December 10, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 65 Review: Bats explode in 16-4 win over Tampa Bay

After a 6-1 loss on Monday, the Washington Nationals rebounded for a borderline absurd 16-4 shellacking of the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday behind five hits from Danny Espinosa and home runs from Bryce Harper, Clint Robinson and Wilson Ramos, who hit two off of two different position players.

Yes, you read that right. Ramos took second basemen Jake Elmore and Nick Franklin deep in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

Robinson’s solo shot to right opened the scoring in the second inning, and in his second at bat of the inning, Robinson scored Yunel Escobar with a line drive double to center to make it 6-0.

Harper started the scoring in the fifth with a mammoth solo home run to right-center. Michael Taylor’s RBI single to center scored Robinson, Ian Desmond’s line drive to right scored Espinosa and David DeJesus’ fielding error allowed Taylor to score, and it was 10-0 after four and a half.

Pitching-wise, Tanner Roark earned the win with four strikeouts and just one earned run in seven innings of effort. The only blemish was Drew Storen, who hasn’t had a lot of work recently, surrendering a 3-run home run to Rene Rivera in the ninth.

HERO: While arguably everyone on the team deserves the chocolate sauce shower, let’s give it to Ramos, whose two dingers added a bit of comedic value to a game that made you shake your head at times.

GOAT: Let’s be real — nobody had a bad game tonight. Enjoy the win, Nats fans.

NATS NOTES

  • The team went 23 for 45. Let me repeat: in 45 at-bats, the Nationals got a hit 23 times. 23. It’s a team record since the relocation.
  • Harper’s home run was his 22nd, tying a career high in the category. It’s June 16.
  • The 16 runs were the highest since scoring 17 against Baltimore on May 20, 2011.

NEXT GAME: The Rays will come to South Capitol Street Wednesday for a two-game set against the Nationals, with Jordan Zimmerman (5-4, 3.74) going up against Matt Andriese (1-1, 3.76).

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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