Roark pitched well in the Daniel Murphy show: Postgame

Last night was the Daniel Murphy show and everyone else was just part of his supporting cast unless you ask Murphy himself who deflects all praise to others.

Tanner Roark pitched well and kept the game close and earned the win in his 7 innings of work, but this game was all about Daniel ‘Hits’ Murphy who got 3 huge hits and 3 RBIs in key spots in the game and tallied the game-winning RBIs in the 8th inning. Jayson Werth got a key game tying RBI single and scored the game-winning run on the Murphy single with a great hustle play to beat the tag at home.

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All rights Hunter Martin/Getty Images

 

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Game #52 Nats are on the road with Tanner Roark: Game Thread

The Nationals start their road trip with a 3 game series in Philadelphia. Tanner Roark will get this Memorial Day start and the teams will be wearing camo caps, and jerseys with camo lettering and numbers to honor the armed forces and in memory of all who gave their lives for the United States of America.

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Déjà vu. Second chances, 8 days apart. Bases loaded. Jayson Werth comes in to pinch-hit

Yogi Berra said it best, “It’s déjà vu all over again”.

Dusty Baker did not hesitate 8 days later to put Jayson Werth into a similar spot he was in 8 days before. Bases loaded, pinch hitting, must drive the ball. Short memories can be a good thing in baseball, but very rarely are two situations exactly the same in baseball. The déjà vu was bases loaded with Jayson Werth entering 2 games as a pinch-hitter 8 days apart.

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Nats finish the season series with the Cardinals with a 5-2 record: Postgame

Stephen Strasburg improved to 9-0 as this final game of the regular season series against the Cardinals wasn’t a laugher until Jayson Werth blasted a grand slam. The Nats improved to 5-2 against the Cardinals this year, and they won’t face each other in the regular season again until next year.

Dusty Baker was flawless in every in-game decision today as he saved Jayson Werth for a spot like he got in the 7th with bases loaded and 1 out to bring in his bearded righty.

Stephen Strasburg did what Aces do. Baker said, “Stras was good until he ran out of gas.” He became the stopper ending that 2 game losing skid and labored through 6 full innings while only giving up 1 run in a true quality start. Strasburg exited the game with the Nats up 3-1. Felipe Rivero came in once again for a Houdini act with bases loaded and 1 out in the 7th inning. Rivero retired the very hot Matt Adams on a sacrifice fly and then got the Randal Grichuk on a can of corn flyball for the final out of the 7th inning with the Nats clinging onto that 3-2 lead. Continue reading

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Game #51 Stephen Strasburg again in the #1 role for the Nats: Game Thread

No rest for the weary as the Nats have the early scheduled start time at 1:35pm with Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the Nationals as the Nats need to stop this two game patch where the Nats starters have not performed to ‘ace’ standards.

Michael Wacha pitches for the Cardinals and has a 5.04 ERA and has not been good this season.

Today is the day that we had circled on the calendar as the first day Trea Turner could be called up and guarantee an extra year of team control. While Trea Turner is not getting called up today, it should not be much longer. Continue reading

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Do you want the good news or the bad news? Good news Zim 4-4 2 HRs, Bad news Gio gets crushed: Postgame

The Nationals lost this game 9-4 and if we told you that Ryan Zimmerman was 4-4 with 2 home runs and Bryce Harper had a home run you would think the Nationals won this game. Unfortunately Gio Gonzalez gave up 6 runs in only 4 2/3 innings and the game got away early. The Nats did chip away and got within 2 runs until the Cardinals pulled away.

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Game #50 Gio and Waino meet again: Game Thread

Back in the 2012 playoffs, Gio and Adam Wainwright were their team’s #1’s and they get to meet again tonight.

The Nats need to get back to consistency in pitching and offense and Wainwright has been hittable.

Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos are both off tonight.

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This game will be telecast on FOX at 7:15pm.

Here are your Nats stats against Adam Wainwright:

 

  1.  Ben Revere CF
  2. Jayson Werth LF
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Daniel Murphy 2B
  5. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
  6. Stephen Drew 3B
  7. Danny Espinosa SS
  8. Jose Lobaton C
  9. Gio Gonzalez RHP
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Max Scherzer had an unusual inning that gave the Cardinals the win: Postgame

The Cardinals scored 5 runs in the 3rd inning in a 6-2 game highlighted by Stephen Piscotty who hit a grand slam in a situation where Max Scherzer needed a doubleplay ball. That was the difference in the game in just 1 swing.

The 3rd inning started off innocent enough with a single by the pitcher Jaime Garcia followed by a walk which was followed by a single to load the bases and then Scherzer had Matt Holliday in an 0-2 count and then ended up walking him to score the 1st run of the game. Piscotty followed that up with a grand slam and that is all the Cardinals needed.

The Nats had big chances to chip away and scored 1 run off of a home run by Danny Espinosa and the big opportunity came in the 6th inning when Bryce Harper led off with a single and was followed by wild pitch and then Daniel Murphy singled to put runners at the corners. Ryan Zimmerman smoked a grounder that turned into a doubleplay as Harper scored and that snuffed out the Nats chance at a big inning.

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Game #49 Max Scherzer for the #Nats: Game Thread

Game 2 of the 4 game series with the St. Louis Cardinals will feature Max Scherzer and lefty Jaime Garcia. The Nats have faced Garcia before and St. Louis native Max Scherzer will once again face his hometown team.

Dusty Baker will set his lineup for the lefty and expect Daniel Murphy to be in there against Garcia.

Here are the Nats stats against Jaime Garcia:

Here is Max Scherzer’s stats against the Cardinals:

Note that Matt Carpenter was not included in the stats since he was on the inactive list yesterday. Matt Carpenter  was batting .500 against Scherzer with a 1.200 OPS in 10 at-bats.

Line-ups (subject to change without notice):

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Jayson Werth LF
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Daniel Murphy 2B
  5. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
  6. Anthony Rendon 3B
  7. Wilson Ramos C
  8. Danny Espinosa SS
  9. Max Scherzer RHP
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Dusty Baker wins #1700 and Joe ‘Cool’ Ross gets a well earned Win with Harp/Espi HRs

The Nats pitching just shutdown the Cardinals team and held them to 1 run as this same Cards team just bashed around Jake Arrieta yesterday and scored 8 runs off of the Cubs.

Joe Ross made some clutch pitches when he had to and worked out of a huge jam in the top of the 7th with 2 on and no outs and struck out Yadier Molina. In strange coincidences the Cardinals had this exact scenario in yesterday’s game against the Cubs with men on 2nd and 1st and no outs and Yadier Molina at the plate and he struck out. Continue reading

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