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  • Sunday August 20: Nationals 4, Padres 1

    Gio Gonzalez win his fourth in a row, overcoming two of three fielding errors that the Nationals committed in the game. Gonzalez throws 121 pitches, with over 30 in the first, for a line of 6.2 IP, 5 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts. Sean Doolittle strikes out the side in the ninth for the save. For San Diego, starter Dinelson Lamet is the losing pitcher. Lamet strikes out 8, but walks 6 in 4.2 innings, with the Nationals scoring 3 runs off him.

    Washington scoring consisted of Daniel Murphy's game tying, sacrifice fly in the third and the go ahead single in the fifth. Adam Lind's RBI double later in the inning increased the Nationals lead to 3-1. In the eighth, PH Howie Kendrick's force out scored pinch runner Edwin Jackson to make it 4-1.

    Final Line: Nationals: 3 runs, 5 hits, 3 errors, Padres: 1 run, 5 hits, 1 error

    Next Game: Tuesday, August 22 at Houston, 8:10 ET

    Nationals Record: 74-48


    • Tuesday, August 20: Nationals 4, Astros 3

      Facing the best team in the American League, the Nationals squeeze by the Astros, 4-3. Matt Wieters and Howie Kendrick each have two RBI.

      Despite giving up single runs in the first three innings, starter Tanner Roark becomes the fourth Nationals starting pitcher to win 10 games this year. In 5.2 innings pitched, Roark surrendered 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 of them earned, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. For Houston, veteran Charlie Morton allows 5 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in 6 innings for the loss.

      Houston jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage courtesy of RBI singles from Josh Reddick and Derek Fisher. Following Kendrick's two run triple in the third to even the score, Reddick put the Astros back in front with another run scoring single in the bottom half. The Nationals would take the lead for good in the fourth on Wieters' two out, two run home run. Houston had a chance to tie the game in the eighth when they loaded the bases with one out. However, Nat's reliever Brandon Kintzler got the slow footed Max Stassi to bounce into an inning ending double play.

      Final Line: Nationals: 4 runs, 6 hits, 1 error, Astros: 3 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors

      Next Game: Wednesday, August 21 at Houston, 8:10 ET

      Nationals Record: 75-48


      • Wednesday, August 23: Astros 6, Nationals 1

        Jake Marsinick, Max Stassi and Alex Bregman home runs account for five of Houston's six runs. Astro starting pitcher Mike Fiers came into this game having given up 30 home runs in 133.1 IP this year. Tonight, Fiers gave up none to pick up his 8th win. Fiers was on top of his game, hurling 7 innings of 4 hit, 1 run ball.

        Edwin Jackson did the best that he could with the National's lethargic offense doing him no favors. In another quality start, Jackson went 6 innings, allowed 6 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 1 strikeout in picking up the loss. Matt Grace and Shawn Kelly failed to keep the Astros at bay in the eighth with Washington down by only a run, The two relievers combine to allow 3 home runs and 5 runs during the frame, putting the game out of reach for the Nats.

        Final Line: Astros: 6 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors, Nationals 1 run, 5 hits, 1 error

        Next Game: Thursday, August 24 at Houston, 8:10 ET

        Nationals Record: 75-49


        • Thursday, August 24: Nationals 5, Astros 4 (11)

          The Nationals escape Houston with a fortunate extra inning victory. Dusty Baker has to be questioned on his decision to flip flop Brandon Kintzler and Sean Doolitle from their respective roles. Heading into the eighth with 3-0 cushion, Doolittle, usually the closer, was summoned for set up work. Doolittle gave up a run scoring single to Brian McCann before being bailed out by a double play. Kintzler, usually the set up man, came on to close the game in the ninth. Josh Reddick's RBI single and Yuli Gurriel's RBI double sent the game into extra innings.

          Wasted was a strong showing from Stephen Strasburg. Shutting down the potent Astro offense, Strasburg permitted just 3 hits, no runs and 7 strikeouts in 6 innings. Matt Albers would get the win to improve to 7-2. Sammy Solis again makes things difficult for himself in picking up his 1st save as J.D. Davis led off the eleventh with a home run.

          Meanwhile, Dallas Keuchel of the Astros has an outing that is just okay by his standards. Keuchel hurls 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Former longtime National Tyler Clippard, on his third team this year, is saddled with the loss. Clippard surrendered a RBI single to Matt Wieters and a sacrifice fly to Anthony Rendon in the eleventh.

