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Early runs was the name of the game again for the Washington Nationals as they beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1. With home runs and a dominating pitching performance from their starter, Gio Gonzalez, the Nats cruised to their fourth straight win and 84th win on the season. The Nats are on pace for 100 wins this season, and the magic number is 19.
Gio Gonzalez has been on an absolute tear lately. He took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, until Darwin Barney hit a hard grounder just to Ryan Zimmerman’s left at third base, but that didn’t take away from the outing. He went seven innings and gave up just three hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out nine on 93 pitches.
Since the beginning of August, Gio has gone seven or more innings four times. He’s given up zero runs in his last two outings, he once again sports a sub-3.00 ERA (2.98), and he is tied with R.A. Dickey for the National League lead with 18 wins. Sure sounds like an NL Cy Young candidate to me.
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In Thursday's Cubs-Nationals game, benches cleared in the sixth inning after Cubs reliever Lendy Castillo threw inside at Bryce Harper. Both benches cleared and the bullpens emptied onto the field. There was an incident at first base between Cubs reliever Manuel Corpas and Nationals reliever Mike Gonzalez led to both of their ejections, and Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger was...
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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...
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...
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson doesn't believe in the notion that a team with a big lead should ease off the gas pedal. The Chicago Cubs beg to differ. Therein lies the reason for two near brawls Thursday night in the Nationals' 9-2 rout of the Cubs, which completed a four-game sweep. First, Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk began yelling at Nationals third base...
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
The Washington Nationals pounded the Chicago Cubs 9-2 as two bench-clearing incidents occurred Thursday night at Nationals Park.
After being down 2-1 in an inning and a half, Nationals Right-hander Jordan Zimmmermann (10-8) retired 14 of the next 16 batters he faced. He lasted seven innings allowing only two runs on two hits, striking out nine batters and walking one.
Starlin Castro – In the crazy town of Chicago, this 22-year-old shortstop certainly has the gift of game. He has been approaching the level of top tier at his position, but this has as much to do with his upside as the general lack of talent among other shortstops in the league. Looking at his 2012 season, it could very well be interpreted as a disappointment due to his drop in...
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...
So after the first benches clearing incident of the night involving Bo Porter and Jamie Quirk Thursday night, the Cubs immediately threw at (who else?) Bryce Harper in the fifth inning.
Fortunately, Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman stepped in to protect Harper from himself.
And then things got ******* crazy, with Michael Morse and Edwin Jackson in particular...
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...
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...
More than six months after he was forced to shut down his Twitter feed by the Nationals, Bryce Harper is back on Twitter. Score one for the internet.
Welcome back @bharper3407.
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