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  • #91
    Friday, July 21: Diamondbacks 6, Nationals 5

    Arizona immediately pounced on National's starter Max Scherzer in the 1st inning with 3 consecutive home runs from their first 3 batters, David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb. Eventually, the Diamondbacks would expand their lead to 5-0 after 2 innings. Washington chipped away at the deficit until finally tying the game in the 8th inning. Brandon Drury's RBI single in the bottom of the 9th off Enny Romero gave the Diamondbacks the win.

    Scherzer would work 5 innings, giving up 8 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks and 9 strike outs in a no decision. Joe Blanton, Matt Grace and Ryan Madson kept the Nationals in the game by combining for 3 innings of scoreless relief. Romero, the losing pitcher, yielded a lead off triple, 2 intentional walks, and Drury's game winning hit in 0.1 innings.

    Five pitchers would go the mound for Arizona. Starter Zack Godley's line in a no decision would be 5.2 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks and 10 strikeouts. Fernando Rodney was credited with the victory after retiring the side in the top of the 9th.

    The Diamondbacks held the advantage in extra base hits with 8. The Nationals garnered 5.

    Final Line: Diamondbacks: 6 runs, 12 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 5 runs, 8 hits, 0 errors.

    Next game: Tonight, July 22, at Arizona, 8:10 EDT. Tanner Roark takes the hill for the Nats vs Anthony Banda, who will be making his MLB debut.

    Nationals Record: 57-38


    • #92
      Saturday, July 22: Nationals 4, Diamondbacks 3

      The game got hairy at the end, but the Nats slip by the Diamondbacks to even the 3 game series.

      In another encouraging start, Nationals starter Tanner Roark strikes out 11 and allows 2 runs and 3 hits over 7 innings. Roark improves to 8-6. Ryan Madson worked a scoreless 8th, despite a double from last night's hero, Brandon Drury. Things would become dicey in the 9th with Sean Doolittle. Doolittle issued a lead off walk to Arizona's Jake Lamb. A throwing error by Anthony Rendon sent Lamb to 3rd base. Instead of becoming unglued by the error, Doolittle beared down and got PH Paul Goldschmidt out on a sacrifice fly. Chris Owings flied out the 2nd out and Doolittle struck out Katel Marte for the final out of the contest.

      For Arizona, 23 year old Anthony Banda would make his big league debut. Bryce Harper would extend his hitting streak to 15 games by ripping a Banda curveball to CF for a towering solo home run in the 1st. Six of the seven hits Washington had off of Banda were for extra bases. Banda' would finish with 5.2 IP, 7 hits, 4 runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts and the loss. While Banda's line wasn't great, he displayed control and some good pitches in his debut. Four Diamondback relief pitchers held the Nationals scoreless over the last 3.1 innings.

      The Nationals hammer 6 extra base hits, while the Diamondbacks hit 2.

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

      Next Game: July 23 at Arizona, 4:10 EDT, to conclude their 9 game road trip.

      Nationals Record: 58-38

      Nationals Notes: Ryan Zimmerman is now the all time franchise leader in doubles with 361. His RBI double in the 6th surpassed Montreal's Tim Wallach. Earlier in the week at Cincinnati, Zimmerman became the franchise's all time home run leader.
      Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 07-22-2017, 09:45 PM.


      • #93
        Apologies for the late entry. My father is in town and I have work, which have prevented me from posting these recaps in a timely manner.

        Sunday July 23: Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 2

        The Nationals take two of three from a good Diamondbacks club and complete a successful 7-2 road trip. The victory yesterday was dampened by Stephen Strasburg's early exit due to a stiff forearm. Strasburg's status for his next start on Saturday is questionable.

        Washington batted around in the 1st inning, scoring 4 runs of former National farmhand and 2017 All Star, Robbie Ray. Ray would get hit hard, giving up 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, and 2 walks in 5 innings. Ray's record drops to 9-5.

        After Stasburg's early departure (2 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts), Matt Grace entered in the 3rd. After getting the first six Diamondbacks in order, Grace ran into trouble in the 5th, courtesy of consecutive RBI singles by Katel Marte and David Peralta. Grace would get yanked after Peralta's RBI. With Arizona ready to strike for more runs with runners at the corners, Joe Blanton got the final two outs of the inning and was rewarded with his first victory of 2017.