          Final Line: Nationals: 5 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors, Astros: 4 runs, 9 hits, 1 error

          Next Game: Friday, August 25 vs NY Mets, 7:05 ET

          Nationals Record: 76-49


          • Friday, August 25: Mets 4, Nationals 2

            Players Weekend features players from all MLB teams sporting their nicknames in lieu of their last names on the back of their jerseys. A few National players could have displayed names such as Sleepy, Snoozing and Slumber after their flight back from Houston arrived at 4:30 AM Friday. The Nationals, tired or not, fall to the Mets, 4-2.

            In a dominant performance, Jacob deGrom fires 10 strikeouts over 7.2 innings of 1 run ball to earn his 14th win. Ex-Marlin A.J. Ramos walks a tightrope for his 24th save, wiggling out of a one out, bases loaded jam in the ninth. Another A.J., A.J. Cole, has a good start for the Nationals, with a line of 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 4 walks and 8 strikeouts in a losing cause. Matt Grace (1.1 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs) and Joe Blanton ( 1.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 run) continue to plead their case to be left off of the postseason roster.

            Adam Lind and Wilmer Difo each led the Nationals with 2 hits, with Lind cracking his 10th home run. Daniel Murphy, usually good for two to four hits against his former team, was 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. Overall, the Nationals were a dismal 1 for 7 with RISP. The Mets converted almost half of their opportunities, going 4 for 9.

            Final Line: Mets: 4 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 2 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors

            Next Game: Saturday, August 26 vs NY Mets, 4:05 ET

            Nationals Record: 76-50


            • Saturday, August 26: Nationals 9, Mets 4

              Washington jumps out to an early 5-0 advantage and never looks back in today's win. Howie Kendrick, Wilmer Difo, Anthony Rendon, Adam Lind, Michael Taylor and Adrian Sanchez all have multi hit games and combine for 8 RBI. Sanchez had to exit the game in the eighth after Met reliever Jeurys Familia hit Sanchez with a pitch.

              Picking up his 13th victory on the year, Gio Gonzalez now leads the National's pitching staff in wins. Gio posts a line of 6.2 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Matt Albers goes 0.1 inning by recording the last out of the seventh. Matt Kintler has his second straight poor showing, allowing the Mets to score 2 runs on 4 hits in 1 inning. Oliver Perez finishes with a scoreless ninth.

              Swallowing the loss for the Mets was starter Robert Gsellman, now 5-6. Hitting the showers early, Gsellman works only 4 innings, giving up 9 hits, 6 runs, 2 of them earned, 2 walks, and 1 strikeout. The 4 unearned runs can be credited to Gsellman's error in the first. Faring better were relievers Chasen Bradford and Josh Smoker who teams to hold the Nationals scoreless. Familia entered in the eighth and was wild, walking 2, hitting Sanchez with a pitch. Overall, Familia threw 1 inning, with 4 hits and 3 runs allowed.

              Final Line: Nationals: 9 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors, Mets: 4 runs, 11 hits, 1 error

              Next Game: Sunday, August 27 vs NY Mets, Day/Night doubleheader. First game: 1:05 ET. Second game: 8:10 ET

              Nationals Record: 77-50


              • Sunday August 27: Mets 6, Nationals 5 (Game 1 of doubleheader)

                Joe Blanton serves up an eighth inning home run to Mets SS Amed Rosario, which turns out to be the difference in a deflating 6-5 loss. The Nats had battled back from a 5-0 hole to tie it in the seventh before Rosario's dinger. The game ended when PR Edwin Jackson was thrown out at the plate trying to score the tying run.

                Starters Erick Fedde and the Met's Tommy Milone factored into the decision. Fedde, seeing a decrease in velocity on some of his pitches, manages 6 IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Milone, a former National back in 2011, works 4.1 innings, with 6 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 6 K's. New York's Jerry Blevins blows the save, but picks up the win to run his record to a perfect 6-0. A.J. Ramos escapes with his 25th save with 3 hits and a walk allowed in 2 IP. Blanton is the loser, now 2-3

                Final Line: Mets: 6 runs, 9 hits, 1 error, Nationals: 5 runs, 14 hits, 0 errors

                Nationals Record: 77-51


                • Sunday: August 27: Nationals 5, Mets 4 (Game 2 of doubleheader)

                  The Nationals gain a split of this doubleheader getting by the pesky Mets, 5-4.

