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  • #76
    Friday, June 30 Cardinals 8, Nationals 1

    With the Nationals having problems with their bullpen and injuries to Adam Eaton and Trea Turner, the last thing the Nationals need is Tanner Roark's struggles. The Nationals fall behind early and never mount a serious comeback threat during this 8-1 rout.

    Roark would pitch two innings of scoreless ball, despite surrendering several hard hit outs. The Cardinals would break through in the 3rd inning on a Yadier Molina two run single and a Greg Garcia RBI single to take a 3-0 lead. Whatever chance of a Washington comeback went down the drain when Jacob Turner was summoned from the bullpen to start the bottom of the 4th. The Cardinals pounced on Turner for 5 runs in the 4th, putting the game out of reach and concluding all of the Cardinal scoring.

    Washington's only tally occurred in the 4th inning. Trailing 3-0, Bryce Harper led off the frame with a walk. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a single moving Harper to 3rd base. With runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out, the Nationals momentum screeched to a halt after Daniel Murphy bounced into a 6-4-3 double play that scored Harper.

    The Nationals used three pitchers in the game. Roark, the losing pitcher, pitched 3 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 ER, 5 walks and 2 strikeouts. Roark is now 6-6 with a hefty 5.25 ERA. Turner, in 3.2 IP, allowed 7 hits, 5 ER, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Joe Blanton was perfect in 1.1 innings with a strikeout.

    Mike Leake of St.Louis went a strong 8 innings, throwing just 93 pitches. Leake allowed 5 hits, 1 ER, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts to improve to 6-6 on the season. Sam Tuivailala pitched an eventful 9th inning, giving up a double, a walk and a wild pitch, but the Nats could not take advantage.

    Murphy and Brian Goodwin's double accounted for the Nationals only extra base hits. The Cardinals had 3, with Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyroko each hitting doubles and a Paul DeJong 2 run homer in the 4th off of Turner.

    The final line: St Louis 8 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors, Washington 1 run, 6 hits, 0 errors

    Nationals Record: 47 wins 33 losses


    • #77
      Saturday, July 1 Cardinals 2, Nationals 1

      You couldn't ask Gio Gonzalez to do more. Gonzalez pitches 7 innings of 2 hit ball and strikes out 9 St. Louis batsmen. However, the Nationals lineup couldn't solve Michael Wacca and five other St. Louis pitchers in this low scoring affair. The Nationals have now dropped three games in a row.

      Cardinals 2B Alex Mejia, a 26 year old rookie who made his Major League debut a few days ago, was responsible for both Cardinal runs. In the 2nd inning, Mejia plated the Cardinal's first run with a RBI single, his first big league hit, to put St. Louis in front 1-0. The score would remain the same until Mejia struck again in the 8th inning with a solo home run off of Sammy Solis.

      Down 2-0 entering the 9th, Washington threatened. Bryce Harper drew a walk off Card's reliever Trevor Rosenthal to open the 9th. A one out single from Daniel Murphy put runners on 1st and 2nd base. Rosenthal recorded the second out by getting Anthony Rendon to hit into a force out. Stephen Drew pushed Harper across the plate with a RBI single to make the score 2-1. Following Drew's single, Rosenthal issued a walk to Jose Lobaton to load the bases with two outs. At this point, Rosenthal was lifted from the game in favor of Matt Bowman. Bowman would secure his first big league save by getting pinch hitter Adrian Sanchez to strike out looking to end the game.

      Gonzalez is the hard luck losing pitcher, seeing his record dip to 7-3. Solis goes an inning, surrendering 2 hits, 1 ER and striking out 1.

      Wacca equals Gonzalez with 9 strikeouts in 6 innings of work, issuing 1 walk and only 4 hits to pick up his 5th win. With the exception of Rosenthal, who yielded 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 ER in 0.2 innings, the other St.Louis relievers were outstanding. Brett Cecil, Seung Hwan Oh, Tyler Lyons and Bowman do not allow a single National to reach base. Overall, St. Louis pitchers struck out 14 Nationals.

      Washington's only extra base hit was a double off the bat of Rendon in the 5th. St. Louis had 2 extra base hits, a Randal Grichuk double off Solis and the previously mentioned home run by Mejia.

