Though it took about six hours to complete and required a two-hour and 33-minute rain delay, the Washington Nationals (86-53) rallied to beat the Miami Marlins (62-78), setting up this afternoon’s rubber match. Nationals outfielders Jayson Werth and Corey Brown were the heroes of the day, driving in the tying and game-winning runs, respectively.
“We had a nice little rain delay. I got a little massage, changed clothes, had a chicken salad and then we tied it up,” Werth said. “It was well-written.”
Now, on the heels of two extra-innings games and news that Stephen Strasburg has been shut down effective immediately, the Nationals will try to take the series – and the season series for the first time since 2007 – as they battle veteran right-hander Ricky Nolasco. Right-hander and birthday-boy himself, Edwin Jackson, will take the mound for the Nationals. Continue reading →
Last night, the Washington Nationals topped the Chicago Cubs by a score of 9-2 to complete a four-game sweep, improving their record to 85-52 and holding their lead over the Atlanta Braves in the National League East at 7 1/2 games.
In case you are unaware, the Washington Nationals currently hold the best record in baseball at 84-52. They are also leading the Atlanta Braves in the National League East by 7 1/2 games – their largest lead of the season. Oh, and each and every subsequent win will result in a new high-water mark for the franchise since relocating to the district in 2005.
Of course, I cannot exactly fault you if these notes come as a surprise. After all, right-hander Stephen Strasburg is due to be shut down in just under a week’s time. That is what is important, right? ESPN and the rest of the national media certainly think so. Is it possible that they are wrong in heaping all of their attention on Strasburg while virtually ignoring what the team as a whole has accomplished? I would not think so, but Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo does. He discussed his thoughts yesterday morning when he joined Holden & Danny for his weekly segment, the “Mike Rizzo Show,” on 106.7 The Fan. Continue reading →
Last night’s 11-5 win over the Chicago Cubs (51-84) marked a number of firsts for the Washington Nationals (83-52). First and foremost, it marked the first time since moving to Washington that the team has won 83 games. Each subsequent win will set a new high-water mark for the franchise as well. It also marked the first time a D.C. team has hit five or more home runs at home, including Griffith Stadium. Finally, it marked the debut of right-handed pitched Christian Garcia, who spent eight years in the minor leagues after suffering through three elbow surgeries.
Tonight, the Nationals will look to lock down a series win by taking the third of a four-game series with the Cubs. In order to do so, they will have to face right-hander Chris Volstad, who will be opposed by 17-game winner Gio Gonzalez. Continue reading →
Typically I would apologize in advance of failing my readers, but today I am going to apologize after the fact. I am sorry for failing to provide a pitching matchup for game 134. If you read Positive Mental Natitude’s lazy Labor Day special, you already know just how little work I was ready to accomplish yesterday. But you can be sure that I was watching as the Washington Nationals (82-52) ensured a winning season after taking the first of a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs (51-83) – a game that saw another stellar performance from left-hander Ross Detwiler as well as the mysterious removal of outfielder Michael Morse from the lineup in the middle of the fourth inning. You can also be sure that I will be watching tonight, as Chicago sends left-hander Chris Rusin to the mound to face right-hander Edwin Jackson and the surging Nationals. Continue reading →
Yesterday, during the Washington Nationals’ 2-1 victory in the first of a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs, outfielder Michael Morse was pulled from the game in the middle of the fourth inning. It was announced that Morse, who has been dealing with several nagging injuries since early August, was removed due to soreness in his right thumb.
It came as a surprise, then, when manager Davey Johnson told the media in a post-game interview that the reason Morse was removed was a precautionary one. Johnson had hoped to spare Morse discomfort in his right hand – a right hand that was hit by a Kyle Kendrick changeup on August 24.
“Where he got hit was acting up,” Johnson said. “I knew their pitcher was going to pound him in, and I didn’t want to aggravate it worse. He didn’t want to come out. I just said, ‘You’re coming out.’ I don’t need you aggravating it.”
It came as an even bigger surprise, then, when Morse spoke to the media and claimed he felt fine.
“No, my hand feels fine,” Morse said. “My hand feels good.”
In the interest of celebrating Labor Day properly, I am going to present the recent developments within the Washington Nationals organization in one sentence snippets. Less time writing for me, less time reading for you and more time eating barbeque for everyone. Shall we? Continue reading →
During the Washington Nationals’ five-game losing streak, opponents outscored them 26-6. In the three games since, the Nationals have more than reversed those figures, outscoring opponents by a margin of 26-5. Continue reading →
Washington Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson deserves all the attention today.
Sure, Bryce Harper hit his third home run in two games and Jayson Werth hit his first since May 5, but Jackson was nothing short of brilliant as he led the Nationals to an 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals – their second straight after a five-game losing streak.
It may have taken 123 pitches, but Jackson finished the night having tossed eight dominant innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits while walking two and striking out 10. It was the seventh time Jackson struck out 10 or more batters in his career and the second this year.
But as much as Jackson accomplished on the mound, his efforts elsewhere did not go unnoticed.
After grounding into a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the sixth, Jackson slid hard into second, breaking up a double play and allowing Danny Espinosa to add another run.
Yes, Jackson deserves all the attention. And he will garner much of it. But for now, here is a look at some of the bigger stories that developed this week and some that you may have missed. Continue reading →
After losing five straight games to divisional opponents, a stretch during which the team was outscored 26-6, the Washington Nationals (78-51) managed to get back in the win column last night when they beat the Miami Marlins by a score of 8-4. It was a game that presented no shortage of theatrics, as 19-year-old rookie Bryce Harper netted two career firsts – his first multi-home run game and his first ejection. Tonight, the Nationals open an 11-game home stand, their longest of the season, with a four-game set against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals (71-59). For the Cardinals, it will be left-hander Jaime Garcia against his former teammate, right-hander Edwin Jackson of the Nationals. Continue reading →