September 12, 2012
John Lannan pitched 5 2-3 shutout innings in his first start since replacing Stephen Strasburg in Washington's starting rotation, and the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to six with a 2-0 win over the punchless New York Mets on Wednesday night. Ryan Zimmerman homered in the fourth off rookie Matt Harvey (3-5) and Ian Desmond connected off Jon Rauch in the eighth, helping the NL East leaders complete a three-game sweep and close in on the capital's first postseason baseball berth since the original Washington Senators in 1933.
August 2, 2011
Rick Ankiel kept up his sudden power surge, hitting a grand slam off Derek Lowe that sent the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves 9-3 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win. The Nationals have their longest winning streak since Davey Johnson became manager on June 27. Atlanta has lost three straight. Ankiel connected for his sixth home run of the season. He homered twice Monday night against the Braves. Ankiel's shot highlighted a five-run burst in the fourth inning against Lowe (6-10)
May 27, 2011
Michael Morse hit a home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. With the game tied at 1, Morse hit Mike Adams' first pitch into the left field bullpen, and he trotted around the bases, tossed his helmet off and was pounded by his exuberant teammates. Moments later after a postgame interview, he was hit with shaving cream and doused with Gatorade. It was his sixth home run of the year.
April 21, 2011
Almost three weeks into the season, the Washington Nationals stand alone in one category. No other rotation has worked at least five innings in every game. Tom Gorzelanny kept that run alive despite struggles with command in a 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Kyle Lohse’s two-hitter on Thursday. Gorzelanny walked a batter in each of his first four innings and needed 108 pitches to get through five, but was hurt by Matt Holliday’s two-run home run with two outs in the first.
April 13, 2011
At his dominant best until a shaky ninth inning, Roy Halladay held on to throw his first complete game of 2011, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Wednesday night. Through eight shutout innings, Halladay (2-0) allowed only a pair of singles by Adam LaRoche, who talked his way back into Washington’s lineup despite a hurt groin. In the ninth, Halladay allowed four hits, including RBI singles by Laynce Nix and Danny Espinosa. But with two on, the two-time Cy Young Award winner ended the game by throwing six straight strikes to fan pinch-hitter Matt Stairs and Ivan Rodriguez, who argued the game-ending call at length.
April 2, 2011
When Rick Ankiel won the center field job for the Washington Nationals in spring training, they hoped he’d give them power and excellent defense. On Saturday afternoon, he gave them that — plus a little bit more. Ankiel drove in three runs with a homer and his first successful suicide-squeeze bunt, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each had three hits and the Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3. In a game that included two rain delays totaling 87 minutes, Ankiel’s two-run homer run highlighted a three-run third inning off Tommy Hanson (0-1)
March 30, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are tired of losing. With the last two No. 1 overall draft picks — Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper — in the organization, along with $126 million man Jayson Werth, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and some young building blocks, there certainly is some reason to look forward to the future. The present still could be tricky. Strasburg is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery and isn't expected to help the rotation in a meaningful way before 2012; Harper will begin this season at Class-A Hagerstown.
August 30, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Losing teams are bringing out the worst in the St. Louis Cardinals at a most inopportune time. Adam Wainwright struggled for five innings and the Cardinals lost again, falling to Washington 4-2 Sunday and dropping five games behind Cincinnati in the NL Central. The Cardinals are 2-5 -- against last-place teams Pittsburgh and Washington -- on their 10-game road trip. In August, St. Louis is 5-10 against teams with records under .500. "I'm not saying (Washington is)
August 14, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Lannan got the message when the Washington Nationals sent him down to Double-A Harrisburg, and he sure looks fine now. Lannan pitched seven strong innings, Ian Desmond had three hits and the Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Lannan (4-5) allowed two runs and four hits to win his second consecutive start and earn his first win at home since Aug. 5, 2009, against Florida. The left-hander, Washington's opening-day starter the last two seasons, is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts since he returned from the minors.
May 3, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Lannan was prepared to face the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Instead, the Washington Nationals left-hander waited out a nearly two-hour rain delay, then turned his attention to watching video of an unexpected opponent. Sunday's scheduled game between the Cardinals and Nationals was postponed by rain after a delay of 1 hour, 54 minutes. Lannan's start was pushed back to tonight, when he'll face the Houston Astros in the opener of a two-game series at Nationals Park.