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Instant analysis: Nats 11, Cubs 6

Aug 21, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

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Game in a nutshell: The Nationals jumped out to an early 6-1 lead behind another homer from Jayson Werth and a two-run single from Kurt Suzuki. But Ross Ohlendorf and Tanner Roark gave the entire lead back in the bottom of the fifth amid a flurry of base hits. Roark, an Illinois native pitching in front of more than 100 friends and family in the right-field bleachers, did bounce back by striking out the side in the sixth and that actually left him in line for his third win in two weeks when Scott Hairston launched a three-run homer in the top of the seventh, putting the Nationals back on top. Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman added two more insurance runs in the eighth, and that was more than enough cushion for Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano to close this one out and give the Nationals their second straight victory at Wrigley Field.

Hitting highlight: There were plenty of offensive highlights tonight, but let's focus on the guy who gave the Nationals the leadRead more »

  1. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Nobody will want to hear it (understandable, given the long balls he's given up), but Soriano really wasn't bad that inning. Two of those hits were on good pitches that were just blooped in.

  2. terpman33 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Nice win by my Nats, but Sorry-ano can't be trusted. This may sound mean, but I would've loved to see what would have happened with the bases loaded. My money is that he would've given up a 2 run double, followed by 2 more hits to tie the game. Even if by a miracle we make the playoffs, what confidence do we have that he can close a 1 run game. Anyway, 37 games left. Lets see if we can pull it off. GYFNG!

  3. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Per Mark:"Acquired from the Cubs in July to get hits off left-handed pitchers, Hairston has done exactly what his new club hoped. He's now batting .297 with four doubles, a homer and a .519 slugging percentage against lefties. Hairston hasn't gotten a whole lot of opportunities, but he's certainly made the most of the ones he ha received."Just remember that guys. His overall numbers may be poor but that's because he's used against righties far too often.

  4. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Good to win tonight. Hope Stras is on his game tomorrow. Be really nice to take 3 out of 4.

  5. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Just remember that guys. His overall numbers may be poor but that's because he's used against righties far too often.Yes sir, David!

  6. Doc - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Soriano just isn't a swing and miss pitcher like he used to be–even less of one than he has been the last few years.At this point, either Clip or Storen are bettercloser talent than Soriano.Good to see CStam's hard slider back in action.Davey's sarcasm directed to the team hitters on "Junkies' must be working. The guys 'scored' tonight!!!!!

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    The slider abd cutter were both better.But sure takes a lot of pitches.

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Need to win them all to match last year.

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    He can be a good against lefties next year.

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Suppose to have a front coming with possible rain. Normally when it rains there the wind blows in.

  11. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Washington Nationals ‏@Nationals 1mAnthony Rendon interviewed Scott Hairston in the media huddle, using a water bottle for a microphone

  12. Charles - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    You know, it seems that there have been a lot more higher run games by the Nats since they got rid of Eckstein.

  13. Doc - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Not sure about that stat re: Eckstein. Show me and I'll believe it.Again, and again, and to reiterate—it's not the coach, it's the hitters. Davey said in an interview that 'they're slow on the learning curve'. Shu was the hitting coach on Monday when they lost 11-1.Shu was also the coach in Atlanta when they were 1-13 with runners in scoring postion.

  14. Charles - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Kind of, sort of.28 games without RE – 4.28 runs/game.Previous 28 games – almost the exact same.Previous 28 games before that – 3.32 runs/game.

  15. Secret wasian man - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Soriano still stinks.

  16. natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Nice to wake up to a happy game results email, particularly after my brief tune-ins last night. First click-over: Okay, looks like the Big Windup's velo has ticked back up. And the Nats are up by 5. Niice. But…this *is* Wrigley… Second click-over, just before bedtime: Let's see…Nats 6, Cubs 4, and Cubbies all over the bags. Oh, and a new starter on the mound. Huh? What happened. Oh, well. Time for bed. You're on your own, boys. Woke up this morning and checked the game results email. 11-6. Yeah, I figured they…wait…what? (rubs eyes and looks again) NATS 11, CUBS 6? Yeah, that's right. We had 'em right where we wanted them. Niiice. And I just might get to watch today's game in real time. Niice. Maybe I'll get Papa John's for dinner.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
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