Category Archives: LIVAN

GAME 53 REVIEW: Solo Shots Not Enough; Phils Top Nats 5-4

Roy Halladay continued his dominance of the Washington Nationals. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Through three innings on Monday, traditional roles were reversed. Livan Hernandez was working quickly, efficiently and dominantly, shutting down the Philadelphia Phillies prodigious offense.  On the other hand, defending Cy Young winner Roy Halladay was struggling with his command, throwing a lot of Continue reading

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GAME 48 REVIEW: Brewers Rally, Send Nats to Fourth Straight Loss

BULLPEN ALLOWS FOUR RUNS IN LATE INNINGS SPURRED BY WALKS
The Washington Nationals seemed to have things going for them last night, as they took a 6-3 lead into the late innings with a rested bullpen.  But as is their way right now, the Nats couldn’t seal the deal, and the Milwaukee Brewers scored four runs across the seventh and eighth innings to snatch victory from the Nats, 7-6, before 24,722 Continue reading

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GAME 43 REVIEW: No Offense, No Help from Umps in 1-0 Loss to Mets

The Washington Nationals have not scored since the seventh inning of Monday’s 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The scoreless streak spans three days, 19 innings and two shut out losses to the injury-depleted New York Mets.
Today’s three-hit, 1-0 loss to Dillon Gee, Tim Byrdak and Francisco Rodriguez is just the latest example of the Nationals’ struggles all season long to muster any sort of Continue reading

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GAME 39 REVIEW: No "O" in Nationals as Marlins Win 1-0

"I got no problems with anybody’s approach, the way they’re going about it, as long as they keep a positive attitude about it and just keep getting after it the way they are and don’t accept it." — Manager Jim Riggleman, on Nationals’ approach at the plate.

Jayson Werth symbolizes the Nationals offensive struggles thus far in 2011. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

The Washington Nationals have Continue reading

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Evaluating the Starting Pitchers with Simple Stats

With Thursday night’s crushing 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals record is one game below .500 at 18-19. They’ve accomplished this despite being dead last in the league in hitting. So how are they doing it? Primarily with decent starting pitching, (mostly) excellent relief pitching from a few key relievers, and improving defense. The team is 14-9 when not committing an Continue reading

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GAME 24 REVIEW: Desmond Returns "Relaxed", Leads Nats to 4-3 Win Over Mets

Maybe a couple days off was all that Ian Desmond needed.
In his first game back from paternity leave and the birth of his first child, the shortstop homered and tripled, scoring two runs, to lead the Washington Nationals over the streaking New York Mets 4-3, before 15,142 at Nationals Park.
The win halts the Nats losing streak at three games and ends the Mets winning streak at six.  The Nationals Continue reading

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GAME 10 REVIEW: Nats Patchwork Lineup Gets Job Done

Washington, D.C. — Sometimes you look at the lineup card and wonder why you bother playing the game.  Well, in baseball sometimes the numbers take a night off — the good ones and the bad ones.
Last night, before a smallish crowd under threatening skies at Nationals Park, Jim Riggleman and his band of journeymen, backups and age-defying starting pitcher, defended the home turf against their Continue reading

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GAME 5 REVIEW: Another Fish Gets Away; Nats Fall to 1-4

THE RESULT:  As with so many game before this one with the Florida Marlins, the Washington Nationals found a way to lose.  Last night, they couldn’t find the knockout punch when they needed it, a veteran starter and reliever lost the umpire’s strike zone, and a bullpen that was supposed to be a strength of the team has once again been proven a liability for now.
Add it all up, and the Nats fell Continue reading

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GAME 1 REVIEW: Nats Hitters Frozen By Lowe, Braves and Mother Nature

Washington, D.C. — The Washington Nationals spent the off-season and spring training emphasizing pitching, defense and athleticism.  All those things were evident for the Nats on Opening Day, but it appears they should have said something about hitting as well.  LINK TO PHOTOS.
Livan Hernandez and Derek Lowe locked up in a classic pitcher’s duel in the 41 degree drizzle, dominating the other’s Continue reading

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GAME 150 REVIEW: Comedy of Errors Doom Nats in 8-2 Loss

‘We just didn’t make some plays." – Manager Jim Riggleman, on the fifth inning debacle.
THE RESULT:  One of the best things about baseball is that every night there’s a different game, a chance to see something you’ve never seen, or at least haven’t seen in a long time.
When was the last time you went to a baseball game and saw three errors by the same team in one inning?
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