May 8, 2010, 3:45 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Zimmerman's sixth-inning homer wasn't enough to carry the Nats tonight. Steve McCatty sighed as he pondered the state of the Nationals bullpen, one that features two dominant (and overworked) right-handers in Matt Capps and Tyler Clippard … and no one else reliable enough to be counted on…
May 8, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT
Needing to clear space on the roster for Matt Chico, who will start tomorrow’s game against the Marlins, the Nationals optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Class AAA Syracuse. Maxwell, who has spent the better part of the last two seasons bouncing back and forth between Syracuse and Washington, hit just .154 (4-for-26) with one homer…
May 7, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT
The Nationals don’t intend to announce tomorrow’s starting pitcher until tomorrow morning because they need to make a corresponding roster move. But manager Jim Riggleman said he would let Marlins skipper Fredi Gonzalez know in advance as a courtesy. And the Marlins’ game notes currently list Matt Chico as tomorrow’s starter. Infer from that as…
May 7, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Zimmerman and the Nats hope to fare better against the Marlins this weekend. The above photo has nothing to do with tonight's game. I took it last night during the Nats-Braves game. I've been trying for weeks to get a good shot of a guy trying to…
May 7, 2010, 4:26 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Willie Harris gets mobbed by teammates after his game-winning single. Not that Willie Harris isn't always motivated to win a ballgame, but when Scott Olsen nearly throws a no-hitter and then nearly watches it all go down the drain, the motivation to come through in the clutch ramps…
May 7, 2010, 3:39 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen’s brilliant performance tonight was the latest in a string of them. It’s amazing to think back now to late-March, when Scott Olsen looked like a prime candidate to be released. To that point, the left-hander had given no indication he was going to make a full…
May 6, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT
Since I was kind of critical of Adam Dunn in that earlier posting about his ninth-inning strikeout last night (in which he watched five straight pitches from Kris Medlen pass him by without ever swinging) it was only fair that I gave Dunn a chance to explain his thinking in that at-bat. What follows is…
May 6, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to earn a series victory over the Braves tonight. Perhaps the Nationals' best trait this young season has been their ability to avoid any kind of lengthy slumps. They've still yet to lose three games in a row. They've also managed to lose only three…
May 6, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn watches strike three pass by in the ninth inning last night. Adam Dunn saw 24 pitches over the span of five plate appearances last night. He swung at five of them, only one of the final 15 he faced. There were plenty of contributing factors in…
May 6, 2010, 3:41 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Luis Atilano labored from the start, setting the tone for the Nats' 7-6 loss. Three times in their last 10 games the Nationals have lost in extra innings, all by one run. These are the losses that sting a little deeper, linger a little longer. So excuse the…
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