Sep 19, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT
Any other time this season, under any other circumstance, the Nationals would have been perfectly satisfied to take two of three games from the Braves. Not right now. Not under these circumstances. “It’s just not enough,” manager Davey Johnson said. “We just can’t afford to lose. It’s that simple.” The Nationals’ 5-2 loss to Atlanta…
Sep 18, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: After taking both ends of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Nationals found themselves in position to go for a rare (but much-needed) series sweep of the Braves. They put themselves in position to pull it off, taking a 2-0 lead in a wild bottom of the fifth that saw Jayson Werth draw a…
Sep 18, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT
Here’s a fortuitous position the Nationals find themselves in: After taking both games of yesterday’s doubleheader, they now have a chance to sweep the Braves in this three-game series. Who’d have thunk that 48 hours ago? To pull it off, the Nats will need a strong outing from Ross Ohlendorf, making one final start so…
Sep 18, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT
In many ways, the Nationals’ late-season surge has helped keep Denard Span’s mind where it should be. Right now, he can’t worry about his own individual performance, not when his team needs to win just about every game left on the schedule to reach the postseason. Perhaps that has allowed Span to remain relaxed at…
Sep 17, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: It had already been an emotional day for the Nationals when they took the field at 7:05 p.m., with two pregame ceremonies honoring the victims of yesterday’s Navy Yard shootings and a visit from Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Throw in their come-from-behind, walk-off win…
Sep 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have thrust themselves back into the pennant race thanks to a torrid month-plus of baseball in which they’ve won 25 of 35 games, leaving themselves 4 1/2 games behind the Reds for the NL’s final Wild Card berth with 13 games to go. But it’s been no secret all along that the Nationals…
Sep 15, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT
Denard Span was answering a question about his 26-game hitting streak when the first roar came from another corner of the Nationals’ clubhouse. Span looked around as asked what happened, then was informed Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez had just robbed a home run from the Reds’ Jay Bruce in the top of the ninth…
Sep 15, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: The Nationals opened the game hitting several balls hard against Tyler Cloyd but not having much to show for it. That changed in a hurry. The Nats blasted the right-hander for 10 hits in four-plus innings, opening up a comfortable lead. Then they went hog-wild on the Phillies bullpen, particularly during…
Sep 15, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT
There’s plenty at stake today in the Nationals’ series finale against the Phillies. Jordan Zimmermann is seeking to become the first 18-game winner in the NL this season. Denard Span is seeking to extend his career-long hitting streak to 26 games. And Wilson Ramos is starting his 23rd straight game, most by any big-league catcher…
Sep 13, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT
NEW YORK — There have been any number of impressive aspects to the Nationals’ late-season surge, but right near the top of that list has been the rediscovery of power up and down their lineup. This was a lineup that was supposed to produce runs in bunches all season yet struggled mightily for more than…
Sep 12, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT
NEW YORK — Here’s a sentence that features all kinds of outrageous elements: The Washington Nationals today will be trying to sweep a four-game series on the road, earn their sixth straight win and their 23rd in their last 32 games, with Tanner Roark on the mound trying to improve to 6-0 in his career.…
Sep 11, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: For the third straight night, the Nationals got a dominant performance from their starting pitcher early against the depleted Mets lineup, with Dan Haren tossing six scoreless innings of 1-hit ball. But they couldn’t breathe easy, stymied for five innings by rookie Zack Wheeler before Ryan Zimmerman clubbed a solo homer…
Sep 10, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: Just as they did Monday night, the Nationals pounced on Mets pitching for some quick runs, this time getting to notorious Nat-killer Dillon Gee. Jayson Werth continued his torrid season at the plate with a solo homer in the first, then added an RBI double in the third to score Denard…
Sep 10, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT
NEW YORK — In the past, Denard Span might have shunned any questions about a hot streak of his at the plate. But the way this season has gone for the Nationals center fielder, he figures why not embrace the positive and fully acknowledge the fact he entered Tuesday night’s game on a career-best, 20-game…
Sep 10, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Who’s the toughest pitcher the Nationals have faced this season? Clayton Kershaw? Matt Harvey? Tim Hudson? Well, they all did pitch well against the Nats, but an argument can also be made for … Dillon Gee. Yes, Dillon Gee. In five starts against the Nationals this year, the Mets right-hander is 4-1…
Sep 9, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: The Nationals wasted no time at all pouncing on Mets right-hander Carlos Torres. Two batters into this game, they already led 2-0 thanks to back-to-back homers from Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman. They never let up, blasting three more homers by the fifth inning to take a commanding, 9-run lead. Given…
Sep 7, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT
As the finish line to this season draws closer — the regular season ends three weeks from tomorrow — and as the Nationals’ already-slim playoff hopes fade even further away — they now trail the Reds by 8 games — there are going to be more opportunities to evaluate younger players with an eye on…
Sep 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals spent the better part of four months trying to figure out why they haven’t been as successful a ballclub as they (and everyone else) expected they’d be in 2013, and mostly emerged with no clear-cut answer. Was it the lack of clutch hits? An unproductive bench? An erratic bullpen? Bad defense? All of…
Sep 4, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: The once-feared Roy Halladay was there for the taking early on, but the Nationals couldn’t take advantage of the former Cy Young Award winner’s wildness. Jordan Zimmermann also got off to a shaky start but rebounded to toss five straight scoreless innings and keep the game close. Ryan Zimmerman’s solo homer…
Sep 2, 2013, 1:40 AM EDT
You could look at the Nats’ chip-away, comeback win Sunday night against the Mets as their most satisfying victory of the season thus far, or merely an avoidance of disaster. The alternative would have been a sweep to an injury-riddled team just as they head on a pivotal road trip. However you classify it, the…
Sep 1, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT
Coming off a series opening loss to the New York Mets, the Nats entered Saturday’s game hoping for the consistent Dan Haren they’ve come to know over the last two months. Perhaps the resurgent veteran could be their stopper. Instead Haren imploded early for the second consecutive outing and left his team with what proved…
Aug 27, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: Returning home after a successful road trip through Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, the Nationals opened a key stretch in which they’ll play 19 consecutive games against the bottom three clubs in the NL East. First up: the last-place Marlins. The Nats responded by jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead…
Aug 26, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The good news for the Nationals on this late-August Monday morning: They’re playing unquestionably their best baseball of the season right now. The bad news for the Nationals (and their fans): It’s still not going to be enough to make up for the first four-plus months of this underachieving season. They simply dug themselves too…
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