Former Nats’ announcer and Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton is “shocked” by Washington’s inability to produce runs, but offered some consolation to Stephen Strasburg, who’s record has been a by-product of their offensive ineptitude.
Alex Avila hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning off Stephen Strasburg and the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 Tuesday night.
Stephen Strasburg will make his first regular season appearance against Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers, as the Nats try to keep the surge going after winning four of their last five games.
Andre Ethier homered off Rafael Soriano to lead off the ninth inning and the Nationals went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position Friday night in a 3-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Washington Nationals gave Strasburg a three-run lead in the first inning, but the Miami Marlins responded with five in their half in route to an 8-3 win on Friday night.
Nats GM Mike Rizzo denied rumors that Washington’s looking to trade for a starting pitcher before the deadline, saying he’s confident Dan Haren will bounce back, and made maybe the first public reference to the team’s top three pitchers as “The Big Three.”
Stephen Strasburg had hitters flailing at curveballs for seven scoreless innings Tuesday night, getting all eight of his strikeouts with the same pitch in a magnificent outing that was wasted when the Milwaukee Brewers scored off the Washington Nationals bullpen for a 4-0 victory.
At the halfway point of the 2012 season, the surprising Nationals were 48-33 and led the second-place New York Mets by four and a half games in the National League East race.
The Washington Nationals will welcome Stephen Strasburg back from the 15-day disabled list Sunday afternoon when he pitches a Father’s Day rubber match against the Cleveland Indians.
Here’s what you may have missed, or if you didn’t, what’s worth re-reading this week (June 3-7).