With their 6-4 win over the San Francisco Giants this afternoon, the Washington Nationals earned their league leading 73rd win of the season to complete an unbelievable 8-2 road trip. For young right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the win was his 14th of the year and his fourth consecutive on the road.
Strasburg, who will soon be forced to watch his teammates continue their breakout season without him, threw six innings and surrendered two runs on four hits. Though he struck out seven batters, Strasburg seemed to struggle a bit with control, tying a season-high with four walks.
The win also gives the Nationals a record of 6-0-2 in their last eight road series.
On the season, the Nationals have proven to be true road warriors with a record of 41-23 on the road, good enough for the best road record in the majors. Of their 44 remaining games, only 17 will be played on the road.
Despite their superb road record, the Nationals are probably overjoyed by the fact that 27 of their remaining 44 games will be played at home, where they are by no means slouches. The Nationals hold a 33-22 home record, which trails just five other teams.
After an off day tomorrow, the Nationals will open up a three-game series at home with the New York Mets before beginning one of the biggest series of the season with the Atlanta Braves, who currently trail in the National League East by five games.