The Nationals 1-4 hitters single handedly won the game for the Nationals Sunday as they slugged past the Brewers, 8-3.
The onslaught started in the first inning when a Ryan Zimmerman single up the middle knocked home Nyjer Morgan and moved Cristian Guzman to third. A Belliard singled knocked home both Guzman and Zimmerman to give the Nats the early 3-0 lead.
The next inning Nyjer Morgan slapped a sacrifice fly to center, scoring recent call up Mike Morse. Beefy Cristian Guzman then smacked home a solo shot to give the Nats a 5-0 lead.
An Adam Dunn and a Ryan Zimmerman homer in the third and fourth gave the Nats an 8-1 lead, the club never looked back.
Craig Stammen started the game for the Nationals and earned the win as he went 6.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits. Sean Burnett and Tyler Clippard finished the game with three shutout innings of relief.
The top four in the batting order took charge:
- Nyjer Morgan 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
- Cristian Guzman 2-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR
- Ryan Zimmerman 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR
- Adam Dunn 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR
The Nationals offensive onslaught of course erupted in the face of Manny Parra. Parra has been awful this year after what was a commendable rookie campaign in 2008. In 22 starts this season Parr has an 8-10 record, with a 6.54 ERA. Opponents are batting .311 on the season against the 26-year-old.
With the win yesterday, the Nats have a chance to split the series with the Brewers today as Colin Ballester will face Milwaukee staff ace, Yovani Gallardo.