Manager Davey Martinez had hoped the Nationals could use the final game of a West Coast road trip to end a three-game skid, prevent a sweep by the Giants and head into the All-Star break with a little bit of positive momentum.
Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell Giants right-hander Kevin Gausman, who throttled the Nats in a 3-1 victory that gave his team a sweep of the three-game weekend series.
Gausman allowed only four hits through six-plus innings - three of them of the infield variety -...
In an alternate universe, Jon Lester would have deserved a better fate. The ground balls he induced would have found gloves rather than grass, his fielders wouldn't have betrayed him with clunky defense and he'd have been much more pitch-efficient.
Instead, Lester endured a death by a thousand cuts Saturday afternoon, when the Giants both hammered and doinked him with regularity, his defense contributed to five unearned runs on two errors and the southpaw departed after just 2 2/3 innings...
Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson is turning into one of the most consistent Nationals starters.
He did it again Wednesday in the Nats' 9-6 win over the Giants. Hellickson (2-0) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and no strikeouts. He had to throw only 79 pitches, 51 for strikes.
Hellickson's first two starts of the season have come seven days apart, but the 32-year-old now has allowed only two runs in 11 2/3 innings to drop his ERA to 2.63.
Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal battled through the eighth inning Tuesday night of the club's 7-3 loss to the Giants. Although he did allow a run in the frame, he recorded three outs and that's a big deal considering where he had been less than a week ago.
In the eighth, Rosenthal hit the Giants' Brandon Belt in the leg with a pitch and then walked Brandon Crawford.
But he caught Evan Longoria looking for the first out on three pitches. The last two pitches of the at-bat were 99 mph...
The Nationals bats were unable to get much going against the Giants on Sunday, so Michael A. Taylor and Trea Turner tried to get aggressive on the base paths.
Taylor stole one base but was also was caught stealing at second base when he overran the bag. Turner was caught off of first base on a tricky move by Giants starter Derek Holland.
Nationals manager Davey Martinez said he never discourages his players from being aggressive on the bases, it just did not work out in their favor on...
Right-hander Max Scherzer allowed a walk and a single in the first inning. But then settled in to a Scherzer-like start with an amazing six strikeouts in a row.
The Nats connected with a pair of hits to begin the second against Giants starter Derek Holland courtesy of Mark Reynolds and Juan Soto. But a Michael A. Taylor 5-3 double play and a Wilmer Difo strikeout ended that chance.
Trea Turner was caught off of first base in the third to end another possibility. He felt Holland had balked....
For the second game in a row, a Nationals starting pitcher was unable to get through five innings against the Giants.
On Friday night, right-hander Stephen Strasburg left with right shoulder inflammation. He threw 35 pitches and lasted only two innings.
But the offense got off to a good start today, and the bullpen, led by Justin Miller and Sean Doolittle, minimized the damage as the Nats dropped the Giants 7-5 to even the series.
"A win is a win is a win is a win," Nats manager Davey...
The Nationals welcome the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to Nats Park today. They hope that inspiration, and the quality pitching of veteran Gio Gonzalez, can get them back into the series against the Giants.
San Francisco won the first game 9-5.
Gonzalez (6-2, 2.27 ERA) has 198 career starts with the Nats. He is 85-56 with a 3.42 ERA in his career for D.C. The Giants counter with right-hander Dereck Rodriguez 1-0, 1.93).
The Nationals have finally activated Adam Eaton. The starting...
Manager: Bruce Bochy (12th season)
Last 10 games: 6-4
Who to watch: C Buster Posey (.303/.370/.443),1B Pablo Sandoval (.282/.330/.447), SS Brandon Crawford (.324, 27 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (31 RBIs), RF Andrew McCutchen (18 doubles, 27 RBIs), RHP Hunter Strickland (12 saves)
Season series vs. Nationals: 2-1
June 8: LHP Andrew SuÃ¡rez (2-4) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-5), 7:05 p.m., MASNJune 9: RHP Dereck RodrÃguez (1-0) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-2), 12:05...
Manager: Bruce Bochy (12th season)
Last 10 games: 4-6
Who to watch: C Buster Posey, (.265, 8 RBIs), 1B Brandon Belt (10 RBIs, 5 HR), 3B Evan Longoria (7 doubles, 9 RBIs), RF Andrew McCutchen (11 RBIs), RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 0.00 ERA), RHP Hunter Strickland (2.00 ERA, 3 saves)
Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (1-5 in 2017)
April 23: LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1) vs. RHP Chris Stratton (1-1), 10:15 p.m., MASN2April 24: RHP Tanner Roark (1-1) vs. LHP Ty...
