed it with a first-pitch shot to left, and Adam Dunn took a 3-2 pitch to left for a homer. All three were just barely over the fence—Johnson’s shot was nearly caught by Hunter Pence—and probably wouldn’t have been out of most ballparks between here and Philadelphia.
But after losing a game by shutout, on a double play-turned-throwing error and a walk-off single, not to mention two blowouts, the Nats are probably due for a few breaks on this trip.