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Braves 11, Nationals 10. 11 innings. With AP Photos. Up by nine runs with Stephen Strasburg on the mound, the Washington Nationals seemed to be in perfect position to take the first of a four-game series with Atlanta and jump another game ahead of the Braves in the standings.
Then everything went wrong. Strasburg gave up four runs in the sixth inning, the Braves scored another four in the eighth and took the lead in the ninth.
Even Danny Espinosa's homer to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth only gave the Nationals a two-inning respite before Paul Janish hit a run-scoring bloop single in the 11th inning to complete the Atlanta Braves' wild 11-10 comeback win Friday night.
It was the Braves' largest comeback since 1987 and pulled them within 2 1/2 games of the Nationals in the National League East. The teams will play three more games this weekend, including a doubleheader Saturday.
''It hurts bad,'' said Nationals closer Tyler Clippard, who had h...
BEST OF MAXIM
After getting out to a 9-0 lead on Friday, the Nationals found themselves on the losing end of a 11-10 loss after a stunning comeback by the Braves. It was a game Nats manager Davey Johnson called “probably the worst I’ve ever managed in my career.” Johnson was just as unforgiving with Stephen Strasburg, who went five scoreless innings before allowing four runs in the sixth...
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says he and he alone will make the decision on when to shut down pitcher Stephen Strasburg for the season. No number of innings has been announced as the stopping point for Stasburg, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, but speculation has the limit at around the 161 1/3 innings that Jordan Zimmermann, also coming off elbow surgery...
One of my favorite baseball happenings of 2012 occurred yesterday, when John Lannan returned from minor-league exile to stop the Nats’ two-game skid and extend their NL East lead to 2.5 games. It was a big game, as far as July goes, both for the team and the man, who was demoted this spring in favor of Ross Detwiler and Chien-Ming Wang after being the rotation’s bedrock through...
The Washington Nationals have removed outfielder Bryce Harper from the lineup after two innings in the opening game of a day-night doubleheader against Atlanta.
The 19-year-old Harper fouled a bunt off his left ankle in the bottom of the first inning Saturday. Limping and doubled over in pain for several moments, the first time All-Star completed the at-bat by striking out. Harper...
Having already witnessed one David Wright home run on the day, Roger Bernadina made up his mind to never let it happen again. So when Wright bombed a ball over his head in center, Bernadina was going to catch that ball no matter what, even if it meant literally pretending nothing would stop him. Too
Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper returned to the lineup as a pinch-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday against the visiting Atlanta Braves after suffering a bruised ankle early in the first game. Harper fouled a Ben Sheets pitch off his left foot while attempting to bunt in the first inning of Game 1. He was examined by the Nationals training staff...
Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper was not in the lineup for the second game of a doubleheader Saturday against the visiting Atlanta Braves after suffering a bruised ankle early in the first game. Harper fouled a Ben Sheets pitch off his left foot while attempting to bunt in the first inning. He was examined by the Nationals training staff and looked at by manager...
When we checked in last with the Washington Nationals, we discussed how thin the pitching depth throughout the system was. Currently, the hitting depth isn’t particularly deep either. It does...
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The Washington Nationals were defeated by the New York Mets 9-5 this afternoon so the guys have the evening to themselves. Washington relief pitchers Drew Storen (who made his season debut today) and Tyler Clippard are planning to see the highly anticipated movie The Dark Knight Rises, like just about everyone else [...]
The Washington Nationals announced that they have activated Xavier Nady from the DL and have designated him for assignment. The move was necessary as a roster spot was needed for John Lannan as he is set to start game one of the double header today.
When Nady wasn't on the DL, he hit just .157 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs in 102 at bats for the Nats.
The Nationals signed Nady...
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Bryce Harper returned from an ankle injury to single and score as a pinch-hitter, and Roger Bernadina had a tiebreaking hit in the seventh inning as the Washington Nationals earned a split of the day-night doubleheader with a 5-2 victory Saturday night.
Harper injured his ankle in the opener and was lifted after the second inning. The Braves won the first game 4-0 behind Ben Sheets...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bryce Harper returned from an ankle injury to single and score as a pinch-hitter, and Roger Bernadina had a tiebreaking hit in the seventh inning as the Washington Nationals earned a split of the day-night doubleheader with a 5-2 victory Saturday night.
Harper injured his ankle in the opener and was lifted after the second inning. The Braves won the first game...
The hot stove is heating up with the non-waiver trade deadline coming up on July 31st.
Now seems like the right time to look at what players the Nationals could go after and what players Washington could offer in order to make a deal happen.
Last month we talked about the limitations the Nats may face as the deadline approaches. Now that we have seen Bryce Harper show that...