The Washington Nationals won their third straight game after Adam LaRoche rallied them past the Milwaukee Brewers. LaRoche is the hottest hitter on the Nationals this season. One thing he can’t do right now is shave that beard.
The Nationals are coming off two straight games to finish off a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves at home this past weekend, and they brought the momentum right to Milwaukee. LaRoche was responsible for the three-run bomb in the third inning. He went 2-for-3 on the night with three RBIs, one run and one BB.
He is earning the No. 4 spot in the Nationals’ lineup through pure production. On Monday night, he raised his batting average to .310 after a strong performance at Miller Park. Pitchers definitely fear the beard. On the year, LaRoche is the only regular starter hitting over .300 and the only player on the team with an on-base-percentage over .400. He leads the team in walks, and Nationals manager Matt Williams can rely on him to get on base.
LaRoche’s three-run bomb in the third was enough to get past the Brewers thanks to more great pitching. The Nationals’ bullpen remains dominant. Gio Gonzalez earned his fourth win, shutting out the Brewers through six innings. Tyler Clippard closed out the night by striking out the side for the 3-0 final at Miller Park.
First place in the NL East belongs solely to the Nationals. They are now two games up and plan to keep it rolling in Milwaukee behind the hot bat of LaRoche.