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The Washington nationals bought in Adam Lind to provide some hitting power on their bench and to serve as an insurance policy for struggling veterans Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth. Lind showed his worth, at least providing the power off the bench in the Nationals’ season opener against the Miami Marlins.
Pinch-hitting for Stephen Strasburg in the seventh inning, Lind tattooed a two-run blast to centerfield that put the Nationals ahead 3-2 after another newly acquired free agent Matt Wieters singled the batter before. Not bad for a first impression.
Welcome to D.C., Adam Lind. His first swing as a Nat is a pinch-hit go-ahead homer resulting in a curtain call.
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) April 3, 2017
— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) April 3, 2017
Miami reliever David Phelps served up a four-seam fastball and Lind obliged on the offer crushing it to give Washington the lead. For Phelps it was his second homer given up on the day, as he served up a fastball to Bryce Harper in the sixth inning in which Harper crushed for his fifth Opening Day home run in five career Opening Day games.
Lind pinch-hit homer shows how deep and powerful the Nationals bats are. The slightest of error could prove costly, as Phelps learned twice.