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I’ve seen many bizarre nights at Nationals Park, but Tuesday night’s matchup between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs had to be among the weirdest. A ballpark that was full throughout the summer saw just 17,648 official attendees, but there were far fewer actually in the stands. Those that attended got quite the treat and a fun, weird game.
The Nats went on to beat the Cubs 11-5. With the win and a Braves loss, the Nats extended their lead in the NL East to 7.5 games with a magic number of 20 to win the division.
The Nats offense got moving early and put on five runs in the first two innings. Ian Desmond hit is 20th home run of the season, a two-run shot that scored Jayson Werth, in the first inning. Desmond always had a lot of untapped power, but before this season, he had never hit more than 10 in one year. Michael Morse got thrown out at third on a questionable decision, but it certainly didn’t matter in th eoverall outcome of the game.
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The Cubs lost to the Giants yesterday after Carlos Marmol toyed with a mixture of wildness and hittability to blow a ninth-inning tie. That's probably the nail in the coffin full of nails.
Did Jorge Soler murder a baseball last night?
Do the Cubs have a game today?
Quote I didn't see coming.
"I think the most progress is definitely the defense. For the most...
Stephen Strasburg has two more starts left this season for the Washington Nationals. With a 7.5 game lead in the National League East, the Nationals are all but a lock to qualify for the 2012 MLB Playoffs for the first time since the franchise moved to the Nation’s capital.
Unfortunately, without Strasburg, after the Nationals officially shut him down for the season...
I waded through about 5 minutes of clips from "The Benchwarmers" trying to find something funny for this post. 5 minutes I'll never recover...
Anyway, the Cubs are taking advantage of the roster expansion with a few call-ups. The lucky bastards so far include:
Dave Sappelt, OF
Crazy Legs Campana, OF
Adrian Cardenas, INF
Miguel Socolovich, RHP
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Up above, video highlights of Gio Gonzalez's 18th win.
Gio's line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, 93 pitches, 61 strikes.
Davey Johnson, said in his postgame comments that he would've hooked Gio even if he still had a no-no going into the 8th.
"He might have fought me" (Davey Johnson, via Washington Post, 9/6/2012...
The latest and greatest debate in baseball is the Stephen Strasburg situation. If you have been living under a rock for the past baseball season, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced that in 2012 Strasburg would have an innings limit of 160 to 180 inning no matter what. It has been announced that he only has two starts left. His season will end on September...
Adam LaRoche hit two of Washington's six homers, Ian Desmond had four RBIs and the Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Tuesday night.
LaRoche and Jayson Werth had four hits apiece for the NL East-leading Nationals, who opened a season-high 7 1/2-game advantage in the division. Second-place Atlanta lost to Colorado 6-0.
Desmond, Jesus Flores, Tyler Moore and Ryan Zimmerman...
Sometimes there signs that tell you what you need to know and sometimes there are signs that just won't stay up.
Back on Sunday, the Washington Nationals had some sign issues behind home plate. In the 3rd inning of play, St. Louis John Jay fouled off a ball that deflected off of a Dierks Bentley post game concert sign behind home play.
As the home plate umpire stopped...
Adam Greenberg will not get his desired one at-bat as a member of the Chicago Cubs. As Paul Sullivan reports in the Trib, if he bats anywhere in the majors, it will have to be with a team that is not the Cubs.
Jed Hoyer made it pretty clear he was not interested:
“Adam made the big leagues based on merit in 2005,” Hoyer said in an e-mail. “While it is unfortunate he got hit...
There’s been a lot of stories to be had this season, but what’s really ran the course of the season is the youth movement that’s being served. Yet another highlight of it was served when the Chicago Cubs made a long-term deal with Starlin Castro, putting away the 22-year-old until nearly his 30th birthday last [...]The post Youth Movement: Baseball’s Top 25, 25 And Under...
All former big league outfielder Adam Greenberg wants is one more big league at bat.That's all...just one.You remember Greenberg, right? Sure you do. He's the cat who, in July 2005, was called up by the Chicago Cubs and, in his first (and only) at plate appearance, was hit by a Valerio de los Santos fastball.Yeah, that's it. One pitch and his Major League career...
The Washington Nationals have clinched their first winning season since arriving in DC in 2005, and it's only Labor Day. Meanwhile, Ross Detwiler, Edwin Jackson, and Gio Gonzalez have been wonderful, while Jordan Zimmermann has struggled. The Nats have made some September call ups, and we even talk about some cool stories across baseball. All on this episode of Nats Talk On The Go.
When the Washington Nationals (81-52) faced the Chicago Cubs (51-82) on Opening Day at the historic Wrigley Field, they had no idea that the season unfolding before them would become one for the history books. This time, as the Cubs make the trek to Nationals Park, the Nats will be vying for yet another record breaking stat for this year: the best season record since baseball...
give it away give it away nowSo with just two starts left in Stephen Strasburg's year regardless of what happens in their season, let's just note that, for the record, the player who is going to be shut down despite being the best pitcher on a pennant winning club actually has options here.To wit, if Strasburg really cared about his teammates and their chance to win it all...