Washington Nationals: Bench players with potential for 2015

Kevin Frandsen Since the Washington Nationals haven’t picked up any big names yet during this offseason, it looks as though they will need to rely on their bench somewhat more. There is need for these guys to be able to produce runs when they are called up and could be more productive if given more playing time. Although the Nationals could use some improvement on their bench...
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What have we learned about the Nationals in 2014?

Photo Credit: Twelve months ago, the Nationals’ disappointing 2013 season was coming to a close. High hopes were doused, and manager Davey Johnson went into retirement with “World Series or bust” as a stinging reminder of the season’s end. In 2014, as summer transitions into fall, Washington has clinched a playoff berth. The team’s fan base is excited...
Via DC Sports-Kings
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington 2, Miami 1; 21 September 2014 (Washington 91-64, Miami 74-81)

Photo Credit: On Sunday, Washington finished a three-city, 11-game road trip with a matinee in Miami. Stephen Strasburg posted another strong entry in his case for consideration as a post-season Game 1 starter. Strasburg was efficiently dominant in seven shutout innings. Nate Schierholtz tripled in one run and scored the other, as Washington swept the four...
Via DC Sports-Kings
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Celebrated Nationals Clinch NL East By Wearing DC Fire Department Helmet

Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East with Monday’s 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. Harper sported a DC FD helmet as the team celebrated its second division title in three years. But first let me take a selfie — Jose Lobaton (@JLobaton21) September 17, 2014 Harper tweeted this message, which […] The post Bryce Harper Celebrated...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals rookies dressed as ballerinas to board a charter to Atlanta

The life of being a rookie in sports could lead to some embarrassing moments. That was the case for the Washington Nationals rookies, who were put up to dress like ballerinas, as they boarded the charter headed to Atlanta. Veteran catcher Jose Lobaton was nice enough to provide a photo via his Instagram account. September allows teams to expand their roster with call ups from the...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington 3, Philadelphia 2; 7 September 2014 (Washington 80-61, Philadelphia 66-76)

Photo Credit: Washington took the field on Sunday looking to salvage a game in this weekend series against the nemesis Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies won the first two games of the series, and the last five confrontations between the two teams. Both teams gave starters the day off. The Phillies rested Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Ben Revere. The replacements for the...
Via DC Sports-Kings
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals rally past Giants with an eight-hit sixth inning

  Big deficit, no problem for the hard-hitting Washington Nationals. Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa each homered and drove in two runs as the Nationals rallied from five runs down to beat the San Francisco Giants 14-6 on Sunday. Jose Lobaton doubled among his three hits, drove in a run and scored three times for National League East-leading Washington, which pounded...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats rally for 14-6 win, take series from Giants

Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper each homered and drove in two runs as the streaking Washington Nationals rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants 14-6 Sunday. Jose Lobaton doubled among his three hits, drove in a run and scored twice for the Nationals, who took the rubber game against the Giants despite a labored four-inning outing from starter Stephen Strasburg...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats fall second consecutive game, lose to Mets 6-1

Fortunately for the Washington Nationals, the time they picked to lose two straight is the time the Atlanta Braves remain on a downward spiral.  Even with two straight losses, the Nats maintain their 3 games lead in the National League East.   Once again, the inconsistent Nats offense reared its ugly head in a 6-1 lass to division rival New York Mets. The Nats had their opportunities...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Tanner Roark get pelted with sunflower seeds during TV interview on Saturday

So Wilmingon, Illinois native and Cubs fan Tanner Roark had a rough go of it in his homecoming start at Wrigley Field on Friday (10 hits, 4 runs, loss, etc.). It didn't get much better when FOX interviewed Roark in the dugout during the fourth inning of Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, as a relentless rain of sunflower seeds pelted Roark throughout the proceedings. It seems Jose...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Lobaton catches foul tip in mask for third strike (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez had what will likely be the most bizarre strikeout of his career on Tuesday night. Likewise, Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton probably won’t ever catch a foul tip on a two-strike count the way he did. Gomez struck out in the bottom of the […]
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez Somehow Gets Ball Stuck In Jose Lobaton’s Facemask (Video)

In the second inning of Tuesday’s Washington Nationals-Milwaukee Brewers game, Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton held on to a Carlos Gomez foul tip to record the strikeout. Just not how you’d think. In a rather bizarre turn of events, Gomez took a massive hack at a 2-2 offering from pitcher Jordan Zimmerman and managed to get it lodged directly in Lobaton’s facemask. To Lobaton’s...
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton caught a foul tip -- in his mask

Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton had a foul tip embed in his mask. Never, ever seen this before.Your browser does not support iframes.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Foul tip gets stuck in Jose Lobaton's mask

