July 18, 2018

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 154 Review: Nats Beat Phillies in Extras, Eliminated from Playoffs

Saturday evening was a bittersweet affair for the Washington Nationals. They beat the Phillies 2-1 in extra innings on a walk-off double hit by outfielder Bryce Harper, but — after the Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds to clinch the National League East division title during the game — the Nats were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw a noteworthy game with thirteen total strike outs in eight innings pitched. It was the fifth time this season Strasburg has tallied 10-plus strikeouts, the fourth consecutive time he’s done so in 2015, and the twenty-first time of his career. Strasburg gave up three hits and one run while walking a batter, and throwing one wild pitch. He threw 101 pitches and 73 strikes. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 153 Review: Nats drop 4th straight, fall to Phils

JORDAN ZIMMERMANN MAKES LIKELY LAST HOME START BEFORE FREE AGENCY

Jordan Zimmermann would have liked to have gone out on a brighter note. His final start of the season at home — and likely for his Washington Nationals career — was nowhere near his last start a season ago.

Zimmermann gave up six earned runs on six hits and two walks over five innings and the Nats fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 on Friday in a game that paled in comparison to Zimmermann’s no-hitter on the final day of 2014. [Read more…]

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

WERTH HOMERS TWICE TO FUEL 16-HIT ATTACK

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 HOMERS TWICE TO PACE 12-RUN, 16-HIT ATTACK

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 144 Review: Harper and Strasburg lead Nationals past Philadelphia

Bryce Harper went 3 for 3 with two home runs and Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit while striking out 14 batters over eight innings as Washington beat the Phillies 4-0 Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

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MLB Trade Deadline: Nats close on Papelbon?

There are plenty of rumors flying around NatsTown these days, with the Washington Nationals seemingly in the market to add another closer to the bullpen, though they possess one of the statistical best this season. Nevertheless, the Nats have been linked to Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel, Tyler Clippard (until he was traded to the Mets) and now Jonathan Papebon.

On the surface, Papelbon is probably the least expensive — in terms of prospects — for the Nats to acquire. But he has some unusual demands in his contract that would have to be satisfied for him to accept any deal, especially to a team that has an established closer.

According to multiple reports, Papelbon has a full no-trade clause and will reject any deal where he won’t be assured of the closer role and his vesting option for 2016 isn’t picked up. He will make $13 million next season if the option is picked up by whatever team acquires him.

Papelbon is having another quality season closing for a crummy Phillies team (1.59 ERA, 17/17 saves, 9.1 K/9, 1.8 BB/9). But his prickly demeanor and me-first demands have made him a hated enemy in NatsTown and his contractual demands make this a complicated deal to consider.

Nats GM Mike Rizzo could entice Papelbon to come to set up Drew Storen by guaranteeing the 2016 money, but then you’ve got a disgruntled guy in your bullpen not happy with his role. It’s a dicey situation all around.

 

Washington Nationals Game 44 Review: Nationals win eighth straight series, beat Phillies 4-1

Gio Gonzalez had seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched, and Bryce Harper went 2-3 as the Washington Nationals beat Philadelphia 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

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Washington Nationals Game 43 Review: Hamels stellar, errors plague Nationals as Phillies win 8-1

A four-run third inning, featuring a two-run shot to center field by Maikel Franco, ended Stephen Strasburg’s day early and was the start of a painful day at Nationals Park, as a sellout crowd was on hand for an 8-1 Philadelphia win over the Nationals on Saturday.

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Washington Nationals Game 42 Review: Scherzer Dominates The Phillies, Harper Goes Long

The Washington Nationals treated a crowd of 35,893 to nine innings of one-run baseball on Friday night beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 after a strong eight-inning performance from right-handed starting pitcher Max Scherzer.

Scherzer gave up four hits, one run, and one walk while striking out six batters. He threw 110 pitches and 79 strikes.  And — thanks to some timely offense — he also helped the Nationals take their 2-1 lead in the sixth inning. [Read more…]

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