                  Tanner Roark punches out 9 Mets in 6 innings to gain his 11th victory. Sean Doolittle holds on for his 16th save, allowing 3 hits and a run in the ninth. In a no decision, New York starter Seth Lugo can't make it out of the fourth inning, pitching 3.2 innings, with 4 hits and 2 runs scored. Hansel Robles of the Mets faces 5 batters, walking 3, giving up 1 hit and 2 runs in the sixth for his 5th loss.

                  Anthony Rendon and Wilmer Dido gathered 2 hits apiece. Rendon was 2 of 3 with an RBI, his 80th of the season. Adam Lind had 2 RBI, including an eighth inning homer that provided the Nationals an insurance run that was needed. Jose Reyes (3 for 5, 1 run and 1 RBI), Juan Lagares (2 of 5, 1 run and 1 RBI) and Brandon Nimmo (2 for 4, 1 run, and 2 RBI) lead the Mets in hitting.

                  Final Line: Nationals: 5 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, Mets: 4 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors

                  Next Game: Monday, August 28 vs Miami, 7:05 ET

                  Nationals Record: 78-51


                  • Monday, August 28: Nationals 11, Marlins 2

                    Max Scherzer returns from the DL and picks up right where he left off, striking out 10 over 7 innings. Showing no ill effects from his neck problems, Scherzer wins his 13th to cool off the hot Marlins. Giancarlo Stanton, the NL Player of the week, struck out 2 times in 3 hitless at bats vs Scherzer. The only Miami run off Scherzer was a Christian Yelich homer in the fourth. Miami's Jose Urena is tagged with his first road loss this season as the Nats chased him after 4 innings. Dustin McGowan and Justin Nicolino fare worse with the Nationals scoring 7 runs off the two Miami relievers.

                    Playing for the first time in two and a half months, Jayson Werth went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. In the fourth, Werth answered Yelich's homer with a two run blast off Urena. Washington batted around in a six run, sixth inning punctuated by Howie Kendrick's three run triple, a RBI single from Daniel Murphy and a two run single from Matt Wieters. Seemingly sparked by Werth's and Scherzer's returns, the entire starting lineup, with the exception of Scherzer, collected at least one hit.

                    Final Line: Nationals: 11 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors, Marlins: 2 runs, 8 hits, 1 error

                    Next Game: Tuesday, August 29 vs Miami, 7:05 ET

                    Nationals Record: 79-51


                    • Tuesday, August 29: Nationals 8, Marlins 3

                      The cavalry is slowly returning. The Nationals welcome back another important cog in SS Trea Turner. Missing two months due to a broken right wrist, Turner doubled, walked and scored a run in 4 at bats in the Nationals 8-3 victory.

                      For the second consecutive game, the entire starting lineup, including SP Edwin Jackson, recorded at least one hit. Daniel Murphy was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and Anthony Rendon was 2 of 3 with 1 walk and 4 RBI. For Miami, Giancarlo Stanton smacked his 51st home run in the first and a sacrifice fly in the fifth for two of the three Marlins runs.

                      Washington would send five pitchers to the mound. Before tiring in the seventh, Jackson struck out 5, walked 4 and allowed 6 hits and 3 runs, 2 earned, in 6 plus innings for his 5th victory. The unearned run was of Jackson's doing as his throwing error on a Dee Gordon sacrifice bunt plated a run in the seventh. Oliver Perez and Matt Albers bailed Jackson out to escape the quandary without further damage. Brandon Kintzler, after two poor appearances, rebounded with a scoreless eighth and Sean Doolittle, despite giving up 2 hits, worked a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.

                      All two of Miami's Vance Worley's victories this year have come against the Nationals, but Worley wouldn't come close to a third on this night. Worley was punished by Washington to the beat of 9 hits, 5 runs and 3 walks in 4.1 innings for his fourth loss. Lefty Jarlin Garcia didn't permit a run in 1.2 IP, striking out 2. Junichi Tazawa surrendered a two out, three run double to Rendon in the seventh that gave the Nats more breathing room. Brian Ellington was the final Miami pitcher of the game, striking out the side in the eighth.

