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August 31, 2008

Washington Wins Again

by @ 6:32 am. Filed under 2008 Nationals

The Washington Nationals won their fifth straight game on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.  The Nationals pitching wasn’t great but the offense came alive and led them to a 9-8 win.  The Nationals are now 51-85 on the season.

Jason Bergmann started for the Nationals and was not at his best.  Bergmann couldn’t get through the fifth inning as he lasted only 4.1 innings.  He gave up eight hits and six earned runs but did receive a no decision.  Steven Shell through the ninth inning to pick up his first win of the season.

The top three batters in the Washington lineup each had three hits (Hernandez, Guzman, and Zimmerman) while the next three batters all had two hits (Milledge, Belliard, and Elijah Dukes).  Jesus Flores went only 1-5 but did drive in three runs and Milledge and Dukes each scored a pair of runs.  They won in the bottom of the ninth when Elijah Dukes drew a bases loaded walk.

The Braves and Nats will wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon.  Collin Balester is scheduled to start for Washington. Game time is 1:35pm.

August 29, 2008

Nationals Win Their Fourth Straight

by @ 6:53 pm. Filed under 2008 Nationals

The Washington Nationals won their fourth consecutive game on Friday night against the Atlanta Braves.  The Nationals won 7-3 behind a solid pitching performance from Odalis Perez and some timely hitting.  The Nationals record is now 50-85.

Odalis Perez started on the mound and picked up his sixth win of the season.  Perez lasted 6.1 innings and gave up only two earned runs and three total.  He struck out three batters and walked only one.  Joel Hanrahan got Washington through the ninth inning to get his seventh save of the season.

The Nationals got on the board in the first inning when Ryan Zimmerman singled in the first run of the game.  Willie Harris didn’t get a single hit but walked three times and scored twice.  Emilio Bonifacio had two hits including a triple.  Every Nats starter had at least one hit except for Jesus Flores.

The Braves and Nationals will play again on Saturday night in DC.  Jason Bergmann is scheduled to start on the mound for Washington.  Game time is 7:10pm.

August 28, 2008

Nats Top the Dodgers

by @ 4:20 pm. Filed under 2008 Nationals

The Washington Nationals played the role of spoiler on Wednesday night as they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Washington DC.  The 5-4 win moves the Nationals record to 48-85 on the season.

Tim Redding started on the mound for Washinton and pitched well enough to pick up his ninth win of the season against eight losses.  He threw six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.  All of the Dodgers runs against Redding came on solo homers.  Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth inning to pick up the save.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer for the Nationals and scored two runs to help pace the Washington offense.  Cristian Guzman and Emilio Bonifacio led the team with two hits each.  Every Nationals starter had at least one hit except for Jesus Flores who still managed to drive in a run.

The Nats and Dodgers will wrap up their series on Thursday night.

August 26, 2008

Washington Wins Pitchers Duel

by @ 7:18 pm. Filed under 2008 Nationals

The Washington Nationals took out the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night in Washington DC.  The Dodgers are playing for a playoff spot and the Nationals are playing the role of spoiler.  The Nats won 2-1 and are now 47-85 on the season.

Rookie Collin Balester made possibly his best start of the season as he picked up his third win of the season.  Balester got through only five innings but allowed only five hits and one run.  He didn’t strike out a single batter.  Four Nationals relievers threw an inning each and didn’t allow any runs.

The Nationals got on the board in the second inning on a Lastings Milledge solo home run.  They went up 2-0 in the third inning when Cristian Guzman singled in a run.  Guzman accounted for half of the Nationals hit total as he smacked three singles.

The Nationals and the Dodgers will go at it again on Wednesday night.  Tim Redding is scheduled to start against Greg Maddux.

August 25, 2008

Harden Dominates the Nationals

by @ 2:50 pm. Filed under 2008 Nationals

Rich Harden was sharp again as he led the Chicago Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.  Harden struck out 11 batters over seven innings and allowed only two hits.  The loss drops Washington to 46-85.

Jason Bergmann started against Harden and just wasn’t as sharp as his counterpart.  Bergmann lasted 6.1 innings but gave up four earned runs and two homers as he took the loss.  The loss drops Bergmann to 2-10.  Steven Shell came on after Bergmann and gave up two more runs to put the Nationals out of the game.

One for the Nationals two hits off of Harden was a solo homer by Austin Kearns in the third inning, it was his seventh homer of the season.  Ryan Zimmerman went 0-4 with four strike outs and Ronnie Belliard struck out three times.

The Nationals will take the day off on Monday as they head home for a series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The series starts on Tuesday night.