        With two home runs from Brian Goodwin and Wilmer Difo, Washington had the advantage in extra base hits, 2-0. Both homers were solo shots.

        Final Line: Nationals: 6 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors, Diamondbacks, 2 runs, 6 hits, 1 error

        Next Game: July 25 vs Milwaukee, 7:05 EDT

        Nationals Record: 59-38

        Nationals Notes: OF Chris Heisley was placed on the 10 DL due to a strained groin and OF Ryan Radburn was placed on the the bereavement list. OF Andrew Stevenson and C Pedro Severino were called up from Triple A Syracuse to take their roster spots. In order to make room on the 40 man roster for Stevenson, LF Jayson Werth was transferred to the 60 day DL. Stevenson made his debut yesterday as pinch hitter and stayed in the game as the left fielder. Stevenson went 0 for 2.
        Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 07-24-2017, 08:55 PM.


        • #94
          Tuesday, July 25: Brewers 8, Nationals 0

          Losers of seven of their last eight games, the Brewers come into Washington and blank the Nationals 8-0. A potential playoff opponent, Milwaukee retains its slight half game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central.

          Washington did not look like a playoff team tonight. The Brewers started their scoring in the 2nd by playing small ball. A rare suicide squeeze by Milwaukee starting pitcher Zach Davies scored Manny Pina for the Brewers first run. A costly throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman opened the gates to 4 more Milwaukee runs in the 4th, a Ryan Braun RBI single and a 3 run home run from Travis Shaw. Zimmerman's error seemed to deflate the Nats. Back to back home runs from Marcus Thames and Pina to open the 5th inning put the Brew Crew in complete command, 7-0. Milwaukee rounded out the scoring with a RBI single from Domingo Santana in the 8th.

          The Nationals only could muster 5 hits, but they had chances in the first 2 innings to score with the game still in doubt. Stephen Drew would draw a walk with 1 out in the 1st. Drew took 2nd on a passed ball with Bryce Harper at the plate. Harper would strike out and Zimmerman grounded out to end the threat. In the 2nd, Anthony Rendon hit a 1 out double, but he would be stranded when Adam Lind and Matt Wieters both failed to come through with a hit. Washington went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

          Losing pitcher Edwin Jackson, 1-1 on the year, would go 5 innings, allowing 7 runs, 3 ER, 3 walks and 3K's. Davies of Milwaukee pitches 7.2 innings, striking out 7, yielding 3 hits and 3 walks. With the bat, Davies has an RBI and a run scored. Davies won-loss record is 12-4, despite an ERA of well over 4.

          The Brewers and the Nationals were even in extra base hits with 3 each.

          Final Line: Brewers: 8 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 0 runs, 5 hits, 1 error

          Next Game: Wednesday, July 26 vs Milwaukee, 7:05 EDT

          Nationals Record: 59-39


          • #95
            Wednesday, July 26: Nationals 8, Brewers 5

            Erupting for seven runs in the 8th inning, the Nationals erase a 2-1 deficit to win, 8-5. Washington becomes the third team in baseball to pick up 60 wins, following Houston and the LA Dodgers.

            For the first 6.1 innings, Brewer's starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson completely shut down the Nationals offense. With one out in the 7th, Daniel Murphy ended the National's 17 inning scoreless drought with a solo home run to cut the Brewer's lead to one run. Nelson would go 7 plus innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 10 strikeouts in a no decision. Jacob Barnes was tagged with the loss, going 0.1 innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 runs. The Nationals would take batting practice against Barnes' successor, Jared Hughes. In 0.1 innings, the Nationals lit Hughes up for 4 hits, three of them RBI doubles, 4 runs, 1 walk and 1 strikeout to put the finishing touches on their seven run rally in the 8th.

            Gio Gonzalez of Washington settled into a groove after a shaky 1st inning. The southpaw, in a no decision, went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs in the 1st inning, 5 hits, 1 walk and 8 punch outs. Ryan Madson, with the help of a strike out- caught stealing double play, went 1 inning to pick up his first victory in a National uniform. The man who came along with Madson from Oakland, Sean Doolittle, had problems. Entering the game with the Nationals ahead, 8-2, Doolittle issued a walk,served up a 2 run homer, surrendered a RBI double, and uncorked a wild pitch in 1 inning.

