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GAME 36 REVIEW: Desmond Double in 11th Vaults Nats to Victory

When Eric Hinske homered for the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the seventh off Washington Nationals reliever Doug Slaten for an insurance run that gave the homestanding Braves a 3-1 lead, it could have spelled doom for the Nats.  And when the Braves went to closer Craig Kimbel in the ninth for the save, it should have been lights out, as the Nationals were winless this season when trailing Continue reading

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GAME 36 REVIEW: Desmond Double in 11th Vaults Nats to Victory

When Eric Hinske homered for the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the seventh off Washington Nationals reliever Doug Slaten for an insurance run that gave the homestanding Braves a 3-1 lead, it could have spelled doom for the Nats.  And when the Braves went to closer Craig Kimbel in the ninth for the save, it should have been lights out, as the Nationals were winless this season when trailing Continue reading

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GAME 35 REVIEW: Homers Fuel Nats Win Over Hudson, Braves

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson usually owns the Washington Nationals.  Entering play last night, Hudson had a career record of 11-2 against the franchise.  But last night the veteran starter fell victim to some shoddy defense by his normally reliable teammates in the middle innings, then a couple of bad pitches resulted in pair of two-out, three-run home runs by Laynce Nix and Jayson Werth, Continue reading

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Bryce Harper and His Path to the Show

One look at the stats page for the Hagerstown Suns tells you an awful lot about where Bryce Harper is in his progression to the Major Leagues.  His numbers, through 30 games, fairly pop off the page.
30 games, .377/.459/.679/1.138, 11 2Bs, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs, 5-for-7 stolen bases, one outfield error.
Pretty impressive.
Harper earned the low-A South Atlantic League player of the week honors for last Continue reading

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Nats Farm Report

We’re introducing a new feature here at Nats News Network: "Nats Farm Report".  Every Monday our new staff writer Tyler Radecki will recap the previous week across the Nats minor league organization, highlighting various players and prospects that are making an impact in the minor leagues.
Since this is the first installment, we’ll recap the season thus far for a few key players at each level.___ Continue reading

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Nats Take Two of Three in South Florida

Over the weekend, the Washington Nationals rebounded a bit after their three-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies by taking two of three games against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium, which is usually a house of horrors for the visiting Nationals.
The wins improves the Nats record to 16-18, keeping them ahead of the New York Mets in fourth place in the N.L. East. Continue reading

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GAME 31 REVIEW: Nats Swept Out of Philly with 7-3 Loss

by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer

The Nationals’ starting rotation has pitched remarkably well all season long. Despite some rough outings, every starter was able to get through at least the fifth inning in every game – something no other team could claim.
On Thursday night, that streak came to an end. Starter John Lannan was pulled in the third inning after giving up five runs, and the Nationals Continue reading

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GAME 30 REVIEW: Middle Inning Meltdown Dooms Nats

by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer
Up until the fifth inning Wednesday night, the Nationals were looking good against the Philadelphia Phillies. While they weren’t generating much offense, Jason Marquis had kept the Phillies off the board. But in that fifth inning, everything the Nats had accomplished to that point unraveled, leading to seven runs and another loss to the division bullies.
The 7-4 Continue reading

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GAME 29 REVIEW: Phils Drop Nats 4-1 in Werth’s Return

by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer

Whenever the Nationals face the Phillies, they know that every mistake can be the difference between winning and losing. The margin of error is razor thin, and Tuesday night, a miscue in left field and a struggling offense cost the team as they fell to the Phillies, 4-1.
Livan Hernandez was knocked around for 10 hits and 4 walks in 6 1/3 innings, but he kept the Continue reading

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GAME 28 REVIEW: Gorzy Shuts Down Giants; Nats Take Three of Four

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny has a history of walking a lot of batters and throwing a lot of pitches.  It’s really what has kept him from becoming a reliable starter in the Major Leagues, as he’s been sent to the bullpen at points by each of his previous employers.
But last night against the San Francisco Giants, Gorzelanny turned in a masterful Continue reading

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