How the 2014 Nationals differ from the 2012 Nationals

When the Nationals prepared to face the Cardinals in the 2012 NLDS, they tried to downplay the significance of their lack of October experience vs. their highly decorated counterparts from St. Louis. By the time that series ended in heartbreaking fashion, more than a few players acknowledged what so many suspected: Experience does count in the postseason. Which should make the 2014...
Via Pro Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals blow chance to accomplish feat no team had done since 1989

When you wrap up home-field advantage throughout the National League Championship Series with three games to play in the regular season, there isn’t much to play for. Except for the fact the Nationals had a chance to make a little bit of Major League Baseball history. A chance that got swept away after giving up 14 earned runs in the night cap of Friday’s split doubleheader...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitching Falters In Nationals’ Lopsided Loss To Marlins

Just hours after they clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs, the Washington Nationals (94-66) took their first breath of the 2014 season. For the first time in 159 games, nothing was at stake. But as they exhaled, they collapsed and suffered a 15-7 beating at the hands of the Miami Marlins (77-83). Friday night’s contest was the antithesis of the clean, 4-0 win and complete...
Via The Nats Blog
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins explode for 15 runs to take second game of doubleheader against Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- **** Hernandez's grand slam, J.T. Realmuto's three-run triple and Adeiny Hechavarria's four hits helped the Miami Marlins beat the NL East champion Washington Nationals 15-7 for a split of a day-night doubleheader Friday. After clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs by winning the opener 4-0 on Doug Fister's three-hitter, Washington...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins explode for 15 runs to take second game of doubleheader against Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- **** Hernandez's grand slam, J.T. Realmuto's three-run triple and Adeiny Hechavarria's four hits helped the Miami Marlins beat the NL East champion Washington Nationals 15-7 for a split of a day-night doubleheader Friday. After clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs by winning the opener 4-0 on Doug Fister's three-hitter, Washington...
Via Fox Sports Florida
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals pop bottles after clinching division title

The Washington Nationals clinched their second National League East division title in three years after beating the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Tuesday. That sparked a huge champagne-filled celebration in the visitor’s locker room of Turner Field. Here are some of the best images captured on Twitter and beyond of the Nationals division-winning celebration. Take off the cleats and pop...
Via KCM Sports
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats victorious in playoff-like atmosphere against Braves

You want tense, September pennant-race drama against a division rival? You got it tonight when the Nationals and Braves opened a big, 3-game series that will go a long way toward either moving the Nats a step closer to the NL East title or allow Atlanta to sneak its way back into the race. Doug Fister was brilliant over 7 innings of work, shutting out the Braves and even convincing...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington 2 Atlanta 1; 8 September 2014 (Washington 81-61, Atlanta 74-70)

Photo Credit: Every season has moments like this. Top of the seventh, two on, two out. Manager Matt Williams walks to the mound with a deliberate gait, ready to make a decision on his starting pitcher… In a game that had all sorts of pennant race atmosphere, Anthony Rendon drove in one run and scored the other. Doug Fister and his bullpen buddies held the Braves...
Via DC Sports-Kings
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals melt down; Phillies win 9-8 in 11

WASHINGTON (AP) Rafael Soriano blew another save Friday, and an error by Bryce Harper on a routine fly ball in the 11th inning led to the go-ahead runs, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 9-8 win over the Washington Nationals. The Phillies rallied from a five-run deficit with two unearned runs in the eighth and then three that were fully earned in the ninth off Soriano, who was...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Make Bucs Walk (Off) The Plank!

The Washington Nationals overcame a 3-0 deficit on Saturday night, rallying for a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nats are now 15 games over .500 (68-53) and enjoying a five game winning streak. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, first baseman Adam LaRoche hit a two out, two run homer, tying things at 3-apiece. In the bottom of the ninth, catcher Wilson Ramos doubled...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats rally late, down the Rockies 7-4

The Washington Nationals continue to play fine baseball.  Last night was another example.  The Nats rallied from a 3-0 and 4-2 deficit to defeat the Rockies 7-4.   The rally was capped off by a three-run bomb by Adam LaRoche that sealed the win for the Nationals.  With the win and a loss by Atlanta last night, the Nats improved to 55-43 and increased their NL East Division lead...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Drew Storen and Craig Stammen get their laces snipped (Video)

Up above, video of Friday night's controversy in which Drew Storen and Craig Stammen had to have the laces snipped on their gloves. Apparently the request did not come from the Brewers, but was made by Home Plate umpire Chad Fairchild, who was enforcing a new MLB directive. Stupid rules. Brewers beat the Nats 4-2. Williams said the umps, not the Brewers, were the ones asking...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Stammen Receives A Cool Gift From Nats Bullpen

