The Nats were not no-hit but lose 5-0; Rosenthal 1-2-3 9th!

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This game never really seemed close as the Diamondbacks jumped on Nationals starter Erick Fedde early in this one as Fedde struggled with his command. To make matters worse, the Nationals offense did not get a hit until the 7th inning when Trea Turner had an infield hit against Zack Greinke who would have gone for the complete game if not for a one hour rain delay. Greinke certainly had his “A” game going in this one, and the Nationals big chance in the game was in that 7th inning when the Nats had two runners on-base with no outs, and then Anthony Rendon tapped a grounder into a doubleplay that he did not exactly hustle down the line. Rendon also botched a tailor-made doubleplay in the first inning which possibly led to another run scoring.

While it was not a highlight reel game for the Nationals, Trevor Rosenthal came out in control and looked dominant. If this is the Rosey we will see in the rest of the season then this could be quite the thing. As always, we will see as one or two promising appearances in “low lev” relief is not the same as an 8th inning appearance in a one-run game. Continue reading

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Game #68 Another four-game series for the Nats!

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One of the bright spots for the Nationals has certainly been Erick Fedde who joined the Nationals rotation on May 21st and has pitched well at Nationals Park with a 0.00 ERA. He will face the Diamondbacks today to start a four-game series. This is a Diamondbacks team that looks much different without A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt, but they have shown that they can play good baseball without them. The Diamondbacks have received a good year from the 35-year-old righty Zack Greinke who starts for them tonight.  Continue reading

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Patrick Corbin falls apart again for the Nats giving up 7 runs!

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If you thought Patrick Corbin would work his way out of his funk, it did not happen for the third straight game and four of his last five games as Corbin gave up seven runs in this game including a grand slam in the first inning. The box score looks better than the pitching performance as his defense made some spectacular plays behind him to help his cause. The Nationals battled back and had the winning run in the batter’s box in the 8th inning when Adam Eaton flew out in a 3-2 count with White Sox closer Alex Colome on the ropes. Anthony Rendon hit his second homer of the game in the 9th inning off of Colome to pull to 7-5 but the Nats could not push any more runs across and leave Chicago with a loss. Continue reading

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Game #67 Patrick Corbin must get back on track!

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The Nationals are quite possibly the hottest team in baseball over the last 18 days. The team is 12-4 in that span, and the Nationals have not had a starting pitcher lose a game since May 19th — except for Patrick Corbin who is 1-3 in that span.  Corbin has publicly said that his issues are mechanical, but you also have to consider his usage in which he set a career high in pitch count at 118 pitches on May 4th in a 6-inning no-decision to go with a 116 pitch performance on a complete game performance when his team had a 5-0 lead. Was that necessary to pitch that 9th inning with a 5-0 lead? This week the Cubs had the same decision with Cole Hamels with a 3-0 lead and a pitch count of 99 after the 8th inning, and Joe Maddon pulled him. Complete game shutouts are cool, but team goals over individual goals are cooler. Sure, maybe pitch count has nothing to do with Corbin’s issues. It is just interesting how Maddon handled his pitcher versus Martinez who was Maddon’s former bench coach. Continue reading

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Anibal Sanchez with the win as Trea Turner keys the offense!

In this game, Anibal Sanchez rolled and delivered a 1-run 6.0 inning performance, and the offense erupted for 12-runs with all spots in the line-up with at least one hit. Trea Turner was the offensive star as he was just a single shy of hitting for the cycle. The last time the Nationals saw 4.0 games under .500 was on May 4th until tonight as the team is now back to that point, and they picked up a full-game on the Phillies who lost tonight and have fallen into a tie with the Braves atop of the NL East. With this win, the Nats are 6.0 games from first place in the NL East with 96 games remaining in the regular season.  Continue reading

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Game #66 Anibal Sanchez back in an AL Central city!

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It was May 4th when the Nationals had just scored 4-runs in the 8th inning to turn a loss into a win against the Phillies, and the team moved to 4 games under .500. The Nationals are in a similar spot tonight where they could be back to 4-under with a win. It seems almost inconceivable for this team that was 12-games under water just 15-games ago on May 23rd.  Since that date, the Nationals are 11-4 with three of those four losses in that one-run loss variety. You know, the type of loss like Saturday that just tears your heart out. Losses are going to happen, and it always depends what you do the next game. In this case the Nationals won back-to-back Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg games which they also did a week ago, and while you would think that should be the norm — and it should be — those are the only times that dynamic duo has done it all season. Continue reading

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Strasburg gives up 1-run while his teammates smash 4 consecutive HRs for the win!

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The Nationals needed some run support behind Stephen Strasburg and they got just that in the top of the 8th inning with four consecutive solo home runs to take the game from a 1-1 deadlock to a 5-1 lead and the win. The final score was 5-2 and manager Dave Martinez got to rest his “A” bullpen in this one. The 1-1 tie in the 8th inning was broken by a pinch-hit home run from Howie Kendrick off of former Nats’ reliever Craig Stammen that put a spark in this Nats team that was quiet after the first inning when they scored a run without the benefit of a hit. Stammen would give up all four of those home runs amidst boos from his home crowd. This win got the Nats back to a good ending to this series that had some heartbreak in the first two games of this four game series against the Padres. The Nats get on their charter jet after winning two games in a row. Continue reading

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Game #65 Strasburg’s 10th season begins today in his hometown!

Stephen Strasburg (top left) and Mike Leake (top, fourth from left) led the San Diego Sting into the 11-under nationals in 1999. Thomas Neal (top, second from left) and Brett Bochy (bottom left) are also professional ballplayers.
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Today is the first day of Stephen Strasburg’s 10th MLB season, and he starts today’s where it all began for him in his hometown of San Diego. Yesterday marked his 9th anniversary of his much anticipated MLB debut on 6/8/2010 which lived up to the hype. Time flies and Strasburg has proved to be one of the best pitchers in the last 10 years. While he has not lived up to the loftiest of expectations during to injuries,  Stras is still a star pitcher. Continue reading

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A Scherzer gem gets the Nats a much needed win!

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Tonight, Sean Doolittle only needed to throw one pitch to earn the save and preserve a 4-1 win for Max Scherzer who went 7.0 innings of shutout baseball. The offense was keyed by a 2-run bomb by Brian Dozier in the fourth inning which happened to have been his 1,000th career hit also. The Nats rolled in this game until Wander Suero struggled in the ninth inning which caused manager Davey Martinez to reluctantly call on Doolittle who was supposed to be off tonight. Continue reading

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Game #64 Scherzer pitches on the 9th anniversary of the Strasburg debut!

What better place to spend your 9th anniversary of your eminent MLB debut than in your hometown? Stephen Strasburg threw 14 strikeouts in one of the most anticipated MLB debuts in baseball history nine years ago in front of 40,315 fans, and one of the most raucous crowds ever to grace a game in Nationals Park. Every time Strasburg got to a 2-strike count the fans stood and cheered at the top of their lungs. Some thought that game was the precursor of what it would be like to play a post-season game at Nationals Park. and they were correct. That of course happened two years later. Today’s starter for the Nationals is Max Scherzer who almost certainly will have his spot in Cooperstown one day. He will get the start today for the Nationals in Stasburg’s hometown of San Diego. Scherzer also has the job of being the stopper today for his team that has lost two in a row. Continue reading

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