12:38 AM EDT, Sun April 21, 2019
37 mins ago
Max Scherzer struggles with location; Nationals drop second straight to Marlins...

Max Scherzer struggles with location; Nationals drop second straight to Marlins...

Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer left pitches up in the zone all night and the Miami Marlins connected again and again... A hanging curve and hanging slider up in the zone cost Max Scherzer early on Saturday night in Miami, with Brian Anderson (RBI double) and Starlin Castro (RBI single) taking advantage of pitches Scherzer left up, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead early in the middle game of the three-game series in Marlins Park. Castro got Scherzer again in the third, hitting a 3-2 slider to left for a two-out RBI single that put the Marlins back on top after the Washington Nationals...
3 hours ago
Washington Nationals drop second straight to Miami Marlins, 9-3: Max Scherzer struggles in South Florida...

Washington Nationals drop second straight to Miami Marlins, 9-3: Max Scherzer struggles in South Florida...

Miami’s Marlins, who’d lost four straight, 9 of 10, and 15 of 19 before this weekend, beat Washington Nationals for the second straight night, 9-3 final. Miami’s Marlins came into this series with losses in four straight, nine of 10, and 14 of 19 on the season, but they beat the Washington Nationals in each of the first two games and will have a chance to sweep the series in tomorrow’s finale after a 9-3 win tonight. It was an off night for Max Scherzer, who gave up 11 hits and seven runs (six earned) in 5 1⁄3 innings pitched... Scherzer in Miami: Max Scherzer gave up three runs...
5 hours ago
Anthony Rendon has 17-game hit streak end when hit-by-pitch on elbow leads to an early exit...

Anthony Rendon has 17-game hit streak end when hit-by-pitch on elbow leads to an early exit...

Anthony Rendon exited tonight’s game after taking a 95 MPH fastball off his left elbow, and his hit streak ended because of the HBP... Anthony Rendon took a 95 MPH Jose Ureña fastball off his left elbow in the Washington Nationals’ third baseman’s second at bat of the night tonight, and though he stayed in, trying to shake it off as he ran the bases (scoring on a Matt Adams’ single), the Nats’ 28-year-old infielder left the game between innings. Unfortunately for Rendon, and fans of streaks, the early exit brought an end to a 17-game hit streak which stretched back to the second...
5 hours ago
X-rays negative for Anthony Rendon; 17-game hit streak ends after HBP on elbow

X-rays negative for Anthony Rendon; 17-game hit streak ends after HBP on elbow

Anthony Rendon exited tonight’s game after taking a 95 MPH fastball off his left elbow, and his hit streak ended because of the HBP... Anthony Rendon took a 95 MPH Jose Ureña fastball off his left elbow in the Washington Nationals’ third baseman’s second at bat of the night tonight, and though he stayed in, trying to shake it off as he ran the bases (scoring on a Matt Adams’ single), the Nats’ 28-year-old infielder left the game between innings. Unfortunately for Rendon, and fans of streaks, the early exit brought an end to a 17-game hit streak which stretched back to the second...
6 hours ago
Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins: GameThread 19 of 162

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins: GameThread 19 of 162

Washington and Miami play the second game of their three-game set in Marlins Park at 6:10 PM EDT with Max Scherzer on the mound for the Nationals against Fish starter Jose Ureña. FOLLOW: MASN 2; 106.7 the FAN. Next Game Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins April 20, 2019 6:10 PM EDTMarlins Park Jose Ureña vs Max Scherzer WEATHER: Partly Cloudy, 78° • D.C. Starting Lineup: 1. Mighty Mouse - RF 2. #RENDONISREADY - 3B 3. #JuanPursuit - LF 4. Mt. Adams - 1B 5. Brian Dozier - 2B 6. Yan Gomes - C 7. #DIFOBP - SS 8. "Mad Max" Scherzer - RHP 9. Victor Robles - CF • LINKS: Juan...
9 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 3 with Marlins in Miami...

Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 3 with Marlins in Miami...

Max Scherzer takes on the Marlins tonight as the Nationals try to even things up in the second of three in Miami. No one was taking anyone lightly, in spite of the fact that Miami’s Marlins had won just four of their first 19 games this season, had dropped four straight, and had been held scoreless over 23 innings going into last night’s series opener with the Washington Nationals. “Every game matters, regardless of who you play, and they’re in our division,” Nats’ manager Davey Martinez told reporters before the first of three with the Fish. “So we’ve just got to go out...
13 hours ago
Kyle Barraclough currently the best option to solve the Nationals’ eighth inning woes

Kyle Barraclough currently the best option to solve the Nationals’ eighth inning woes

The eighth inning has given Nationals fans the heebie-jeebies so far this season. In the search for a solution, it’s time to try Kyle Barraclough in that role... Man, there’s not much else that can be said about the Washington Nationals’ bullpen right now. Fans are sick of it and are just hoping for some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. The group’s ERA sits at a league-high 7.59 after the team’s first 18 games and has cost them numerous wins along the way. Though there’s been some slow improvement from when they held a 10.17 ERA just under two weeks ago, it’s still a...
15 hours ago
Wire Taps: Nationals drop opener to Marlins; Austin Adams called up; Nats’ 11th on Forbes’ Most Valuable franchise list

Wire Taps: Nationals drop opener to Marlins; Austin Adams called up; Nats’ 11th on Forbes’ Most Valuable franchise list

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the 2nd of 3 in Miami... We’ve mentioned it elsewhere, but the Miami Marlins were on a four-game losing streak, with losses in 9 of 10 and 15 of 19 games before they beat the Washington Nationals last night. Maybe they were just due for a win? That is all. Go read your links... NATS BEAT: Joe Ross a bright spot in series-opening 3-2 loss to Marlins - (MASN)"Left-hander Caleb Smith was a little bit better than Nats right-hander Aníbal Sánchez, but it was close." Nationals can’t connect the dots in loss to...
17 hours ago
Washington Nationals suffer letdown in 3-2 loss to Miami Marlins on Friday night...

