There's nothing like a long, coast-to-coast flight followed by a late-night game on the other side of the country to throw a ballclub out of rhythm. So it wouldn't have been all that surprising had the Nationals taken the field last night in San Diego and looked a bit sluggish in the opener of their 10-game road trip.
Two batters into the game at Petco Park, those fears were quashed. Denard Span's leadoff walk followed by Anthony Rendon's bomb of a 2-run homer set the tone right away. And behind yet another dominant pitching performance by Tanner Roark, the Nats cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Padres, picking up right where they left off Thursday afternoon in D.C.
That's six wins in seven days now by the red-hot Nationals, who aren't just squeaking by. They're blowing everybody out, winning those six games by a combined score of 44-12.