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Instant analysis: Nats 4, Giants 2

Aug 14, 2013, 3:43 AM EDT

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Game in a nutshell: Why have the Nationals and Giants been such big underachievers this season? Look no further than each club's continued struggles to score runs and produce hits in big situations. We saw it on display tonight, with the Nationals going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and the Giants going 1-for-9 in those situations. A strange and very slow-paced game saw both starting pitchers perform well for four innings before an intense thunderstorm struck and produced a 1-hour, 17-minute delay. That knocked both Gio Gonzalez and Madison Bumgarner out and put the game in the hands of the bullpens. Adam LaRoche delivered the biggest hit, a two-run homer in the sixth that gave the Nationals the lead for good. That put Tanner Roark in line to earn his second win in four days, though this one still didn't come easily for the Nationals. Fernando Abad and Ryan Mattheus combined to allow a run in the seventh, trimming the lead to one. Kurt Suzuki provided a key RBI in the eighth on a sac fly. That allowed Rafael Soriano to close it out in the ninth and give the Nationals their fourth straight win.

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  1. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    Wow, Mark your Instant Analysis popped up as Span was making the catch!

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    I requested 20 wins in a row we up to 4.SJM needs to stay in Europe.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    RoArk 2-0 now.

  4. Ivan Tuski - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    I thought the Nats played well. I feel like it was a well earned victory. I'm a bit surprised to see the instant analysis presented in such a non flattering light

  5. Ivan Tuski - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    looks like Reds are gonna win

  6. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    Ramos day-to-day with his hamstring.

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    I would agree we played well.

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Cubs playing awful in the 11th

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Suzuki can play the next 2 and recheck ramod

  10. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    The difference between Ramos and Suzuki is just so massive. It's a big blow, especially when we need to win a lot more than we lose.Hopefully it's just a couple of days.

  11. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    They did say it wasn't too bad. It was just tight. I hope.

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Suzuki would have played Thurday anyway, so tomorrow is probably only miss he would have started.

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Three games presently in extra innings at 3 to 3.

  14. Scott Margenau - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    What's the deal with Werth n Gio?

  15. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Scott- cameras showed them having a verbal tiff in the dugout. Coaches stepped in. It was before the rain delay so everyone had way too much time to talk about it. Only one tie game left now. Looks like Pittdburgh is about to go ahead in the 13 th. Baltimore beat the D backs.

  16. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Sorry- Arizona won that one. It's late.

  17. sjm308 - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    Off to Zagreb! Still undefeated!Go Nats!

  18. Holden Baroque - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    If sjm has to come back I am willing to travel to Bangkok to keep the streak alive.

  19. Holden Baroque - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    I think our plate discipline maybe improving in here. Good to see.

  20. JaneB - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I don't mind if any of our guys don't "wow" me. I just want them to pitch well enough to get the Curlie W!

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FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

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NL WILD CARD GAME
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

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SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
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