      Final Line: St. Louis 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, Washington 1 run, 6 hits, 0 errors.

      Next Game: Tonight at St. Louis, 8:05 EDT

      Nationals Record: 47-34

      Notes: P Jacob Turner was designated for assignment yesterday. P Sammy Solis was activated from the DL to take Turner's roster spot.
      Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 07-02-2017, 12:44 AM.


      • #78
        Sunday, July 2 Nationals 7, Cardinals 2

        Apologies for the late entry. Last night, the Senators bats awake from their slumber to avert a 3 game sweep in St. Louis. Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper are too much for the Cardinals and the Nationals are never really threatened in this much needed victory.

        Scherzer records his 10th victory of the year, by striking out 12 in 7 innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. Scherzer's ERA drops to 1.94. Enny Romero has a bad outing, allowing 2 ER, 3 hits, including a two run home run, in 1 inning. Matt Albers pitches the 9th, walking 1 and striking out 1.

        St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez, now 6-7, gets roughed up to the tune of 5 ER, 7 hits, and 4 walks in 5 innings. Mike Mayers then relieved Martinez. Mayers goes 3 innings, surrendering 2 runs, 1 unearned, 2 hits and 3 bases on balls. John Brebbia is the only Cardinal pitcher who remained unscathed, pitching a scoreless 9 inning.

        Washington immediately went to work in the top of the 1st. Brian Goodwin led off the game with a ground rule double. Goodwin would take 3rd base on a sacrifice bunt from Michael Taylor. Bryce Harper smacks the first of his two, 2 run home runs of the game to put the Nationals in front, 2-0. In the 3rd, Martinez walked Taylor to lead off the frame and Harper followed with his 20th home run of the year to up the Nats margin to 4-0. The struggling Martinez then walked Daniel Murphy on four pitches after Harper's homer. Anthony Rendon stepped to the plate and would send Murphy home on a RBI double to make it 5-0 Nationals.

        In the bottom of the 4th, the Cardinals had their only opportunity to cut into the Washington lead with Scherzer on the hill. Tommy Pham reached base on an error by Adam Lind. One out later, Jedd Gyroko drew one of Scherzer's two walks for the game. Yadier Molina's ground out advanced Pham and Gyroko into scoring position, but Scherzer got Randal Grichuk swinging for the final out of the inning.

        Sacrifice flies from Wilmer Difo and Goodwinn of Mayers padded the National's lead to 7-0 in the 8th. The Cardinals would strike for their only runs in the bottom half off Romero, courtesy of a two run homer from Pham.

        Washington stroked 7 extra base hits, 5 doubles and the 2 home runs from Harper. St. Louis' only extra base hits occurred when they scored in the 8th. A double from Stephen Piscotty and the home run from Pham.

        St. Louis recorded the only 2 double plays of the game

        Final line: Washington 7 runs, 10 hit, 2 errors, St. Louis 2 runs, 5 hits, 1 error

        Next Game: July 3 vs the New York Mets, 6:05 EDT

        Nationals Record: 48-34


        • #79
          Monday, July 3: Nationals 3, Mets 2

          The troublesome state of the Nationals bullpen continues with yet another late inning meltdown. Matt Albers is the latest culprit by allowing a two run, 9th inning home run on a 0-2 count with two outs to Curtis Granderson to tie the game at 2. However, Ryan Raburn bails the bullpen out with a two out, RBI single in the 9th, giving the Nationals the win.

          Both teams starters were in fine form tonight. For the first seven innings, Stephen Strasburg and the Met's Steven Matz matched zeros on the scoreboard in a pitching duel. Strasburg yielded 2 hits, both singles, struck out 6, and walked 3. Matz allowed 4 hits, also only singles, while striking out 4 and walking 2. Despite the great pitching, both Strasburg and Matz received no decisions. After both starters departed, both teams would combine to send in a parade of 8 relief pitchers, 4 from each side. Ultimately, Matt Albers would pick up the win, despite the blown save, and the Met's Paul Sewald would get the the loss.

          The Nationals and Mets each had 1 extra base hit, both of which were home runs. Michael Taylor gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead in the 8th and Granderson's game tying shot in the 9th.