Your browser does not support iframes.Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton was in the middle of an unusual situation during Tuesday's game in Milwaukee when a baseball got stuck in his mask on a foul tip.It happened in the second inning as Brewers batter Carlos Gomez tipped a 2-2 pitch straight back into Lobaton's mask - and the ball never landed on the ground. Lobaton had...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Foul ball gets caught in Nats’ catcher Jose Lobaton’s mask

In a game that had everything in 16 innings, the Washington Nationals-Milwaukee Brewers marathon gave us a first. Brewers’ Carlos Gomez fouled off a pitch straight into the catcher’s mask of Nationals’ catcher Jose Lobaton. This is a prime example why catchers wear masks. Whoa. @JLobaton21 caught that last strike from Jordan Zimmermann in his [...]
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Nats catcher Jose Lobaton catch ball with his mask

The catcher position has to be the most physically demanding position in baseball. The Washington Nationals would agree with that statement due to the numerous injuries at that position over the last few seasons. During the second inning, Carlos Gomez fouled off a pitch by Jordan Zimmermann and instead of going to the backstop, it ended up in Jose Lobaton’s mask. Watch the play...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington 3, Atlanta 0; 21 June 2014 (Washington 38-35, Atlanta 38-36)

Photo Credit: After an extra-inning loss on Friday night, the Nationals wanted to regroup on Saturday in game three of the four-game home series against Atlanta. The key offseason acquisition Doug Fister took the mound to face the Braves for the first time as a Washington starter. He didn’t disappoint on the first summer night of the 2014 season. Fister threw 8...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Nationals Have Really Good Defensive Catchers

When Wilson Ramos went down with a broken hand on Opening Day, it was a huge dagger to the Washington Nationals’ offense. Ramos was the Nats cleanup hitter that day, and he has exceptional gap power. The injury left new acquisition Jose Lobaton and long-time farmhand Sandy Leon as the team’s catchers for about two months. So while the Nats have missed out on Ramos’ big bat...
Via The Nats Blog
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2014 Game 23 (SD at WASH)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Especially when the bartender agrees to maintain Happy Hour pricing during the game and it goes extra innings.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. San Diego played its second extra inning game in three days.  Again, it ended in the twelfth; again, the Padres were...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Win It In The Bottom Of The 9th With Help From Denard Span

The game was in line to become one of the Washington Nationals’ (11-8) biggest disappointments of the season. The Nats had outhit the St. Louis Cardinals (11-8) 11 to seven, but went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 17 men on base for the first time since 2011, when they also left 17 in a 14-inning game. The #Nats have left 15 runners on base for the 1st time...
Via The Nats Blog
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats rally and down Marlins 6-3

Down 3-0 through five innings, the Washington Nationals rallied behind a three run home run by Jayson Werth to defeat the Miami Marlins 6-3.  The win improved the Nats to 9-6 and keeps them 1.5 games back from NL East leading Atlanta Braves. Tanner Roark pitched three shutout innings before giving up a three run home run to Derek Dietrich, to put the Nationals behind 3-0 in the...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mistakes, shaky bullpen prevent Marlins from taking series from Nationals

MIAMI -- With their ace on the mound ahead by three runs, it looked like the Marlins were in line for its first series win since the opening week of the season. Until things unraveled during the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 6-3 loss to the Nationals at Marlins Park. Jayson Werth blasted a two-out, three-run homer to right-center off right-hander Jose Fernandez after two errors...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Homers from Werth and Walters Power Nats Over Marlins 6-3

Tanner Roark pitched six innings, Jason Werth and Zach Walters each hit clutch homers and the Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 6-3 to bounce back from a tough loss and win the series. Roark started the game, and was solid through three innings, allowing no runs and only one hit. In the fourth, however, Roark ran into trouble. Garret Jones and Casey McGehee both singled...
Via The Nats Blog
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos wouldn’t have luck if it weren’t for bad luck

Here’s a news story that sucks: Wilson Ramos is out four to eight weeks with a broken hamate bone in his left hand. The injury was sustained during the Opening Day game in New York. We really loved this guy’s bat as early as about three seasons ago. But he’s running out of time to turn his career into anything other than an injury-marred bunch of radar blips. You can’t exactly...
Via Diamond Hoggers
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos Hurt His Hand, Which Doesn’t Hurt That Bad

Nats starting catcher and Opening Day cleanup hitter Wilson Ramos reportedly fractured his left hand today on a foul tip, which is a very Wilson Ramos thing to do. (He’s only played more than 78 games in a season just once, you see.) We don’t know how serious it is or how long he’ll be out, but here’s a quick crack at what it all means: *In 231 career games with the Nats...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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