Category Archives: STOREN

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 41 REVIEW: Espinosa’s Homer Downs Pirates 4-2

Danny Espinosa is congratulated by Laynce Nix on his two-run homer. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Washington Nationals rookie second baseman Danny Espinosa has really been struggling, hitting just .128/.255/.310 in the month of May. In his first two at bats, hitting right-handed, be drove a ball to the track and scorched a line drive, but both times the ball fell into center fielder Andrew 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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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 158 REVIEW: "SIGN ADAM DUNN!"

THE RESULT:  It became a constant refrain, whether or not Adam Dunn was actually at bat Tuesday night or not.  Between innings.  On a put out at first base.  On random occasions.  But especially when the Nationals potential free agent first baseman came to bat.
"Sign Adam Dunn!"
The chants were never louder than in the ninth inning, when he came to the plate to lead off in a 1-1 tie.
"Sign Adam Continue reading

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GAME 156 REVIEW: Nationals Send Braves Packing, Take Two of Three

THE RESULT:  The Atlanta Braves came into D.C. this weekend looking to solidify their chances of making the playoffs, hoping to take advantage of a last-place team.  What they got was two losses out of three games to a young team learning to play, a serious dent in their plans for post-season play.
One of those young players, 25-year old shortstop Ian Desmond, hit a clutch two-out single with the Continue reading

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GAME 151 REVIEW: Vote of No Confidence

"We’re just trying to get outs." — Jim Riggleman, on lifting Drew Storen in the ninth.
THE RESULT:  This story should be about how the Washington Nationals came from behind with a seven-run eighth inning to defeat the Houston Astros 8-4.  Or if could he about how John Lannan persevered to pitch seven strong innings after giving up three in the first inning. 
It could even be about how Ivan Continue reading

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GAME 149 REVIEW: Walk-off Werth Completes Weekend Sweep

THE RESULT:  You could see it coming a mile away.
And with each batter the outcome became increasingly clear. 
Single.  Double.  RBI single.  Home run.
That’s how the Philadelphia Phillies erased a three-run deficit to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 in the ninth inning Sunday, before another sell-out crowd of 44,936 at Citizen’s Bank Park.  And that was while the Eagles were playing as well. Continue reading

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GAME 131 REVIEW: Nationals Take 3 of 4 from Cardinals with 4-2 Win

THE RESULT:  After his last start, Washington Nationals pitcher John Lannan made a semi-veiled comment about getting pulled from the game earlier than he thought appropriate.  On Sunday afternoon, Lannan made sure that he maximized every pitch he made, and came up with an outstanding effort on a sunny, hot afternoon.
Lannan went a very strong 7 2/3 innings, leading the Nats to a 4-2 win over the Continue reading

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