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Ryan Zimmerman was a scratch for the second consecutive game today, and he's getting an MRI on his hamstring. Never a good sign for the Nats franchise third baseman. The game itself was a roller coaster ride of a game throughout on the way to a Nats 7-6 victory.
The Nats offense was able to get off to a quick start. Ian Desmond hit his third homer of the year on a first pitch fastball, which seems perfectly appropriate for Desi, in the second inning for the early 1-0 lead. Bryce Harper followed up with his own home run in the third, a two-run shot for his sixth on the season, which gave the Nats a 3-0 lead.
Through that point in the game, Gio Gonzalez had been pitching a gem. He had only allowed two base runners through the first three innings. The wheels totally came off in the fourth inning, though. Gio faced 10 batters in that disastrous inning, which wound up being the end of his day. He was unable to control his pitches with any consistency as his outing totally unraveled in the five-run inning, putting the Nats behind 5-3.
That deficit didn't last long, though. Adam LaRoche hit his third homer of the season, a three-run shot, which put the Nats back on top 6-5.
Craig Stammen had what was probably his best outing of the season in long relief of Gio. He pitched the fifth and sixth inning, and he struck out five of the six batters he faced. He didn't allow a base runner, and it was truly incredible to watch. He was one of the the unsung heroes in today's game.
Ryan Mattheus gave up a run in the seventh on a John Buck double, which scored Daniel Murphy, who singled earlier in the evening. Mattheus was unhappy with his performance, and he let the Gatorade cooler in the dugout know his displeasure as he threw the cooler to the ground. The Mets had, once again, tied the game. This time in the seventh inning.
That did not last long, as Harper came up to bat to lead off the eighth and obliterated a first-pitch fastball to right center field for his seventh home run of the year and his second of the game. Harper ended the day 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a walk on top. Not a bad day. The Nats had the lead once again, and it was one that they would not relinquish.
Rafael Soriano closed out the game for his sixth save in a 7-6 victory for the Nats' 10th win of the season. It sets up the rubber game at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon before the Nats return home to face the St. Louis Cardinals in what will be a closely watched series following last season's NLDS between the two teams.
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Just another day at the office for Bryce Harper on Saturday: 3-for-3, 2 home runs, 3 RBI, including that monster go-ahead home run in the eighth to bail out the Nationals against the Mets. According to hittracker, the ball travelled 433 feet. Here's Davey:
"Harper was amazing today. He crushed a couple balls. What a day he had. That last one he hit off (Mets left-hander...
Nationals slugger Bryce Harper took to Twitter to bemoan the fact that the team auctioned off his game-worn jersey from opening day.
Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper had a brilliant game against the Miami Marlins on April 1 to open up his 2013 regular season campaign. He tore the cover off the ball, going 2-4, with the two hits both being home runs, jump-starting a season that by all appearances will be a phenomenal one for the second-year outfielder.
The jersey that Harper was wearing that particular...
Bryce Harper was supposed to be a big deal when he was drafted by the Washington Nationals out of junior college. There have been plenty of athletes that were thought to be the next big thing when they were coming through the ranks in high school and/or college (or junior college).
So in that respect Harper is nothing special-- except he is actually backing it up.
Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was ‘less than enthused’ about the Nationals decision to sell his opening day jersey online for $13,025 without even asking him.
Harper took to twitter to bash his team for the selling his sweaty…musty…dirty…jersey? Ummm Bryce…why didn’t you just take it home with you?
They just take my jersey away from me and don’t ask if I want...
Bryce Harper launched home runs number 6 and 7 on Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday afternoon at Citi Field, the Nationals needed a little something extra to slip by the Mets. Gio Gonzalez imploded, Ryan Zimmerman headed to the disabled list, and Bryce Harper hit two home runs, the second being a mammoth shot that won the game for the Nationals 7-6 (and won us yet another parlay bet...
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Bryce Harper launched two long home runs, including a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning, and also doubled Saturday to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 7-6.
Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals on Bark in the Park day at Citi Field. Fans paid $35 for tickets in the second deck in right field, and brought their dogs for $10.
After the game...
The Washington Nationals are putting third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list because a strained left hamstring and promoting prize prospect Anthony Rendon from Double-A for his big league debut.
Zimmerman did not play Friday or Saturday at New York against the Mets. He had an MRI on Saturday and manager Davey Johnson made the announcement after a 7-6 win.
I had the privilege of catching a game at Citi Field this weekend between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals with some of my friends from Rising Apple. It was a fun day at the park, even if the Amazins weren’t able to complete a comeback, losing to the defending NL East Champions, 7-6.
One of the bright spots for the Nationals was outfielder Bryce Harper, who went 3-for...
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