Game #46 Hendricks and Hellickson in the battle of the soft-tossers!

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This game wraps up the D.C. series with the Cubs, and this third game matches up the crafty soft-tossers of Kyle Hendricks and Jeremy Hellickson. The birthday boy, Victor Robles, also returns to the line-up as we reported last night that he was feeling well enough to play after being plunked on the wrist on Friday night. The 22-year-old will be back in his ninth spot in the batting order after Hellickson. Continue reading

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Stephen Strasburg puts the team on his back and delivers a gem!

Photo by Lynn G. for TalkNats

After yesterday’s bullpen meltdown, the Nationals really needed Stephen Strasburg to throw an 8-inning gem, and he delivered just that while going 8.0 innings and yielding 1 earned run on just 4 hits and no walks. Stras turned over the game to his All-Star closer, Sean Doolittle, who quickly closed out the game on just seven pitches although there were was an umpiring delay between pitches which added to the drama of the game. The D.C. offense jumped on Jon Lester early and knocked him out at 4 1/3 innings. With this Nationals win in this game 5-2 game, it was Brian Dozier and Juan Soto providing the much needed bulk of the RBIs.  Continue reading

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Game #45 Strasburg has the mound on FOX

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Yesterday, all the past troubles seemed so far away were not the exact lyrics of The Beatles, but it seemed like the Nationals were ready to turn a corner and put their past troubles behind. It was not the case as the bullpen meltdown hit a high for the season with 5 home runs surrendered and 11 runs. They did not get the gem they wanted by Max Scherzer, and they did not get the early offense they had received in their two previous wins. The Nationals are playing on the national FOX broadcast tonight, and they send Stephen Strasburg to the mound.  Continue reading

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It was a 1-run game in the 7th inning then the Nats bullpen happened. Nats lose 14-6

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It is hard to believe that this was a 1-run game entering the top of the 8th inning before the Nats bullpen imploded — again — and allowed a winnable game to slip away quickly. The bullpen gave up 5 home runs in this game in just 3.0 innings of work. Max Scherzer certainly was not his sharpest but he only gave up 3-runs over 6 innings, and his offense had numerous opportunities to get ahead in the game. Emphasis on the word “numerous”. To add to the misery, two more Nats player went down in an insult to injury as the team saw Victor Robles get plunked on his wrist by Cubs starter Cole Hamels, and Robles headed to the x-ray room, and in addition, reliever Justin Miller (rotator cuff strain) exited after surrendering a 2-run home run and wincing in pain. The Nationals bullpen ERA ballooned to 6.82 after this disastrous game as they gave up 11-runs in their 3.0 innings of work. Continue reading

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Game #44 is ScherzDay and TreaDay — but can it be TGIF?

Trea Turner with players from Park Vista; Photo courtesy of Larry Greenstein

After 39-games on the IL, Trea Turner returns to the Nationals and joins his teammates to create what is nearly the lineup that manager Dave Martinez envisioned. Maybe this current roster is better in some ways with the addition of Gerardo Parra, but this team really-really needs the struggling players like Juan Soto, Yan Gomes and Brian Dozier to step it up. Continue reading

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Parra blasts the Nats to a victory and a series win!

The Nats won a series and a big game this afternoon on the back of Gerardo Parra who was a triple shy of hitting for a cycle on a perfect batting day. The Nats bullpen had to go into overtime after Anibal Sanchez pulled his hamstring and exited the game in the middle of the second inning. Continue reading

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Game #43 Anibal Sanchez is called on for the series win!

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When Mets killer Daniel Murphy departed D.C., the Washington Nationals needed a replacement to torment the Mets, and the rookie Victor Robles has stepped up admirably to be that role. Robles has 4 of his 8 home runs against the Mets, and he is batting .357. Last night, Robles had the rare feat of combining a bunt single with a home run in a game. In the 7th inning, Mets reliever Tyler Bashlor seemed to deliberately buzz Robles’ tower with an up-and-in pitch. The dangerous pitch sent the 21 year old spinning out of the way of a head shot and onto the dirt. Continue reading

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Corbin adds another gem to his record. Nats win 5-1!

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The difference a day makes. With Patrick Corbin on the mound, the Nationals return to the win column in a game they dominated right from the start with a 3-run first inning. The 29,673 fans in attendance were treated to a Trea Turner bobblehead and a spirited Nats win. Corbin went 8.0 inning giving up just one run on 4 hits with 11 strikeouts on 108 pitches. All nine of the Nationals hits were accumulated in the 1-5 spots in the batting order with Victor Robles and Howie Kendrick getting two hits each and Anthony Rendon with a trio of hits.  Continue reading

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Game #42 on Trea Turner bobblehead night and good weather!

Trea Turner‘s walk-off against the Mets on March 31, 2019

The season is now 25% over, but don’t fret as there is plenty of baseball ahead — and we will hope for good baseball. When a team is playing poorly, a good bobblehead will get the crowd out. Tonight is the Trea Turner bobblehead night and while Trea is not expected to play tonight for the Nationals  — he is getting close to returning in a few days. Trea’s wife, Kristen Turner, will be at Section 138 tonight selling raffle tickets for the benefit of the Jimmy V. Foundation charity. Stop by and say hi to Kristen and maybe she will autograph your Trea Turner bobblehead if you buy enough raffle tickets.  Continue reading

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This look (see pic) says it all for the #Nats

Wilmer Difo after his gaffe, and a picture says 1,000 words.

The game started off with an ominous sign when shortstop Wilmer Difo could not make a good throw on a tailor-made doubleplay to end the first inning. Taking advantage of the Nats gaffe, the Mets put two more baserunners on for Wilson Ramos who swung at a ball under the zone for a grand slam that slammed the door on the Nats tonight in the first inning. The team only got 2-runs back after being no-hit for 5 innings, and the team fell 9 games below .500 with this 6-2 loss. There were few positives in the game besides Victor Robles 2-run home run.  Continue reading

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