September 15, 2014

Nats Nightly: Nationals 4-3 over Marlins to avoid sweep in Miami

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

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Washington Nationals Game 105 Review: Nats hang on to salvage finale against Fish

All Tanner Roark does is win.

The unheralded right-hander pitched another exceptional seven innings, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins, salvaging the finale of the three-game series.

Roark (W, 11-6, 2.74) allowed just one run on three hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out seven. The Nats bats, silent in the first two games of the series, woke up just in time to qualify Roark for the win. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 104 Review: Offense leaves Strasburg out to dry against Marlins

When the offense dries up, it dries up hard.

With Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, and Jayson Werth out resting a sprained ankle acquired when unsuccessfully trying for an extra base Monday, the Washington Nationals were missing two of their most productive hitters entering Tuesday’s rematch with the Miami Marlins.

The results weren’t pretty. The Nats wasted six walks by four Marlins pitchers, went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base, spoiling another strong outing by Stephen Strasburg, to fall 2-0 to Miami at Marlins Park. [Read more...]

Nats Nightly: Nationals blow 6-0 lead, drop 7-6 decision to Marlins

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 7-6 implosion loss to the Miami Marlins.

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Washington Nationals Game 103 Review: Soriano implodes; Marlins score four in ninth to complete comeback

Before the runs came late, Jordan Zimmermann was the story of the game.

The stoic Wisconsin right-hander, a two-time All-Star, commanded his fastball and dominated the Miami Marlins over seven innings, leading the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 lead into the late innings in Marlins Park in Miami.

But the Marlins didn’t get the script, getting eight hits in the last three innings to overcome the six-run deficit, capped by Jeff Baker’s walkoff double to lift Miami to a stunning, come-from-way-behind 7-6 win.

Zimmermann allowed two earned runs — both in the seven inning — on four hits and one walk, striking out six along the way. He left with the Nats leading comfortably at 6-2. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 52 Review: Nats lose sixth in seven tries, fall to Marlins 8-5 in 10 innings

The Washington Nationals are in a free-fall.

Despite coming back from a 4-0 deficit, the Nats never did take a lead, and the Miami Marlins used a big tenth inning to trump the Nats 8-5, sending Washington to its sixth loss in its last seven game.

The Nats, at 25-27, are third in the division, three games behind division-leading Atlanta and 2 1/2 behind Miami for second place.

Nats starter Jordan Zimmermann (5.0 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 K) imploded in the fourth inning. Derek Dietrich singled to lead off and went to second on Giancarlo Stanton’s base on balls. Casey McGehee singled to right, and Dietrich held at third. But Stanton had his head down, and was caught off base for the first out of the inning.

It would be a saving grace, as Garrett Jones followed with a single to plate Dietrich, then with two outs, Marcell Ozuna and Adeiny Hechavarria both singled, making it 4-0 before all was said and done.

The Nats didn’t go quietly.

In the sixth against reliever Chris Hatcher, Adam LaRoche singled with one out and went to second on Wilson Ramos’ single to right. Ian Desmond then drew a walk. After Kevin Frandsen struck out, Nate McLouth came up with one of his biggest hits of the year a double to right, which scored LaRoche and Ramos.

The Marlins brought in Dan Jennings, and he promptly walked pinch-hitter Danny Espinosa. Miami first baseman Garrett Jones then misplayed Denard Span’s routine grounder to first — all hands were safe — and Desmond scored on the play to make it 4-3.

Ramos tied it up in the bottom of the seventh with his first home run of the season.

Neither team would score again until the tenth inning. With Jerry Blevins on the hill, Ed Lucas led off with a single and went to second on a walk by Christian Yelich. Dietrich sacrificed the runners up to second and third, and Blevins intentionally walked Stanton.

McGehee came through for Miami, singling to left to plate Lucas, then Reed Johnson followed with a  double to right, scoring Yelich and Stanton. Donovan Solano capped the scoring with a single off Aaron Barrett, which brought McGehee in.

The Nats mustered one run in the bottom of the inning, with Anthony Rendon scoring on Adam LaRoche’s sacrifice fly, but it was too little, too late.

Nats Nightly: Nationals drop 3-2 decison to Giancarlo Stanton and Marlins

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington and “Doghouse” of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton, who went 3-for-4 with a double and the longest home run to center field in Nats Park history.

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Washington Nationals Game 51 Review: Marlins top Roark, Nats 3-2

One day after breaking a four-game losing streak, the Washington Nationals started a new one.

The Nats managed just three hits off Nate Eovaldi and two Miami Marlins relievers and lost 3-2 before a robust Memorial Day crowd at Nationals Park.

The Marlins jumped on Tanner Roark (L, 3-4 , 3.47) early. With two outs in the first, Giancarlo Stanton doubled to right field and Casey McGehee followed with a single to left that plated Stanton.

Stanton struck again in the third — again with two outs – off Roark, blasting a towering shot to straightaway center field, which landed on top of the groundskeeper’s shed behind the center field fence. Derek Dietrich, who had been hit by Roark the batter before, scored on the homer to make it 3-0.

Roark went seven innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and one walk, striking out four.

The Nats made a game of it in the sixth. Jayson Werth hit a soft liner to center with one out, and came home on Adam LaRoche’s monster shot to the upper deck in right field, his sixth homer of the campaign.

But the Nats didn’t manage another hit the rest of the way, getting just one more baserunner — Danny Espinosa’s hit-by-pitch — in the final three innings.

Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins Series Preview


After a forgetful 1-3 road trip to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates, the Washington Nationals now return home for a three-game stint against the Miami Marlins. Here’s your complete series preview. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 15 Review: Werth Homer Lifts Nats in Win Vs. Fernandez, Marlins

The Washington Nationals took advantage of costly errors by the Miami Marlins to emerge the victor of a 6-3 finish Wednesday night.

Miami ace Jose Fernandez held the Nats to four hits and 10 strikeouts through seven, but he was dealt a tough break by the Marlins’ defense, namely catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

With Washington trailing 3-0, Jose Lobaton led off the sixth with a double to deep right. Then, on a would-be routine grounder off the bat of Tanner Roark, Saltalamacchia committed a throwing error allowing Roark to reach first and Lobaton to advance to third. After Nate McLouth struck out swinging and Anthony Rendon popped out to second, Fernandez merely needed to retire Werth to get out of the jam.

Luckily for the Nats, however, Werth was prepared to seize the moment. His three-run shot to right center marked his third homer of the season and tied the game, tarnishing Fernandez’s otherwise solid performance with three unearned runs.

Fernandez would go on to earn a final line of 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 10 K and 1 HR, tossing 65 of 97 pitches for strikes.

Nats starter Tanner Roark, in turn, walked away with a no decision after throwing 98 total pitches over 6.1 innings, in which he allowed three runs on seven hits, two walks, five strike outs and one home run.

In the eighth, with Mike Dunn in to relieve Fernandez, Zach Walters broke the 3-3 tie in the Nationals’ favor with his second career homer – and his second long ball in as many nights. [Read more...]

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