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GAME 18 REVIEW: Nats Manage Just Two Hits in 5-0 Loss to Cardinals

When you send out a lineup that features just one hitter above the .250 mark, there’s every chance you could get shut out.  For the third time this season, that’s exactly what happened to the Washington Nationals.
Kyle Lohse dominated the Nats hitters and delivered a complete-game, two-hit shut out in a 5-0 win for his St. Louis Cardinals.  The loss drops the Nats to 9-9 for the season.
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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 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.
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GAME 4 REVIEW: Costly Error Leads to 3-2 Loss to Marlins

Strange things seem to happen when the Washington Nationals play the Florida Marlins, usually with the Nats on the wrong end of things.  You can add another chapter to that story, as a dropped routine pop-up in the bottom of the tenth inning came around to score, handing the Nats their third loss in four games to start the season.
Drew Storen cruised through a scoreless ninth inning, pumping 95 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 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 160 REVIEW: Loss 92 Comes in Extra Innings

THE RESULT:  Even with news that their manager and general manager will be fired when the season ends, the New York Mets found enough effort to deliver loss 92 to the Washington Nationals, 2-1, at Citifield before 29,424.
The Nats, on the other hand, looked like they can’t wait until the season is over.
They were three-hit by Pat Misch and Hisanori Takahashi.  They struck out 14 times.  They made Continue reading

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GAME 159 REVIEW: Home Schedule Ends with a Thud

THE RESULT:  The Philadelphia Phillies, having clinched the N.L. East title two days ago, started a lineup Wednesday night that was reminiscent of an away Spring Training game.  The only regular starters in the lineup were shortstop Jimmy Rollins and centerfielder Shane Victorino.
No Chase Utley.  No Ryan Howard.  No Jayson Werth.
No matter.
The Phillies backups hammered Washington Nationals Continue reading

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GAME 155 REVIEW: Nats Dealt Lowe Blow

THE RESULT:  Derek Lowe and his relievers were good.  Yunesky Maya ran out of gas.  That’s about it.
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox became the fourth manager in Major League history to reach 2,500 wins, as his squad shut out the Washington Nationals 5-0, before 23,824 sun-drenched fans at Nationals Park.

Braves Manager Bobby Cox recorded his 2,500th win in his illustrious career. (Photo by Continue reading

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GAME 144 REVIEW: Six in a Row the Wrong Way

THE RESULT:  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:  the Washington Nationals starter rebounded from one bad inning to keep his team in the game, but the offense could not muster an attack — making the opposing pitcher look like Cy Young, and the Nats were shut out again.
Monday night, the Nats starter was Yunesky Maya, the opponent was Derek Lowe and the Atlanta Braves, and the score was 4-0, Continue reading

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