          New York recorded 2 double plays to Washington's 0.

          Final Line: Nationals 3 runs, 5 hits 1 error, Mets 2 runs, 5 hits 1 error

          Next game: July 4 vs New York Mets, 11:05 AM

          Nationals Record: 49-34

          National Notes: Max Scherzer was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for June. Scherzer posted a 3-2 record with a sparkling 0.99 ERA. In 36.1 inning. Scherzer struck out 51, walked 6, allowed 14 hits and held opponents to a .114 batting average. Scherzer has previously won the award in May and June of 2015.

          Scherzer, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Strasburg will each be the Nationals representatives in the All Star Game in Miami on July 11. Harper, Zimmerman and Murphy were each voted in as starters. Anthony Rendon is on the All Star Final Vote, along with the Cub's Kris Bryant, Miami's Justin Bour, Colorado's Mark Reynolds and the Dodger's Justin Turner. Fan voting ends on Thursday at 4:00 PM EDT.


          • #80
            Tuesday, July 4: Nationals 11, Mets 4

            Daniel Murphy continues to punish his former team. The NL All Star starter at 2B went 4 for 5 with 5 RBI's against his old mates. With fellow All Star starter Bryce Harper contributing 2 RBI and last nights hero Ryan Raburn having 2 RBI of his own, Washington makes easy work of the Mets, 11-4. With the victory, the Nationals reach the 50 win plateau.

            Nationals starter Joe Ross would throw 7 innings of 2 run ball, with both runs being solo home runs. Ross would allow 8 hits, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Blake Treinen tossed a scoreless 8th inning. 15 year veteran Oliver Perez would work the 9th inning, giving up a two run home run to Jay Bruce. Ross picks up the win to improve to 5-3.

            On the other side, the Mets would send 5 pitchers to the hill. Starter and losing pitcher Seth Lugo, now 3-2, would labor through 5 innings, surrendering 10 hits, 6 ER and 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. After Lugo, the Met relievers would not fare much better. The combination of Erik Goeddel, Josh Edgin, Neil Ramirez and Chasen Bradford combined to allow 5 runs, all earned, and 4 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings of relief work.

            Despite erupting for 11 runs and banging out 14 hits, the Nationals only managed 2 extra base hits, a double from 3B Stephen Drew and a RBI double from Murphy. The Mets had 3 extra base hits, all home runs. Jose Reyes' lead off home run to open the contest, Rene Rivera's solo shot in the 4th inning and Jay Bruce's two run homer in the 9th inning.

            One double play was recorded when Washington recorded a 6-4-3 double play in the 8th inning.

            Final line: Nationals 11 runs, 14 hits, 0 errors, Mets 4 runs, 11 hits, 1 error

            Next Game: July 5 vs New York Mets, 7:05 PM EDT.

            Nationals Record: 50-34

            National Injury Notes: LF Jayson Werth has been sent to West Palm Beach of the Gulf Coast League in preparation for a rehab assignment. Werth has been on the DL with a left foot bruise since early June and is still expected back sometime after the All Star Break. Should Werth have a rehab assignment at West Palm Beach, it would be the first time Werth has played in the GCL since his first professional season in 1997, after Baltimore selected him in the 1st round that year.

            OF Chris Heisey had a setback in his recovery from a right biceps rupture after playing three rehab games at Triple A Syracuse. A Heisey return does not seem close to fruition. Washington plans to be extra cautious with Heisley, who will continue to rehab at Syracuse.

            More bad news for the beleaguered National's bullpen. Relief pitcher Shawn Kelley has been shut down from throwing after experiencing pain in his neck and upper back area during his first long toss session. The pain has not subsided since the session.
            Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 07-04-2017, 08:25 PM.


            • #81
              Wednesday, July 5: Tonight's game vs the Mets has been postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.

              Next Game: July 6 vs Atlanta, 7:05 EDT


              • #82
                Friday July 7: Nationals 5, Braves 4 (10)

                A nice come from behind victory tonight by the Nationals. Washington appeared headed to their second consecutive defeat to Atlanta as the Nats trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th inning. The Nationals would score 3 in the 9th off Braves closer Jim Johnson to tie the game and would win it in the 10th inning on Daniel Murphy's RBI single.

