The Nationals are sitting on D.C.’s first winning season in baseball in 43 years, with the most All-Stars representing the team since it’s inception 7 years ago, so it’s only fitting that, with an opening in 2015, Commissioner Selig brings the mid-summer classic back to the nation’s capital.
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?
Ryan Zimmerman’s line drive to right-center kept going — and going and going — until it landed in the first row, highlighting another big Fourth of July for the resurgent third baseman and as the NL East-leading Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 Wednesday.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to interrupt Baltimore’s agonizing offensive struggle, and the Orioles rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 Sunday in a duel between neighboring rivals.
Washington has seen its share of high-profile draft picks race from the draft to the playing field (Zimmerman, Strasburg, Harper to name a few), but in hockey (aside from Ovechkin) it takes a bit longer for a player’s talents to materialize onto the ice. The Capitals bring their youngsters up quicker than most, but don’t expect to see any of tonight’s draft picks anytime soon.
The Washington Nationals led off Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves with back to back home runs from Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper, but couldn’t hang on to win.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis hit two-run homers and the Baltimore Orioles matched a season high with their fifth straight win, 6-5 over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.
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.
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list by the Washington Nationals, who put outfielder Jayson Werth on the DL.
Bryce Harper will make his MLB debut Saturday when the Washington Nationals face the Los Angeles Dodgers.