August 8, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 9 Review: Bats Arise in 10-5 Victory over Boston

The Washington Nationals exploded for six runs in the third inning on Wednesday afternoon in the finale with the Boston Red Sox, on their way to a 10-5 final. The closing game of the six-game road trip was their first decisive win of the 2015 campaign. Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings in his first win, and Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore each smacked home runs. Rafael Martin make his MLB debut in relief and struck out five straight Red Sox, becoming the oldest player in history (30) to make his MLB debut in Fenway Park since 1947.

The third inning was the big story for the Nationals, as it was their first real offensive explosion of the nine-day-old season. Ian Desmond had a Green Monster shot to kickstart the offense. A single from Jayson Werth, his first of the year, led off the rally followed by a pair of walks to Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. The wheels had come off for Wade Miley at this point, but Boston Manager John Farrell left him in one batter too long. Wilson Ramos cleared the bases with a double to the left field corner as the finishing blow, making the score 6-2.

With Wade Miley gone, Anthony Varvaro came on to mop up the mess and only made it worse. Dan Uggla and Michael A. Taylor each added RBI doubles before Yunel Escobar grounded out to end the six-run third inning. The Nationals sent ten men to the plate, scored six runs, and gathered two walks to complete an offensive explosion that had been a long time coming. After the game, starter Gio Gonzalez said, “Let’s not kid ourselves, the offense was amazing.” Finally, the Nats offense had arrived.

Four Nationals amassed multi-hit games (Harper, Ramos, Taylor and Moore), with only one Escobar shut out of the hit parade, and only two shut out of the RBI column. The Nats’ twelve hits were a season-high mark for the struggling offense.

Gonzalez had a strong day, with 6IP, 4ER, 6K and just 2BB, netting his first win. Rafael Martin, in his MLB debut, struck out five in his two relief innings, allowing no runs on just one hit. The 30-year old has worked his way up from the Mexican leagues through Potomac, Harrisburg and Syracuse over the last six seasons, and today he was impressive.

Drew Storen notched an uneventful ninth inning at Fenway in his third outing of the year.

HERO: Let’s give this one to the battery of Wilson Ramos (2 for 5, 2R, 3RBI, 2H) and Rafael Martin (2IP, 5K, 1H).

GOAT: Yunel Escobar is the only player to have missed out on the offensive awakening, and his error in the second came back to haunt the Nats. Even so, Escobar’s day shouldn’t earn him a full goat award, so we’ll award him just a tiny goat. Like this one.

NATS NOTES

Martin was recalled from Syracuse as Xavier Cedeño was designated for assignment. He becomes the first Nationals pitcher to strike out five in a row in their major league debut since Stephen Strasburg in June of 2010, and the first major leaguer to do it since Jason Grimm in 2012.

The Nationals 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position is far and away their best of the year. Coming into Wednesday’s game, the Nationals were 11 for 56 with runners in scoring position, a .197 average. They finish at 16 for 67, a .239 average.

UP NEXT: The Nationals return home Thursday to face the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:05 pm. Doug Fister (0-1, 0.00) hosts Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.75).

Nats Nightly: Nationals 10-5 over Red Sox to avoid sweep in Fenway

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington and Doghouse from Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 10-5 win over the Boston Red Sox.

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Nats Nightly: Nationals drop sloppy 9-4 decision to Red Sox in Fenway

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington and Doghouse of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals disaster 9-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

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Washington Nationals Game 58 Review: Nats sweep Sox with 4-3 win

The Washington Nationals on Sunday swept the Boston Red Sox with a 4-3 win, thanks to some late heroics by Roger Bernadina, who had a game-winning RBI double.

With the game tied at three at the start of the ninth inning, Bryce Harper – who was not in the starting lineup due to tightness in his back – was inserted as a pinch hitter in the frame and then made the most of his opportunity, drawing a walk to set up Bernadina’s big hit. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 57 Review: Gio stymies Red Sox in 4-2 win

For the second time in as many days, the Washington Nationals once again pulled off another win at Fenway Park in Boston in interleague action, defeating the Red Sox, 4-2.

The Nats are 34-23 on the season and lead the National League East by a game over the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals have won four out of their last five games. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 56 Review: Strasburg sizzles in Fenway debut

On Friday night, two of the young stars of the game for the Washington Nationals – outfielder Bryce Harper and pitcher Stephen Strasburg – shined as they made quite a memorable impact up at historic Fenway Park in Boston.