                Max Scherzer would strike out 10 Braves in 7.2 innings, but he gave up 4 ER and 6 hits. With the score 1-1 in the top half of the 7th, the Braves Freddie Freeman, 2 for 4 with 3 RBI, connected for a solo homer of Scherzer to put the Braves in front, 2-1. Oliver Perez, Scherzer's replacement, would allow 2 inherited runners to score courtesy of a Freeman two run single to make it 4-1 in the 8th. Scherzer would gain a no decision. Matt Albers gained the decision by getting Atlanta's Matt Kemp to ground into an inning ending double play in the 10th that allowed the Nationals to escape a jam. Albers is now 5-1.

                For Atlanta, knuckle baller R.A. Dickey kept the Nationals in check for 7 innings. Dickey wound up with 7 strikeouts, yielding only 3 hits, 1 walk and 1 ER. Dickey held the Nationals hitless for 5 innings until the no-hit bid was broken up by a lead off double from Stephen Drew in the 6th. Drew would come home on a Matt Wieters single to tie the game at 1. Johnson would blow the save chance in the 9th inning for the Bravos with Murphy and All Star snub Anthony Rendon hitting RBI singles and Wieters contributing a sacrifice fly to tie the contest. Former National Ian Krol absorbed the loss for Atlanta after Ryan Zimmerman scored on Murphy's second RBI single of the game in the extra frame.

                Washington totaled just 1 extra base hit, the aforementioned Drew double in the 6th inning. Atlanta had 3 extra base hits, 2 doubles and 1 home run.

                The two teams combined for 3 double plays, 2 from Washington and 1 from Atlanta.

                Final Line: Washington 5 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors, Atlanta 4 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors.

                Next Game: July 8 vs Atlanta, 4:05 EDT

                Nationals Record: 51-35


                • #83
                  Saturday July 8: Braves 13, Nationals 0

                  The Braves pound out 15 hits as they coast to an easy victory over Washington in a game that got out of hand early. Atlanta RF Nick Markakis led the Braves hit parade by going 3 for 5, scoring 4 runs and driving home 5 RBI. Markakis fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle. The Nationals suffer their first shutout defeat of the season.

                  It was not Stephen Strasburg's day. After retiring the side in the 1st inning, Atlanta would strike for 2 runs in the 2nd and 4 runs in the 3rd to end Strasburg's day. Strasburg could also have suffered a potential hip injury when Markakis lined a ball of Strasburg's right hip in the 3rd inning. The final line for Strasburg was an uncharacteristic 3 IP, 6 runs, 3 unearned, 7 hits, 2 walks and 0 strikeouts. Strasburg's record drops to 9-3.

                  Tanner Roark entered the game in the 4th. Roark, not having pitched since June 30, wobbled through 5 innings of long relief, giving up 4 hits and 3 ER. Sammy Solis was roughed up for 4 ER in 0.1 innings as Atlanta batted around in the 9th. Solis' ERA soars to over 14.00. Joe Blanton got the final two outs and was the only Nat's hurler to not allow a run.

                  For the Braves, Julio Teheran shut down the powerful Nationals offense, allowing 4 hits and striking out 5 in 7 innings. Teheran also helped his own cause in the batters box by going 2 for 2 with 3 RBI. Braves relief pitchers Rex Brothers and Akeel Morris each hurled 1 inning apiece.

                  Daniel Murphy's double was the only extra base hit for the Nats. The Braves had 5, with Markakis having a double and a solo home run.

                  Neither team hit into a double play.

                  Final Line: Atlanta 13 runs, 15 hits, 1 error Washington 0 runs, 4 hits, 1 error

                  Next Game: July 9 vs Atlanta, 1:35 EDT

                  Nationals Record: 51-36


                  • #84
                    Sunday July 9: Nationals 10, Braves 5

                    In a battle of the bullpens, the Nationals outlast the Braves to gain a split of this 4 games series. Washington heads into the much needed All Star Break 9.5 games ahead of the second place Braves.

