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Jayson Werth as he gets his first hit of 2016

Winning Pitcher-Joe Ross

Losing Pitcher-Tom Koehler

Save-Jonathan Papelbon

Today’s game started out a little rocky, as the first pitch from Joe Ross was a stand up triple, sending Dee Gordon to third. Fortunately Ross settled down, allowing only one run to score. Tony Two Bags Rendon hit a double and Harper hit an RBI to bring Rendon home, making the score 1-1. It was a tie game until the 7th inning, when both Werth, with his first hit of the 2016 season, and Clint Robinson, playing so that Ryan Zimmerman could have a day off, hit back to back RBIs that made the score 4-1. Treinen took the mound in the 8th and went lights out, and at the top of the 9th Papelbon came on to save. The only blip in his effort was a homer he gave up to Christian Yelich. Other than that, Pap induced strikes and outs to close the game with his third save of the year.

Highlights of the game: Werth, Taylor and Robinson getting their first hits of the 2016 season.

Concerns going forward: Ben Revere’s MRI confirms that he has an oblique strain. Given how long it takes these things to heal, I don’t expect him back before early June. Once the strain has healed, he’ll have to rehab, then go to either AA or AAA to get back into the swing of the game before rejoining the lineup. Not too wild with Taylor as our lead off batter. Out in center field he’s awesome. At the plate? For every homer or hit, there are at least a dozen strikeouts.

National League East Standings:

Nationals     3-1

Mets               2-3 (Loss to Phillies today, and Matt Harvey is 0-2 for the first time in his career)

Philadelphia  2-4

Miami             1-3

Atlanta           0-4

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Jayson Werth and Clint Robinson-7th Inning Heroes of the Miami-Nats Game 4/10/16