            The Nationals and Brewers both clubbed 5 extra base hits.

            Final Line: Nationals: 8 runs,10 hits, 1 error, Brewers: 5 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors

            Next Game: Thursday, July 27 vs Milwaukee, 12:05 EDT

            Nationals Record: 60-39

            National Notes: P Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 10 day DL due to a nerve impingement in his right forearm. Nationals top pitching prospect Erick Fedde was called up and will start on Saturday in place of Strasburg.


            • #96
              Thursday, July 27: Nationals 15, Brewers 2

              The Nationals crush the slumping Brewers,15-2, behind a franchise record tying 8 home runs. Washington walloped 4 consecutive home runs, and 5 total, in a seven run 3rd inning. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman led the way with two homers each.

              The run support was a great birthday present for 33 year old Max Scherzer. For the sixth year in a row, Scherzer strikes out 200 batters. Scherzer notches his 12th win, striking out 9 in 6 innings and allowing 3 hits and 1 run. Enny Romero was nicked for a run in the 7th, but Matt Grace and Matt Albers each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game.

              Making his first Major League start after 108 straight games out of the bullpen, Milwaukee's Michael Blazek was torched for 7 hits, 6 home runs, and 8 runs in 2.1 innings. Blazek set a dubious record by becoming the first starting pitcher in Major League history to allow 6 home run in less than 3 innings. Former Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta wasn't better. The Nats pounded Peralta for 8 hits, 7 runs, and 2 home runs in 1.2 IP. With the game so far out of hand, Brewers manager Craig Counsell elected not to further waste his bullpen and put a position player on the mound. Starting LF Herman Perez would surrender the first big league hit to Andrew Stevenson. Otherwise, Perez gave up no runs in his 1 inning of mop up duty.

              With all of the home runs, the Nationals easily won the extra base hit competition, 12-2. Harper, (2 homers), Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Zimmerman (2 homers), Anthony Rendon, and Jose Lobaton each hit the National's four baggers.

              The Nationals and Brewers were even in double plays with 1.

              Final Line: Nationals: 15 runs, 19 hits, 0 errors, Brewers: 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error

              Next Game: Friday, July 28 vs Colorado, 7:05 EDT

              Nationals Record: 61-39


              • #97
                Friday, July 28: Game postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on Sunday as a day/ night doubleheader.

                Next Game: Saturday, July 29 vs Colorado, 7:05 EDT


                • #98
                  Saturday, July 29: Rockies 4, Nationals 2

                  Colorado plates 2 runs in the 2nd and 5th innings to prevail, 4-2. Winning pitcher German Marguez took a perfect game into the 6th inning before it was broken up by Matt Wieters. Howie Kendrick, in his Nationals debut, followed with a pinch hit double. Wilmer Difo drove home both Wieters and Kendrick with a 2 run single. Marquez would strike out 10 in 6 innings, holding Washington to those 3 hits.

                  Tanner Roark has a shoddy performance. Exhibiting poor control, Roark issued 4 walks in 5 innings. Two of Colorado four runs were attributed to Roark's walks, a Trevor Story 2 run homer in the 2nd and Gerardo Parra's RBI double in the 6th.

                  Final Line: Rockies 4 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors

                  Next Game: Sunday, July 30 vs Colorado for a day/night doubleheader. Game 1, 1:35 EDT, Game 2, 7:05 EDT

                  Nationals Record: 61-40


                  • #99
                    Sunday, July 30, Game 1: Rockies 10, Nationals 6.

                    Ryan Zimmerman surpasses Frank Howard as the all time home run king in Washington D.C. baseball history, but the Rockies hold off the Nationals, 10-6.

                    In his MLB debut, Nationals starter Erick Fedde is pummeled for 10 hits, 7 runs, 5 of them earned, in just 4 innings. Colorado SP Kyle Freeland did just enough to get the win, going 5 innings, with the Nationals collecting 9 hits, 4 runs and 2 home runs off the rookie southpaw.

                    Zimmerman and the hot Wilmer Difo each had 3 hits, with Zimmerman hitting a pair of home runs and Difo hitting one homer. Doing the most damage for the Rockies was the top of the order, Charlie Blackmon, D.J. LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado. Blackmon was 4 of 5 with 4 runs scored and a RBI. LeMahieu goes 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Arenado had a perfect day, tallying 3 hits in 3 AB, 2 walks and 2 RBI.

