Category Archives: MORSE

GAME 54 REVIEW: Espinosa Carries Big Stick; Nats Pound Lee, Phils 10-2

Danny Espinosa’s two-homer night fueled Nats 10-2 win over Phillies. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

It’s nights like last night that make the previous two weeks worth of losses that much tougher to take. It certainly explains manager Jim Riggleman’s insistence that the Washington Nationals are a better ball club than they’ve shown this season.
Behind two home runs by rookie second baseman Danny Continue reading

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GAME 50 REVIEW: Morse Walks-Off with Win

This was just about how you would expect a game between the two worst offenses in the league to go.  The Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres combined for three runs, seven hits and five walks, but the biggest hit of all was the very last one.
On the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth, red-hot slugger Michael Morse took Mike Adams’ flat 89-MPH slider deep into the visitors’ bullpen, Continue reading

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GAME 49 REVIEW: Greinke’s Arm, Bat Help Brewers Sweep Nats

There were no bullpen implosions, no late inning heroics.  Not much of anything particularly dramatic happened. No, the Washington Nationals 6-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers today was simply the better team playing better, led by their best player and a former Cy Young winning pitcher.  Who, adding insult to injury, also hit a home run.
The loss drops the Nationals record to 21-28.  It’s their 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 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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Zimmerman Out, LaRoche Ailing: Where Does the Offense Come From?

Multiple reports earlier today indicated catcher Jesus Flores will be recalled to take Ryan Zimmerman’s place on the roster when the Washington Nationals move the third baseman to the disabled later today with an abdominal strain, originally sustained during spring training and re-aggravated in Saturday’s 8-4 loss to the New York Mets, when he slid headfirst into second on a play that didn’t even Continue reading

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LaRoche Out to Rest Injured Shoulder; Starting Lineups from Citi Field

Multiple reports from Citi Field today that Adam LaRoche’s left shoulder, the one in which he has a partial tear of the rotator cuff, is bothering him again after making a throw the other night in Florida and will be given the night off.  Michael Morse moves over to first base and Jerry Hairston takes over right.
So far, it just sounds like this is an opportunity to rest LaRoche, especially since Continue reading

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The Great Michael Morse Debate

I, very predictably, took some heat yesterday in the comments section of my 2011 Predictions and Projections Edition.  Specifically, about my comments on Michael Morse, who I predict to be the Washington Nationals "biggest disappointment" for the upcoming season.
I tried to couch it in my post, and again in the comments, that I hope Morse is capable of repeating last season’s statistics of .289/ Continue reading

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Marquis and Espinosa Lead Nationals Over Marlins, 8-4

If the Washington Nationals are going to pick up wins over their final record in 2010, it’s going to come from the progression of the starting pitching, which was near the bottom of all statistical categories in a campaign where they won 69 games.
So far this spring, the starters are getting the job done, and today in Jupiter, FL Jason Marquis added to the list of impressive outings by the Continue reading

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