December 17, 2017

Statistically Speaking: Soriano’s Historic (?) Implosion

What was expected to be a straightforward 6-0 drubbing of a National League East foe turned into a bit of a laugher come the ninth inning for the Washington Nationals on Monday night and unfortunately, for the wrong reasons. The inning and the game was lost by the usually steadfast closer, Rafael Soriano, whose stat line was a veritable house of horrors for a team in need of a strong showing against the Miami Marlins in order to stay atop the NL East standings:

IP H R ER BB SO RE24
0.1 3 4 4 1 0 -3.68

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PHOTOS: Washington Nationals’ 90th Win

WIN 90! The Washington Nationals magic number is now 9.

The Nats defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 in game one of the doubleheader Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Roberto Clemente Day was celebrated during game one of doubleheader and Ryan Zimmerman was honored on the field before the game for being named Washington Nationals’ nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award.

In a nutshell: Jordan Zimmermann pitched six sold innings, Bryce Harper’s fearlessness as a base runner continues to pay off, Danny Espinosa makes another Gold Glove caliber play and Tyler Clippard earned his 32nd save of the season. It was a picture perfect day for baseball, as well as Gio Gonzalez’s birthday. You can read DSP’s game re-cap here.

Here are a few photos of Wednesday’s game one with descriptions under pictures. All photos were taken from the stands. Click here to see the fan photos for Gio’s birthday. Enjoy and feel free to leave comments! Thanks.

Roberto Clemente Day was celebrated during game one – Los Angeles Dodgers v. Washington Nationals, Game One of Doubleheader on September 19, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman was honored on the field before game one for being named the Nationals’ Roberto Clemente Award Nominee – Los Angeles Dodgers v. Washington Nationals, Game One of Doubleheader on September 19, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page) [Read more…]

NATS: Happy Birthday, Sean Burnett

HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY SEAN BURNETT!

Washington Nationals LHP Sean Burnett was born on 09/17/1982 in Dunedin, Florida.

Happy Birthday #17!

Sean Burnett pitched the 9th inning – Philadelphia Philles v. Washington Nationals, August 1, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Sean Burnett and Jesus Flores after win – San Diego Padres v. Washington Nationals, 5/14/2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

LHP Sean Burnett (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Washington Nationals Game 146 Review: Nats listless and punchless in 5-1 loss to Braves to complete sweep

Well, the Braves did what they needed to do to keep this division race interesting.

The Washington Nationals entered this weekend’s series with an 8 1/2 game lead in the N.L. East over their opponents, the Atlanta Braves. They will exit with that lead cut by three games as the Braves finished a sweep over the team they trail in the division standings with a 5-1 win before 29,094 at Atlanta’s Turner Field.

The Nats (89-57) were trailing 2-1 in another close, tense game in the seventh inning when the game got away from them. Reliever Craig Stammen walked Michael Bourn with one out in the inning and Bourn went to third when Ryan Zimmerman booted Reed Johnson’s ground ball for Zimmerman’s 17th error  of the season. Manager Davey Johnson called on lefty Sean Burnett to face Jason Heyward, and he got the slugger to roll over to first for the second out of the inning, but Bourn carried the third Braves run of the game home.

Burnett was asked to walk Chipper Jones intentionally to set up a two-out battle against lefty Freddie Freeman, but Burnett’s second pitch hit Freeman to load the bases. Dan Uggla then took a 2-2 pitch to left field for a single, which scored Johnson and Jones, before Freeman ran into an out at third base to finally end the inning.

A close 2-1 game became an insurmountable 5-1 deficit just like that.

The Nationals were held to six hits by four different Braves pitchers, including starter Mike Minor (W, 9-10, 4.31), who went six innings and allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks, striking out three. The lack of offense cost Gio Gonzalez a shot at his 20th win of the season. Gonzalez (L, 19-8, 2.95), who threw 110 pitches in just five innings, gave up just two earned runs on four hits, but he also walked four batter in a less-that-stellar outing.

The Nats’ lone run came in the sixth when Ian Desmond singled to score Bryce Harper, who had doubled and took third on a ground out.

THE TAKEAWAY: Just throw this one — and the whole series — away. The Nats are off Monday and look to get back on track against Los Angeles next week at home.

THE GOOD: Um, no one new got hurt? The Nats still hold the best record in baseball, two games in the loss column for homefield advantage in the playoffs and a 5 1/2 game lead in the division. Oh, what’s that? Is the sky falling?

(edit–1:15 am) Apparently, the joke above no longer holds true. Danny Espinosa has apparently been playing with soreness in his left shoulder and is scheduled for an MRI Monday.

THE BAD: Ian Desmond was picked off and was also caught stealing in what was a one-run game at the time. In the ninth, he swung at a ball outside and popped up ont he first pitch of the at bats instead of taking a pitch with a runner on base.

THE UGLY: Danny Espinosa’s weekend. He went 0-for-3 with a K and GIDP Sunday and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning for Steve Lombardozzi with a right-hander on the mound.  For the series, he went 0-for-11 with nine strikeouts and is 6-for-39 (.153) over his last 10 games with 18 Ks.

THE STATS: 6 hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. 1-for-5 with RISP, 5 LOB, 1 GIDP. E: Zimmerman (17), no DPs.

NEXT GAME: Tuesday at 7:05 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jordan Zimmermann (10-8, 3.01) hosts Aaron Harang (9-9, 3.79).

NATS: Washington Nationals Bullpen Auditions for “Expendables 3″

While the Washington Nationals were in New York to play the Mets in July, they stopped by the MLB Fan Cave and the Nats Bullpen had a little fun reading “50 Shades of Grey.”

An additional video was released today of a few MLB players’ auditions for the fictitious movie, “The Expendables 3: War on the Basepaths.” Members of the Nats bullpen, as well as former National Jerry Hairston, Jr., are featured in this fantastic video including Ryan Mattheus performing a Chuck Norris spin kick.  I would go see that movie.

I hope that the videos keep coming. Nats have all sorts of talents.

NATS: Washington Nationals Bullpen Reads 50 Shades of Grey

If you haven’t already seen this video, it is worth the minute of your time (1:18 to be exact). The Washington Nationals played three games in New York last week against the Mets and stopped by the MLB Fan Cave. The Nats Bullpen had a little fun.

Nationals OF Bryce Harper also stopped by the MLB Fan Cave.

Washington Nationals Game 35 Review: Burnett – not Hot Rod – saves Nats win in 9th

Nats catcher Sandy Leon, making MLB debut, injured on play at the plate. May 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Henry Rodriguez has had a tough couple of days.

Despite his manager vowing before — and after — the game that Rodriguez and his 100-MPH fastball was still his closer, that he had the utmost of confidence in the erratic, but dynamic, right-hander, it was left-hander Sean Burnett that sealed the Washington Nationals 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres Monday night, before a soggy and nervous crowd of 19,434 — at least, officially anyway.

Burnett was called upon in a one-out, bases loaded situation set up by three consecutive walks by Rodriguez, who could not command any of his three pitches. Rodriguez threw 21 of them, just nine for strikes. But Burnett got Padres No. 3 hitter Jesus Guzman to tap back to the mound, and the emergency closer threw calmly to home to start a 1-2-3 rally — and game — killing double play. [Read more…]

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