Category Archives: DESMOND

GAME 45 REVIEW: Nats Fall to O’s 8-3

by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer

LHP John Lannan tight-roped out of danger inning after inning in his last start against the Pirates. On Saturday afternoon at Camden Yards he wasn’t able to do the same, giving up six runs in six innings en route to an 8-3 loss at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles.

After the Nats scored two runs in the top of the third inning, Lannan surrendered four runs in the 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 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 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 5 PREVIEW: Washington Nationals at Florida Marlins; Starting Lineups

Washington Nationals (1-3, 5th NLE) v. Florida Marlins (2-2, 4th NLE)7:10 pm, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FLLivan Hernandez (0-1, 2.84) v. Chris Volstad (12-9, 4.58 in 2010)Weather: Partly sunny, 75 degrees._______________________________________ 
The Nats and Marlins face off in the middle game of the three game set, and today’s big news was supposed to be Ian Desmond being moved from the leadoff Continue reading

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Detwiler Sharp in Nationals 5-0 Loss to Atlanta

The Washington Nationals could only muster two hits today against a parade of Atlanta Braves pitchers, including young star Tommy Hanson, in a 5-0 loss before 6,250 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL.
But the story for the Nats today centers around their own young starter, left-hander Ross Detwiler.  Pitching on his 25th brithday, he went three solid innings, surrendering an unearned run on two 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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Random Thoughts on a Rainy Sunday Morning

Pre-game thoughts, BULLET-POINT STYLE!Manager Jim Riggleman made some interesting obsevations in his pre-game press conference this morning.  He said that Scott Olsen was done, that trying to warm up the other day he just had too many "aches and pains" in his shoulder, and that "this bullpen situation just isn’t working for Scott."  He said Olsen needs a good 15 minutes or so to get warmed up, Continue reading

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GAME 153 REVIEW: And the Kids Shall Lead Them

THE RESULT:  Tell the truth.  When you found out Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn weren’t in the lineup, you kinda gave up on this one, didn’t you?
That is, until Michael Morse launched his 13th home run of the season leading off the bottom of the second inning to tie the game at one.  But even then you still weren’t totally convinced.
But then, in the sixth inning, the Washington Nationals scored Continue reading

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GAME 145 REVIEW: Livo Halts Losing Streak, Shuts Out Braves 6-0

THE RESULT:  Livan Hernandez continued his renaissance season, pitching eight shutout innings and hitting a home run, leading the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 victory over the playoff-hopeful Atlanta Braves, before 26,954 at Turner Field.
Hernandez (10-11, 3.66) was masterful as he has been so often this season, but perhaps he saved his best for this Atlanta team that finds itself in a battle Continue reading

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