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The first professional baseball team or at least the oldest in existence. They had Jim Bowden as GM too.

Nats take Reds series, head to Atlanta

I’ll admit, I had grown skeptical of the 2013 Washington Nationals and I did not see the series victory over the Cincinnati Reds coming. Three wins in a row followed by a dud yesterday. The dominant pitching of the first two nights was quite refreshing, in particular Jordan Zimmermann’s outstanding complete game on Friday night. They took the regular season Reds series 4-3.

An opprutunity is in front of the Nats this week with four games against the Atlanta Braves, who stormed out of the gate this season. They’ve already had some fun with “Natitude” and are now pushing “Gattitude” (DC Sports Bog, The Post) for their young catcher, Evan Gattis. Divisions aren’t won in April though, but a bad series here makes the climb back harder for D.C.

One thing leftover from that difficult sweep a few weeks ago — I recall reading a post about the Braves broadcasters suggesting the Nats rise through the draft was not the “right way” because they built the team off of #1 overall picks through losing. The Nats couldn’t do things that way — MLB’s ownership tenure left the franchise so barren that they couldn’t build any other way.

BRYCE HARPER, YEAR ONE

Not a bad start to Bryce Harper’s career? The anniversary of his debut was this weekend. A documentary is on ESPN tomorrow (DC Sports Bog, The Post) night at 9 p.m. Also, D.C. sports world’s collide – Jess Atkinson, local product turned Washington Redskins kicker and then sports anchor, produced it. Too much too soon? Probably.

KIND OF BORING BOSWELL CHAT

Read it anyway.

ON THIS DAY IN 1886


The Washington Nationals debuted in the National League
D.C. Baseball History

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Nats: Is Jordan Zimmermann’s 1 hitter the best pitched game in D.C. since 1931?

Jordan Zimmermann just pitched a one-hitter for the Washington Nationals, perhaps the best start by a D.C. pitcher since the August 8, 1931 no-hitter by Bobby Burke of the Washington Senators. Zimmermann allowed one hit, one walk and an error. Burke walked five Boston Red Sox that day, so Zimmermann’s may have actually been a better game.

Zimmermann’s line:

    		        IP   H   R  ER	BB  SO	HR  ERA
Zimmermann(W, 4-1)	9.0  1	 0  0	1   4	0   2.00

Boxscore

This is the second night in a row the Nats held the visiting Cincinnati Reds to a single hit for the second night in a row. The last time that happened ALMOST 113 YEARS AGO!

That was the Superbas who last did this to the Reds. The Superbas!

If I recall correctly, there was one previous one-hitter complete game since baseball returned to the District in 2005, but I’m still looking for it.

The one run of the game was scored by Bryce Harper who tripled in the 4th and was knocked in by a Jayson Werth single. Homer Bailey pitched very well in the loss.

MORE DETAILS COURTESY OF FEDERAL BASEBALL

THE FRIDAY CURSE IS OVER!

GAMERS

Jordan Zimmermann and Nationals one-hit Reds for second night in a rowThe Post

Zimmermann the Nats’ latest 1-hit wonderCSN Washington

Jordan Zimmermann dominates Reds with one-hit shutoutThe Wash. Times

The Nats are now 12-11.

TOMORROW

Dan Haren on the mound for D.C., game on FOX.

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Nats lose Reds series; 1-2 record against MLB teams so far, 4-2 overall

The Washington Nationals could only win one out of three against the Cincinnati Reds this weekend. The overall record is 4-2, but only 1-2 against MLB teams.

FRIDAY

A 15-0 loss. Dan Haren’s Nats debut was simply Harendous! – (Nats Enquirer)

I’m glad I feel asleep on the couch as it was getting out of hand. Oof.

SATURDAY

A 7-6 extra inning win that didn’t need to be in extras. SS Ian Desmond (he’s got about 4 on the season — we’re a week into it) made two errors. Bryce Harper made one:

Mike Wise wrote about Harper too: Mike Wise: At 20, Bryce Harper has already earned the respect of baseball greatsThe Post

Ross Detwiler pitched well, but the bullpen coughed up his 5-1 lead. Drew Storen gave up two runs (one earned, the other on account of Desmond) and Rafael Soriano blew the save. The Nats were saved by homers – lots of them, including a solo shot in the 11th by Desmond (some redemption) the game-winner by Wilson Ramos (his second of the day, 3 RBI), Harper (two-run shot) and Jayson Werth (solo shot). Werth’s was caught barehanded by a guy holding his toddler in the other arm.