                    Final Line: Rockies: 10 runs, 16 hits, 1 error, Nationals: 6 runs, 13 hits, 1 error

                    Next Game: Game 2 of the day/night double which was just completed with the Nationals winning.

                    Nationals Record: 61-41


                    • Sunday July 30, Game 2: Nationals 3, Rockies 1

                      The Nationals take the second game of the doubleheader and avert a series sweep, doubling up the Rockies 3-1.

                      Edwin Jackson and Colorado starter Jon Gray engaged in a pitching duel through the first 4 innings, with Gray no hitting the Nationals into the 5th inning. Gray would lose his no hit bid when Anthony Rendon led off the 5th with a single. Gray strikes out 8 over 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 3 runs in a losing cause. Jackson would have a fine outing with a line of 7 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts to pick up his 2nd victory. Sean Doolittle retired all three batters he faced in the 9th for his 6th save.

                      Colorado would take a 1-0 lead in the 5th when Gray drew a 2 out walk. Gerardo Parra would drive in Gray with a RBI single. The Nationals quickly answered back in the bottom half. Rendon led off with the single that broke up Gray's no hitter. In what proved to be the difference maker, Adam Lind followed with a 2 run home run to put Washington in front for good. Brian Goodwin would connect for a solo homer later in the inning to make it 3-1.

                      Final Line: Nationals: 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, Rockies: 1 run, 4 hits, 0 errors

                      Next Game: Monday July 31, at Miami, 7:10 EDT.

                      Nationals Record: 62-41


                      • Monday, July 31: Nationals 1, Marlins 0

                        Gio Gonzalez carries a no-hitter into the 9th before being broken up by Dee Gordon's lead off single. Meanwhile, the Nationals struggle offensively by plating 1 run and 3 hits. Nonetheless, the Nationals eek of the victory.

                        Bryce Harper drove in the only run off hard luck losing pitcher, Jose Urena (8 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts). Harper's RBI single scored Brian Goodwin in the 6th for the only run of the game.

                        After giving up Gordon's single in the 9th, Gonzalez was relieved by Sean Doolittle, who would face the meat of the Marlins order. A Christian Yellich single off Doolittle was sandwiched around a Giancarlo Stanton double play and a Marcell Ozuna pop out. Gonzalez earns his 9th win by hurling 8 plus innings, allowing 1 hit 0 runs, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.

                        Final Line: Nationals: 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, Marlins: 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors.

                        Next Game: August 1 at Miami, 7:10 EDT

                        Nationals Record: 63-41


                        • Tuesday, August 1: Marlins 7, Nationals 6

                          The National's middle relief rears its ugly head once again as it turns a 6-0 lead into a 7-6 defeat. Starter Max Scherzer had to leave the game after throwing a warm up pitch in the 2nd due to neck spasms.

                          Before Scherzer exited, he would help himself at the plate by hitting a 3 run homer to give the Nationals a 4-0 lead. Newcomer Howie Kendrick would blast a 2 run homer to cap off the Nat's 6 run second inning. Kendrick would go 5 for 5 with 2 RBI for the night.

                          With Scherzer gone, the Marlins began chipping away at Washington's 6 run lead. Miami scored 1 run in the third, 2 in the fourth and 4 in the sixth. The Marlins grabbed the lead for good in the 6th, highlighted by Marcell Ozuna's 3 run home run and Derek Dietrich's RBI triple. Matt Albers would be the eventual losing pitcher.

                          Final Line: Marlins: 7 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 6 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors.

                          Next Game: August 2 at Miami, 7:10 EDT

                          Nationals Record: 63-42


                          • Wednesday, August 2: Marlins 7, Nationals 0

                            This contest was all Miami. Paced by Dee Gordon's 3 hits and Christian Yelich's 3 RBI, the Marlins easily dispose of the Nationals 7-0. Washington gathers only 4 hits the entire evening.

                            Miami's Vance Worley befuddles the Nats for 7 innings, allowing 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 3 strikeouts. The bespectacled Worley, who was released by Washington at the end of spring training, tallies his first victory. Nationals starter A.J. Cole is hit with the loss. Cole goes 5 innings, allowing 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts and 2 long balls.

