August 28, 2014

Washington Nationals Game 119 Review: Strasburg cruises, Harper homers in win over Mets


Last time out against the Atlanta Braves, Stephen Strasburg wasn’t himself, allowing a career-high four home runs and seven total, driving his road ERA to 5.25.

Thursday night, Strasburg conquered those demons, pitching seven innings without giving up an earned run to lead the Washington Nationals to a 4-1 win over the New York Mets, sweeping their division rival at Citifield.

Washington moves to 66-53. Coupled with the Braves loss to Los Angeles earlier in the evening, the Nats now hold a six-game lead in the N.L. East. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 117 Review: Fister strong, Taylor homers in debut as Nats pound Mets


The Washington Nationals needed a game like this.

After a disappointing weekend series with the Atlanta Braves, the Nats broke out in a big way against the New York Mets, slugging four home runs — including three in one inning — and Doug Fister tossed seven shutout innings as the Nats dumped the Mets 7-1 at Citifield in Queens.

The win, coupled with the Braves loss to the Dodgers, gives the Nats a five-game lead in the N.L. East.

One of the three homers hit in the sixth inning came from Michael Taylor, making his first start in the Major Leagues. [Read more...]

Nats Nightly: Nationals 5-3 over Mets on Bryce Harper’s walk-off HR in the 13th

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington and “Doghouse” of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 5-3 win over the New York Mets in 13 innings.

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Washington Nationals Game 112 Review: LaRoche, Espinosa Go Deep to Help Nats Top Mets

For those who criticized the Washington Nationals for their as-of-late inability to drive the ball deep, Danny Espinosa and Adam LaRoche did just that Wednesday night to contribute to a 7-1 win over the New York Mets at Nationals Park.

Nats starter Doug Fister asserted his standing as arguably the Nats’ top pitcher this season, allowing just one run over six hits and no walks through 7.1 innings pitched. His seemingly all-too-easy victory marked his 11th of the season, making him the team’s wins leader.

Mets left-hander Jon Niese did not have quite the same luck.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Niese gave up a double to Anthony Rendon. Jayson Werth followed through with a single, setting up Adam LaRoche for a two-run shot to put the Nats up 3-0 heading into the second.

All was quiet on both fronts from then onward, until the Nats reached the bottom of the sixth. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 111 Review: Gio’s Shaky Outing No Match for Wheeler


Gio Gonzalez allowed four runs on six hits and two walks through six innings Tuesday night as the Washington Nationals fell to Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets 6-1 at Nationals Park.

Gonzalez was shaky from the start, as he allowed a one-out triple to Daniel Murphy before David Wright brought him home with a single to left.

Wheeler helped himself to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second after Travis d’Arnaud led off with a double. Chris Young went down on strikes and Ruben Tejada grounded out, advancing d’Arnaud to third before Wheeler singled in d’Arnaud off a first-pitch fastball.

The Nats earned one back in the bottom of the inning, not by awakening the offense but by taking advantage of Wheeler’s short loss of control.

Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond started the inning with back-to-back walks before Bryce Harper went down on strikes. Then, Asdrubal Cabrera walked to load the bases, allowing LaRoche to come home on a wild pitch with Jose Lobaton batting.

Lobaton managed to hit a sharp grounder, but the ball hit Cabrera who was running toward third base at the time. Cabrera was called out and Desmond was forced to retreat to third, while Lobaton was awarded the single. Gonzalez came to the plate next, but could not repeat Wheeler’s earlier luck, ending the inning with a fly ball to center fielder Juan Lagares.

The Nats threatened again in the bottom of the third after Denard Span and Anthony Rendon started things off with back-to-back singles. On his own gnome night, however, Jayson Werth grounded into a double play that advanced Span to third. LaRoche drew a walk to keep the inning alive but the struggling Ian Desmond could only manage a ground ball to end the inning.

Gonzalez held on to match Wheeler until the top of the seventh.

In the seventh, however, it quickly became apparent that the Nats’ left-hander had run out of gas.

Young worked Gonzalez for a nine-pitch walk to start things off before Tejada chopped an infield single to short.

