September 21, 2014

Washington Nationals Game 89 Review: Bats go quiet against Lannan in 3-2 loss

The Washington Nationals offense, missing much of the season, had been flourishing the past week or so, scoring eight or more runs in five of their last eight games, all wins. But this season, they’ve hit lefties at an atrocious pace, .218/.283/.343. Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Phillies will trot out three left-handed starters in the first three games of the series, starting with former Nats starter John Lannan.

Lannan dominated the Nats for eight innings, leading the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Nats, busting up Washington’s four-game win streak. The loss drops the Nats record to 46-43, 4 1/2 games behind Atlanta pending their late result.

Dan Haren, the Nats $13 million off-season free agent prize, came off the disabled list for the start and the Phillies didn’t waste any time laying into him in the first inning. Ben Revere singled to right on the second pitch of the game, and after a pickoff attempt, Jimmy Rollins did the same. Haren got Chase Utley to, um, chase a cutter for strike three, but Revere and Rollins executed a double steal on the play.

Domonic Brown then lashed a ball off Haren’s shin, which caromed toward the first base line. All hands were safe, and Revere scored on the play. Michael Young drew a base on balls, and Delmon Young struck out. Darin Ruf, in his first appearance up from the minor with the Phillies assignment of Ryan Howard to the D.L. with impending meniscus surgery, walked to force in a run to make it 2-0 at the end of the first inning.

Haren (L, 4-10, 6.00) didn’t really “calm down” all that much for the next four innings, but he did keep the Phillies from scoring again. In his first start off the disabled list, Haren gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out seven along the way. He threw 59 of his 95 pitches for strikes.

Fernando Abad took over in the sixth and ran into trouble of his own. With two outs, Revere doubled to left field and scored when Rollins singled to right field, just beating the throw home.

Phillies starter John Lannan, the Nats two-time opening day starter, held the Nats in check over his eight innings of work. Lannan (W, 2-3, 4.23) allowed just four hits and two walks with four Ks, earning his second win of the season, both over the Nationals.

The Nats finally broke through against Phils closer Jonathan Papelbon, but it ultimately wasn’t enough. Bryce Harper led off the ninth with a single up the middle, and went to third on Ryan Zimmerman’s double off the base of the wall in right center. Jayson Werth rode one to center that Revere caught up to on the warning track and Harper scored easily with Zimmerman moving to third. Adam LaRoche plated Zimmerman with a sac fly, but Chad Tracy’s soft pop fly to center ended the comeback.

THE GOOD: Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman had two hits apiece and fueled the Nats comeback attempt in the ninth inning. Ross Ohlendorf gave them two innings of scoreless relief, striking out three in the process.

THE BAD: Lack of offense. The Nats have been hitting of late, but they need to have some success against the lefties in the Phillies rotation this week. Expect new acquisition Scott Hairston, who has great career numbers against Cole Hamels, to start Tuesday.

THE UGLY: Ian Desmond. 0-for-4 with 3 Ks against Lannan. Chased everything, Lannan really carved him up.

THE STATS: 6 hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. 0-for-1 with RISP, 5 LOB. E: Ramos (4, fielding); no DPs.

NEXT GAME: Tuesday at 7:10 pm against the Phillies. Taylro Jordan (0-1, 2.70) faces Cole Hamels (3-11, 4.38).

Washington Nationals Game 69 Review: Chad Tracy’s homer too little, too late as Nats fall to Phils 5-4

In a matchup between two over-5.00 ERA pitchers on two teams struggling to find the .500 mark, the Philadelphia Phillies (34-37) topped the Washington Nationals (34-35) 5-4 in walk-off fashion Monday night.

It’s been a frustrating road trip for the Nats, who have managed to win three of seven thus far despite their offensive woes.

With former National John Lannan (ND, 0-1) on the mound for the Phillies, Washington had a legitimate shot at erasing memories of Sunday afternoon’s frustrating loss to the Cleveland Indians.

In fact, the Nats struck first – and early – against Lannan. With one out in the first inning, Anthony Rendon drew a walk before Ryan Zimmerman took first on a hit-by-pitch. Jayson Werth singled to left to drive in Rendon and give the Nats a 1-0 lead before Ian Desmond grounded into a double play to cut the inning short. [Read more...]

Photos: White Sox v. Nats, April 9

The Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-7 on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. You can read DSP’s game re-cap here.

Here are a just few photos of last night’s game with descriptions under pictures. All photos were taken from the stands. Enjoy and feel free to leave comments! Thanks.

Photo 1 of 6: Gio Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Photo 1 of 6: Gio Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Photo 2 of 6: Gio  Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Photo 2 of 6: Gio Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Photo 3 of 6: Gio  Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Photo 3 of 6: Gio Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Photo 4 of 6: Gio  Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Photo 4 of 6: Gio Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Photo 5 of 6: Gio  Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Photo 5 of 6: Gio Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Photo 6 of 6: Gio  Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Photo 6 of 6: Gio Gonzalez singles to right field, but tried to get the double. He repeated Bryce Harper from earlier in game. – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

 

Former Nat Adam Dunn - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Nat Adam Dunn – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Denard Span and Jayson Werth after Werth's home run - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Denard Span and Jayson Werth after Werth’s home run – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Jayson Werth hit the 500 career RBI mark -  Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth hit the 500 career RBI mark -
Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Ian Desmond hustling back to first - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ian Desmond hustling back to first – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman congratulating Adam LaRoche on 2-run homer - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman congratulating Adam LaRoche on 2-run homer – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

I think I would fall over if I tried to lift my leg this high - Drew Storen - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

I think I would fall over if I tried to lift my leg this high – Drew Storen – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

FORMER NATS: Michael Morse in Mariners Commercial

The Seattle Mariners released their commercials today. Fans look forward to the entertaining videos each spring and always find new ways to make us laugh.

