August 19, 2022

Washington Nationals Game 26 Review: Ramos delivers in 11th inning, Nats take first of series

Wilson Ramos “zooms” to first base on his walk-off single, May 4 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

For all the attention the “Take Back the Park” initiative garnered over the last few days, it really did just come down to baseball Friday night. In front of a mostly pro-home team crowd, the Washington Nationals defeated a team that has tormented them on the field more than their fans have tormented the Nats Park faithful, knocking off the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, on pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos’ two out single in the bottom of the 11th inning. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 9 Review: Jackson throws complete game two-hitter; Nats win 4-1

Stop me if you’re heard this one: A Washington Nationals starting pitcher gives a dominant performance and the offense does just enough to deliver a win.

It happened again Saturday, as Edwin Jackson not only completely shut down the Cincinnati Reds over his nine innings, but in doing so saved Davey Johnson’s taxed bullpen after Friday night’s 13-inning extravaganza.

Johnson went through all but two of his relievers in the Friday win. Temporary closer Brad Lidge had pitched two days in a row. Craig Stammen did as well. Tom Gorzelanny threw multiple innings. Lefty Sean Burnett was still bothered by a tight back. Add it up and it was a pen that needed a day off. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Spring Training Postcards: Photos from March 12 Game

The Washington Nationals hosted the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium on Monday, March 12. The game time temperature was 79 degrees and increased during the game, although the light breeze made it a perfect day to watch baseball. Well, every day is really a perfect day to watch baseball, but you know what I mean.

Jordan Zimmermann took the mound for the Nationals and with the exception of Corey Brown, the Nats had a complete big league lineup. Ryan Zimmerman and Jesus Flores each homered. The Nats beat the Cards 8-4. You can read the re-cap here. [Read more…]

Zimmerman, Flores lead Washington Nationals past Cards 8-4

Nats Win! (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NATIONALS SEND RENDON, PURKE, SEVEN OTHERS TO MINOR LEAGUE CAMP

Ryan Zimmerman looks to be in mid-season form.

The Washington Nationals All-Star third baseman doubled, homered and scored twice to help pace the Nats to an 8-4 win over a split-squad St. Louis Cardinals team under beautiful skies in Viera, FL Monday afternoon. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals drop Grapefruit League opener to Astros 3-1

Wins and losses in Spring Training don’t mean a whole lot. Some managers wish they didn’t keep track at all. But they do, and for baseball obsessed fans waiting for the real thing next month, glimmers of the game they’ve missed over the winter have to suffice.

Saturday afternoon, under beautiful Florida skies, the Washington Nationals got their Grapefruit League schedule underway, dropping a 3-1 game to the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee.

Edwin Jackson drew the first assignment for the Nats, and he pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks without a strikeout. Jackson was opposed by long-time Nats hurler Livan Hernandez, making his Astros debut. Livo allowed three hits, walking none, and struck out two in his two innings.

Jackson was followed by lefty Ross Detwiler, competing for the fifth spot in the Nats rotation. Detwiler struck out three in his two innings, but allowed two runs, both earned, on two hits and a walk. He gave up a two-run homer to Houston third baseman Chris Johnson that barely cleared the wall.

Non-roster invitee Chad Durbin pitched two scoreless, with a hit allowed and two Ks. Atahualpa Severino’s defense let him down in the seventh, with third baseman Carlos Rivero misplaying a ground ball that scored a runner from third, and Sean Burnett cleaned up in the eighth, striking out two and walking one, getting help from first baseman Tyler Moore on a nice play on a ground ball down the line for an out at first.

The Nationals got their run in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Roger Bernadina and Jesus Flores. Both players had two hits in the game, pacing the Nats offense.

Bryce Harper started in right field and went 1-for-3 with a single.

The Nats face the Astros again Sunday at 1:05 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL. Stephen Strasburg takes the hill in his 2012 debut.

Nationals avoid arbitration with four players, have three more to go

The Washington Nationals have signed four of their arbitration-eligible players to contracts, avoiding the sometimes messy arbitration hearing with each player in the process.  Over the weekend, the Nats announced that pitcher Gio Gonzalez, acquired in a six-player deal with the Oakland A’s in December, signed a multi-year deal and catcher Jesus Flores signed a one year deal.  Today, multiple reports indicate pitchers Jordan Zimmerman and Tom Gorzelanny signed one-year deals as well.

The signings leave just three players eligible for arbitration: outfielder Michael Morse and pitchers John Lannan and Tyler Clippard.  All three would be due huge raises should their cases be heard by an arbitrator.  The deadline for clubs and players to submit salary figures to Major League baseball in advance of arbitration hearings is Wednesday. [Read more…]

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