May 2, 2011
Chris McKenzie pitched seven shutout innings and David Freitas had three hits and two RBIs on Monday to lift the Hagerstown Suns to a 5-0 victory over Rome in a morning matinee. McKenzie (2-3), who had struggled in his last three starts, allowed four hits and struck out two in seven shutout innings to drop his ERA from 12.46 to 8.10. The right-hander’s other victory also came against the Braves (6-19). Freitas drove in one of the three Suns runs in the third inning with a single off Tyler Hess (0-2)
June 8, 2012
Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings, Bryce Harper homered and the Washington Nationals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Friday night for the franchise's first victory at Fenway Park. Harper hit a two-run shot in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth as the club improved to 1-9 at Boston's iconic home. The Montreal Expos dropped all six of their games there before moving to Washington. Strasburg (7-1) threw a career-high 119 pitches, including 33 in his final inning when he worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam. He finished one strikeout shy of his career high of 14, set on June 8, 2010 - exactly two years ago to the day Friday - against Pittsburgh in his major league debut.
May 17, 2012
Andrew McCutchen homered twice, James McDonald took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out a career-high 11, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Thursday night. McDonald retired his first 13 batters - striking out nine - and was helped by two spectacular plays on defense, from Casey McGehee at first base and McCutchen in center field. The right-hander walked Bryce Harper with one out in the fifth. In the sixth, carrying a 4-0 lead, McDonald weakened and allowed consecutive doubles to Jesus Flores and Steve Lombardozzi to start the inning.
July 3, 2011
Bryce Harper got back into the swing of things while Sean Nicol just kept swinging on Sunday night as the Hagerstown Suns scored an 8-2 victory over Lexington. Nicol broke the game open with a two-run double and Harper followed with an RBI ground-rule double to highlight a four-run sixth inning for the Suns (7-4, 47-34). Nicol was 8-for-14 (.571) with four RBIs and six runs scored in the three-game set with Lexington, while Harper — who had two hits Sunday — drove in his first run since June 15. Hagerstown supported starting pitcher Matt Grace (9-5)
August 29, 2012
Bryce Harper homered twice for the first time in his career and the first-place Washington Nationals snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Miami Marlins 8-4 Wednesday night. Harper hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and added a solo homer in the fifth, giving the rookie 14 this season. He had a chance for a three-homer night but grounded into a double play in the ninth, spiked his helmet in frustration after crossing the bag and was ejected by umpire C.B. Bucknor. Before the game, manager Davey Johnson called a brief team meeting, which he described as upbeat.
August 10, 2013
Jayson Werth launched a two-run homer in the seventh inning for his 1,000th career hit, highlighting a five-run rally that sent the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 Saturday night. Werth got three hits, including an RBI single in the fourth and his two-out, tiebreaking shot off reliever Zach Miner. In his second major league game, Tanner Roark (1-0) pitched two spotless innings. Tyler Clippard surrendered Domonic Brown's 26th home run in the eighth and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 29th save.
August 24, 2013
Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from one of his worst career outings to go 7 2/3 strong innings, Ian Desmond hit his 18th home run, and the Washington Nationals beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Saturday night. Zimmermann (15-7) tied St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the league lead in wins and sparked the surging Nationals to their fifth straight win, all on the road. The right-hander, who allowed eight runs in five innings at Chicago last Monday, was charged with two runs and eight hits.
March 29, 2011
It used to be that names were changed to protect the innocent. Now, it’s a case of identities being withheld because of the Internet. Thus is the world of minor league baseball these days. Mobile technology and social networks have forced baseball organizations to keep plans for minor league teams close to the vest. The Hagerstown Suns are no exception. “We like a lot of guys who will probably be going there, but I really can’t mention any names yet,” said Doug Harris, the Washington Nationals player development director.
March 12, 2011
The Washington Nationals optioned top prospect Bryce Harper to Class A Hagerstown, saying the top overall pick in last year’s draft needs to get more playing time to prepare for the season. The 18-year-old Harper, who hit .389 in 13 spring games, was disappointed but determined to make it back to the big leagues as soon as possible. “He needs to go down to the minor leagues (camp) and get four or five at-bats per game to prepare himself for the season,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.
August 22, 2011
Stephen Strasburg made his third appearance of the season with the Hagerstown Suns on Monday night and continued to create excitement in the stands. Fans talked about Strasburg's "tremendous" ability, the joy of seeing him in a historic baseball park and watching him in a minor league setting that seems more like baseball than the professional level. "I think he's a pretty good prospect. Great talent," said Brook Gladfelter, who joined friends from Pittsburgh to see Strasburg pitch in a game against the Hickory Crawdads.