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Old 04-25-2016, 02:14 PM
 
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Friday:
Twins 4 @ Nations 8. Nats scored the first 7 runs of the night with 4 in the first and 3 in the 3rd and cruised from there. Jose Lobaton, the backup catcher, triples home the 6th run, and then scored the 7th run on a Gio Gonzalez sac fly. Zimmerman and Taylor were the only Nats position players not to record a hit in the game. Gonzalez (1-0) recorded the win allowing 3 runs (2 earned), 6 hits, 1 walk and 8 strike outs in 6 innings. Kyle Gibson (0-3) took the loss for the Twins allowing 7 runs, 7 hits 2 walks and 1 strikeout in only 3 innings.


Saturday:
Twins 0 @ Nats 2. Zimmerman single in the 1st that scored Rendon and Harper was the only run of the game as both starting pitchers: Phil Hughes for the Twins and Tanner Roark for the Nats were outstanding. Roark (2-2) was the winner pitching 7 innings of 2 hit ball, walked 2 and struck out a career high 15. Blake Treinen and Oliver Perez each recorded a hall combining to pitch the 8th with each striking out a batter and Treinen allowing the lone walk, and Papelbon (7th save) pitched a 1-2-3 9th with 1 strike out.


Sunday:
Twins 5 @ Nats 6 (16 innings). An absolute crazy game which saw Harper only see 7 pitches on the entire afternoon but he forced extra innings, Joe Ross with a pinch hit single because the Nats ran out of position players and than Oliver Perez extending the game in the 15th on an error. Matt den Dekker (now officially known here as Upper Dekker when he hits a homer) leads off the game with a leadoff homer, the first in his career. In the Twins 3rd, Eduardo Nunez singled home Bryan Buxton to tie the game at 1, and even though that was the end of the scoring for a while, when it picked up again we would just be getting started. The Twins looked to salvage the final game when Brian Dozier hit a 3 run homer to LF in the 8th to put the Twins up 4-1, and if this happens last year the game is probably over, but they are resilent so far: Ramos made it a 1 run game with a double that brought home Rendon & Werth, and than pinch hitting for Taylor in the 9th, Harper, in his only at bat of the day, forced extra innings with a solo shot to center field to tie it at 4. In the 10th, Ross's single send Werth to second, but Lobaton grounded into a DP to end the inning. In the 15th Miguel Sano gave the Twins a 5-4 lead scoring Nunez which started the rally with a 2 out hit. In the bottom half the Nats would have their own 2 out rally: Rendon & Werth would line out and fly out to OF respectively for 2 quick outs. Espinosa would draw a 2 out walk which brought up the pitchers spot, and since the Nats had no position players left on the bench, Oliver Perez was forced to bat. Game over, right?? I mean Ollie Perez is a relief pitcher and hasn't batted since 2010, this would be a miracle. And we got that miracle!! Perez drags a bunt down the 3rd base line, Twins catcher J.R. Murphy fields the bunt and throws wide of first base!! Espinosa (after stealing 2nd) scores!!! And we play on, but you have to figure that was the nail in the coffin for the Twins. After getting a 2 out single from Murphy, the Twins were forced to send their pitcher to the plate because unlike the Nats who had no position players but another reliever left, the Twins had no more relief pitchers even though they had positional players left, and the pitcher grounds out to end the inning. Chris Heisey leads off the bottom half of the 16th and launches a homer to CF to end the longest game (time wise, the Giants playoff game was longer innings wise) in Nationals history. Tyler Duffy started for the Twins: he pitched 4 innings allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, and 1 run (on the Upper Dekker homer) before he would leave the game in the 5th after a Dekker comebacker hit him on the arm. Trevor May pitched the 8th allowed 3 hits, 2 runs with 1 strikeout but got a hold and Kevin Jepsen pitched the 9th allowing 1 run, 1 strikeout and 1 hit (the Harper homer) for his second blown save of the year. The final Twins pitcher Michael Tonkin (0-1) pitched 1/3 of an inning allowing 1 run and 1 hit (the Heisey homer) and suffered his first blown save as he was the pitcher pitching to Perez. On the Nats side, Strasburg pitched 7 1/3 innings with 7 hits, 4 runs, 10 strikeouts, and 1 homer (the Dozier homer). Perez (1-0) pitched the final 1 1/3's inning allowing 0 runs, 1 hit and striking out 1, and put down the 2 out bunt which forced the 16th inning even though he didn't get credit for it because of the error.


