Nats pound out 21 hits, crush GiantsAug 14, 2012 - 5:58 AM San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Danny Espinosa crushed a two-run home run among his four hits, knocked in three runs and scored three times, as the Nationals routed the Giants, 14-2, in the opener of a three-game set at AT&T Park.
Kurt Suzuki plated a season-high four runs, Roger Bernadina knocked in three, and Washington pounded out 21 hits to set a new single-game mark for the most hits in AT&T Park's 1,032-game history.
"It was fun watching the offense. We beat up on a pretty good pitcher," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
Gio Gonzalez (15-6) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings to move into a tie for the NL lead in wins with New York's R.A. Dickey and Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto.
Ryan Vogelsong (10-6) was tagged for eight runs on nine hits and two walks over just 2 2/3 innings, snapping a streak of 22 straight starts in which he's pitched at least six innings.
"There's not a lot to say," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "(Vogelsong) has been so good and had some tough luck along with the base hits. This guy has been as consistent as anybody and they placed the ball well tonight. It's just one of those days."
Brandon Crawford belted a two-run home run in the seventh to end the shutout, but the loss dropped the Giants into a tie for first place in the NL West with the Dodgers, who won earlier on Monday.
Ryan Zimmerman's double in the first scored Steve Lombardozzi before the Nationals erupted for a seven-run third inning.
Lombardozzi worked a one-out walk before Bryce Harper and Zimmerman stroked back-to-back singles to load the bases.
Vogelsong then walked Adam LaRoche to plate a run before Michael Morse, Espinosa and Bernadina slapped consecutive RBI singles to give the visitors a 5-0 advantage.
The big blow of the inning came off the bat of Suzuki, who laced a grounder down the third-base line to score three runners, as the Nationals took a commanding 8-0 lead.
The Nats packed the bags again in the fourth against Brad Penny and Bernadina scorched a double off the brick wall in right to plate a pair before Suzuki followed with an RBI single to make it an 11-0 margin.
In the fifth, Harper singled, moved to third on a groundout, and then scored on Penny's wild pitch.
Tyler Moore then worked a walk before Espinosa drove a curveball over the wall in straightaway center field to extend the lead to 14-0.
Crawford's fourth home run of the year chased Gonzalez from the game in the seventh, but it was too little, too late as the Nationals cruised to the victory.
The Nats had 21 hits, tying for the most in Nationals history since the move to Washington in 2005....Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was scratched from the game due to right ankle soreness...Bochy was ejected in the third inning for arguing a call at first base...San Francisco infielder Pablo Sandoval was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and popped out...Penny was charged for six runs on seven hits and two walks in two innings.
- WASHINGTON: 14
SAN FRANCISCO: 2
Aug 14 1:31 AM
- Tom Gorzelanny enters the game for the Nationals with none on and two out, batting 4th.
Nationals 14, Giants 2 Bot 7, 2 OutsAug 14 12:43 AM
- Danny Espinosa two-out, two-run Home Run (12) to center scored Tyler Moore. Roger Bernadina due up.
Nationals 14, Giants 0 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 13 11:57 PM
- With Tyler Moore batting, Bryce Harper scored on a Brad Penny wild pitch with two out. None on and Tyler Moore at the plate.
Nationals 12, Giants 0 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 13 11:54 PM
- Kurt Suzuki singled to center scoring Danny Espinosa with one out. On the play, Roger Bernadina advances to third. Runners on first and third and Gio Gonzalez due up.
Nationals 11, Giants 0 Top 4, 1 OutAug 13 11:36 PM
- Roger Bernadina doubled to right scoring Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse with one out. On the play, Danny Espinosa advances to third. Runners on second and third and Kurt Suzuki due up.
Nationals 10, Giants 0 Top 4, 1 OutAug 13 11:34 PM
- Gio Gonzalez struck out swinging. Runner on second with two outs and Steve Lombardozzi due up.
Nationals 8, Giants 0 Top 3, 2 OutsAug 13 11:13 PM
- Roger Bernadina singled to second, deflected by the pitcher, scoring Adam LaRoche with one out. On the play, Danny Espinosa advances to second and Michael Morse advances to third. Bases loaded and Kurt Suzuki due up.
Nationals 5, Giants 0 Top 3, 1 OutAug 13 11:10 PM
- Danny Espinosa singled to right scoring Ryan Zimmerman with one out. On the play, Michael Morse advances to second and Adam LaRoche advances to third. Bases loaded and Roger Bernadina due up.
Nationals 4, Giants 0 Top 3, 1 OutAug 13 11:08 PM
- Michael Morse singled to third scoring Bryce Harper with one out. On the play, Adam LaRoche advances to second and Ryan Zimmerman advances to third. Bases loaded and Danny Espinosa due up.
Nationals 3, Giants 0 Top 3, 1 OutAug 13 11:06 PM
- Adam LaRoche walked scoring Steve Lombardozzi with one out. Bases loaded and Michael Morse due up.
Nationals 2, Giants 0 Top 3, 1 OutAug 13 11:04 PM
- Ryan Zimmerman doubled to right scoring Steve Lombardozzi with one out. Runner on second and Adam LaRoche due up.
Nationals 1, Giants 0 Top 1, 1 OutAug 13 10:24 PM
- WASHINGTON: 0
SAN FRANCISCO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 13 10:16 PM
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