Oh and there was a little bit of an issue with the Channel 9 (WUSA) broadcast… (Sportsrantz)

SUNDAY

Aside from this amazing change up (Nationals Journal, The Post), Stephen Strasburg didn’t have it. He gave up 3 in the first and 3 in the sixth. He only went 5 1/3 innings. The bright spot – another homer from the 8th spot, C Kurt Suzuki hit a 3-run shot in the 2nd to tie it up. That was the only Nats scoring of the day off of Johhny Cueto or any other Reds pitcher. Final score 6-3.

I only listened on and off on the radio on account of fatherhood. Gravelly Point was awfully crowded yesterday.

THOMAS BOSWELL CHAT

Ask Boswell: Redskins, Nationals and Washington sports The Post

OFF DAY

No game on this Monday. That’s okay, sit outside and enjoy a refreshing beverage instead.

IN SCORES OF OTHER GAMES

Alex Ovechkin had 5 goals over two nights. The Caps are in first place in the SouthLeast division.

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Nats can’t hold on, lose game, sweep to Joey Votto, Reds

The Washington Nationals came very close to returning to D.C. with a winning Ohio River road trip and a sweep of a very good Cincinnati Reds team. The Nats have yet to complete a sweep yet. They went 3-3 on their recent swing.

On the bright side, in order to lose a sweep on the road, the following things had to happen:

A 3 hour 36 minute rain delay.

A rookie outfielder, Bryce Harper, terribly misplayed a fly ball in the 8th that cost the Nats 2 runs. Note to Davey Johnson, give Harper a day off.

The opposite team’s “face of the franchise,” Joey Votto, had to have the best day of his career 3 home runs (walk-off grand slam) and a double

A set-up man turned closer, Henry Rodriguez, pitching for the third day in a row on a sloppy mound had to have tough inning.

Tough loss like one that may have repercussions this week. The Nats have done okay bouncing back and get the San Diego Padres for two games. Then they get the Pittsburgh Pirates for two more. Thus far, the Nats won a series with the former while losing one to the latter.

In other bad news, Wilson Ramos is out for the season with a torn ACL. Hasn’t he suffered enough?

FURTHER READING

Nationals vs. Reds: Joey Votto homers three times as Washington falls, 9-6The Post

Rodriguez implodes as Votto slams Nationals in ninthThe Wash. Times

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Nats beat Reds 7-3, Harper kabongs himself, draws blood

Washington Nationals Gio Gonzales was going uphill on K Street last night. From Gio Gonzalez fans nine, escapes jam for fourth win (Nationals Journal, The Post):

He struck a season-high nine batters. All of his victims swung at strike three, eight of them on a mid-90s fastball that he zipped over the outside corner all night. His strikeout total for the year climbed to 50 in just 41 2 / 3 innings, one behind rotation mate Stephen Strasburg for the National League lead.

But Gonzalez also issued four walks and used 115 pitches, the most of any Nationals starter this season, in only five innings

The Nats had 7-0 lead over the Cincinnati Reds at one point (homers by Roger Bernadina for the second day in a row and Danny Espinosa contributed) but it wasn’t a comfortable one. The Reds kept putting runners on, getting a few across, and threatening to tie it up late. The Nats bullpen held on, but there was some anxiety.

But that’s not the story…

Rookie Bryce Harper has, in the views of some, gone against type since his promotion to the big leagues by being a model citizen. I joked with someone the other day that douchy thing about him was his hair. Well, the skullet was gone last night (Nats Enquirer) — too beautiful for this world, right?

Harper finally slipped — he went 1 for 6 last night. At the plate, he went 0 for 5. It was in the dugout he got his hit — his face above high right eye. In frusteration, Harper banged his bat against the wall in the dugout and got hit with it on the rebound. Harper went onto the field with his face covered in blood (Nats Enquirer). Had this happened at Nationals Park, the old “Blood Field” name for the neighborhood might have come back.

