Voth delivers clutch start; Desmond may not be ready next week

Right-hander Austin Voth (rhymes with “both”) tossed six scoreless innings as Triple-A Syracuse dropped Norfolk 3-0. The Chiefs pitchers have now not allowed a run in 19 consecutive innings. In the third inning, Brian Goodwin delivered a run-scoring single. Clint Robinson’s groundout moved runners into scoring position. Brandon Snyder then delivered a two-run single, scoring Caleb Ramsey and Goodwin. The three runs were all the ... read more

Quietly, like a pro, Wilmer Difo keeps Nats rolling

He made another big play defensively in the ninth inning to help Shawn Kelley earn the save as the Nationals swept out of Atlanta with a 3-2 win over the Braves. I am talking about 25-year-old shortstop Wilmer Difo, who has done a very good job of playing defense and has worked hard in each at-bat. He has been crucial to the Nationals, not missing ... read more

Harper and Zimmerman are healthy and on a roll

In Tuesday’s 3-1 Nationals win over the Braves, hitting stars Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman delivered again. Harper went 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and run scored. Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. No coincidence that both battled through injury issues last season and didn’t have up-to-par outcomes. Zimmerman had a wrist injury. Harper’s issues were not acknowledged, but some felt ... read more

Harper rewriting record books; another Ross moving up

Tom Koehler of the Marlins is feeling a little bit better tonight. Maybe some people will stop talking about the six homers he has allowed to Bryce Harper over the years. At least until the Nationals and Marlins tangle again June 19-21. (Actually, the Nats play the Braves six more times before they play the Marlins again: May 19-21 and June 12-14). Koehler can thank ... read more

Shawn Kelley emerging as vocal leader as bullpen looks to find its way

A lot of the concern to begin this season centers around the Nationals bullpen and if it will be able to get on track. Going on the road will be a very good test to see where it is. Sunday’s walk-off win courtesy Bryce Harper masked what was a rough last two innings for the bullpen: allowing three runs after the club had a 3-1 ... read more

It’s early, but 10-game road trip provides Nats test of endurance

It is still only April, but in any month this upcoming road trip would be a tough one. It’s a 10-game, 11-day trip through Atlanta, New York and Denver. The Braves (5-6, winners of four straight) have a young team riding the emotion of opening a brand new baseball stadium they are proud to show the world. The Mets (7-6, losers of three straight) look ... read more

Nats know they must clean up defense after Harper saves the day

Bryce Harper’s dramatic walk-off three-run homer erased what could have turned into a nightmare couple of innings for the Nationals in Sunday’s series finale against Philadelphia. Down 3-1, the Phillies rallied for a 4-3 lead heading to the last of the ninth. Thanks to Harper, the Nationals went on to win 6-4. But Jayson Werth committed a fielding error in the eighth, which aided the ... read more

Harper homers again for 6-4 walk-off win

Both teams jump on the board quickly in the Sunday finale. The Phillies’ César Hernández slammed a 2-0 Gio Gonzalez offering over the left field wall to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. He now has homers in his last two at-bats in the series, three for the season. The Nationals’ Adam Eaton answered with a double to begin the bottom of the first. Anthony ... read more