A gift from the bullpen! Hard to put into words #youguyssssssdontevenknow — Craig Stammen (@cstammen35) July 18, 2014 Nationals reliever Craig Stammen graduated from the University of Dayton in May, receiving his Bachelor’s in entrepreneurship. Stammen was drafted by the Nationals in 2005 before he could complete his studies. So Stammen started taking...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles hit three home runs in top of the 11th to beat the Nationals, 8-2

In an incredibly close contest between two evenly matched teams Monday night, the Orioles picked up an 8-2 victory in 11 innings against the Washington Nationals and, potentially, something much more important. The Orioles are hoping they also discovered a resurgent Chris Davis. The struggling slugger who had just two singles in his previous 38 at-bats, hit a full-count fastball...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore 8; Washington 2, in 11 Innings; 7 July 2014 (Washington 48-40, Baltimore 49-40)

Photo Credit: On Monday night, game one of the “Battle of the Beltways” commenced at Nationals Park. The visiting Orioles came in after winning two of three in Boston over the weekend. Chris Tillman started for Baltimore, with Stephen Strasburg countering for Washington. Believe it or not, the game was mostly close. At other times, it felt like a home run derby. Despite...
Via DC Sports-Kings
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Three-Homer Eleventh Helps O’s Sink Nats

For a team with one of baseball’s best bullpens, you would not expect the Washington Nationals to be 2-8 in extra-inning games. Well, you might if you saw how they pitched tonight. After strong starts from Chris Tillman and Stephen Strasburg led to extras, the Baltimore Orioles (49-40) crushed three home runs in a six-run 11th, ending their dismantling of the Nationals (48-40)...
Via The Nats Blog
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Get Revenge, Destroy Cubs 13-0

After a disappointing Fourth of July performance yesterday, the Nationals came roaring back this afternoon with a 13-0 drubbing of the Chicago Cubs. It was clear that the contest would be one-sided very early on, as the Nats batted around in the third – the only players who didn’t record at least on RBI or run scored in that inning were Bryce Harper and Gio Gonzalez. But Harper...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Grab Series Opener In The Mist

As a literary device, fog represents confusion and obscurity. Those two words describe tonight’s game pretty well. After Doug Fister put them in a hole, the Washington Nationals (41-37) came back to tie the game, but the Chicago Cubs (33-44) scored a pair off of Craig Stammen and held on to their lead to win, 5-3. The heavy mist hanging over Wrigley Field all night fortunately...
Via The Nats Blog
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals defeat Braves, 4-1, split series with division rival

Forget for a moment all those losses to the Atlanta Braves since the start of the 2013 season, and the Washington Nationals’ past two games bring a small measure of delight. After being beaten down in every way for more than a year by their fiercest division rivals, including in the first two games of this weekend series, the Nationals salvaged their pride and secured a split of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves fall to Nats, settle for 4-game series split

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 4-1 loss to the Nationals, an emotionally charged road defeat that brought little overall clarity to the race in the National League East (series split: 2-all). 1. It's never a good thing when a team tallies more ejections than runs in a game A pair of check swings contributed to the Braves' demise on Sunday, with Chris...
Via Fox Sports South
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Walkoff Halts Nats’ Win Streak At Four

After the seventh, it looked like tonight would be another classic late-inning win. But the San Diego Padres would not go quietly into that good night. A rare blown save from Rafael Soriano wasted an impassioned comeback from the Washington Nationals (31-29), and the Padres (28-34) came through with the walkoff in the 11th inning, winning 4-3. The Nats trailed 2-0 after the sixth...
Via The Nats Blog
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Snap Skid With Win Over Pirates

The Washington Nationals (25-25) had suffered through four winnable losses in a row, until strong efforts from Doug Fister and a productive offense lifted them out of the mire to a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates (22-27). Despite having myriad chances throughout the series, the Nationals never managed to score more than three runs in the three previous games. On Sunday, they...
Via The Nats Blog
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Snap 4 Game Losing Skid

The Nationals avoided a four game sweep in Pittsburgh with a 5-2 win over the Pirates on Sunday afternoon. Another solid outing from Doug Fister, the big right hander working into the sixth inning, scattering six hits, allowing only one run. Fister struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. Craig Stammen and Aaron Barrett carried it to the ninth, with Rafael Soriano slamming the...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Gio Gets Early Hook as Nats Fall to Mets

Just when it looked like the Washington Nationals might have shaken their first-inning curse, it came back with a vengeance today, and cost them another game. Gio Gonzalez struggled mightily, lasting just three innings and giving up five runs, including three in the first inning, while Bartolo Colon held the Nats (22-20) in check as the New York Mets (20-22) beat Washington for the...
Via The Nats Blog
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Disappoint Sell Out Crowd

A Saturday afternoon sellout crowd of 41,225 went home disappointed with the 5-2 loss to the Metropolitans. Gio Gonzalez struggled early as New York jumped out to a 5-0 lead early on and the game was never really in doubt. The ageless Bartolo Colon working eight innings for the win, scattering five hits, allowing the two runs (both earned). Colon, who turns 41 a week from today,...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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