Zimmerman, Rendon and Baker react to late game double-switches

Two of the biggest moves Nationals manager Dusty Baker had to make last night in Game 5 of the National League Division Series to get his lineup order were double-switches that took two of his best hitters out of the lineup. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman was replaced by Clint Robinson in the seventh. Then third baseman Anthony Rendon was replaced by Stephen Drew in the ... read more

Despondent over Game 5 loss, Scherzer understands Baker’s decision

Max Scherzer appeared to be cruising along as he pitched six scoreless innings in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. The Nationals were holding a 1-0 lead heading to the top of the seventh. Then everything changed. Joc Pederson got ahold of a 95 mph Scherzer fastball and deposited it over the left-center wall to tie the game at 1-1. Pederson was the ... read more

Espinosa lifts Nationals to early lead (Dodgers win 4-3, take NLDS 3-2)

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer benefited from a spectacular diving catch to begin Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. Chase Utley drove a ball deep into the gap of left-center field. Trea Turner raced to his right and dove to make the catch. Scherzer was able to get the next two batters on grounders. For the first time in the NLDS, ... read more

Longest-tenured National Zimmerman on what Game 5 means to D.C.

First baseman Ryan Zimmerman has seen the Nationals grow up. Zimmerman, then 20, played 20 games with the Nats during their first season in Washington, D.C., when they went 81-81 in 2005.. But the seasons were mostly lean in those early days for Zimmerman, when he was earning the moniker “Mr. Walk-Off” as the face of the franchise. During his tenure in Washington, the Nats ... read more

Baker and veterans have kept dugout calm in face of adversity

The calmness in the dugout during the series has been evident. The Nationals have fallen behind 4-0, 2-0, 1-0 and 5-2 early in each game of this series. Three of the four times the club came back to tie or take the lead in that game. In the first game, they cut the deficit to 4-3 and had a few chances to take the lead. ... read more

Nats need offense to keep rolling to advance Thursday

LOS ANGELES - The Nationals lost Game 4 of the National League Division Series, but their offense showed life again. Despite a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers, the Nationals made a big comeback from being down 5-2 to tie the game at 5-5 in the seventh. In the last three games, the bats have clicked to score 18 runs. Players like Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, ... read more

Treinen on Utley’s decisive hit, focusing on Game 5

LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers found a way to stay in the National League Division Series thanks to a big hit by Chase Utley. His eighth-inning two-out RBI single plated the go-ahead run and led the Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Nationals, forcing a decisive NLDS Game 5 on Thursday in D.C.. The series is now even at two games apiece. The feeling ... read more

Game 4 begins with back-and-forth early runs (Dodgers win 6-5)

LOS ANGELES - In Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw struck out the side. With Kershaw starting Game 4 on three days’ rest, the Nationals got off to a much better start. Trea Turner laced the first pitch into left field. Bryce Harper then battled through a nine-pitch at-bat to earn a free pass and put men on first ... read more