Come the trade deadline the Marlins were buyers and the Nationals were sellers. With former Nat Nick Johnson making his return to D.C as a Fish, the Nats hoped to flex some muscle to show that this is no longer the team that put up one of the worst first halves in baseball history.
That plan didn’t work out so well.
The Nats fell behind early as Johnson singled to right in his former home ballpark, driving in left fielder Chris Coghlan. The Nationals fell even further behind in the fourth when the Nationals allowed homers to Florida’s center fielder, Ross, and starting pitcher, Josh Johnson.
Things looked bleak in the seventh when Jeremy Hermida singled to right scoring Nick Johnson, stretching the lead to 4-0 with one of the best starting pitchers in the National league, Josh Johnson, on the mound.
So far this season Johnson has been under the radar but dominant. The right handing pitching, left handed hitting Johnsons is 10-2 this season with a 2.98 ERA, 123 strikeouts and only 35 walks.
His dominance could only last so long however, as the Nationals made their move in the bottom of the 8th inning.
The Nats offense exploded for a 6 run rally to put the Nats on top. The run was capped by Adam Dunn’s two run homer to left, his 28th of the season.