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Instant analysis: Nats 8, Cardinals 1

Aug 31, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

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Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth each homered to lead the Nationals' attack.

Game in a nutshell: Having exorcised their demons after a five-game losing streak, the Nationals came home a relaxed and loose bunch, ready to open a season-long, 11-game homestand. Then they went out and thumped the defending World Series champions with an impressive top-to-bottom effort. Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper each homered to ignite the lineup, and Edwin Jackson took care of everything else after that. The right-hander did not allow an earned run over eight spectacular innings, striking out 10 and earning his eighth win in the process. With that lopsided victory, the Nationals improved to 28 games over .500. And with the Braves off, they extended their lead in the NL East to 5 1/2 games.

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  1. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Well done, Nats! You kept the pressure on the entire game — pitching and offense — and never let up. Keep applying that approach to the rest of this series and the entire homestand. Don't worry about the Braves; just play your immediate opponent.

  2. Clip&Store - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    where the harper haters at?!?!

  3. ehay2k - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Nats prove tonight that this is Nationals Park, and not a House of Cards. Good way to start a homestand and, with Ejax' revengeful gem, continue a win streak with hot bats. Hats off to Harper for his adjustments on the road trip, which were showed well tonight.

  4. ehay2k - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    *showing

  5. Gonat - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Swift Eagle said… It's not about pitch count with EJax, McCatty and Davey use their eyes on this one..they know what he looks like when he's tired…I'm sure they still like what they see August 30, 2012 9:52 PM ________________________________Davey said in the post-game EJax could go 130 pitches with the extra days rest. Yes, he's watching his pitcher but clearly he is also keeping an eye on pitch count.

  6. Gonat - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Clip&Store said… where the harper haters at?!?! August 30, 2012 10:13 PM ____________________________There's no Harp haters here. Just 1 or 2 that thought he needed more time in the Minors.There's no escaping the post-All Star stats.

  7. Drew - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Homers by teenagers:1. Conigliaro 242. Mel Ott 193. Ken Griffey Jr. 164. Bryce Haroer 15The Nats have 32 games to play. In the words of that famed scout, Flounder: "Oh boy, this is gonna be great!"

  8. MicheleS - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!That is all

  9. bluejeener - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    "Watching" via gamecast is SO unsatisfying, but seeing the score ratchet up every time I glanced over was tremendously satisfying. See you in a week, and GYFNG!

  10. Gonat - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Talking about 5.5 holes, that's what the Barves are now in!

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Gonat, clever! Took me a moment!

  12. peric - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    If Harper finally goes on a tear … watch out! That will be fun to watch. He ignites the offense like no other. Just wish Morse could get hot again … but with the injured thumb now … Any news on the September call ups?

  13. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    John Lannan seems motivated!

  14. sjm308 - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Just got home!!Justins was crowded at 5:30 & I thought that would mean a big crowd but it was not huge. This was my 20th game and we are 14 – 6!!!Harpers HR was a rocket but he absolutely crushed the ball to CF.Love Werth in the leadoff role and I am guessing there were no comments about his lack of power tonight. He was on base 3 straight times and scored all 3 times!!I keep score and there sure were lots of K's or rev. ks in my book. Actually the last game I was at with Jackson pitching he struck out 11 in that game as well. Pretty damn good for our #4 guy. I want him signed for 3 more years!!! and I want Zimmermann extended for 5. Make that happen Rizzo.Hard to imagine any complaints and I will not go back to read on this one. I guess the one negative would be Zimms throw in the 8th and probably someone mentioned Suzuki not catching but this is how Flores will help us. He is just better catching two or three times a week. Also happy the bullpen is basically off for a day to get ready for the rest of the series. Looking forward to a great pitching matchup tomorrow. Go Nats!! Go Playoffs!!

  15. sjm308 - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    Peric – when did Morse hurt his thumb?Waiting for your comments on Werth? or is it "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"

  16. timeless46 - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Peric, I think Morse wass 4 for 5 tonight

  17. sjm308 - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    He was 3 for 4 and I did not see any issues with his hand which was hurt over a week ago. He has been back for a couple of games and the ball he crushed last night was one of the hardest/farthest balls I have seen him hit this year. Just wondering when the thumb thing occured because Peric is always right.

  18. timeless46 - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Correction: 3 for 4 with a walk

  19. pRAA with the ISO - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Morse hurt his thumb when he was HBP in his first AB in the Philly series. That's why he missed that whole series, remember?

  20. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Morse took a fastball on the back of his right HAND in Philly creating a nasty bruise. The thumb issue was earlier and entirely different.

  21. Donald - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    FP mentioned that Morse had a jammed thumb and he commented on how it looked like it was bothering him after a swing and miss. Not sure when it happened, though.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
ATLANTA 76 76 12.0
MIAMI 74 78 14.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 82 18.0
Through Thursday's early games
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