Found September 04, 2013 on
Justin De Fratus
Still clinging to postseason hopes, the Washington Nationals will take every win they can get.
Wilson Ramos hit a three-run homer and Corey Brown also went deep to back Gio Gonzalez, helping the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 Tuesday night.
The Nationals remained 7 1/2 games behind Cincinnati for the second wild-card spot after overcoming a sloppy all-around effort that included three errors, four unearned runs and four wild pitches.
''That was an ugly game, one of the ugliest I've seen,'' manager Davey Johnson said. ''That's not the way to win a pennant, I'll tell you that.''
Gonzalez (9-6) gave up five runs - one earned - and five hits, striking out six in 5 2-3 innings. The lefty has two straight wins after going seven starts without one.
Ramos connected in the second and the Nationals never trailed. Brown hit a solo shot into the second deck off Luis Garcia in his first big-league at-bat of the season in the seventh ...
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Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond engaged in a fairly amusing Twitter exchange on Monday on the bus ride from DC to Philly before the start of the Nats-Phillies series. It all started when Harper complained about the ride:
This bus is killing the game right now! Bored,Hungry, and tired! Not a good 3 to mix together! At least I got pandora! #GoFaster
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407...
At has long been rumored that the Washington Nationals may trade one of their backend relievers at the end of the year. As things have not worked as expected in the later innings, the Nationals are almost left with no choice but to move one of Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, or Rafael Soriano.
The National’s top reliever has undoubtably been Tyler Clippard making him someone the franchise...
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos accidentally hit the bat of Philadelphia Phillies batter Chase Utley with a throw to first base during Monday night's game at Citizens Bank Park. It happened in the bottom of the fourth with Phillies runner Jimmy Rollins on first base. After Utley swung and missed on a 1-1 pitch, Ramos tried to make a quick throw to nail Rollins at...
Washington outfielder Bryce Harper sat out the Nationals' game Wednesday night against Philadelphia to rest his ailing hip.
Harper will get an extra day's rest because the Nationals also are off Thursday before opening a series against Miami. Harper is batting .275 with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs in 100 games.
Manager Davey Johnson is taking extra precautions with his young...
(Up above: Scott Hairston with the bases loaded and one out in the 8th.)
"It's tough. It's a stab in the heart. We've got to win these games. We had opportunities. We didn't capitalize on them. We had the right guys up there. We could've broken the game open when Hairston was hitting (with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth). We're just not...
Bryce Harper is just 20-years-old and he’s showing his emotions on his sleeve…a lot.
Harper has had a roller coaster type of season, starting off strong then being hit by injuries, playing through only to be sidelined and up and down since then.
All this of course also coincides with the fact the Nationals are arguably the biggest disappointment of the season. Harper is...
After being questioned for his hustle and telling reporters he simply didn't care what the media thought of him, Bryce Harper may have more going on than meets the eye. As our own Raymond Bureau pointed out, Harper may be battling some lingering injuries. While it may not be his knee, Harper is in fact experiencing some hip pain.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com says Harper is...
The Washington Nationals held Bryce Harper out of last night's lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies as the outfielder continues to deal with an injured left hip. Nationals manager Davey Johnson made the decision to bench Harper after speaking with him prior to the game, but the skipper told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he's hopeful to have the slugger back in Friday...
Anybody watching Bryce Harper during Monday night’s 3-2 loss to the Phillies could tell the Nationals outfielder was less than 100 percent healthy. Harper took awkward swings he labored to get down the first-base line and he gingerly took his position in the field between innings.
In the middle of the third inning shortly after Harper limped down the line on a groundout to second...
Given how long he has been part of the national baseball discussion and his success on the field, it’s hard to believe that Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper is still only 20 years old. And then just when it is forgotten, a display of somewhat brash immaturity befitting a young man his age rears its […]The post Bryce Harper on criticism by media: ‘Screw what people...
Late Wednesday night inside the Washington Nationals clubhouse players glued to their eyes to the television screens which showed a ballgame in Cincinnati that mattered to them. Craig Stammen had approached Jordan Zimmermann and told him in reference to the blind scoop at first that contributed to the Nationals’ harebrained 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies “Nice play...
Stephen Strasburg was having trouble holding onto the ball, and the Nationals' playoff chances slipped further out of reach.
Strasburg pitched six solid innings, but had to leave partly because of perspiration on a humid evening and the Philadelphia Phillies pushed across two runs in the eighth to beat Washington 3-2 on Monday.
Strasburg fanned 10 while giving up an unearned...
If the Washington Nationals are indeed serious about keeping their slim playoff hopes alive they need to seize upon the blunders of their opponents. The notion may seem like a simple one but the Nationals had failed to do so in losing three of their previous four games to struggling division foes. On Tuesday night they finally seemed to grasp the concept but not without making plenty...
Tonight the Phillies look to rebound from last night's excruciating loss in which Phillies pitchers walked nine batters and gave up nine runs. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins return to the lineup after a night off and Cesar Hernandez will make another start in center field. If Hernandez's bat comes...