                    Washington would trot out six pitchers during this contest. Joe Ross exited with one out in the 4th inning due to a triceps injury. Ross pitched 3.1 innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 ER, 2 walks and 3 strike outs in a no decision. Freddie Freeman's 3 run homer accounted for Ross' allowed runs. Matt Grace would pick up his first victory of the year despite allowing 2 runs in 2.2 innings of emergency relief. Joe Blanton, Enny Romero, Oliver Perez and Matt Albers kept the Braves off the scoreboard for the final three innings.

                    Atlanta would match Washington by sending six pitchers to the hill themselves. Atlanta starter Sean Newcomb was plagued by control issues and was hit with the loss. Newcomb, now 1-4, had a pitching line of nearly all 4's: 4 IP, 4 hits, 4 ER, 4 walks and 7 strikeouts. Ian Krol did not fare better, going 0.1 innings with 2 ER. Sam Freeman would get roughed up by the Nat's offense to the tune of 3 ER and 4 hits in 0.2 innings.

                    Washington hit 3 extra base hits, all doubles. The Braves hit 4 extra base hits, 2 doubles and 2 home runs. The Braves home runs accounted for 4 of their 5 runs.

                    In the double play department, both clubs hit into 1.

                    Final Line: Washington 10 runs, 12 hits, and 1 error, Atlanta 5 runs, 7 hits and 1 error.

                    Next Game: Friday, July 14 at Cincinnati, 7:10 EDT

                    Nationals Record: 52-36
                    Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 07-09-2017, 06:40 PM.


                    • #85
                      Friday, July 14: Nationals 5, Reds 0

                      In the Queen City, the Nationals begin the second half on a positive note, whitewashing the Reds 5-0.

                      Gio Gonzalez is superb in this outing as he goes to 8-4. Gonzalez strikes out 6 and gives up 4 hits in 8.1 innings of work before giving way to Matt Albers. Albers would struggle, giving up 3 hits to load the bases and getting only 1 out. Matt Grace would throw one pitch to record his first major league save, although it took a great diving catch from 2B Stephen Drew to rob Cincinnati's Tucker Barnhart of a possible 2 run single to preserve the shutout.

                      For Red's starter and former Georgetown Hoya, Tim Adleman, it was a rough night on the mound. In the 1st, Drew and Anthony Rendon connected for back to back two out, RBI singles to put Washington on the scoreboard, 2-0. In the 3rd, Adleman served up the first of Bryce Harper's two home runs, a 2 run blast. Harper would hit his 22nd homer in the 5th off Adleman, a solo bomb. Adleman would only go 4.1 innings, allowing 7 hits, 5 ER, 4 walks, 1 balk and 4 strikeouts and would be tagged with his 7th loss. Four Red relievers, including former Nat Drew Storen, held Washington scoreless for the rest of the contest, surrendering only 2 hits in 4.2 innings.

                      5 extra base hits were banged out by the Nationals compared to the 1 by the Reds. In addition to Harper's 2 home runs, Rendon, Brian Goodwin and Matt Wieters all contributed doubles.

                      Washington had 1 double play to Cincinnati's 0.

                      Final Line: Nationals 5 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors, Reds 0 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors.

                      Next Game: July 15 at Cincinnati, 7:10 EDT

                      Nationals Record: 53-36

                      Nationals Notes: The Nationals continue to juggle their roster in an attempt to remedy their shaky bullpen situation. On Friday, Washington called up pitchers Austin Adams and Trevor Gott and optioned Sammy Solis to Triple A Syracuse. Adams is a 26 year old right handed reliever who has never appeared in the majors. Gott was with the Nationals last month and appeared in 2 games with an astronomical 22.50 ERA, due to a bad outing he had against Atlanta in mid-June.

                      Joe Ross was placed on the 10 day DL with a right elbow strain. Ross had an MRI performed on his elbow and is awaiting the results. Ross had to be removed from his last start on July 9 in the 3rd inning after experiencing discomfort in his shoulder. It seems like Ross' whole arm is in discomfort if his shoulder bothered him and he got an MRI on his elbow.
                      Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 07-14-2017, 10:16 PM.


                      • #86
                        Saturday, July 15: Nationals 10, Reds 7

                        The roster moves from Friday do not work out as Austin Adams and Trevor Gott nearly squander a 10-0 lead. Oliver Perez and Matt Grace bail them out and, behind Anthony Rendon's 6 RBI, Washington hangs on for the win, 10-7.

