September 19, 2018

Washington Nationals Game 54 Review: Nats offense hits new low in shutout to Garcia

The Washington Nationals, one night after participating in a home run derby with the Baltimore Orioles, found themselves on the other end of the spectrum Thursday evening. A pitcher’s duel turned into one of the Nats more dispiriting losses, as Freddie Garcia and Jim Johnson combined on a three-hit shutout, leaving Dan Haren on the rough end of a 2-0 loss in Charm City. The Orioles took three out of four games in the pair of two-game series this week.

Garcia, the 15-year MLB veteran who’s been left for dead several times already in his career, entered the game with a 4.61 ERA in five starts this season for the O’s. Garcia has kept his walks down this season, sporting a decent 1.207 WHIP in 27 1/3 innings, but had managed a paltry nine strikeouts (3.03/nine innings). Naturally, Garcia doubles his season average against the Nats (27-27), striking out six Nats — including Tyler Moore twice — and walking no one in his eight innings.

Johnson, the Orioles maligned closer, pitched a clean ninth inning for his 17th save of the season, with an additional strikeout to the ledger.

The Nationals’ lineup was so futile against the O’s two pitchers, only three hitters earned a fourth at bat in the evening. Washington had exactly two innings where more than three hitters came to bat.

On the other side, Haren (L, 4-6) had one of his most impressive outings of the season, limiting the potent Orioles offense to eight hits — and no home runs — over 7 1/3 innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out five, lowering his ERA to 5.09. But he would have had to have been perfect Thursday night, and even at that, they might still be played due tot he Nats ineffectiveness at the plate.

THE GOOD: Dan Haren. He’s had an up-and-down season, but this one really smacks of competence. The O’s can mash and Haren did his job keeping them to two runs and no homers. Too bad the offense couldn’t help him out any.

THE BAD: Tyler Moore. 0-for-3 with 2 Ks. Hitting .144 for the season. He was the sixth man in the batting order last night.

THE UGLY: Danny Espinosa. Espi continues to just make outs, even after sitting for six days to allow his broken wrist to calm down. He went 0-for-3 hitting in the ninth spot in the order, and is hitting .162/.195/.482 this year.

THE STATS: 3 hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks. 0-for-3 with RISP, 3 LOB. No errors, 2 DPs.

NEXT GAME: Friday at 7:30 pm at the Atlanta Braves. Stephen Strasburg (3-5, 2.49) faces Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.67).

Washington Nationals Game 52 Review: Long ball powers Nats past O’s

Washington Nationals Nathan Karns MLB debut, May 28, 2013 (Photo Courtesy of Jenn Jenson)

Washington Nationals Nathan Karns MLB debut, May 28, 2013 (Photo Courtesy of Jenn Jenson)

At long last, the Washington Nationals (27-25) offense came alive Tuesday night as the team out-hit their Beltway rival Baltimore Orioles (28-24) 9-3 at Nationals Park.

After an 81-minute rain delay, right-hander Nathan Karns (ND, 0-0) took the mound for Washington, called up directly from Double-A Harrisburg as a result of Ross Detwiler’s placement on the 15-day disabled list. Karns tossed a less-than-stellar 4.1 innings, but there were clear indications that the potential is there.

For starters, the 25-year-old pitched a 1-2-3 first inning, forcing Nate McLouth, Manny Machado and Nick Markakis out on infield grounders. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 51 Review: Hammel, Orioles hand Nats first loss vs. AL this season

The Baltimore Orioles (28-23) tallied 15 hits on Memorial Day in Washington, D.C. as the Washington Nationals (26-25) fell 6-2 in front of a sellout crowd.

Washington entered Monday’s game a perfect 5-0 against the American League this season, but the Orioles wasted no time adding a blemish to the Nats’ interleague record. It didn’t help matters that the Nats were shorthanded with bursitis keeping Bryce Harper out of the lineup. Fortunately for the Nats, Harper’s MRI showed no structural damage, which keeps open the possibility that the phenom could return to the lineup in a DH role in a couple days’ time.

Nevertheless, Jason Hammel (W, 7-2) looked sharp through eight innings against the Harper-less Nationals’ order, holding Washington to eight hits and two runs in his stint.

Still, the Nats took an early one-run lead in the second inning via an Adam LaRoche single and stolen base, believe it or not. The snag marked just his second stolen base of the season and the eighth of his career. [Read more…]

PHOTOS: Washington Nationals Win Final Game of Battle of Beltway

The Washington Nationals hosted the Baltimore Orioles for the first of two “Battle of the Beltway” meetings this season, May 18-20, 2012. The weather was perfect, both teams are at the top of their divisions and fans poured into Nationals Park over the weekend.

Quick highlights from Sunday’s game: Nationals won 9-3. RHP Stephen Strasburg hit his first MLB home run and took a curtain call. Jesus Flores and Danny Espinosa also hit home runs. Washington Capitals Jason Chimera threw out ceremonial first pitch. The Nats won on Jayson Werth’s birthday. You can read the full game re-cap here.

Here is a small sampling of our photos from May 20, 2012 Nats 9-3 win. Enjoy. [Read more…]

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