The Washington Nationals jumped on Pirates’ starter Kevin Correia for five runs on Sunday on their way to a 6-3 scuttling of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The offensive explosion (fifteen hits accounting for six runs), was led by Michael Morse, who is slowly breaking out of a month-long batting funk: Morse went 3-4, with three RBIs — and a left field three run homer. The win put the Nationals back at .500 (at 10-10) and provided the year’s second win for starter Jason Marquis.
But not everyone has slipped out of their early season funk. Nats fans are waiting for Jayson Werth to get on track: the right fielder went 0-5 on Sunday, but contributed the most impressive play of the game. In the bottom of the ninth, Werth nailed Ahoy center fielder Andrew McCutchen at the plate on an exciting dead-at-the-plate slingshot throw from right field that brought Pirates manager Clint Hurdle out of the Pittsburgh dugout. Hurdle thought McCutchen was safe at the plate. He lost the argument — and the Nats trotted off the field with the win.