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The Washington Nationals (59-60) have earned the nickname “the Cardiac Nats” for a reason, and on Wednesday they showed Washington why.
Despite once holding a five-run lead, the Nationals narrowly closed out a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants (52-67), thanks to an incredible diving catch by center-fielder Denard Span.
Closer Rafael Soriano had already given up three singles and a run in the top of the ninth, and when Hunter Pence’s two-out liner sailed toward deep center field, seemingly out of Span’s reach, Nats fans held their breath.
Their collective exhale came with an explosion of cheers, as Span slid across the grass on his back, triumphantly thrusting his glove and the precariously balanced ball into the air.
The win was the Nationals’ fifth in a row, tying their season-high streak and putting them within one game of an even .500 record.
Though the bullpen pitched an ugly two innings in relief of Jordan Zimmermann, every Nats hitter besides Span e...
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So Jayson Werth and Gio Gonzalez exchanged words in the dugout after the first inning Tuesday night. Above: the GIF via "Giants Gamer Babe" and the world. Steve McCatty and Rick Schu broke it up. Among the theories: Werth was mad because Gio failed to cover first on a potential double play grounder by Buster Posey in the first; Gio was mad at Werth for his own defensive...
There's not much else left to say after Denard Span bailed out Rafael Soriano and the Nats with a spectacular game-saving catch with 2-on and 2-out in the 9th in a 6-5 game. Video above. Let's set aside that this was at one point a 6-1 game, but not after Krol and Mattheus were done with it. Five in a row; 8 back in the Wild Card? We'll take it.
A tense moment occured in the Washington Nationals dugout in the first inning of Tuesday night's game a verbal confrontation broke out between pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Jayson Werth.
Werth said something to Gonzalez as Werth walked by him on the way to the locker room. Gonzalez clearly didn't like it and tried to chase down Werth, but was held back by a...
For most of the 2013 season the Washington Nationals have struggled to find consistency at any position outside of shortstop and third base. Whether that be due to injuries or lack of production, it has clearly hurt the offense’s ability to provide enough run support. Finally, the team is back to full strength and some players appear to be heating up, none being more important...
Giants 4, Nationals 3: Winning streak should've been six. Seems oddly fitting that on the day Drew Storen is recalled from AAA, Rafael Soriano blows a 3-1 lead in the 9th.
The guy slapping his belly behind home plate in the 9th tried his best. It didn't work.
(Vine by @ChrisMottram)
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The Washington Nationals have lost so many players to the DL this season, it was a foregone conclusion that Wilson Ramos would be back on the DL after aggravating his hamstring. However, that's not what's going to happen. After getting evaluated, the aggravation was not that bad, and Ramos will avoid the DL.
Dan Kolko of MASN says Ramos didn't even require an...
Denard Span made a diving catch in deep center field with two runners on base for the final out, and the Washington Nationals held off the San Francisco Giants 6-5 Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Jordan Zimmermann (14-6) increased his NL-leading win total, allowing one run in seven innings and outpitching Tim Lincecum (6-12). Washington matched its longest winning...
Gio Gonzalez and Jayson Werth appeared to be arguing in the Nationals’ dugout after the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Gonzalez didn’t cover first base on a potential double play ball hit by Buster Posey, instead forcing the Nats to settle for one out when Adam LaRoche threw to Ian Desmond at second base for the force. It’s unclear if that...
Not even the intensity and drive of Bryce Harper can hold off the flu. The All-Star outfielder was unavailable for last night's game against the San Francisco Giants because he came down with the flu during the team's off day.
James Wagner of the Washington Post says Davey Johnson's decision not to play Harper was relatively easy. He says Harper slept all day...
The Nationals have recalled RHP Drew Storen from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned Ryan Mattheus down to work on getting himself right. Mattheus, since returning from the DL after breaking his hand punching a water cooler, simply hasn't been able to get it done. He has a 9.45 ERA and opponents are hitting .393 against him since his return. Meanwhile, Storen has a 5.68 ERA in Syracuse...
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Two darlings of the 2012 season will face off at Nationals Park this week, but both the Washington Nationals (57-60) and the San Francisco Giants (52-65) find themselves in drastically different positions than they were last year, when the Nats swept the Giants in Washington.
The 2012 World Series champions are in last place in the NL West, and are 15.5 games behind the...
Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Thursday.
Down to his last strike, Sanchez connected off Nationals closer Rafael Soriano (2-3) on a full-count pitch. The drive landed just inside the right field foul pole in the second deck.
Sergio Romo worked a scoreless bottom...
O’s lose third straight game in walk-off fashion in Arizona after Jim Johnson blows his second straight save, fall 2.5 back in Wild Card. [Camden Chat]
Johnson blew three saves in 2012. In 2013 he’s blown nine. [Melewski]
Nats win fifth straight game, remain 8.5 back in Wild Card. [Nats Insider]
Denard Span made a game-saving catch to finish it off. [Nats Insider]