Marlins Light Up Strasburg and Stammen En Route to Blowout

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. Tonight’s game was a total clunker, as Stephen Strasburg allowed six runs in four innings and Craig Stammen allowed five more the next inning as the Washington Nationals (8-6) were blown out by the Miami Marlins (6-9), 11-2. Strasburg (L, 1-2) looked bad right from the starting gun. He allowed four hits and three runs in the first inning, as...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

After Two Games, The Mets Are Already At A Crossroads

“Here’s the problem: the Mets aren’t just bad, they’re DULL and bad” Those were the words Tweeted by your intrepid columnist as Andrew Brown struck out against Craig Stammen to wrap up the Mets’ first 0-2 start in nine years. 2005, when the Mets got off 0-5 and were only rescued by a Pedro Martinez gem. The feeling around the team was better back then – Martinez...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper hit a 356 yard bomb at the driving range on Saturday

And so, in addition to getting as trying to get as big as a house this offeason, Bryce Harper has also apparently been working on his golf swing. Check the above image via @BHarper3407 on Twitter, after testing out his new SLDR driver from TaylorMade Golf: a 356 yard drive, with club and ball speeds of 127.5 MPH and 184.88 MPH respectively. Maybe if this baseball "thing"...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats acquire Jerry Blevins from Oakland; Blevins updates his Twitter avatar with makeshift Nats uni

And so, you can check off another box on Mike Rizzo's Winter to-do list. On Wednesday, the Nats traded speedy CF prospect Billy Burns to the A's for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins (oh, hey, he and Craig Stammen were teammates at Dayton!). Shortly thereafter, Blevins updated his Twitter avatar with a makeshift Nationals uniform.  I needed to update my avi without notice...
Via Nationals Enquirer
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals' to target relief help

Searching for a new way to spell r-e-l-i-e-f, the Washington Nationals are expected to be an active participant in the free agent market this off-season as they attempt to bolster their bullpen. Despite winning 86 games, the Washington bullpen was a direct source of frustration and inconsistency in 2013. Stalwarts from the previous season such as Ryan Mattheus and Drew Storen...
Via MLB Injury News
October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Watch Jhonatan Solano's incredible diving tag to nail Chase Utley at the plate

Up above: video of Jhonatan Solano's incredible diving tag to nail Chase Utley at the plate during the 8th inning of last night's thrilling 3-2 Nationals win over the Phillies, one of two critical defensive plays on the night. Craig Stammen strikes out Darin Ruf for the second out of the inning, ball gets away from Solano, Utley tries to score the tying run from third, Solano...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Glove work helps Nats find a way in Philly, 3-2

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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Rain delays game, but Nationals beat Miami, 4-3

Stephen Strasburg was hoping to take aim at yet another deep start but a 1-hour 12-minute rain delay in the bottom of the second spoiled that plan. Both Strasburg and Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez didn’t return after the delay so this became a battle of bullpens. The Nationals’ relief corps won out with Craig Stammen going three innings to bridge the gap and then (after Ryan...
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August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals' shaky defense helps Royals win 6-4.

First the Washington Nationals were very bad, giving up four runs in the first inning. Then they were very good, recovering from the big early deficit to forge a 4-4 tie in search of their sixth straight road win. But then they were very bad again, fumbling through a shaky eighth inning Sunday afternoon while giving up two runs and practically handing a 6-4 win to a Kansas City...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Perez powers Royals past Nationals

Salvador Perez homered early, then drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth and the Kansas City Royals ended their seven-game losing streak on Sunday, rebounding for a 6-4 victory after blowing a 4-0 lead against Washington. With two out and a runner on first and the game tied 4-all in the eighth, Billy Butler hit a hard grounder that first baseman Adam LaRoche knocked down. The...
Via Fox Sports
August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Recap: Royals beat Nats 6-4, snap 7-game losing skid

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Salvador Perez homered early, then drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth and the Kansas City Royals ended their seven-game losing streak on Sunday, rebounding for a 6-4 victory after blowing a 4-0 lead against Washington.With two out and a runner on first and the game tied 4-all in the eighth, Billy Butler hit a hard grounder that first baseman Adam LaRoche...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Roger Bernadina in a Phillies uniform is just weird...

