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GAME 46 REVIEW: Orioles Take the Battle of the Beltways Series

by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer

ORIOLES WIN THE RUBBER MATCH ON SUNDAY 2-1
Leading off the game, Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina laid down a perfect bunt right in between first base and the pitcher’s mound and reached first base with ease. But as he ran past the bag, home plate umpire Todd Tichneor ruled that Bernadina stepped on home plate to bunt and was out.

Roger Bernadina was 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 27 REVIEW: Nationals Ride "Win Formula" to 5-2 Victory Over Giants

So far in the 2011 season, the Washington Nationals have had a fairly consistent formula for when they’ve won ballgames: Decent starting pitching, score five runs or more, and get dominant relief pitching.  In nine of their 12 wins going into Sunday’s game with the San Francisco Giants the Nationals had scored five or more runs.
The formula worked again Sunday, as Washington got six solid innings Continue reading

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GAME 22 REVIEW: Nats Follow Familiar Script in 6-4 Loss to Mets

"We just couldn’t put a zero on the board there. That was an important inning." manager Jim Riggleman, on the two-run sixth for the Mets.

Washington, D.C. — As has been the case all season long, the Washington Nationals got an effort from their starting pitcher that "kept them in the game."  But not enough hits and the failure of two left-handed pitchers to do their jobs resulted in another Continue reading

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Nats Split Doubleheader with Cardinals

GAME ONE BOX    GAME TWO BOX

The Washington Nationals split a day-night doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, winning the early game 8-6 and dropping the nightcap 5-3.  The Nats are now 9-8 after their first 17 games, good for third place in the N. L. East, two games behind division-leading Philadelphia.
In the early game, the Nationals used a six-run third inning to chase Cards Continue reading

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GAME 12 REVIEW: Lee Outduels Zimmermann; Phils Take Rubber Match 4-0

Jordan Zimmermann heads to the dugout after seven-plus innings. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Washington, D.C. — Jordan Zimmermann had a perfect game through five innings and ended up allowing just one earned run in his seven-plus innings.  Most nights, that’s good for a dominating win.
But not last night.
As good as Zimmermann was, his opponent was even better.
Cliff Lee threw a complete Continue reading

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GAME 3 REVIEW: Defense, Bullpen "Sloppy" in 11-2 Loss to Braves

"The game just didn’t have the same energy as the last two days.  That’s what was disappointing.  I just thought we would have carried a little more fire into this ballgame after yesterday." — Jim Riggleman

Danny Espinosa had a rough day in the field. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)
Washington, D.C. — The Washington Nationals thought they were over games like these.  Sadly, it was deja vu all Continue reading

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GAME 3 PREVIEW: Washington Nationals v. Atlanta Braves; Starting Lineups

Atlanta Braves (1-1) v. Washington Nationals (1-1)Nationals Park, Washington D.C. Tim Hudson (17-9, 2.83, 1.150 in 2010) v. Jordan Zimmermann (1-2, 4.94, 1.323 in 2010) _______________________________
The rubber match of this three game series features perhaps the Nationals most important pitcher of 2011, Jordan Zimmermann.  Now fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, Zimmermann can resume his Continue reading

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Nats Top Mets in Extras; Zimmermann Excels in Second Start

Laynce Nix drove in exciting minor league outfielder Eury Perez with a double in the top of the tenth inning, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 victory over their N.L. East foe New York Mets, before a nice crowd at Digital Domain Stadium in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Perez singled and immediately stole second base to get into scoring position for the veteran Nix, trying to make the Nats as a Continue reading

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Sloppy Play Dooms Nats Against Cardinals

For the first time this spring training, the Washington Nationals looked sloppy at times, had a pitcher blow up, and — not surprising — found themselves on the wrong side of the score, falling to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5, before 3.601 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL.
The Nationals were charged with two errors, but twice let balls fall between fielders and a run scored when Michael Morse Continue reading

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