At that point, Nationals manager Matt Williams called on Drew Storen to pitch to Wheeler, who advanced Young and Tejada on a sacrifice bunt. Storen managed to hit the next batter, Lagares, with a runaway sinker, before allowing Daniel Murphy to single in Young and Tejada.

Storen did manage to strike out Wright, but Lucas Duda singled to left to add the Mets’ third run of the inning.

In the eighth, the Mets tacked on their sixth run of the night with Blake Treinen on the mound for Washington.

Treinen hit his first batter, d’Arnaud, with a pitch before allowing Young to single. Tejada lined out in the next at-bat, but pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled in d’Arnaud to make it 6-1.


THE GOOD: On a night when the Nats’ offense never fully came to life, Adam LaRoche went 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Filling in for catcher Wilson Ramos, who is on paternity leave, Jose Lobaton was the only other Nat to post two hits on the night.

THE BAD: There were innings in which Gio Gonzalez looked like the Gio Gonzalez of old, and then there moments where he just didn’t seem to have his stuff. Add to that, Drew Storen and Blake Treinen each allowed a run.

THE UGLY: The Nats went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven. On a night when Mets’ pitching worked its way into jams with control issues, the Nats failed to capitalize.

THE STATS: 1 R, 8 H, 4 BB, 7 K, 7 LOB, 2-for-9 RISP


Washington Nationals vs New York Mets Series Preview

On Monday, the Washington Nationals lost their make-up series finale with the Baltimore Orioles. Tuesday night, they welcome the New York Mets to town for a three-game series to finish off the homestand. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 43 Review: Ramos’ Four RBIs Power Nats Past Mets

Wilson Ramos nearly singlehandedly defeated the New York Mets Sunday afternoon as his four RBIs helped the Washington Nationals to a 6-3 win.

Nats fans have come to celebrate the Mets’ arrival to the District as Washington has triumphed in 10 of their 11 past matchups with their now 20-23 division rivals.

Without a doubt, Ramos has been looking for a big break. The Nats’ catcher returned from the disabled list just a week ago after breaking his hamate bone in his left wrist. Unfortunately for Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler (L, 1-4), Ramos found it in the series rubber game.

Nats’ starter Jordan Zimmermann (W, 3-1) proved sharp enough. In the second, he found himself in a sticky spot after giving up a double to Lucas Duda. Duda advanced to third on a ground out by Juan Lagares and held there when Ruben Tejada grounded out to first. But, Zimmermann could not pitch out of the inning without allowing the run to come home as Juan Centeno singled to right to bring home Duda. [Read more...]

Nats Nightly: Nationals 6-3 over Mets to take 2 of 3 in Nationals Park

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 6-3 win over the New York Mets and Gio Gonzalez heading to DL with shoulder inflammation.

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Nats Nightly: Nationals drop 5-2 decision to Mets – Gio Gonzalez struggles again

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 5-2 loss to the New York Mets.

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Washington Nationals Game 41 Review: Roark, Early Offense Powers Nats to Win over Mets

The Washington Nationals wasted little time posting runs against left-hander Jonathon Niese and the New York Mets as they worked their way to a 5-2 win Friday night.

Right-hander Tanner Roark earned the win for Washington, despite pitching into a rough fifth inning.

In the first inning, Denard Span led off with a single before Anthony Rendon reached first on a fielding error by David Wright.

Jayson Werth then batted in Span with a single before Wilson Ramos brought home Rendon on a sacrifice fly to center.

Ian Desmond drew a walk and Scott Hairston singled to help keep the momentum going. From there, Tyler Moore grounded into a force out, which brought home Werth, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead.

In the third inning, the Nats tacked on more runs off Niese by way of a Ramos single, a double by Hairston and a single off the bat of Tyler Moore.

In the fifth, the Mets earned back two runs. Lucas Duda hit a leadoff single, Anthony Recker double and Ruben Tejada batted in Duda to account for the first run. Then, after Chris Young popped out, Eric Young Jr. doubled in Anthony Recker to pull the Mets within three.

From that point onward, both teams’ pitching became lights out.

Roark’s performance fell shy of stellar as the Mets tallied four hits, two earned runs and four strikeouts over 87 total pitches thrown.

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