                      Final Line: Nationals: 8 runs, 12 hits, 1 error, Marlins: 3 runs, 8 hits, 1 error

                      Next Game: Wednesday, August 30 vs Miami, 4:05 ET

                      Nationals Record: 80-51


                      • Wednesday, August 30: Nationals 4, Marlins 0

                        Stephen Strasburg overwhelms Miami with a complete game shutout, yielding 6 hits, walking 1 and fanning 8 for his 11th win. It is Strasburg's second career complete game and second career shutout. Helping himself at the dish, Strasburg was 2 for 4, with his fifth inning home run breaking a scoreless draw. Adam Conley of Miami suffers the loss, pitching 6 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and striking out 3.

                        Scoring consisted of solo homers from Strasburg and Wilmer Difo in the fifth. In the seventh, Anthony Rendon grounded a double down the right field line to score Trea Turner to up the Nationals lead to 3-0. In the eighth, PR Alejandro De Aza scored on a pass ball by Marlins C A.J. Ellis to make it 4-0. The only highlight for Miami was 1B J.T. Realmuto, who was 3 for 4 and came within a home run of hitting for the cycle.

                        Final Line: Nationals: 4 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors, Miami: 0 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors

                        Next Game: Thursday, August 31 at Milwaukee, 8:10 ET

                        Nationals Record: 81-51
                        Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 08-30-2017, 08:36 PM.


                        • Thursday, August 31: Brewers 6, Nationals 3

                          WP: Zach Davies (16-7) LP: Gio Gonzalez (13-6) Save: Corey Knebel (31)

                          Final Line: Brewers 6 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 3 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors

                          Nationals Record: 81-52


                          • Friday, September 1: Brewers 1, Nationals 0

                            Tanner Roark and his Milwaukee counterpart, Jimmy Nelson, lock horns in an impressive pitching duel, with both starters combining for 21 strikeouts. But Neil Walker's first inning home run spoils Roark's great outing and sends Washington to their second straight loss.

                            Handed the hard luck loss, Roark logs 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 walk and 10 strikeouts. Roark's record dips to 11-9. Nelson goes 7 innings himself, with 3 singles allowed, 0 runs, 3 walks and 11 strikeouts. The Nationals best shot at scoring occurred in the third with the bases loaded and one out. Strikeouts to Howie Kendrick and Jayson Werth ended the lone Nationals threat.

                            Final Line: Brewers: 1 run, 6 hits, 1 error, Nationals: 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors

                            Next Game: Saturday, September 2 at Milwaukee, 7:10 ET

                            Nationals Record: 81-53


                            • Saturday September 2: Nationals 3, Brewers 2

                              WP: Ryan Madson (5-4) LP: Josh Hader (1-2) SV: Sean Doolittle (17)

                              Scoring 2 runs in the eighth, the Nationals come from behind to beat Milwaukee, 3-2. Michael Taylor's home run and Trea Turner's go ahead double keyed the comeback victory. Starter Max Scherzer was drilled in the left calf by a Travis Shaw liner in the first inning and left the game after 5 innings.

                              Final Line: Nationals: 3 runs, 6 hits, 1 error, Brewers: 2 runs, 5 hits, 1 error

                              Next Game: Sunday, September 3 at Milwaukee, 2:10 ET

                              Nationals Record: 82-53


                              • Sunday, September 3: Brewers 7, Nationals 2

                                For the first time since 2009, Ryan Zimmerman reaches the 30 home run mark. Unfortunately, the Nationals played like the 2009 team in falling to the Brewers. Zimmerman connected in the ninth off Junior Guerra for Washington's only runs.

                                Using five pitchers, the Brewers hold the Nats to 3 hits and strike out 11. Starter Brent Suter was limited to a pitch count, going 3 innings, yielding 2 hits, no runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Jeremy Jeffress, Jacob Barnes and Anthony Swarzak all held Washington hitless, with Jeffress gaining the win. For the Nationals, Edwin Jackson gets the loss, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, in 5 innings. Jackson was hurt by Domingo Santana's two home runs, a solo job in the second inning and a two run blast in the fourth.

                                Final Line: Brewers: 7 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors Nationals: 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors

                                Next Game: Monday September 5 at Miami, 7:10 ET

                                Nationals Record: 82-54


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