Adam LaRoche ended an 0-for-15 start to the season with homers in consecutive at-bats, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also homered, and the Washington Nationals opened an early interleague series by edging the Chicago White Sox 8-7 Tuesday night.
The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement with first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to the Washington Post.
In 2012, the Washington Nationals had their first winning record since they began play in D.C. in 2005, and they played the first playoff series in Washington in 79 years. The Nationals took D.C. fans through a roller coaster of emotions in the National League Division Series. Now that D.C. fans have had a taste of playoff baseball, they can only hope that this year was just the beginning.
Werth’s Homer Gives Washington Nationals Fans Reason To Cheer Going Into Game 5 Vs. St. Louis Cardinals
D.C.’s first home playoff baseball victory since 1933 was an October classic. When Jayson Werth launched a Lance Lynn fastball into the leftfield bullpen at Nationals Park in the bottom of the ninth inning, 44,392 fans went absolutely crazy. All of a sudden the Nats are in the driver’s seat, with 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez set to pitch Game 5 against Adam Wainwright (14-13) Friday at 8:37 p.m. at Nationals Park.
Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning by driving Lance Lynn’s 13th pitch into the left-field stands to give the Nationals a 2-1 victory over the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and force a Game 5 in their NL division series.
Taking the mound for only the fourth time in 2012, missing a rib after surgery to cure numbness on his right side, the 37-year-old Carpenter pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, rookie Pete Kozma delivered a three-run homer, and the defending champion Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in their NL division series.
The Nationals escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth and Washington beat the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.
The Washington Nationals arrived this afternoon, just hours after they watched the one game playoff with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, and they were greeted with a harsh reality of fall from mother nature as they disembarked from the plane.
Gio Gonzalez became the majors’ first 20-game winner in 2012, and the first pitcher for a Washington baseball team with 200 strikeouts since Walter Johnson in 1916, taking a shutout into the sixth inning Saturday to help the Nationals close in on their first NL East title by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4.
Adam LaRoche joined the Holden and Danny Show on 106.7 The Fan on Friday, the day after his Washington Nationals clinched the first playoff berth since the team moved to DC from Montreal.
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