Washington Nationals suffer letdown in 3-2 loss to Miami Marlins on Friday night...

Miami’s Marlins might have been due, after dropping four straight and 9 of 10, but the Washington Nationals didn’t help themselves either, in what ended up a 3-2 loss. Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez talked after opening the season with eleven straight within the division (all of them against Philly and New York) about moving on from their NL East rivals, two of four teams who are expected to compete for the division title, but maintaining the intensity that was present in the opening stretch. “I think for me every time you step on the field you’re competing, no...
Apr 20, 2019
Aníbal Sánchez falters in the sixth, Nationals fall to Marlins, 3-2 in series opener in Miami...

Aníbal Sánchez falters in the sixth, Nationals fall to Marlins, 3-2 in series opener in Miami...

A bases-loaded walk in the sixth forced in the tying run and ended Aníbal Sánchez’s outing, and the winning run scored on a hit-by-pitch in the next at bat... In his third start of the 2019 campaign last week, Aníbal Sánchez threw seven strong innings on the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the nation’s capital, giving up seven hits, two walks, and two earned runs in a 100-pitch effort. Both the starter and his manager talked afterwards about the fact that the 35-year-old right-hander looked like he could still have gone deeper in the outing if he’d needed to. “He came...
Apr 19, 2019
Washington Nationals drop series opener to Miami Marlins, 3-2; bases-loaded walk & hit-by-pitch the difference...

Washington Nationals drop series opener to Miami Marlins, 3-2; bases-loaded walk & hit-by-pitch the difference...

Miami’s Marlins had lost four straight and 9 of 10 before they beat the Washington Nationals tonight in the series opener in Marlins Park, 3-2. A bases-loaded walk and hit-by-pitch on consecutive pitches, with the free pass by Aníbal Sánchez, and the HBP by Matt Grace, forced in two runs in the bottom of the sixth, giving the Miami Marlins a 3-1 lead in what ended up a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals in the series opener in South Florida. Sánchez vs Miami: Three starts into his 14th major league campaign, Aníbal Sánchez was (0-1) with a 4.86 ERA, seven walks, 11 Ks, and a...
Apr 19, 2019
Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins: GameThread 18 of 162

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins: GameThread 18 of 162

Washington and Miami start a three-game set in Marlins Park at 7:10 PM EDT tonight with Aníbal Sánchez on the hill against Fish lefty Caleb Smith. FOLLOW: MASN 2; 106.7 the FAN in D.C. Next Game Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins April 19, 2019 7:10 PM EDTMarlins Park Caleb Smith vs Aníbal Sánchez WEATHER: Rainy, 71° • D.C. Starting Lineup: 1. Mighty Mouse - RF 2. #RENDONISREADY - 3B 3. #JuanPursuit - LF 4. THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 1B (Word.) 5. Kurt Suzuki - C 6. Brian Dozier - 2B 7. #DIFOBP - SS 8. Aníbal Sánchez - RHP 9. Victor Robles - CF • LINKS: Juan Soto...
Apr 19, 2019
Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins: GameThread 18 of 172

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins: GameThread 18 of 172

Washington and Miami start a three-game set in Marlins Park at 7:10 PM EDT tonight with Aníbal Sánchez on the hill against Fish lefty Caleb Smith. FOLLOW: MASN 2; 106.7 the FAN in D.C. Next Game Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins April 19, 2019 7:10 PM EDTMarlins Park Caleb Smith vs Aníbal Sánchez WEATHER: Rainy, 71° • D.C. Starting Lineup: 1. Mighty Mouse - RF 2. #RENDONISREADY - 3B 3. #JuanPursuit - LF 4. THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 1B (Word.) 5. Kurt Suzuki - C 6. Brian Dozier - 2B 7. #DIFOBP - SS 8. Aníbal Sánchez - RHP 9. Victor Robles - CF • LINKS: Juan Soto...
Apr 19, 2019
Washington Nationals’ lineup for series opener with the Marlins in Miami...

Washington Nationals’ lineup for series opener with the Marlins in Miami...

Washington and Miami meet for the first time in 2019 in this weekend’s three-game set in Marlins Park... While Washington’s Nationals did manage to take 2 of 3 from the San Francisco Giants with Thursday’s 4-2 win in the series finale, they could have made things easier on themselves if they were able to do better than going 1 for 11 with nine left on base in the third of three in D.C. “We could have put this game away early,” manager Davey Martinez told reporters after his team wrapped up a 3-3 homestand, “and we’ve just got to get better — man on third base, less than two...
Apr 19, 2019
Washington Nationals place Austen Williams on 10-Day IL, recall Austin Adams from AAA

Washington Nationals place Austen Williams on 10-Day IL, recall Austin Adams from AAA

Austen Williams landed on the 10-Day IL this afternoon, and the Nationals called Austin Adams up to join the bullpen in Miami. Austen Williams’ first two appearances of 2019 didn’t go the way anyone wanted them to, unfortunately. Williams, 26, gave up a walk, a hit, and two earned runs in his debut out of the Nationals’ bullpen, then surrendered four hits (two home runs) and four runs (all four earned) in a 1⁄3 of an inning in his second appearance. “Williams had a tough day today, he did,” Davey Martinez told reporters after the second of Williams’ two appearances turned a...