Williams has moved past last year's loss to Giants

The Nationals season ended in San Francisco last October as the Giants eliminated them in four games in the National League Division Series. The underdog Giants went on to win their third World Series title in five years while the Nationals were left with the disappointment of another premature exit in a postseason filled with championship expectations. "I don't know if we've thought about it," ... read more

Gonzalez, Peavy return to mound in stellar matchup (with lineups)

A well-rested Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the Nationals against the Giants tonight. Gonzalez pitched only one inning last Saturday before the game was called due to rain. Nationals manager Matt Williams chose to hold Gonzalez out until his normal spot in the starting rotation came back around. Gonzalez's last full outing came back on June 21 when he threw seven scoreless innings, allowing ... read more

Scherzer not issuing free passes, Nats offense scuffling entering Giants series

The Nationals wasted another incredible pitching performance from Max Scherzer in last night's 2-1 walk-off loss in Atlanta. The Braves combined an infield single and a chopper that bounced over Yunel Escobar's head to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Scherzer has a decision in all but one of his starts this season, with the Nationals holding a 10-6 record when ... read more

Controversial call costs Scherzer, Nationals

Max Scherzer pitched brilliantly once again only to take the loss on a controversial call that resulted in a 2-1 walk-off win for the Braves in the bottom of the ninth. Nationals manager Matt Williams sent Scherzer back out for the ninth after throwing only 97 pitches through the first eight frames. Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez countered with pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco, who beat out a ... read more

Braves beat Scherzer, Nats 2-1 on walk-off single in ninth

Max Scherzer breezed through the first four innings, allowing just one base hit with four strikeouts. But Braves third baseman Juan Uribe ripped a leadoff double in the fifth. Uribe then scored easily on a one-out single to center from shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Scherzer has thrown 64 pitches through five frames. Meanwhile, the Nationals have struggled to figure out Braves left-hander Manny Banuelos, who's making ... read more

Max Scherzer honored again as NL Pitcher of the Month

After tossing his first career no-hitter, Max Scherzer was recognized as the National League Pitcher of the Month for June. Scherzer, who also received the honor in May, began the month by allowing a combined eight earned runs over two losses. But the 30-year-old right-hander responded in his third start with one of the most dominating performances in Major League Baseball History. Scherzer threw six ... read more

Escobar, Span making All-Star cases (with lineups)

The Nationals boast three of the top 10 hitters in the National League. Bryce Harper has been getting most of the attention and deservingly so. Harper isn't just knocking the ball out of the ballpark. He's hitting 68 points higher than his career mark and Harper's .340 batting average is third best in the league. With the Major League Baseball All-Star fan vote closing at ... read more Continue reading ....

Max Scherzer aiming for series win in first shot at Braves

The Braves get their first look this season at Nationals ace Max Scherzer in tonight's series finale in Atlanta. Scherzer finished June with one of the more remarkable three-game pitching performances the game has seen. He took perfect games into the sixth inning in all three starts while achieving a no-hitter, two complete-game shutouts and three wins. Scherzer surrendered just six hits in 26 innings ... read more