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The Nationals got on the board early, which gave fans hope that the team was going to keep up their positive momentum from the weekend series and a 14-1 win in their last game. But it wasn’t to be.
The Nats lost 5-1, and Stephen Strasburg continued to get no run support. As my Nats Talk On The Go co-host Craig tweeted, Strasburg has the worst run support in the National League (2.71 runs/game). It’s not fun when your best pitcher can’t get any support.
To compound things, the Nats lost and an Atlanta Braves won to make the deficit in the division 10 games.
Highlights and Lowlights
-Bryce Harper started the game off with a leadoff triple that just barely missed a home run, but he was driven in by a Ryan Zimmerman single up the middle to give the Nats an early 1-0 lead for Stephen Strasburg.
-Through the first five innings, Strasburg dominated an extremely potent Tigers lineup. Prince Fielder walked with one out in the fourth, and he scored on an Andy Dirks ground-rule double, but that was it... until the sixth inning.
-Strasburg seemed to lose command completely in the sixth inning though. After retiring Miguel Cabrera, he gave up hits to Fielder and Victor Martinez before walking Jhonny Peralta to load the bases. After striking out Dirks on a disgusting curveball in a 3-2 count, Strasburg missed his spot and gave up his first career grand slam to Alex Avila, putting the Nats in a 5-1 hole that they wouldn’t recover from.
Just For Fun
In the eighth inning on the way to a groundout, Ryan Zimmerman took a pitch in the dirt that bounced up in front of him. He used the bat to tap it back up in the air and catch it. I thought it was awesome, and probably the most fun thing about this game for the Nats
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
"I felt like there wasn't much room for error, so I had to go right after him." (Stephen Strasburg, via postgame interview/MASN, 7/30/2013)
Tigers 5, Nationals 1: Death, taxes, no run support for Stephen Strasburg, and Anibal BLEEPING Sanchez straight dominating the Nats.
Strasburg (7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 98 pitches) couldn't afford to give...
Oh sure, the Nats may have lost Tuesday night, but watch the Vine above (by @recordsANDradio) of Ryan Zimmerman performing a neat trick with his bat after the ball bounced off the plate.
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Video: Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off home run
A fan in a Ryan Zimmerman shirt caught Ryan Zimmerman's...
BALL SO HARD
The man who lit up Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game says that Nats phenom Bryce Harper needs to play under more control if he wants to have a long career in MLB.
Bryce Harper has yet to play two full seasons with the Washington Nationals, but he has already been injured several times. While it’s too early to say that Harper is injury prone, it’s obvious his style of play leaves him susceptible to twists and collisions that other players might not have to worry about. It [...]
In the second inning of the New York Mets-Washington Nationals tilt on Sunday, Nats pitcher Taylor Jordan fouled a ball off during his at-bat. The ball caromed off the dirt and bounced up, straight into his man parts. As The Big Lead reports, neither broadcast crew apparently commented upon how the ball had made an [...]The post Fan takes photo of precise moment Nationals pitcher...
Stephen Strasburg made a huge impression in his first appearance in a big-league uniform in spring training three years ago by striking out Miguel Cabrera.
Those two will finally meet when it counts Tuesday night.
The Washington Nationals starter has never faced Cabrera or the Detroit Tigers in the regular season heading into the opener of this two-game set at Comerica Park.
Talk about indecisive – this Nationals fan couldn’t decide which player’s jersey to buy from his favorite team so instead he decided to make a custom one combining his five favorite players onto one jersey.
ZIM = Ryan Zimmerman.
HARP = Bryce Harper.
AN = Denard Span.
MOS = Actor John Amos Wilson Ramos
6 = Anthony Rendon (Rendon’s jersey number)
And, finally, in summary:...
"I don’t regret saying, ‘World Series or bust ...It looks more like bust, but this is my last go-around anyway. I want to do what’s best for the organization." (Davey Johnson, via Washington Times, 7/31/2013)
Tigers 11, Nationals 1: If it looks like a bust, quacks like a bust, then...
Another embarrassing loss for Davey Johnson's heartless Nats...
Ryan Zimmerman's bat trick (that's right Gary - Ryan, not George) is cool. [BWO FTW]
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The Nationals were swept in a two-game series against the Tigers today in a 11-1 loss in the Motor City. Gio Gonzalez gave up 10 earned runs and 11 hits in just three and two-thirds innings on the way to the route.
The Braves are scheduled to play tonight, but before that happens, the Nats are 10.5 games behind them in the division and seven games out of the NL Wild Card spot...
Brad Lidge spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. On Thursday the former Phillies closer will sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the team.
Lidge, 36, announced in December that he planned to retire.
Retired closer Brad Lidge will sign a 1-day contract Thursday with the #Phillies and retire in their uniform, throwing out 1st pitch Thu.
— Bob Nightengale...
With seventeen full weeks of the 2013 season in the books, today RotoBaller casts a critical eye on three players who are on the rise heading into Week 18: 1) Jayson Werth (OF, WAS): Even at the time the Nats signed Werth to a 7-year $126M, deal the consensus was that Werth couldn’t possibly play [...]
Alex Avila hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning off Stephen Strasburg and the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 Tuesday night.
Anibal Sanchez (9-7) gave up one run, five hits and two walks over seven innings for Detroit. Jose Veras, a day after being acquired from Houston, was perfect in the eighth in his Tigers debut. Joaquin Benoit, who will keep his...
DETROIT (AP) -- Alex Avila hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning off Stephen Strasburg and the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 Tuesday night.
Anibal Sanchez (9-7) gave up one run, five hits and two walks over seven innings for Detroit. Jose Veras, a day after being acquired from Houston, was perfect in the eighth in his Tigers debut. Joaquin Benoit, who...