Paul Casanova, who was a catcher with the Washington Senators from 1965 to 1971, passed away Saturday at 75 in Miami.
The Cuban-born backstop also played three seasons with the Atlanta Braves and was an All-Star with Washington in 1967. As a member of the Braves, Casanova caught Phil Niekro's no-hitter in 1973.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker knew Casanova very well and spent a lot of time with "Cassie" over the years. The two were teammates during the Venezuelan Winter League. Baker felt like...
Howie Kendrick has had some big moments in his career, but never a grand slam. And never a walk-off extra-inning grand slam with his brand-new team.
That all happened with one swing to finish off a laborious day of baseball for the Nationals. Kendrick's grand slam in the bottom of the 11th Sunday night lifted the Nats to a 6-2 series-clinching win over the Giants.
"It was pretty cool. I'm not going to lie," Kendrick said. "That was my first grand slam. When I hit it I thought it was just...
The Nationals seek a series victory tonight in Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader with their ace, Max Scherzer, on the hill. Manager Dusty Baker said Saturday that Scherzer had the right to choose which game he would start on Sunday because he is the ace. When you get to be an ace of a staff, you can make that choice too.
Scherzer is 12-5 with a 2.23 ERA. Excluding the Aug. 1 game in which he left after one inning with neck spasms, Scherzer has struck out nine or more batters in 12 of his last...
Following a three-hour rain delay, the Nationals lost right fielder Bryce Harper to a left knee injury when he slipped on first base as he tried to beat out a grounder in the first inning.
Harper could not put weight on his left leg and was helped off the field by trainer Paul Lessard and Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu.
The Nationals defeated the Giants 3-1, but the concern now is the status of their 2015 National League MVP for the rest of the season.
Manager Dusty Baker said Harper...
Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper slipped on the first base bag attempting to beat out a grounder, injuring his left knee in the bottom of the first inning of the game Saturday night against the Giants at Nationals Park.
The game had been delayed for three hours because of heavy rains. Harper's left cleat appeared to slip on the wet first base bag as he leaned forward to try to beat Giants first baseman Ryder Jones. The knee appeared to buckle and he went down hard.
After writhing in pain...
Nationals manager Dusty Baker had the latest on how close Stephen Strasburg is to returning to the rotation.
"It's not written in stone but he had a good session the other day," Baker said. "He's supposed to go out here pretty soon for a rehab assignment."
Pitching coach Mike Maddux said Strasburg's most recent bullpen session went well and that he is building stamina. His likely rehab assignment is Monday night for high Single-A Potomac at home in Woodbridge, Va., against Salem.
The Nationals and the Giants will get their series underway tonight after Friday's rainout.
Right-hander Edwin Jackson was moved up from his Friday start to start tonight at home in San Francisco's only visit to Nats Park this season. The Giants counter with veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija (7-11, 4.75) and move Chris Stratton to Sunday.
First baseman Ryan Zimmerman's next hit (No. 1,623) will surpass Tim Raines for second place on the franchise all-time hit leaderboard. On Wednesday,...
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season)
Last 10 games: 6-4
Who to watch: C Buster Posey (.321 with 51 RBIs), CF Denard Span (24 doubles, 4 triples), 2B Joe Panik (20 doubles, 4 triples), LF Gorkys HernÃ¡ndez (9 stolen bases) RHP Hunter Strickland (2.09 ERA, 13 holds), RHP Mark Melancon (11 saves)
Season series vs. Nationals: 0-3
Aug. 12: RHP Chris Stratton vs. RHP Edwin Jackson, 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 13: RHP Jeff Samardzija vs. RHP A.J. Cole, 1:05 p.m., MASN Aug....
The one postgame quote that resonates after the Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland brawl in Monday's 3-0 Nationals win over the Giants is this one:
"It's so in the past that it's not even relevant anymore," Harper told reporters after the game. "They won the World Series that year. I don't even think (Strickland) should be thinking about what happened in the first round. He should be thinking about wearing that ring home every single night. I don't know why he did it or what he did it...
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season)
Last 10 games: 5-5
Who to watch: C Buster Posey (.333 with 7 HR, 11 RBIs), 1B Brandon Belt (10 HR, 22 RBIs), 3B Eduardo NÃºÃ±ez (.283 with 17 RBIs, 13 SB), RHP Matt Cain (3-3, 4.45 ERA), RHP Mark Melancon (2.51 ERA, 10 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (3-4 in 2016)
May 29: RHP Tanner Roark vs. LHP Matt Moore, 4:05 p.m., MASN2 May 30: LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija, 10:15 p.m., MASN2 May 31: RHP...