And so, after being released by the Nats earlier in the week, Roger Bernadina made his debut with the Phillies last night, flying out in a 7th inning pinch hitting appearance. A little trip down memory lane: That time the Shark crushed a baseball onto Eutaw Street. That time the Shark fouled a ball off a bad place, and his teammates laughed. Flying Shark! That ridiculous...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers 3, Nationals 1(10)

Hanley Ramirez doubled to highlight at two-run 10th inning Saturday night, and the Los Angeles Dodgers used seven pitchers to again tame the tepid offense of the Washington Nationals in a 3-1 victory. Adrian Gonzalez led off the 10th with a double off Craig Stammen (5-5). Ramirez followed immediately with an RBI double for his third hit of the night, then scored two batters later...
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July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs pull out win in 11th, avoid sweep by Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Didi Gregorius drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single in the 11th inning and Aaron Hill homered as the Diamondbacks beat the Nationals 3-2 Thursday night to salvage the finale of a three-game series. Miguel Montero led off the 11th with a ground-rule double off Craig Stammen (4-3). A.J. Pollock then pinch-ran for Montero and was bunted to third by Cody Ross...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Nats Unable To Build Momentum In Blowout By Mets

  Wednesday was not the most brilliant night for a pitching staff nicknamed “K Street.” The Washington Nationals’ (29-30) 10-1 loss to the New York Mets (23-33) began on a rough note with starting pitcher Dan Haren, and only got worse as it continued through the bullpen. The Nationals needed a strong performance from their starter to keep the momentum from their Tuesday...
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June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals will wait to place Strasburg on DL

credit: getty images The Washington Nationals will wait a few days before deciding whether or not starting pitcher Stepehn Strasburg will go on the disabled list. With the Nationals not needing Strasburg to pitch again until next Saturday the team could wait to see if the 24-year-old right hander can make his turn in the rotation before placing him on the 15-day disabled list according...
June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Strasburg Injured, But Nats Best Braves In Series Opener

  When the ace of the pitching staff exits a game with an injury, the result of the game can feel secondary. However, the Washington Nationals (28-27) put together a rollercoaster of a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves (32-22) to make sure their fans were paying attention. Craig Stammen was the big star of the night, filling in for Stephen Strasburg when he left the game after...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals 3, Braves 2

Craig Stammen pitched four perfect innings after ace Stephen Strasburg left with an apparent injury, Denard Span tripled and scored two runs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Friday night. Strasburg lasted just two innings before leaving the shortest outing of his career. The Nationals did not give an update on Strasburg during the game. The victory snapped...
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May 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Vogelsong Fractures Right Hand

(Photo: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images) Just when San Francisco Giants pitcher, Ryan Vogelsong, was having his best start in seven outings, he was struck by a Craig Stammen’s pitch and broke his throwing hand in the bottom of the fifth inning, Monday night against Washington Nationals.  Vogelsong was cruising through the first five innings, pitching a shutout before the...
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May 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Vogelsong injury: Vogey leaves game after five strong innings with hand injury

In what had been his best start of the 2013 season, Ryan Vogelsong was injured during an at-bat in Monday’s game against the Nationals. On a poorly timed swing, a pitch from Craig Stammen appeared to deflect off of Vogey’s right hand. Bochy and trainer Dave Groeschner came out to take a look at the hand before immediately escorting the right-hander into the dugout. Vogelsong...
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May 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals reliever Henry Rodriguez almost gets hit by his own wild pitch

Nats reliever Henry Rodriguez certainly had some control problems during his stint in the Reds 5-2 win over the Nationals on Sunday. Taking over for fellow reliever Craig Stammen in the top of the 8th, things started out OK for Rodriguez, as he got the first hitter he faced to hit the ball right back to the mound for the easy 1-3 putout. Then the wheels fell off, as Rodriguez walked...
Via The Last Angry Fan
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Six months later, Davey Johnson finally decides to intentionally walk Pete Kozma

Remember that time when Davey Johnson decided to pitch to Pete Kozma with two on and two outs in an inning and first base open and the opposing pitcher standing in the on deck circle? We all know how that turned out. Six months later, Davey Johnson finally decided to intentionally walk Pete Kozma with two on and two outs the opposing pitcher standing in the on deck circle. It worked...
Via Nationals Enquirer
April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Harper Mashes, Stammen Impresses, Gio Melts Down, Nats Win 10th Game

Ryan Zimmerman was a scratch for the second consecutive game today, and he's getting an MRI on his hamstring. Never a good sign for the Nats franchise third baseman. The game itself was a roller coaster ride of a game throughout on the way to a Nats 7-6 victory. The Nats offense was able to get off to a quick start. Ian Desmond hit his third homer of the year on a first pitch...
Via The Nats Blog
April 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Caps blow 5-1 lead with Nats bullpen in the building

So on the same night Gio Gonzalez went to RFK to watch DC United lose to the Red Bulls, members of the maligned Washington Nationals bullpen (Lightning fan Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen, and Drew Storen) were in attendance for Saturday night's Caps-Lightning game at Verizon Center. Of course the Caps blew a 5-1 lead which led to a flurry of Nats bullpen jokes on Twitter and such...
Via Nationals Enquirer
April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pena HR lifts Braves over Nats in 10

Ramiro Pena hit a two-run homer off Craig Stammen with two outs in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves came back to beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 Friday night, stretching their winning streak to seven games. Pena, who reached on a bunt as a pinch hitter in the eighth, helped Atlanta finish off a rally in a game it trailed 4-0 after two innings and 4-2 entering the ninth....
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

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