Nats stay in Washington to start a 3 game series with the Phillies which begins Tuesday. Max Scherzer (2-1, 4.32) takes the ball for the Nats opposing Vincent Velasquez (2-1, 0.93) who takes the ball for the Phillies. Game time slated for 7:05 PM. Twins head home and start a 3 game series with the Indians which begins Monday night.
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:49 AM
 
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Phillies 4 @ Nats 3.


I'd like to know who this Max Scherzer imposter pitching for the Nats is now and what he did to the real Scherzer! After walking the leadoff batter (never a good sign!) Andres Blanco hit a 2 run homer to put the Fightins' up 2-0. Nats got 1 back in the 2nd with an Espinosa sac fly, before Cesar Hernandez put the Phils back up 2 with a single in the 4th. Nats tied it in the 5th with back-to-back singles by Harper & Zimmerman scoring Taylor & Rendon. Mikael Franco ended up with the winner with a double to CF, and if Franco doesn't trip rounding 3rd base, that may have been an inside the park home run as Taylor crashed into the wall. Vincent Velasquez (3-1) got the win allowing 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks with 4 strikeouts. David Hernandez & Hector Neris each recorded a hold, the 6th & 4th respectively, combining to pitch 2 innings allowing 1 hit, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Jaenmar Gomez (5th save) pitched the 9th with 1 hit and 1 strikeout. Scherzer pitched 6 innings allowing 7 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks with 7 strikeouts, while Oliver Perez (1-1) gave up 2 hits with 1 run allowed and 1 strikeout in a 3rd of an inning and took the loss.


Series continues Wednesday. Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 5.51) takes the ball for the Phillies while Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.42) will toe the rubber for the Nats. First pitch scheduled for 7:05.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:33 PM
 
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Phillies 3 @ Nats 0.


Not going to win many games you finish with 1 more hit than error, and that's what happened to the Nats as they had only 2 hits and 1 error on the night. Phils scored single runs in the 6th, 7th & 8th innings. The Fightins' started the scoring in the 6th on a sac fly by Odubel Herrerra which scored Darrin Ruf, and that's all Jeremy Hellickson would need on the night as the Nats didn't get a runner passed second base, and didn't have a runner reach base after the 6th inning. Phils added the second run on a Peter Bourjos fielders choice, and the 3rd in the 8th on a Chooch Ruiz homer for good measure. Hellickson (2-1) pitched 7 shut out innings allowing only 2 hits, 3 walks, and 8 strikeouts. Neris (5th hold) and Gomes (6th save) pitched the 8th & 9th respectively allowing 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 1 strikeout combined. Gio Gonzalez (1-1) took the loss allowing 5 hits 2 runs (1 earned) 3 walks and 5 strikeouts in 6 1/3.


Phillies have won the series (the first series the Nats have lost all season) and will go for the sweep Thursday afternoon. Aaron Nola (1-2, 4.50) gets the ball for the Phillies and the Nats will give the ball to Tanner Roark (2-2, 2.63) who is coming off a career high 15 strikeout game his last time out. First pitch scheduled for 4:05 PM.
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:11 PM
 
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Phillies 3 @ Nats 0.


If you've spotted the Nats offense, please send them to St. Louis ASAP! Like Wednesday evening, another pitcher's duel with the game scoreless into the 9th inning and the Phillies pitching yet another shutout. Cameron Rupp had the game-winning hit, a 2 run double in the 9th, while David Lough reached on an infield single later on in the 9th. Aaron Nola and Tanner Roark each pitched 7 innings of shutout 2 hit ball with Nola striking out 7 and walking 1 and Roark walking 2 and striking out 6. Elvis Araujo (1-0) got the final out of the 8th inning after Dalier Hinojosa got hit in the hand with 1 walk and 1 strikeout and picked up the win. Jeanmar Gomez (7th save) pitched the 9th with 1 hit allowed to pick up his 3rd save of the series. Felipe Rivero (0-1) pitched to 3 batters in the 9th inning with all 3 reaching base, and allowing all 3 runs and got tagged with the loss.


Nats start their toughest stretch of the season so far and will actually be playing good teams, as they head to the Midwest for a 10 game trip: 3 in St. Louis, 3 in Kansas City, and 4 in Chicago against the Cubs. First up are the Cardinals this weekend. Stephen Strasburg (3-0, 2.17) takes the ball for the Nats and will be opposed by childhood friend Mike Leake (0-2, 5.64). Phillies meanwhile we have their first interleague series of the young season as the Indians will venture to the city of brotherly love and Citizens Bank Park for a weekend set.
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Old 04-30-2016, 10:56 AM
 
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Nats 5 @ Cardinals 4.


