Defending World Series champion Washington didn’t exactly get Saturday off to the kind of start that they would have wanted. In a bid to get their first win of the fresh MLB season, they were forced to scratch planned starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg. In the end, however, it didn’t matter too much, as they hammered the Yankees to the tune of a 9-2 victory.
The Nationals were led by center fielder Victor Robles, batting in the eight hole, who had three hits and four RBIs. His two-run double in the second inning and fourth run homer (a two-run shot) set them on course and they would pull away down the stretch. Asdrubal Cabrera was also instrumental in the lopsided win, doubling and hitting a home run to drive in runs in the seventh and eighth frames. Giancarlo Stanton, positively, for the Yankees hit a towering home run for the second time in as many games. If he keeps up this pace over the 60 games, he could well be the MVP.