Category Archives: BAD DEFENSE

GAME 21 REVIEW: Nats Lose Soggy Game and Series to the Pirates

There’s been a lot of attention paid to the Washington Nationals won-loss record, hovering around .500 the first few weeks at the start of the season.  If they can’t find a way to beat teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates they certainly won’t end up there.
When the Nats don’t score five runs or more runs in a game, they don’t win.  And they continued that trend last night in the Steel City, losing 4 Continue reading

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Errors of Aggression Still Lead to Losses

The Washington Nationals committed two errors in both of their last two games, both losses to division boss Philadelphia Phillies.  For the season, the Nats have 11 errors in 12 games, second to last in the majors.  The team fielding percentage is third to last.  They are also third to last in number of double plays turned.  Add it all up, and you get a pretty good idea of just how mediocre this Continue reading

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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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Long Day of Baseball; Nats Split Twi-City Doubleheader

It was a long day for all involved.
The Washington Nationals played a pair of spring training games yesterday, defeating the New York Mets 6-5 at home and falling to the Houston Astros 6-5 in Kissimmee, FL in the nightcap. 
And although the Houston game was listed as a "split squad" game, several players that appeared in the home game also played in the night game, and skipper Jim Riggleman was Continue reading

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GAME 150 REVIEW: Comedy of Errors Doom Nats in 8-2 Loss

‘We just didn’t make some plays." – Manager Jim Riggleman, on the fifth inning debacle.
THE RESULT:  One of the best things about baseball is that every night there’s a different game, a chance to see something you’ve never seen, or at least haven’t seen in a long time.
When was the last time you went to a baseball game and saw three errors by the same team in one inning?
Monday night, in front Continue reading

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GAME 140 REVIEW: Nats Done in by Broken Bat, Lose to Mets 3-2

THE RESULT:  When a team is struggling to hit, as the Washington Nationals have been for the last two days, the result of a game can hinge on one play.  In today’s 3-2 loss to the New York Mets, that play was a broken bat ground ball that turned into a run-scoring double.
In the top of the seventh, with the game tied at two, Livan Hernandez issued his second walk of the game – to Mets catcher Continue reading

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