Taylor hit a leadoff homer 3 pitches in to take a quick 1-0 lead. Cards retook the lead in the bottom half: Matt Holiday double drove in Matt Carpenter, and a Matt Adams single brought home Holiday. Nats took the lead for good in the 4th: Murphy single scored Rendon to tie the game, Werth sac fly brought home Zimmerman and gave them the lead for good, and Espinosa finished the scoring with a 2 run homer to go up 5-2. Cards finished the games scoring in the 8th with a 2 run homer by Adams. Cards had a leadoff walk off of Papelbon, but a double play ended the scoring threat. Strasburg (4-0) pitched 7 innings allowing 8 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk with 9 strikeouts. Trienen (5th hold) pitched the 8th with 2 hits, 1 strikeout, and 2 runs on the Adams homer, while Papelbon (8th save) pitched a 1-2-3 9th courtesy of the double play after the leadoff walk.


Series continues with game 2 on Saturday. Joe Ross (2-0, 0.54) who missed his last turn in the rotation with a blister problem will take the ball for the Nats and will be opposed by Jaime Garcia (1-1, 3.24) for the Cards. Game time slated for 2:15.
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:28 PM
 
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Nats 6 @ Cards 1.


Nats got on the board in the first inning once again. Murph 2 out single scored Rendon, and then Werth the next batter hit a 3 run homer scoring Zimmerman and Murphy to make it 4-0, and that's all Joe Ross and the Nats would need on the day as the Cardinals never really threatened. Their biggest threat of the game came in the 5th when they had the bases loaded with 1 out, but they escaped that jam only giving up 1 on a Matt Carpenter sac fly and Matt Holiday ended the inning with a force out. Cardinals had at least one base runner every inning except the 2nd & 3rd, but the only time a runner advanced past 2nd was in that 5th inning. Murph & Werth combined for 2 extra insurance runs in the 8th. Murph single scored Harper on a throwing error by the CF Hazelbaker, and a Werth sac fly brought home Zimmerman. Ross (3-0) pitched 6 innings, scattered 6 hits, allowed 1 run, walked 2 and struck out 4. Sammy Solis (1st hold) pitched a 1-2-3 7th with 2 strikeouts (when it was still a save situation so he gets credit with the hold) while Jaime Garcia (1-2) allowed 4 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts in 6 1/3. Take out that 1st inning and Garcia actually pitched great. After that 4 run, 3 hit, 1 walk 1st inning he allowed only 4 base runners the rest of the time he was in the game. Unfortunately by then the damage had already been done.


Series concludes on Sunday. Max Scherzer (2-1, 4.35) takes the ball for the Nats while Carlos Martinez (4-0, 1.93) toes the rubber for the Cards, with a game time slated for 2:15. We've already won the series, so this game is gravy, but would be nice to see this Scherzer imposter go away.
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Old 05-02-2016, 12:00 PM
 
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Nats 6 @ Cards 1.


Well, that was fun . Scoreless until the 6th when den Dekker singled home the games first run, Clint Robinson & Espinosa hit back to back home runs in the 8th to put them up 4-0, Murphy double in the 8th made it 5-0, and Heisey with his 3rd home run of the year in the 9th made it 6-0. Cards avoided the shut out with a 2 out homer in the 9th courtesy of Brandon Moss. Max Scherzer (3-1) got the win pitching 7 innings of 4 hit shut out ball with 0 walks and 9 strikeouts. Carolos Martinez (4-1) took the loss pitched 6 2/3's giving up 7 hits 4 runs, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts and 2 home runs.


Nats stay in Missouri and travel across state to take on the defending champion Royals for a 3 game series which starts Monday evening at 8:15. Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 1.42) takes the ball for the Nats while Edison Volquez (3-1, 3.34) takes the ball for the hometown 9. Cards stay at home to begin a 4 game series against the suddenly red hot Phillies which starts Monday night.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:34 AM
 
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Nats 2 @ Royals 0.


Both runs in this came came within the first 5 batters of the game, so if you came in with Werth batting in the 1st inning you would have not seen a run scored. After a leadoff walk to Taylor and a single by Rendon got runners to first and second Harper struck out but Zimmerman doubled to bring home Taylor, and Murphy brought home Rendon on a ground out for the only 2 runs. Later in the game Murphy would have his 1,000th career hit. Gio Gonzalez (2-1) pitched 6 shut out innings allowing 4 hits, 2 walks and 1 strikeout. Shawn Kelley (2nd hold), Sammy Solis (2nd hold), and Oliver Perez (4th hold) combined to pitch 2 innings allowing 1 hit and 3 strike outs, while Papelbon (9th save) pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his 358th career save which ties him with Troy Percival for 10th place on the all time list. Edison Volquez (3-2) took the loss allowing 2 runs, 7 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts in 7 2/3's.


