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June 12, 2014

What You Need to Know

Walking the Walk

by Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman


The Wednesday Takeaway
Nationals starting pitchers have issued four walks over their last 10 games. Combined. That’s four walks in 71 innings and just one in their last 54. Giants starter Matt Cain walked four Nats in the first inning of last night’s game alone, including the first three who stepped into the box.

That was out of character for Cain, of course, but it tied a season high for the right-hander and put the Giants halfway to their worst walk output as a staff this season. To make matters worse for the home team, three of those four walks turned into runs, two of them on this RBI single by Adam LaRoche and the third on this RBI ground out by Ryan Zimmerman.

Tanner Roark didn’t need any more help from his offense, but he got a bit of insurance on a fourth-inning solo blast by Jayson Werth. The outfielder brought home two more runs with a single in the ninth to bring the score to its final resting place of 6-2.

While Werth was busy playing right, Denard Span’s other flanker, Zimmerman, had Roark’s back in left. The Giants might’ve made it a 4-2 game in the sixth inning, were it not for this diving catch by the former third baseman, who was making his ninth start of the year in the outfield:

Pitching, offense, defense—the Nats are firing on all cylinders these days. They’ve won 10 of 12, and their run differential over that surge is +49, compared to +1 for the season when it began.

First-year manager Matt Williams’ club is now 35-29 on the year. And for the first time since May 5, the Nationals are all alone in first place.

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