June 7, 2013
Nationals manager Davey Johnson got what he wanted, a second consecutive rainout to give his battered team an extra day to heal. Maybe the mental break will turn out to be the catalyst the Nationals have been seeking. Certainly, nothing else has worked so far. The preseason NL East favorite remained one game below .500 Friday, when a series opener against the Minnesota Twins was postponed as rain from Tropical Storm Andrea moved north. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.
June 6, 2013
The swelling in Bryce Harper's left knee isn't getting any better, so the Washington outfielder will see a specialist next week and won't be coming off the disabled list when he is eligible. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that Harper visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on the knee that has been troublesome ever since the 20-year-old slugger ran into the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13. “We've just got to get the swelling out. We've got to get the inflammation out of there,” Johnson said.
June 2, 2013
A woeful showing at the plate while losing two of three games to the Braves has left the Washington Nationals below .500 and with an embarrassing .229 batting average. Davey Johnson hopes help is coming this week. The Nationals managed only five hits in Sunday's 6-3 loss, and dropped 6 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East. The Nationals were held to only seven runs in the series. “Half the ballclub is not doing things they're capable of offensively,” Johnson said.
May 24, 2013
The Washington Nationals didn't have a close shave, and neither did Davey Johnson. The 70-year-old manager still looked closer to 80 after the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 Friday night, sporting the scraggly beginnings of facial hair he had vowed to keep until his team started hitting. Five runs weren't enough, even though it was the most the Nationals had scored in a week. There was also a four-run fifth, the first time Washington had put up four or more in an inning in almost a month.
May 5, 2013
Tyler Moore knew what Clint Hurdle was thinking. With one out and first base open in the eighth inning of a one-run game, Moore fully expected the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager to intentionally walk the batter in front of him. Moore was hitting .158 and had struck out six times in the three-game series. “It fires you up,” Moore said. “I would have done the same thing.” The move backfired, though, as Moore followed the walk to Adam LaRoche by hitting a three-run homer off rookie reliever Bryan Morris to seal the Washington Nationals' 6-2 victory over the Pirates on Sunday.
May 3, 2013
A.J. Burnett doesn't lead the major leagues in strikeouts. He just wants to and is awful close. “I'm trying to keep up with Yu Darvish, but he's pretty filthy,” the Pittsburgh Pirates' ace said of the Texas Rangers' right-hander. Burnett allowed one run and struck out nine in seven shutout innings, and call-up Jordy Mercer hit a tiebreaking home run to lead the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night. Burnett (3-2) gave up five hits and one walk in winning his third straight game after going 0-2 in his first three starts.
April 28, 2013
Adam LaRoche's slump is now at 26 hitless at-bats with strikeouts accounting for half the outs. Unfamiliarity with Reds rookie pitcher Tony Cingrani had the Nationals collectively looking awkward at the plate. With a chance to complete a four-game series sweep, Washington struck out 11 times against the left-hander - including four in one inning - and 14 overall against five Cincinnati pitchers in a 5-2 loss to the Reds on Sunday. In his third career start, Cingrani (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings and allowed only two hits, one coming off the bat of Nationals rookie Anthony Rendon.
April 25, 2013
Gio Gonzalez showed that he's better than his last two outings. After giving up 12 runs in nine innings over those two starts, Gonzalez pitched a gem on Thursday night. The right-hander held Cincinnati's powerful lineup to one hit in eight innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Reds 8-1. Denard Span and Danny Espinosa drove in three runs apiece, giving Gonzalez more than enough support. The 21-game winner from last season struck out seven and walked two. By the time Joey Votto homered for Cincinnati, Gonzalez (2-1)
October 2, 2012
A smile crept across Adam LaRoche's face while he rounded the bases Tuesday night after hitting his career-high 33rd homer to become the third Nationals player with 100 RBIs in a season, another celebratory moment for NL East champion Washington during a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. When the Nationals Park gates opened, early-arriving fans in the crowd of 33,546 were treated to a video montage of alcohol-spraying and general mirth-making from a night earlier, when the home team clinched its first division title since moving from Montreal in 2005.
September 30, 2012
And the Washington Nationals wait. Already assured of the capital's first postseason baseball since 1933, the Nationals remained stalled in their drive for the NL East title when they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 10-4 Sunday. “We've got to play the type of baseball that we're capable of playing,” infielder Ian Desmond said. “We didn't do that today.” Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate to lead the Cardinals. Washington (96-63) saw its magic number for clinching the division remain at one with three games remaining.