Thanks to strong pitching from Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper’s burst of energy and Adam LaRoche’s slugging, the Washington Nationals won enough from April through September that even a loss on the first day of October could not stop them from clinching the NL East.
Nationals fans are still white knuckling after seeing their team get swept in Atlanta, and that anxiety only grew last night when the Braves closed the gap to 5 games. But have no fear. Very soon you’ll be able to celebrate something you’ve waited for 8 full seasons…a playoff berth.
Adam LaRoche added to his home run tear with a two-run shot and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2 in a fight-filled game Thursday night to finish a lopsided four-game sweep.
A pennant race is still new to Washington fans so the city-wide panic attack that was shared by them is forgivable after the Nats dropped four straight to Philly compounded with the news that Strasburg is down to his last few starts. But rest assured, everything will be okay.
David Freese homered, drove in three runs and had a go-ahead single in the ninth inning Saturday as the St. Louis Cardinals ended a four-game skid with a wild, 10-9 win over the Washington Nationals.
At the halfway point of the season, the Washington Nationals have a commanding lead over the NL East, and in just three seasons, have gone from the laughingstock of the league, to one of the most feared lineups in all of baseball. The only question is: Can they keep it up?
Andrew McCutchen homered twice, James McDonald took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out a career-high 11, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Thursday night.
The Arizona Diamondbacks used a home run from an unlikely source and the strong pitching from Ian Kennedy to shutout the Nationals.
The Nationals take a 4-1 win from the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
A small measure of pay back for former Reds’ outfielder Jonny Gomes, who delivered a key two-run single.