August 24, 2008

Cubs Rock The Nationals

by @ 6:54 am. Filed under 2008 Nationals

Washington Nationals pitching got hit hard again as they could not keep the Chicago Cubs offense at bay.  The Cubs put up thirteen hits as they topped the Nationals 9-2.  The Nationals record fell to 46-84.

Odalis Perez struggled with his control all game long and also got hit around pretty hard.  Perez walked four batters and allowed ten hits as he took the loss.  He gave up only four runs but only managed to get through 4.1 innings and had his record drop to 5-10 on the season.

Ryan Zimmerman led the Nationals offense with three hits as he continued to raise his batting average after coming back from an injury.  Anderson Hernandez, the newest National, added two hits and an RBI.  Catcher Jesus Flores struggled as he went 0-4 with three K’s.

The Nats and Cubs will finish their series today in Chicago.  Jason Bergmann will get the start for the Nationals against Rich Harden.  Game time is 2:20pm.

August 21, 2008

Nats Finally Win a Game

by @ 7:04 pm. Filed under 2008 Nationals

The Washington Nationals finally stopped their latest losing streak at 12 games.  They defeated the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday by a score of 4-3.  The win not only stops the streak it moves their record to 45-83.

Tim Redding started on the hill for the Nationals and was very sharp.  Redding went six innings and gave up only three hits and one run during his time on the mound.  Redding also struck out five batters but did not factor in the decision.  Saul Rivera got the win and Joel Hanrahan got the save.

Trailing 3-2 in the 8th inning, the Nationals tied the game on a Jesus Flores RBI single.  They took the lead later the inning when Austin Kearns singled in the game winning run that put the Nats up 4-3.  The top three batters in the Washington lineup all each had two hits.

Washington will now head to Chicago to take on the Chicago Cubs.  John Lannan is scheduled to start the series opener tomorrow.  Game time is 2:20pm.

August 20, 2008

Nationals Shutout By The Phillies

by @ 6:49 pm. Filed under 2008 Nationals

The Washington Nationals saw their losing streak run 12 games on Wednesday night as they were shutout by the Phillies Brett Myers.  The Nationals lost the game 4-0 and had their record on the season fall to 44-83.

Collin Balester started for the Nationals and pitched a pretty decent game.  Balester threw six innings and gave up only three earned runs.  He walked only one batter and struck out four batters but lost his sixth game of the season anyway.

Anderson Hernandez had three of the Nationals nine hits as he appeared in his first game of the season.  Emilio Bonifacio and Ronnie Belliard each had two hits but the Nationals just were not able to push any runners across home plate.  Lastings Milledge had a double, the only extra base hit that Washington would get.

The Nationals and the Phillies will wrap up their series tomorrow.  Tim Redding is scheduled to start for Washington.  Game time is 7:05pm.

August 19, 2008

Nationals Drop Eleventh Straight Game

by @ 7:26 pm. Filed under 2008 Nationals

The Washington Nationals dropped their eleventh straight game on Tuesday night when they visited the Philadelphia Phillies.  The 5-4 loss drops the Nationals to 44-82, they have the worst record in baseball.

Jason Bergmann started the game on the mound for the Nationals and didn’t factor in the decision.  He threw 6.1 innings and gave up three earned runs.  He didn’t walk a single batter and struck out four.  Steven Shell gave up a homer in the 8th to Jayson Werth to take the loss for Washington.

The Nationals took a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning after a Ryan Zimmerman triple and a Ronnie Belliard single.  Belliard led the Nationals with four hits in four at bats.  Willie Harris hit second and collected two hits.

The Nationals and Phillies will play again on Wednesday night.  Colin Balester is scheduled to start for Washington.  Game time is 7:05pm.

August 17, 2008

Rockies Win In DC

by @ 12:57 pm. Filed under 2008 Nationals

The Washington Nationals lost their tenth straight game on Sunday afternoon at home.  The Colorado Rockies came into town and beat the Nats 7-2 on Sunday to drop the Nationals record to 44-81.

Odalis Perez started for the Nationals and pitched pretty well.  He lasted six innings and gave up three runs, only two of them earned.  He allowed only four hits and struck out three batters but had his record drop to 5-9.  Jesus Colome came on in the 8th inning and gave up three runs to help give the Rockies the win.

Washington took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Pete Orr ground out.  They scored again in the fifth inning on a Lastings Milledge ground rule double that scored Emilio Bonifacio.  Milledge, Willie Harris, and Pete Orr all had two hits a piece to lead the offense.

The Nationals have the day off on Monday and will play on Tuesday in Philadelphia.  Jason Bergmann is scheduled to start the opener.  Game time is 7:05 pm.

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