Series continues on Tuesday: Tanner Roark (2-2, 2.03) takes the ball for the Nats while Princeton grad Chris Young (1-4, 6.12) takes the ball for the Royals.
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:35 AM
 
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Tuesday:


Nats 6 @ Royals 7.
Rendon homer in the first got the Nats on the board early again. Royals took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd on singles by Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer to go up 3-1. Murphy got one back with a solo shot in the 4th, Ramos would tie the game with a ground rule double, Espinosa gave the Nats the lead back on a groundout and Heisey triple in the 6th put the Nats up 5-3. Werth added a homer in the 8th for a 6-3 lead. Royals got one back in the bottom half on a Hosmer fielders choice, and the Royals got 3 in the 9th. Mike Moustakas single tied the game and Lorenzo Cain walked off the Nats with a single that fell just out of Taylor's reach in center field. Roark pitched 7 1/3 innings scattering 6 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Rivero (3rd hold) pitched 2/3's of an inning with 0 hits, 0 walks and 0 strikeouts. Papelbon (0-2, 2nd blown save) blew up in the 9th: 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 strikeout in 2/3's of an inning. Chris Young started for the Royals allowed 5 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and 2 runs both on home runs in 4 2/3's. Chien-Ming Wang (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 9th with 2 strikeouts and got the win when the Royals walked it off.


Wednesday:


Nats 13 @ Royals 2.
The Nats batted around twice in the first 3 innings and in the 1st inning got 6 runs on only 4 hits but were the beneficiaries of 3 Royals errors which would set the stage for the afternoon. The first 6 Nats would reach base accounting for all 6 first inning runs. Harper single scored Taylor, and than Zimmerman, Murphy & Werth would hit 3 straight doubles which scored Rendon, Haper, Zimmerman and Murphy and Clint Robinson would add the final run of the first scoring Werth on a sac fly. Royals would get both of their runs in the 2nd: Drew Butera double scored Omar Infante and he scored on Escobar's single. Nats would get 4 more back in the 3rd when they would bat around for a second time in the game: Ramos & Robinson single scored Zimmerman and Murphy respectively, Espinosa sac fly scored Werth, and a Rendon fielders choice scored Ramos. Murphy & Harper would add single runs in the 4th & 5th on solo home runs, and Nats would conclude the scoring in the 6th on a Robinson single which scored Murphy. Strasburg (5-0) pitched 6 innings with 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. Kris Medlen (1-3) got knocked out 3 batters into the 3rd inning allowing 9 runs (6 earned) on 6 hits, with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts in 2+ innings.


4 game series in Chicago against the Cubs starts on Thursday. We know the Cubs are good, still unsure how good the Nats are. This should be a 6-0 trip, but the Cardinals & Royals were both struggling coming off West Coast road swings when we got them on the first game back, so it's possible we got both at a good time. Cubs will definitely be the best team we've played so far this year. They have to face Jake Arrieta but luckily miss Jon Lester while the Cubs will miss Strasburg but both Joe Ross & Tanner Roark have been pitching well and will both be pitching for the Nats this weekend. Should be a fun weekend series. As long as the Nats don't get swept you'd have to look at this road swing as pretty good. Joe Ross (3-0, 0.79) takes the ball for the Nats who will be opposed by Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.91). Royals begin a 3 game series in Cleveland on Friday.
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Old 05-06-2016, 09:36 AM
 
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Nats 2 @ Cubs 5.


Dusty said this was the worst game he's seen the team play this year yet they still had a chance to tie it/take the lead in the 8th inning. Cubs got on the board first in the 4th with a Ben Zobrist single scoring Tommy La Stella and Kris Bryant. In the 8th inning with a walk and a hit by pitch to start the inning still down by 2, Taylor struck out on a 3-2 pitch way out of the strike zone and than Rendon grounded into a double play to basically end the game. Zobrist added a 2 run homer in the bottom half and Addison Russell added an RBI double later in the inning. Werth would hit a 2 out 2 run homer in the 9th to keep the Nats from getting blanked. Kyle Hendricks (2-2) pitched 6 shut out innings allowing 2 hits, 2 walks and 4 strike outs. Pedro Strop (6th hold), Justin Grimm (2nd hold) and Clayton Richard (1st hold) combined to pitch 2 shut out, no hit innings with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Joe Ross (3-1) pitched 6 2/3's giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks with 9 strike outs.


Series continues Friday with the annual Friday matinee in Wrigleyville on the North side of Chicago. Max Scherzer (3-1, 3.55) takes the ball for the Nats and John Lackey (3-1, 4.32) takes the ball for the Cubs. Game time is scheduled for 2:20.
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