Their contributions helped the Washington Nationals defeated the Boston Red Sox, 7-4, as Harper had three hits, a monster home run and drove in three; meanwhile, Strasburg showed why he is one of the best pitchers in the game as he struck out thirteen batters and gave up two runs in six innings. [Read more…]

NATS: Second Annual Wounded Warrior Amputee Celebrity Softball Classic

Washington Nationals Host Second Annual Wounded Warrior Amputee Celebrity Softball Classic

WHAT: The Washington Nationals will host the second annual Wounded Warrior Amputee Celebrity Softball Classic following the 3:05 p.m. Nationals-Red Sox exhibition game on Tuesday, April 3. This is a FREE post-game event designed to show support for all members of the military.

WHO: The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is made up of extraordinary athletes who embody he resilience of our military while illustrating the strength and tenacity to overcome any challenge. They will play a team made up of diverse personalities from across the Nation’s Capital and beyond.

Washington Redskins Legend Charles Mann and MASN Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Carpenter will serve as honorary coaches for this year’s celebrity team.

Celebrity Roster, which includes the following participants*:

LaVar Arrington – Former Washington Redskins Linebacker; Host, The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes, 106.7 The Fan
John “Cakes” Auville – Host, The Sports Junkies, 106.7 The Fan
Kristen Berset – Sports Anchor/Reporter, WUSA-TV (CBS 9)
Buddy Biancalana – World Series Champion Shortstop, KC Royals
Hakem Dermish – Sports Anchor/Reporter, WRC-TV (NBC 4)
Jack Evans – D.C. Councilmember, Ward 2
Dave Feldman – Sports Director/Anchor, WTTG (FOX 5)
John-Paul “JP” Flaim – Host, The Sports Junkies, 106.7 The Fan
Vincent C. Gray – Mayor, District of Columbia
Darrell Green – Washington Redskins Legend and NFL Hall of Famer
Johnny Holliday – Co-host, MASN’s Nats Xtra
Dave Jageler – Radio Play-by-Play Announcer, Washington Nationals
Kelli Johnson – Sports Reporter, Comcast SportsNet
Curtis Pride – Former Major League Baseball Player
Spike Mendelsohn – Top Chef contestant and Owner of Good Stuff Eatery and We, The Pizza
Tony Reali – Around the Horn Host & Pardon the Interruption Contributor, ESPN
Willie Robertson – A&E’s Duck Dynasty and Outdoor Channel’s Buck Commander
Luke Russert – Correspondent, NBC News
F.P. Santangelo – Color Analyst, MASN
Elliot Segal – Host, Elliot in the Morning, WWDC-FM (DC 101)
Charlie Slowes – Radio Play-by-Play Announcer, Washington Nationals
Bryan Voltaggio – Top Chef Contestant and Chef/Owner of Volt Restaurant

* Celebrity players are subject to change at any time

Fans who wish to attend the Celebrity Softball Classic must have a valid ticket for the April 3 Nationals-Red Sox exhibition game, which are on sale through a special ticket link at nationals.com/wwast. For each ticket purchased through the link, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the softball team. Tickets will also be available at the box office. For more information on the Washington Nationals Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, visit www.woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org.

Nats to Host Red Sox in Exhibition Game

The Washington Nationals will host the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game at Nationals Park on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Game time has yet to be determined. The Red Sox played an exhibition game at Nats Park on April 3, 2010.

Nationals Park with sold out crowd in June 2009 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The Boston Red Sox played an interleague series at Nats Park on June 23-25, 2009. The BoSox took the first two games and the Nats won the final game of series. A new Nationals Park attendance record was set on June 25, 2009 with 41,530. That record was recently broken on Aug. 20, 2011 when the Nats hosted the Phillies with 44,685 due to the addition of standing room only tickets.

41,530 Set Record Attendance for Nationals Park on June 25, 2009 (Surpassed on 8/20/2011 with 44,685) (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Questions about tickets? According to the Nationals, as a benefit to 2012 season ticket holders, all those with full, half and partial season ticket plans will receive tickets for the game at half their regular season ticket price. Details for the team’s 2012 season ticket plans are available online at nationals.com/tickets. Beginning next week, the added Red Sox game will be visible in all existing season ticket holder accounts and included as part of any new 2012 season ticket plan. For more information or to purchase season ticket plans, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.

Nationals 2012 Schedule

In addition to the exhibition game, the Nationals 2012 schedule includes 81 home dates beginning with the team’s home opener on Thursday, April 12 vs. Cincinnati. The schedule is highlighted by a three-game interleague visit from the New York Yankees (June 15-17) – a first at Nationals Park – as well as holiday matchups against the San Francisco Giants (Independence Day) and Chicago Cubs (Labor Day). The Nationals-Orioles series at Nationals Park (May 18-20) will also kick off the 2012 Battle of the Beltways, as the two neighbors square off six times with each club hosting three games. The Nationals begin the 2012 season on the road against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, April 5 at Wrigley Field.

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