August 20, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 126 Review: Nats Squeak by Padres, Injuries Arise

The Washington Nationals beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Thursday night in D.C. but suffered quite a blow in regards to injuries.

Outfielder Michael A. Taylor and third baseman Yunel Escobar were down for the count by the end of the night but Washington still managed to sneak by the Padres.

Taylor ran into the outfield wall tracking down a fly ball and came up lame and needed help get off the field with a knee contusion. Escobar was hit by a pitch in his wrist — which drove in a run — and left the game.

Starting pitcher Joe Ross threw six innings of one-hit, one-run ball while walking two batters and striking out seven for the Nats. He threw 77 pitches and 48 strikes. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 39 Review: Harper powers Nats over Padres

NATIONALS GO 5-2 ON WEST COAST ROAD TRIP

The Washington Nationals are officially on a roll. No-hit through four innings, the Nats bats finally woke up, and when they did, they were loud. Bryce Harper homered again to lead the Nats over the San Diego Padres 10-5 at Petco Park, completing a seven-game West Coast road trip at 5-2.

What set up as an interesting pitching match-up between Stephen Strasburg and Ian Kennedy ended up a rout. But with Strasburg getting yanked early in his past two starts, it was a big test for the righty, who has battled ankle and upper back problems this season. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 38 Review: Scherzer Ks 11 in win over punchless Padres

Max Scherzer struck out 11 in seven innings and the Washington Nationals cruised to a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park Saturday night.

Scherzer had everything working while dominating the offensively-challenged Padres. The big righty (4-3, 1.75) allowed just four hits and two walks and threw 104 pitches in his outing. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 37 Review: Bats alive as Nats pound Padres

The Washington Nationals pounded out 10 runs on 16 hits and three walks while Jordan Zimmermann cruised through six innings and the Nats pounded the San Diego Padres 10-0 before a subdued crowd at Petco Park.

Bryce Harper, has he has all season, led the hit parade with three, including his 13th home run of the season, and also drew his league-leading 34th walk of the campaign. [Read more…]

Nats Nightly: Nationals drop 8-3 decision to Padres in rainy Petco Park

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 8-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.

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Washington Nationals Game 36 Review: Fister hammered after long rain delay

“It never rains in California. But girl, don’t they warn ya. It pours. Man, it pours.”
Albert Hammond

Before Thursday night, the San Diego Padres have had to delay five games in the history of Petco Park — four due to rain and one because of bees. No, seriously. And it’s been 337 games since the last one. Well, add one more to the list, as the Washington Nationals and the home team started their game under preposterous conditions, then waited out an extended rain delay before getting started.

Maybe the Nats wished they’d just washed it out.

Starting pitcher Doug Fister got hammered in his two innings, and the Padres crushed the Nats 8-3 on a wet Thursday night in Southern California. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Series Preview: San Diego Padres

The Washington Nationals open a four game series in San Diego against a Padres team that is very different from the team they saw a year ago. The Padres added closer Craig Kimbrel the day before the 2015 season started to cap an off-season filled with additions. Kimbrel joined former Braves teammate Justin Upton as well as Matt Kemp and Wil Myers as big-name trade acquisitions, and the team signed James Shields in free agency. Catcher Derek Norris came over from the A’s and has had a good start to the season.

The early returns are promising: Through 35 games last year the Padres were 15-20. So far this year they are 18-17, five games behind the Dodgers in the National League West.

The Nationals (19-16)  continue their climb in the standings. After taking two out of three in Arizona they now sit just a game and a half behind the Mets in second place in the division. They are now 9-3 in May.

The Last Time…

The Nationals went 4-3 against San Diego in 2014, splitting a four game series in Washington and taking two out of three in San Diego. The two wins at Petco Park featured masterful pitching performances. Tanner Roark opened the series with an eight inning, three-hit, 11 strikeout performance, and Jordan Zimmermann took the rubber game with a two-hit, 12 strikeout complete game shutout.

In The Other Dugout

The Nationals might not see two of the Padres’ off-season acquisitions on this trip to San Diego. Wil Myers was a late scratch from the lineup on Tuesday after aggravating a left wrist injury during batting practice. He did not play in the Padres’ games in Seattle. And the Nats will miss James Shields in these four games. Shields won Wednesday night, improving to 5-0 on the season.

Matchup To Watch

It should be an interesting weekend for Matt Kemp. Friday night he’ll face Jordan Zimmermann, against whom he is 6 for 14 with two home runs in his career. Then on Saturday, Kemp will face Max Scherzer, with quite the opposite story: Kemp is 0 for 21 lifetime against Scherzer. Don’t be surprised if Kemp sits that one out.

Probables

Thursday, 10:10pm: Doug Fister (2-1, 2.87 ERA) vs. Tyson Ross (1-3, 3.98 ERA)

Friday, 10:10pm: Jordan Zimmermann (2-2, 4.20 ERA) vs. Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 5.13 ERA)

Saturday, 8:40pm: Max Scherzer (3-3, 1.99 ERA) vs. Andrew Cashner (1-6, 3.07 ERA)

Sunday, 4:10pm: Stephen Strasburg (2-4, 6.06 ERA) vs. Ian Kennedy (2-2, 5.92 ERA)

Nats Nightly: Nationals 6-0 over Padres – Jordan Zimmermann throws CG/SO

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page, Patrick Reddington and “Doghouse” of Federal Baseball and Joe Drugan from The Nats Blog discuss the Washington Nationals 6-0 win over the San Diego Padres and Jordan Zimmermann’s mastery.

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Washington Nationals Game 61 Review: Zimmermann Ks 12 in 6-0 shutout of Padres

Jordan Zimmermann is on fire.

Last time out, Zimmermann threw eight shutout innings against the Philadelphia Phillies with four strikeouts. Sunday, he was even better, dominating the San Diego Padres for a complete game shutout. He allowed just two hits — with no walks — and a career-high 12 strikeouts in a 6-0 win at Petco Park. It’s the Nats seventh in their last nine games.

Zimmermann threw 83 of his 114 pitches for strikes and didn’t give up a hit until one out in the sixth inning. The stoic righty runs his season record to 5-2 with a 3.17 ERA. It was the fourth 10+ strikeout game of Zimmermann’s career and the first since 2012.

The Nats got busy early against Padres starter Eric Stults. Denard Span led the game off with a double to the right center gap, then stole third base and scored on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out.

In the second inning, Ryan Zimmerman led off with a single and Ian Desmond followed with his 13th home run of the season, drilling a 1-0 fastball over the fence in straight-away center.

Washington broke it open in the third. Frandsen led off with a single and went to second on Jayson Werth’s flare to right field. Adam LaRoche lined a single to left and Frandsen scored. After Zimmerman lined out to first, Desmond’s sharp grounder bounced off second baseman Alexi Amarista into short right field which loaded the bases with one out.

That was all for Stults, but the Nats weren’t done yet. Danny Espinosa greeted reliever Tim Stauffer’s first pitch with a line drive single to right field. Werth and LaRoche both scored on the play to put the Nats up 6-0.

After that, it was all Zimmermann.

The Nats head up the coast to take on the San Francisco Giants in a four-game set starting Monday. Stephen Strasburg (5-4, 3.10) faces Ryan Vogelsong (4-2, 3.39) in the opener at 10:15 pm Eastern.

Nats Nightly: Nationals blow lead in 9th, lose to Padres 4-3 in 11 innings

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 4-3 11 inning loss to the San Diego Padres — and Andrew Cashner’s bad haircut.

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