After surviving opening stretch, time for Nats to start thriving

They faced an 11-game opening gauntlet against nothing but two division rivals expecting to win this season. They’ve been without their starting shortstop for more than two weeks now. They continue to have to piece together their bullpen on a nightly basis, hoping to find a combination that records the necessary outs before giving up too many runs. Things have not gone swimmingly for the ... read more

Corbin hits his spots, finally rewarded with first Nats win

The Nationals had seen glimpses of Patrick Corbin at his best, but today they saw the left-hander at his absolute best from the moment he took the mound until the moment he departed 7 2/3 innings later. And what they saw during a 4-2 victory over the Giants confirmed what they’ve suspected all along: This is one of the best starters in baseball. “He really ... read more

Behind Corbin’s gem, Nats take series from Giants

Patrick Corbin had pitched well every time he had taken the mound wearing a Nationals uniform. Now the prized lefty finally has his first win in Washington. With 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, Corbin put his team in prime position to defeat the Giants today. And thanks to some early offense and a late escape act by the bullpen, the Nationals walked off the ... read more

Rendon extends hit streak to 16 games (Nats up 4-0)

Anthony Rendon went hitless on opening day against Jacob deGrom. He hasn’t gone hitless since. With a double off the left field wall in the bottom of the third this afternoon, Rendon extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games and helped the Nationals open up a 2-0 lead on the Giants. Rendon, who kept his streak alive with a single in his final at-bat ... read more

Eaton gets first day off, Robles gets first chance to bat first

It’s been kind of taken for granted, but given what he went through the last two years, the fact that Adam Eaton started each of the Nationals’ first 16 games this season is quite significant. Eaton, of course, missed most of 2017 after tearing the ACL in his left knee. Then he missed considerable time early in 2018 after Baltimore foot specialist Lew Schon suspected ... read more

Game 17 lineups: Nats vs. Giants

Surely this is the most important official release of the day in Washington: the Nationals’ starting lineup for their series finale against the Giants! While much of the world is focused on a different building in a different part of town, baseball fans are most interested in what takes place here on South Capitol Street, where the Nats are trying to take back-to-back games and ... read more

Big blasts for Soto and Adams, for different reasons

Let’s ignore, tough as it may be, the Nationals bullpen for just one night. Yes, this remains the biggest topic of discussion on a team that too often is seeing the good work of others overshadowed by ineffective work in the late innings by the majors’ worst relief corps. Tonight’s 9-6 victory over the Giants was that close only because of a near ninth-inning collapse, ... read more

Early, late blasts power Nationals to 9-6 win over Giants

Davey Martinez spent most of the evening sweating in the dugout, this despite the heavy coat he was wearing on a deceptively chilly mid-April evening on South Capitol Street. His Nationals had opened up an early lead on the Giants but couldn’t add on, and so now the second-year manager had to figure out how he was going to get the requisite outs necessary from ... read more