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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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