Seeing Harper covered in blood isn’t a happy sight because it makes a Nats fan worry that this 1.) an actual injury that will keep him out of action 2.) a sign of a bad temper that will hinder his play 3.) a serious injury that will hurt his development or limit his potential.

Let’s try not to think about that though and try to look on the bright side of life — the rookie “hazing.”

Ian Desmond has already declared that Harper will be known as Bam Bam (@AdamKilgoreWP). Given that last year, the “hazing” was sending the Nats rookies up to New York on the train dressed as Smurfs, it stands to reason that this year’s rookies will be dressed as the citizens of Bedrock. Harper will get to be Bam Bam of course. Wilson Ramos will probably volunteer to be Pebbles even though he’s not a rookie though if he doesn’t improve his defense behind the plate, he’d probably deserve it. It won’t be quite as fun as the Smurfs because no hazing ever will be.

By the way, YouTube doesn’t seem to have any clips of Bamm Bamm (proper spelling it turns out) saying “BAMM BAMM!” Baby boomers, you are letting us down.

The final word on Harper’s incident (ha! People are still talking about his getting hit by Cole Hamels) comes from @JeffPassan:

Dear Bryce Harper: Hitting yourself with a bat in the head is so passe. Use me next time. I’m the new hotness. Sincerely, Fire Extinguisher.

Uh, actually one more, this time from @craigcalcaterra

That bat that hit Harper in the face is classless, gutless and chickenfeces. It’s fake tough.

Remember everyone, no matter the score, the Internet always wins.

Nats have clinched the season series with the Reds, but have two more to go this weekend, tonight (overlapping with the Capitals game 7) and tomorrow afternoon.

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Nats vs. Reds Q&A and prediction with Church of Baseball

Another series, another guest prognosticator post. Since the Washington Nationals are sailing down the Ohio River on a sternwheeler — rounding the bend near Huntington, W.V. about now, (not really) to play the Cincinnati Reds, I have asked Cathie from Church of Baseball to answer some questions. She’s “a Reds fan by birth, Nats fan by residence, worshipper of the baseball religion.” She’s also right on the right side of the Nats heritage debate. Here we go:

WFY: The Cincinnati Reds are over 7 years removed from the Jim Bowden experience and the Reds have one playoff berth to show for it. Do you consider yourself and the Reds healed from his tenure? Was it hard having him as GM as your “other” team? Should there be an “it’s get better video” for fans of teams that Bowden was GM of?

CoB: Jim Bowden is a joke in Cincinnati. We refer to him as “Leatherpants” because of an infamous Spring Training appearance in which he appeared in public wearing leather pants. (Editor’s note: Hey, we say that too!) Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman can’t stand the guy and won’t even refer to him by name. Once he called him “Leatherpants Vampire” on air. That guy has no business being a GM anywhere. That being said, he DID draft Joey Votto. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

WFY: After reaching the playoffs in 2010, what happened to the 2011 Reds?

CoB: I’d love to blame 2011 on injuries. Or Dusty Baker. Or acts of God. But the truth is, they just underachieved. Bronson Arroyo was awful but he still took the mound every 5th day. The shortstop position produced nothing. Scott Rolen got old. Oh, and Dusty Baker’s lineups…

WFY: Have you had Joey Votto’s cereal (Big League Stew, Yahoo!)? Oh and how about that new 12 years, $251.5 million contract?

CoB: Haven’t had VottOs. Love the contract. A player who stays with one team for his entire career is as rare as…well, something that’s rare.

WFY: Ray Knight is now on the Nats studio hosts and occasional color commentator. What do you remember most from his tenure as manager. Oh and Davey Johnson is DC’s manager now too, so I guess we ought to ask about his time in the Queen City.

CoB: I don’t remember much about Knight as manager. Unremarkable, I guess. Davey gave us two first place finishes in the mid-nineties (stupid strike.) Ridiculous he was let go (stupid management.)

WFY: How hard was it having Marge Schott owning the Reds?

CoB: Marge kept ticket and beer prices down. She wasn’t bad. She wasn’t evil, either, just a product of a backwards era in a conservative city that is stuck a few decades behind the times.

WFY: Is there a local/regional beer that goes hand in hand with a Reds game?

CoB: Moerlein is a Cincinnati beer but it isn’t mainstream, though they did just open a Lager House near the stadium.

