April 2, 2013
These aren't your father's Hagerstown Suns. They aren't even your infant brother's Suns. Heck, they aren't even close to last season's version of the team. The 2013 version of the Suns is about as brand new - from the roster down to the uniform - and fresh faced as can be as they prepare to start the franchise's 34th season with Thursday's season opener at Delmarva. “This is a whole new group to this level,” said Suns manager Tripp Keister, who is also new to the South Atlantic League.
April 1, 2013
All it took was two at-bats on his first opening day in the majors for Bryce Harper to hit two homers - and hear some “M-V-P!” chants. The Washington Nationals' other recent No. 1 overall draft pick, Stephen Strasburg, did his part, too, getting 19 consecutive outs at one stretch of his seven scoreless innings. Yes, for the NL East champion Nationals - and their fans who lived through some tough times not that long ago - the present and future could hardly have looked brighter in a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday, Game 1 of a season lame-duck manager Davey Johnson declared months ago should be defined as “World Series or bust.” “You couldn't draw it up any better,” Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche said.
April 1, 2013
After the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals each lost in Game 5 of the first round of the 2012 playoffs, fans of both teams have been waiting for Major League Baseball's Opening Day with high expectations. “I'm looking forward to the season and seeing how far we can go,” Orioles fan Fred Parson, 26, of Chambersburg, said Monday. “I think it's time to make that next step and go to the next round of the playoffs.” Mike Mason, 46, of Hagerstown, is a Nationals fan who said he had been waiting for Opening Day all winter.
November 17, 2012
Thumbs up to everyone in the Tri-State area who organized, participated in or attended Veterans Day ceremonies this week. Taking the time to honor those who have sacrificed so much so that we may enjoy our freedoms is a worthy endeavor. Thumbs up to the Baseball Writers' Association of America for recognizing Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson and rookie Bryce Harper with postseason awards. The pair made the past season exciting and gave fans hope for the coming season.
August 30, 2012
Bryce Harper hit his third home run in two games, Jason Werth homered for the first time since May, and Edwin Jackson struck out 10 Thursday night as the Washington Nationals padded their NL East lead with a 8-1 win over the punchless St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals opened an 11-game homestand with an overwhelming performance against a wild-card contender that failed to score an earned run for the third straight game. Jackson (8-9) was so dominant that three of his strikeouts required throws to first because the Cardinals were chasing balls in the dirt.
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 19, 2012
Gio Gonzalez didn't need his best stuff against the New York Mets on Sunday. What he had was good enough to get his 16th win, tying him for the major league lead and setting a Washington Nationals team record. Gonzalez gave up seven hits and needed 110 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings, but he didn't allow a run until the sixth and the Nationals got more than enough offense from Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa for Gonzalez to notch the victory in a 5-2 win against the New York Mets.
August 17, 2012
Michael Morse hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper also homered and the Washington Nationals became the latest team to tag a struggling Johan Santana in their 6-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night. Ross Detwiler tossed six solid innings and the Nationals sent Santana to his fifth loss in the last five starts. Handed a 2-0 lead, the two-time Cy Young Award winner was perfect through three innings. But the NL East leaders strung together four consecutive hits in the fourth, capped by Morse's 12th homer.
August 3, 2012
Nearly three months ago, Jayson Werth broke his left wrist trying to make a catch in a game the Washington Nationals lost. It was a memorable game. Cole Hamels hit rookie Bryce Harper with a pitch and Harper stole home. At the time, the Nationals were 18-10 and led the NL East by a half-game. Without Werth, Washington went 43-32 and increased its lead by two games. Werth returned to the lineup Thursday night and joined in the fun. He had a single and an RBI groundout in the Nationals' 3-0 win over Hamels and the Phillies.
August 1, 2012
Jimmy Rollins hit two solo home runs, Nate Schierholtz connected in his Philadelphia debut, and the Phillies received a sharp pitching performance from Vance Worley in a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. After hitting the first pitch of the game to the warning track, Rollins homered in the third inning and again in the fifth. Both drives went into the seats in right field, unlike his inside-the-park homer on Tuesday night. Rollins and Schierholtz homered on successive pitches in the fifth against Edwin Jackson (6-7)