July 28, 2014

Washington Nationals Game 101 Review: Cueto makes short work of Nats

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez was good in his start on Saturday. Very good. But Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny Cueto was just a bit better, as he outdueled Gonzalez and the Nats, 1-0, at Great American Ballpark.

Gonzalez allowed one run on four hits and two walk over seven innings. But Cueto, a 2014 N.L. All-Star, gave up no runs on four hits and three walks over the same seven innings, en route to his 11th win of the season against six losses. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 94 Review: Nats Struggle with RISP in Loss to Brewers

The Washington Nationals tallied ten hits against Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Kyle Lohse, but managed to fall 4-2 in the second-half opener at Nationals Park Friday night.

Stephen Strasburg (L, 7-7) was out-pitched, despite the fact he gave up fewer hits than his counterpart. Through seven innings pitched, he allowed seven total hits and four earned runs while walking one and striking out nine. Lohse, on the other hand, allowed 10 hits and managed just three strikeouts, but held the Nats to 1 run through his seven innings of work.

The Brewers earned an early run when, number-2 batter Scooter Gennett hit the first of the Brewers’ two solo homers off Strasburg to make it 1-0.

In the second inning, Khris Davis repeated the feat with a one-out solo shot of his own to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead.

To double their efforts, the Brewers tried small ball in the third. After Lohse struck out to start the inning, Carlos Gomez grounded to short for the second out. Then, Strasburg handed Gennett a walk before Ryan Braun doubled and Aramis Ramirez singled to plate Gennett and Braun and double the Brewers’ lead.

The Nats didn’t have an answer until the third, and even then, they put up a small fight.

Ryan Zimmerman led off the inning with a double before Ian Desmond brought him home on a one-out double to make it 4-1 Brewers.

Despite several opportunities for progress – most of which began with a single – the Nats waited until the ninth to post another run.

With Francisco Rodriguez pitching for Milwaukee, Bryce Harper led off with a 389-foot solo shot to trim the Brewers’ lead in half. The deficit remained intact as Ian Desmond, Wilson Ramos and Kevin Frandsen went down in order.

THE GOOD: The Nationals tallied 11 total hits on the night – more than the Milwaukee Brewers could produce. While the long ball hurt Stephen Strasburg, he still provided a fairly solid outing – the Brewers merely capitalized on his mishaps. Bryce Harper, who has struggled a bit since returning from his injury, went 3-for-4 on the night with one run and one RBI and the solo homer. Denard Span also tallied three hits and Ryan Zimmerman added two and a run.

THE BAD: The Washington Nationals went 1-for-10 with RISP – only Ian Desmond brought home someone on the left side of the diamond

THE UGLY: The first inning featured a brief delay, courtesy of an obstruction call on a play involving Denard Span and Anthony Rendon. Span led off with a single before Rendon hit a grounder to short. Span outran the throw to second and was called safe but second base umpire Angel Campos called Span out for obstruction because of how he rebounded from his slide just in front of Scooter Gennet

THE STATS: 2 R, 11 H, 6 K, 1 HR (Harper), 1-for-10 with RISP, LOB 7

Washington Nationals Game 91 Review: Zimmermann Exits Early, Nats Lose to Phillies 6-2

ZIMMERMANN LEAVES IN 4TH INNING WITH “BICEPS CRAMP”

In front of just over 30,000 people at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the Washington Nationals dropped game one of their three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2. In the process, they were also delivered quite the injury scare. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Series Preview

Currently riding a season-high five-game winning streak, the Washington Nationals now welcome the Chicago Cubs to town for a three-game set. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 83 Review: Strasburg, Nationals Shut Down Rockies with 7-1 Win

In the wake of all the drama surrounding Bryce Harper’s return – and ensuing commentary on how manager Matt Williams should do his job – the Washington Nationals did the only thing they could do to relieve any lingering tensions: they won a ballgame.

For the third night in a row, the Nats posted seven runs, this time topping the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night by a final of 7-1 at Nationals Park.

The win marked a big one for Stephen Strasburg who lasted just 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs in his previous start, citing mechanical issues.

Whatever tactic Strasburg (W, 7-6) applied to Tuesday night’s matchup against lefthander Christian Friedrich (L, 0-3) worked as the Nats’ starter allowed just a solo home run to DJ LeMahieu, along with five hits and a walk, in 7 2/3 innings.

The Nats, however, had a field day in the batter’s box as Jayson Werth paved the way, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI, two runs scored and two walks. Anthony Rendon and Denard Span each crossed home plate twice, while Rendon batted in another two runs on the night. And, Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with an RBI to round out the night.

Washington wasted little time jumping ahead. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 82 Review: Zimmermann Secures Win in Harper’s Return

At long last, balance is restored at Nationals Park. After missing 57 games with a torn ligament in his left thumb, Bryce Harper returned to the Washington Nationals’ lineup Monday night, helping his team to a 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Perhaps reenergized by Harper’s return to the lineup, the Nationals tallied seven runs for the second night in a row to ensure Jordan Zimmermann walked away with his sixth win of the season.

Zimmermann’s six innings pitched featured a fair share of missteps. The Nats’ right-hander gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. But, with the team’s offense firing away, it was more than enough to stifle the Rockies.

Harper batted in a run on a night that appropriately featured his bobblehead giveaway. Even more, Ian Desmond batted in three runs and Adam LaRoche hit a monster solo shot to further aid the Nationals’ efforts. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals vs Colorado Rockies Series Preview

After splitting their four-game series with the Chicago Cubs, the Washington Nationals now return home for a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Minor League and Prospect Report for Week of June 29th

Another week of minor league baseball is in the books. Here is a look around the Washington Nationals’ farm system at some players making headlines. [Read more...]

Bryce Harper’s Homer and Wilson Ramos’ 2 RBI Highlight Rehab Game in Woodbridge

In Woodbridge, Virginia on Tuesday night, Washington Nationals’ Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper continued their rehab stints with the Potomac Nationals. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals vs Milwaukee Brewers Series Preview

After splitting their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals now hit the road. They open their trip with a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. [Read more...]

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