WFY: What’s so great about cinnamon in chili anyway?

CoB: The trick to loving Cincinnati chili is to understand it is pasta sauce more than chili. Skyline = yum. Gold Star = gross.

WFY: Yankees/Diamondbacks/Rangers washout Buck Showalter thinks that the ballparks in D.C. and Cincinnati are less than iconic. How is Great American Ballpark? What about Nationals Park? How was Riverfront Stadium?

CoB: GABp is middle of the pack. They could have made it great but blew it. Hate the stupid boat. Nice river and city views. Not a bad seat in the place. Park is better than Riverfront though Riverfront had the history. Nats Park has no soul; it feels like a mall. They really blew that.

WFY: I think I head that Pete Rose would run through fire in a gasoline suit to bet on baseball. Does he belong in the Hall of Fame?

CoB: Pete belongs in the Hall, no question. Bud Selig belongs in a gasoline suit in Hell. (editor’s note: Hmmm)

WFY: Where do you get your Reds coverage?

CoB: I watch pretty much every game so I don’t read much about the team. I’ll check Redreporter.com and Redlegnation.com everyday to see if they’ve linked to anything worth reading. Guess I get a lot from Twitter, too.

WFY: What about Reds broadcasts? Is Marty Brenneman as good as advertised? What about Thom Brenneman?

CoB: Marty is cranky. Thom talks too much. Both refuse to understand that the game has changed. They are allergic to sabermetrics.

WFY: Who takes this series?

CoB: Reds have won their last five series in a row and have the best record in the National League since they decided to stop sucking on April 19th. They’ll take this series, too.

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Nats can’t sweep Reds series; Astros next; Strasburg tonight

Bad calls helped the Reds take the final game of the serious. Joey Votto thinks that’s Cincinnatitude (both via @MrIrrelevantDC):

<a href='http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/video?videoid=ea811ef4-ddc3-40ce-8a28-e7f0498e2ffe&#038;src=v5:embed::' target='_new' title='Reds dodge sweep in extras' >Video: Reds dodge sweep in extras</a>

Losing 3 of 4, along with Cinnamon(?) in chili must be Cincinattitude. No thanks.

The Nats still came back, but the game went to extra innings. Tyler Clippard and his sore shoulder fell off the mound (Nats Enquirer) and then lost the game . So, the four game win streak ended. He guarantees the Nats will be in the playoffs (DC Sports Bog, The Post) though. Of course, his shoulder may have already fallen off. By the way, never brag about bullpen or pitching depth in general, as it can be short-lived.

Back to Natitude – Jayson Werth ran through the finish line in the President’s Race (Let Teddy Win) again.

Ryan Zimmerman isn’t hitting (Nationals Journal, The Post), but aside from the Home Opener, his fielding has been excellent.

PREVIOUSLY

Friday and Saturday, both wins for D.C. Yay Edwin Jackson.

Thursday | home opener

COMING UP

The Nats have won their first three series with the Houston Astros coming to D.C. for four games starting tonight. 7-3 is a good place to be and like Thomas Boswell said, stock up those early season wins (The Post). Has his chat started yet?

Stephen Strasburg pitches tonight, but how many will be there (Nats Insider)? I declared the Strasburg hype over on August 15, 2010 when my wife and I were two of just 21,000+ there.

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Almost a clean sweep for D.C.: Caps, Nats, DC United all win (Wizards don’t)

Yesterday, three D.C. teams played concurrently and all won — two over Boston area teams. The Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in the second overtime in the game 2 of the NHL playoffs to take home ice advantage.

Just minutes earlier, the Washington Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 behind Edwin Jackson’s complete game (The Post) in his home debut. Why won’t MLB let me embed video until the day after?

This followed a 13 inning win on Friday night:

DC United beat the New England Revolution at Foxoboro, 2-1 (The Post).


The Wizards lost though. Of course.

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NATS HOME OPENER: The scene

Observations from the Washington Nationals home opener against the Cincinnati Reds, a 3-2 victory:

  • Fans entering Nationals Park from center field were greeted by a drumline on Half Street.

    Drumline greeting fans

  • For the first time I can recall, there was a military jet flyover.

    Flyover

  • The Quantico Marine Corps band played “America the Beautiful” and the “Star Spangled Banner.”

