Nationals clobber the Rays as even non-pitchers struggle

by Gary Shelton on June 17, 2015 · 0 comments

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Colome struggled with 43 pitches in the second./JEFFREY S. KING

Colome struggled with 43 pitches in the second./JEFFREY S. KING

Wednesday, 12:05 a.m.

First, Wilson Ramos hit a home run off the first baseman.

Then, he hit one off the second baseman.

As it turns out, even volunteers couldn't slow down the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

The Nationals banged out 23 hits and scored 16 runs in an easy victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. Washington scored six runs in the second, four in the fifth, three in the seventh and two in the ninth in the easy win. Eight different players had as many two hits for Washington, including five by Danny Espinosa.

How bad did it get. Well, after the Rays had been through four pitchers, and things weren't getting a lot

Elmore was forced to pitch to save the bullpen./JEFFREY S. KING

Elmore was forced to pitch to save the bullpen./JEFFREY S. KING

better, then the Rays turned to position players to finish out the game. Ramos made them pay, going deep on Jake Elmore, and then on Nick Franklin.

So who had better stuff? Elmore or Franklin.

“Ask Ramos,'' said manager Kevin Cash.

The Rays, strangely, held onto their slight lead in the AL East. The second-place Yankees also were drubbed, 12-2 by Miami.

Rene Rivera made the score a tad closer with a three-run homer in the ninth. Tampa Bay starter Alex Colome struggled, throwing 43 pitches in the second inning.

The teams play again tonight, with the games moving to Washington. For Tampa Bay, Mike Andriese will oppose Jordan Zimmerman.

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