                        Cruising into the bottom of the 8th with the 10 run lead, Dusty Baker summoned Adams for his Major League debut. An error, a walk, a hit batsman, a bases loaded walk and a RBI single added up to a disastrous MLB debut for Adams. Adams departed without getting an out and an ERA of infinity. Still comfortably ahead 10-2 in the 9th, Gott had his chance to make an impression. 5 batters and 0 outs later, Gott would leave with the Reds cutting the Nationals lead to 10-7. The combined line for Adams and Gott: 0 IP, 6 hits, 7 runs (6 ER), 2 walks, 1 hit batter and 2 return bus tickets to Syracuse.

                        Max Scherzer won for the 11th time this season. The National League All Star Game starter did not have his best command last night, issuing 4 walks in 6 innings. Nonetheless, Scherzer still struck out 10 and allowed just 3 hits. Luis Castillo of Cincinnati was tagged with the loss, allowing 3 ER in 6 innings.

                        Rendon would smack a 2 run homer in the 4th and a grand slam in the 7th, an inning where Washington would plate 7 runs. In addition to Rendon, Ryan Raburn connected for a solo homer. In all, Washington registered 4 extra base hits, while Cincinnati had 2.

                        Cincinnati had the upper hand in double plays, fielding 1 to Washington's 0.

                        Final Line: Nationals 10 runs, 11 hits, 1 error, Reds 7 runs, 9 hits, 1 error

                        Next Game: July 16 at Cincinnati, 1:10 EDT

                        Nationals Record: 54-36

                        Nationals Notes: Baker announced before Saturday's game that P Joe Ross will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Ross' future recovery beyond this year is uncertain. Jacob Turner will take Ross' place in the rotation for now.

                        This is a big loss for the starting rotation. Beyond Scherzer, Strasburg and Gonzalez, the rotation is thin when you factor in Tanner Roark's struggles. Combined with the bullpen mess, GM Mike Rizzo will have tough decisions to make by the trade deadline.
                        Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 07-16-2017, 12:35 AM.


                        • #87
                          Sunday July 16: Nationals 14, Reds 4

                          At Cincinnati, it's home run derby for the Nationals as they swat 5 home runs in a 14-4 rout.

                          Tanner Roark records his first win since June 4 with a quality start. Roark goes 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, 0 of them earned, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. Roark is now 7-6. His counterpart, Cincinnati's Homer Bailey, is victimized for 8 ER in 4 plus innings and his record now stands at 2-3.

                          Daniel Murphy (2 homers), Adam Lind, Anthony Rendon and Jose Lobaton hit the 5 National home runs. Of Washington's 17 hits, 8 of them were for extra bases. Cincinnati had 7 hits, all singles.

                          There was not a double play from either team in this game.

                          Final Line: Nationals 14 runs, 17 hits, 3 errors Reds 4 runs, 7 hits, 1 error

                          Next game: July 17 at Cincinnati, 12:10 EDT for the final game of this four game series

                          Nationals Record: 55-36

                          Nationals Notes: Before the game, the Nationals acquired veteran relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from Oakland for P Blake Treinen, along with prospects P Jesus Luzarado and INF Sheldon Neuse.

                          Doolittle is 1-0 with 3 saves and a 3.38 ERA in 23 games with Oakland this season. In 21.1 innings, the southpaw has struck out 31 and walked only 2. Doolittle made the AL Star team in 2014 on his way to a 22 save season.

                          Madson is 2-4 with 1 save and a 2.06 ERA in 40 appearances with the A's. Madson, a former long time Phillie, has experience closing games, having saved 30 last year with Oakland and 32 in 2011 with the Phillies.


                          • #88
                            Monday, July 18: Nationals, 6 Reds 1

                            Washington completes the four game sweep in Cincinnati and have won 5 in a row. Behind a 5 run 1st inning, the Nationals deliver the early knockout and cruise to a 6-1 victory.

                            Other than a home run from Cincinnati's Eugenio Suarez, Stephen Strasburg was in complete command. Starsburg would fan 11, and allow 4 hits, 1 ER and 1 walk in 7 innings for his 10th win. Joe Blanton and Matt Grace would each pitch an inning of scoreless relief.