    Quantico Marine Corps Band

  • The DC National Guard participated in the ceremony with a gigantic flag, a regular tradition.

    DC National Guard flag

  • Lines seemed pretty standard.
  • The turnstiles now have optical readers to scan tickets.
  • I saw Nats COO Andy Feffer and didn’t yell at him.
  • I couldn’t find the Bob Carpenter scorebook at the several stands I looked for it — I would have gotten it at the team store, but it is closed. Next time, perhaps.
  • I think the definition of “all the way” has changed at Ben’s Chili Bowl stands. I don’t recall it always including shredded cheese and whiz. Next time, I’ll go without the cheese.

    Hard Times nachos, Ben's Chili Bowl half-smoke (all the way)

  • Beer is still expensive.
  • Good to see a few fellow bloggers out there.
  • It was the first time I sat in the outfield, not bad, I think I prefer behind home plate in the upper deck.
  • Metro ran well for me, no issues, but I booked it to Navy Yard station on the way out.
  • I expected a much bigger ovation for Wilson Ramos during introductions and his first at bat.
  • Always good to see co-owner James Brown was master of ceremonies. I still wish they could find something for Charlie Brotman to do.
  • Teddy lost in a close one.
    Teddy comes in second to Tom
  • The race was moved to left field to prevent Jayson Werth from interfering again so both sides of the field could get the experience (DC Sports Bog). Scott Ableman of Let Teddy Win was featured in The Reliable Source, The Post; good to see him too.
  • Werth dropped November Rain as his at bat music too — good move. His first at bat was “Howlin’ For You,” a major upgrade.
  • Ryan Zimmerman went with “We Are Young” which sounds like a college anthem. Speaking of Zimmerman, his off-field news may be why he played so poorly yesterday — he just got engaged (The Reliable Source, The Post).
  • Xavier Nady doesn’t bring much as a player, but he did choose one of the few decent Collective Soul songs — “Heavy” as his at bat music.
  • Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was there and booed. Not me though, he supported DC baseball!
  • Sections 418/419 never filled in — I couldn’t get seats up there during the presale. I think the ticketing situation needs to be reviewed.
  • The scoreboard walk and Red Loft were crowded throughout the day.
  • John Popper of Blues Traveler fame played God Bless America on the harmonica, but I’d say he gave the runaround on a few notes towards the end.

    John Popper?

  • I did not pick up the Natitude giveaway cap
  • Good to hear “Heart” on the organ late in the game.

Wow two links to The Reliable Source, that has to be a first.

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Heroic beer vendor Emmanuel Marlow had the best week in Natstown

The last week has been a rough one for Washington Nationals fans. After taking 2 of 3 from the Philadelphia Phillies last weekend, they took game 1 of the Arizona Diamondbacks series a week ago tonight and have not won since. That yesterday’s loss included a short Jordan Zimmerman start (his last of the year), a blown save by Drew Storen and a 14 inning walk-off home run by the host Cincinnati Reds seems just about right.

Were the Nats hungover from taking the Phillies series or did their skill level (especially at the plate) just catch up with them? I can’t say, but they were not a fun distraction during a week with an earthquake and a tropical storm hitting D.C.

Just as I was getting to write this post over lunch, some happy Nats news came from D.C. Sports Bog. A beer vendor, D.C. native Emmanuel Marlow successfully performed the Hemlich maneuver on a choking child.

At the game in question, Marlow told me that he was selling beer when he noticed a little boy in the crowd, coughing, gagging and turning a strange color. The fans in that section seemed to be panicking, but no one had taken charge of the incident.

“I guess they never had experienced a first-aid situation,” said Marlow, who had once worked a game at FedEx Field when a patron had a mild stroke. “[The boy] was actually going to a new color. I knew I needed to jump in and do it. There was no time for hesi­ta­tion. It had to be done right then and there.”

And thus, remembering his UDC training, Marlow indeed performed the Heimlich on the boy, who had a piece of chicken lodged in his throat. It took three thrusts, but the chicken was dislodged.

Awesome. If I ever see him in my section, he’s getting a good tip.

UPDATE: WTTG Fox 5 did a profile of Marlow (h/t DC Sports Bog):

Nationals Park Beer Vendor, Emanuel Marlow, Saves Choking Teen: MyFoxDC.com

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