After an embarrassing loss at home against the lowly San Diego Padres on Tuesday, the Nationals came back strong last night against the Pirates.
To start, First baseman Adam LaRoche drove in four runs, a personal milestone.
Left handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez won his fifth game of the season. In four innings, he allowed only one hit and managed to strike out five batters.
The effort saw Gonazalez pitching seven innings, allowing three runs and striking out 10 batters.
Now, for the bats. Rookie phenom Bryce Harper hit a triple, followed by Ryan Zimmerman grounding out to short allowing Harper to score.
Two innings later, Ian Desmond hit a home run, giving the team a 2-0 lead.
In all, it was a great effort by a team that traditionally starts losing about this time in the season. With the infusion of youth that the club has been making over the past season or two, this could be a very positive sign for fans of the Nationals.
It could signal the end of an era of disappointment. It could also be signalling the beginning of a team that's hungry enough to overcome just about anything.