                            Final Line: Marlins: 7 runs, 10 hits, 1 error, Nationals: 0 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors

                            Next Game: Friday, August 4 at the Chicago Cubs, 2:20 EDT

                            Nationals Record: 63-43

                            National Notes: Enny Romero left tonight's game with a forearm strain. A trip to the DL seems likely for the lefty reliever, according to Dusty Baker's post game comments.

                            Brandon Kintzler reported to the team before the game and saw his first game action pitching for the Nationals. Coming on in the bottom of the 7th with two outs, Kintzler struck out the first batter he faced, Ichiro. The veteran reliever fared well in his Nat's debut, striking out 2 and not allowing a base runner in 1.1 innings.
                            Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 08-02-2017, 09:23 PM.


                            • Friday, August 4: Nationals 4, Cubs 2

                              A solid victory by the Nationals this afternoon at chilly Wrigley Field. Tanner Roark throws 6.1 innings of 5 hit, 2 run ball to pick up his 9th win. Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle nail down the victory with 2.2 innings of shutout ball. Chicago's Kyle Hendricks suffers the loss, going 7 innings, striking out 5, yielding 5 hits and 3 runs.

                              Daniel Murphy was 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. He would put Washington ahead in the first inning with a 2 run home run. Leading off in the sixth, Murphy victimized Hendricks again with another home run, this one solo. Recently acquired Howie Kendrick continued his strong play by going 2 for 4, scoring 2 runs and a recording a stolen base.

                              Final Line: Nationals: 4 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors, Cubs: 2 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors.

                              Next Game: Saturday, August 5 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 ET

                              Nationals Record: 64-43

                              National Notes: Max Scherzer will not start this Sunday at Chicago due to his neck stiffness. Stepping into Scherzer's place on Sunday will be Erick Fedde, who will make his second major league start. Scherzer is gunning to start on Monday vs the Marlins.

                              There is not yet a timetable for Stephen Strasburg's return. On the DL since July 27 with a nerve impingement in his right elbow, Strasburg is not sure when he will be able to pitch again.

                              Gio Gonzalez will miss his start on Saturday due to being on paternity leave. Edwin Jackson will start on Saturday in place of Gonzalez.

                              As expected, reliever Enny Romero was put on the DL with a forearm strain suffered in Wednesday's loss at Miami. Sammy Solis has been recalled from Triple A Syracuse to fill Romero's roster spot.


                              • Saturday, August 5: Cubs 7, Nationals 4

                                Spurred by a four run first inning, the Cubs dispatch the Nationals 7-4. Alex Avila and Wilson Contreras of the Cubs provided the decisive blows with a home runs apiece, each two run jobs.

                                Starter Edwin Jackson, filling in for Gio Gonzalez, would settle down after the first inning, but it was not enough to avoid picking up the loss. Jackson went 5 innings, giving up 6 hits, 4 runs, 0 walks and 8 strikeouts. Middle relievers Matt Grace and Matt Albers combined to give up 3 runs in 1.1 innings. In his first appearance since his recall from Triple A Syracuse, Sammy Solis tossed 1.2 innings, striking out 4. The winner for the North Siders was John Lackey. In 5 innings, Lackey allowed 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Wade Davis recorded his 23rd save by striking out tying run Bryce Harper to end the contest.

                                Avila, recently acquired by Chicago from Detroit, and Contreras teamed for 5 RBI. Contreras produced an RBI single in the first and Avila would connect for a two run homer one out later. A two run home run from Contreras extended the Cubs lead to 6-3 in the sixth. For the Nationals, Bryce Harper rocketed a solo home run in the first of the right field scoreboard to hand the Nats a 1-0 edge. Harper scored 2 runs on a 2 for 5 day. Matt Wieters was 2 for 2 with 1 RBI before his ejection in the middle of the sixth for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire, Chad Whitson.

                                Final Line: Cubs: 7 runs, 9 hits, 2 errors, Nationals: 4 runs, 7 hits, 1 error.

                                Next Game: Sunday, August 6 at the Chicago Cubs for the rubber match, 2:20 ET.

                                Nationals Record: 64-44


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