The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/31/11 — Danny Espinosa
Entering last night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Washington Nationals had lost six straight against their division rivals. They were looking to break out of that losing streak and they did so in a big way, thanks to the hot bat of Danny Espinosa.
The Nats’ second baseman terrorized Phillies starter Cliff Lee to the tune of two home runs and four RBIs. He hit his first homer off Lee in the third inning with two runners on and two outs, giving Washington the 5-0 lead. Leading off in the sixth inning, he hit his second home run of the evening, and tenth of the season. That put the Nationals up by a score of 6-2. They would go on to score four more, en route to the 10-2 victory.
Washington currently sits at the bottom of the NL East standings with a 23-31 record. Perhaps their biggest problem has been producing runs, as they rank near the bottom of the league in that category with only 212 scored in 54 games. If they hope to climb the standings, their offense will need to step up. Espinosa led the charge last night. As a result, he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, May 31, 2011.