Former Washington Nationals Outfielder Michael Morse appears in the “Focused and Relaxed” commercial with Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager. Check out Beastmode.

Morse also appears in a few of the bloopers.

FORMER NATS: Nick Johnson Retires

Former Washington Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson filed his MLB retirement papers today at only age 34 according to several sources.

Nick Johnson was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round of the 1996 amateur draft and made his major league debut on August 21, 2001 at only age 22. Johnson was traded by the Yankees to Montreal Expos with Randy Choate and Juan Rivera for Javier Vazquez.

Johnson joined the Nationals when the Expos moved to Washington in 2005 and #24 quickly became a fan favorite. In fact, there were still several Johnson jerseys worn at Nationals Park in 2012. Johnson was traded by the Nats to the then Florida Marlins after the all-star break in 2009 for Aaron Thompson.

Unfortunately, after the terrible collision in right field with outfielder Austin Kearns at Shea Stadium on Sept. 26, 2006 that left Johnson with a broken femur, Johnson could never quite get healthy again. After a half season with Marlins, Johnson bounced around from the Yankees to Indians and played last year with the Baltimore Orioles.

He only played 233 games in the big leagues after the 2006 injury, however, the guy could get on base. Since 2001, Nick Johnson has 10th best OBP (.399) among players with 3,000 plate appearances.

Some of the media poked fun of Johnson’s injury history and Sabremetricians hero.

 

 

Thanks for the memories, Nick Johnson.
We wish you all the best.

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 5/4/2008 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 5/4/2008 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 6/4/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 6/4/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 5/21/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 5/21/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson sliding back for first base, 4/17/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson sliding back for first base, 4/17/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson sporting a beard, 4/17/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson sporting a beard, 4/17/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

FORMER NATS: Robert Fick and Dmitri Young’s Podcast

Former Washington Nationals players Robert Fick and Dmitri Young debut new “FYI?” podcast tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Go Cast Network. Good luck guys!

Updated: Debut episode will feature Cy Young nominee Jered Weaver of the L.A. Angels and his brother Jeff Weaver, formerly of the L.A. Dodgers.

Questions listed on Facebook page:

  • Who’s using steroids in MLB?
  • Is anyone gambling on their own games?
  • Will gay players ever be able to come out?
  • And what are the hottest, most insider predictions on the big season to come in 2013?
Photo from Elite Nine Baseball Camps & Clinic's Facebook page

Photo from Elite Nine Baseball Camps & Clinic’s Facebook page

FORMER NATS: Michael Morse Returns to Seattle

Former Washington National and fan favorite, Michael Morse returned to Seattle for Mariners Fan Fest this weekend. We are only a few hours away from Seattle so made a last minute decision to drive over for fan fest when Morse was added to the schedule.

Morse signed autographs for 500 lucky fans on Saturday along with third baseman Kyle Seager and outfielder Michael Saunders. It was great to see the Beast settle back into his old stomping ground. Fans embraced him and welcomed him back with open arms.

One fan gave Morse a hard ticket from the 2005 game when Morse got his first MLB hit. A very nice gesture and Michael and his wife were very appreciative. We also saw a fan in line wearing a Nationals Morse jersey.

The trio were in a Q&A with fans later in the day and Morse was introduced to his signature tune, “Take On Me” by A-ha. It brought a smile to my face.

Seeing Morse’s smile (see photos below) was well worth the trip. We wish Morse the best of luck in Seattle!

Michael Morse, Kyle Seager and Michael Saunders sign autographs for fans at Mariners FanFest at Safeco, 1/26/2013 - Former National Michael Morse returns to the Seattle Mariners and welcomed back by fans (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Michael Morse, Kyle Seager and Michael Saunders sign autographs for fans at Mariners FanFest at Safeco, 1/26/2013 – Former National Michael Morse returns to the Seattle Mariners and welcomed back by fans (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National Michael Morse signed his 2005 Mariners photo for fans at Mariners FanFest at Safeco, 1/26/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National Michael Morse signed his 2005 Mariners photo for fans at Mariners FanFest at Safeco, 1/26/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Michael Morse, Kyle Seager and Michael Saunders sign autographs for fans at Mariners FanFest at Safeco, 1/26/2013 - Former National Michael Morse returns to the Seattle Mariners and welcomed back by fans (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Michael Morse, Kyle Seager and Michael Saunders sign autographs for fans at Mariners FanFest at Safeco, 1/26/2013 – Former National Michael Morse returns to the Seattle Mariners and welcomed back by fans (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

 

 

 

 

FORMER NATS: Josh Willingham Wins First Silver Slugger Award

CONGRATULATIONS HAMMER!

Former Washington Nationals Outfielder Josh Willingham gets his very first Silver Slugger Award with the Minnesota Twins!

FORMER NATS: Pat Corrales Hired by Dodgers

Former Washington Nationals special advisor and former bench coach Pat Corrales was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers to serve as a special assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti.

Corrales, 71, will be reunited with Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten making it the third team for the pair. Correles and Kasten worked together with the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals.

Nationals Bench Coach Pat Corrales at Baseball 101 in 2008 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

FORMER NATS: Adam Dunn Named 2012 AL Comeback Player of the Year

Congratulations to former Washington Nationals First Baseman Adam Dunn!

The Chicago White Sox first baseman/designated hitter was named the 2012 Players Choice American League Comeback Player of the Year.

Dunn was also named AL Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News.

Adam Dunn in Washington Nationals dugout 2010 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

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