                            Red's starter Scott Feldman was in trouble from the get go. The Nationals would bat around in the 1st, punctuated by back to back home runs from Bryce Harper, a 3 run home run, and a Ryan Zimmerman solo shot. Feldman was battered for 5 hits and 5 ER in only 1 inning. Four Red relievers did a commendable job, throwing 8 innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 earned run, and striking out 8.

                            5 extra base hits were hit by the Nationals. Surarez's home run accounted for the lone Red's extra base hit.

                            Washington had the upper hand in double plays with 2, while the Reds had 0.

                            Final Line: Nationals: 6 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors, Reds: 1 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors

                            Next Game: July 19, at Los Angles Angels, 10:07 EDT for the first of a 2 game series.

                            Nationals Record: 56-36

                            Nationals Notes: With his home run today, Zimmerman now holds the Expos/Nationals franchise record for home runs, surpassing Vladimir Guerrero. Zimmerman, the only active player from the inaugural 2005 team, has hit all of his home runs in a National uniform.


                            • #89
                              Tuesday, July 18: Nationals 4, Angels 3 (Late entry as I had to go to bed early for work.)

                              The headline for this series is Bryce Harper vs Mike Trout. Harper would hit a solo homer in the top half of the 1st. Trout countered with his own solo job in the bottom half. Both men would not homer the rest of the night, but Harper's team came out with the victory, 4-3.

                              In his first appearance with the Nationals since 2012, Edwin Jackson began his second tour of duty with Washington in impressive fashion: 7 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 0 walks and 3 strikeouts. Jackson picks up his 1st win of the year. Newly acquired Ryan Madson set down all 3 batters he faced in a scoreless inning of relief in the 8th. The other newcomer, Sean Doolittle, had a shaky debut, issuing a rare walk and a double. With one out and Angel runners in scoring position, Doolittle would get the dangerous Trout to ground out to SS to trim the Nationals lead to 4-3. Albert Pujols then flied out to end the game.

                              Jesse Chavez of the Angels pitched well, going 6 plus innings and giving up 2 ER on 8 hits, walking 0 and fanning 5. Chavez would not factor into the decision, as Cam Bedrosian was saddled with the loss. Ryan Zimmerman would punch in a go ahead single in the 8th off Bedrosian to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead. Adam Lind would welcome Keyan Middleton in the 9th with a lead off home run, giving the Nats the crucial insurance run.

                              3 of the 4 extra base hits by the Nationals were home runs. The Halos would have 3 extra base hits.

                              LA would lead in double plays over Washington, 1-0.

                              Final Line: Nationals, 4 runs, 12 hits, 1 error, Angels 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors

                              Next Game: In progress at Los Angeles Angels. Currently it is 0-0 in the bottom of the 1st.

                              Nationals Record: 57-36


                              • #90
                                Wednesday, July 20: Angels 7, Nationals 0

                                The Nationals win streak of 6 ends with a whimper as they are 1 hit by the Angels, 7-0. Held to no hits for 5.2 innings, the Nationals offense would only get 2 runners on base for the entire game.

                                National's starter Gio Gonzalez labored through 5.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks and was charged with 4 ER. A single, walk and a RBI single from Albert Pujols in the 1st set the tone for Gonzalez's night. Gonzalez's record is now 8-5.

                                Meanwhile, a former Washington 1st round pick would haunt his former organization. Alex Meyer, looking like Walter Johnson, would stifle the potent Nat's offense to 1 hit and a walk over 7 innings. Meyer was pitching a perfect game for 4.2 innings until Anthony Rendon walked. Brian Goodwin's two out double in the 6th broke Meyer's no hit bid. The 6'9 Meyer gains the victory.

                                The Goodwin double was the lone Washington extra base hit. C.J Cron and Mike Trout each hit 2 run homers to account for the Angels 2 extra base hits.

                                Neither the Angels or the Nationals hit into a double play.

                                Final Line: Angels: 7 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error

                                Next Game: Friday, July 21 at Arizona, 9:40 EDT

                                Nationals Record: 57-37


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