November 30, 2015

Washington Nationals Game 160/161 Review: Scherzer Throws No-Hitter as Nats Sweep Mets


Geoffrey: My you chivalric fool… as if the way one fell down mattered.
Richard: When the fall is all there is, it matters.

The Lion in Winter, James Goldman

I ran into a friend at the grocery store between games today. Tony’s a long-suffering DC sports fan, and as we passed each other in the parking lot, he said, “Of course, now we can beat the Mets.

That’s how a lot of Nats fans must have felt on Saturday.

Not Max Scherzer.

After a 3-1 victory in the first game against the Mets, the Nationals sent Scherzer to the mound for the nightcap, and Scherzer pitched as if the Nationals were still in it. They might not have been, but Scherzer could’ve fooled anyone.

Even the most meaningless baseball isn’t devoid of meaning. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 155 Review: Nats Fall Apart in Finale Against the Phillies

As if being eliminated from the playoffs not even 24 hours earlier wasn’t enough, the Washington Nationals experienced a complete meltdown in the ninth inning of Sunday’s home game against the Philadelphia Phillies who beat the Nats 12-5.

To make matters worse, closer Jonathan Papelbon assaulted outfielder Bryce Harper in the dugout after Harper popped out to left field in the eighth inning. To add to the escalating in-game tension, Papelbon went back out to pitch the ninth and Harper was replaced by outfielder Matt den Dekker who switched from left to right field. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 150 Review: Orioles Hit Gonzalez, Nats Fall 6.5 Games Back

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 in D.C. on Tuesday night after starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez gave up all four of Baltimore’s runs.

Gonalzez pitched 4 2/3 innings while giving up six hits, four runs, walking two, and striking out six batters. He threw 82 pitches and 51 strikes. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 145 Review: Washington finally earns road sweep at Philadelphia


Bryce Harper hit his 40th home run of the season and Gio Gonzalez struck out 12 over seven innings as Washington took down the Phillies 12-2 Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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Washington Nationals Game 145 Review: Harper hits 40 as Nats spank Phils


Jayson Werth homered twice and Bryce Harper hit his league-leading 40th home run of the season to lead the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 12-2 at Citizen’s Bank Park.

Werth went 3 for 4 with a pair of solo shots and scored three times in support of Gio Gonzalez, who picked up his 11th win of the season following a five-hit, two run performance over seven innings, including 12 strikeouts — tying his career high.

The Nats (75-70) were already leading comfortably in the seventh inning when Harper delivered his moon-shot home run just over the wall in right-center. His 40th completed a 2-for-5 night and upped his RBI total to 92.

Anthony Rendon (2 for 4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs), Yunel Escobar (2 for 5, 2 RBIs), Jose Lobaton (2 for 3, run, 2 RBIs) and Clint Robinson (3 for 5, run) all added multi-hit games.

Felipe Rivero and Rafael Martin both pitched scoreless innings of relief.

With the New York Mets loss to Miami, the Nats trail in the division by 7 1/2 games with 17 to play.

NEXT GAME: Thursday at 7:05 against Miami Marlins. Tanner Roark (4-5, 4.38) hosts Jarred Cosart (1-4, 4.58)

Washington Nationals Game 140 Review: More of the same as bullpen falters in seventh

Like a broken record, the Washington Nationals allowed their opponent to score the deciding run in the seventh inning and the Nats fell to the cellar-dwelling Miami Marlins 2-1 in Miami.

Coupled with the New York Mets 5-1 win over Atlanta, the Nats fell 8 1/2 games back in the N.L. East and 11 games back of the wild card with 22 games to play. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 135 Review: Nats push Braves around again


Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings, Bryce Harper hit his 33rd home run of the season and the Washington Nationals beat up on the Atlanta Braves for the second night in a row, 8-2 at Nats Park.

Despite a second convincing win over the Braves, the Nats didn’t make up any ground on the Mets, who beat Miami 7-0. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 130 Review: Dark Night in St. Louis


If there was a game as badly mismanaged as this one anywhere else in the majors, it would’ve cost the losing manager their job.

Sadly, no such luck on Monday night in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Pat Matheny managed just ever so slightly better than Matt Williams, and the Cardinals’ triumphed 8-5 after nine painful innings of baseball every Nationals fan cringed through.

Coupled with the New York Mets win over Philadelphia, the Nats fell to 6 1/2 games back in the division with 32 games to play. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 123 Review: Nats take 2 of 3 from Brewers

SUNDAY: Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon homered, Danny Espinosa drove in three with a double and the Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 to take two of three in the weekend series.

The Nats (62-61) remain five games behind the New York Mets, 5-1 winners over Colorado.

Jordan Zimmerman got the win, improving to 10-8, but he wasn’t particularly sharp. The veteran righty allowed four earned runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out seven. Drew Storen allowed a solo home run to Kris Davis leading off the eighth inning, but struck out the next three batters, and Jonathan Papelbon made a rare appearance in a 1-2-3 ninth to lock down the win.

Bryce Harper doubled twice in five trips and Rendon drove in three.

SATURDAY: Rookie Joe Ross was sublime, giving up just one run on six hits and no walks, striking out four, to lead the Nats over the Brewers 6-1.

Blake Treinen and Matt Thornton both pitched a scoreless frame in relief.

Michael Taylor extended a recent power surge, homering for the 13th time this season, and Anthony Rendon finally hit his second of the year, going 2 for 2 with two walks. Wilson Ramos and Taylor had two hits apiece as well.

FRIDAY: The Brewers rocked Gio Gonzalez and knocked him out of the game after just five innings as the Nats dropped the series opener 10-3.

Gonzalez had one of his worst starts of the season, allowing four earned runs (five total) on eight hits and two walks, striking out five. His defense let him down with a pair of errors and several other miscues.

Doug Fister took over and was no better, surrendering four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk in just 1 1/3 innings. Tanner Roark gave up a run on two hits in an inning and two-thirds.

Bryce Harper hit his 31st homer in the sixth inning off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson (W, 10-9, 3.60) and Michael Taylor connected for his 12th of the year in the seventh off Kyle Lohse.

Washington Nationals Game 116 Review: Gio roughed up, Nats lose fifth straight


When it rains, it pours.

Gio Gonzalez had his shortest outing of the year, the bullpen allowed more runs after that and the Washington Nationals lost their fifth straight game, 12-6 to the San Francisco Giants, on Saturday night.

The Nats pitchers walked four in the game, and all four came around to score. Each of the four pitchers used by the Nats allowed runs.

The Nats fell to .500 (58-58) for the season and remain 4 1/2 games behind the New York Mets, 5-3 losers to Pittsburgh in extra innings. [Read more…]

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