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The Chicago National League Ballclub who plays at Wrigley Field which is a blessing and curse. Washington D.C. has a more recent World Series championship than them.

Rizzo said “we still have a run left in us” and he was right. Nats lose 11-1

“We have on this ballclub that we still have a run left in us.”

- Mike Rizzo, Washington Nationals general manager

Nats GM Rizzo: ‘We still have a run left in us’ - nationals.com

Rizzo was correct, the run left in the Nats belonged to Wilson Ramos, who hit a homer onto Waveland Avenue. It was an impressive shot, but not so much that MLB gave it embeddable video treatment. Thankfully, there is vine:

The post was supposed to follow with video of the Chicago Cubs five home runs last night, but they weren’t embeddable either. Weird. Anyway, the final score was 11-1, the Northsiders biggest win of the year. All-Star Jordan Zimmerman gave up 8 runs. My reaction to this dreadful loss:

Jeff Samardzija, who has been a thorn in my side since 2006, pitched a complete game.

Earlier in the day, the Nats cut 29 year old prospect Roger Bernadina and acquired David DeJesus from the opposite dugout. They promptly put DeJesus on waivers which makes so much sense. #expectit

So, not a great way to come out of a 1-2 series with NL East leader, the Atlanta Braves. I’m not expecting playoffs, but beating up on teams like the Cubs would make the season watchable. It was so bad last night, I thought about putting on the Redskins preseason game.

Two more night games and then a day game on Thursday. Night baseball at Wrigley Field is and always will be wrong.

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Why do the Nats and Caps hate Mother’s Day?

Friday, it all started out well with the Washington Nationals taking game 1 of the weekend series over the Chicago Cubs 7-2 (mlb.com video) and the Washington Capitals taking game 5 over the New York Rangers, 2-1 (nhl.com video).

The good times would only last until Saturday’s fifth inning, when, after dominating, Stephen Strasburg came completely undone. A Ryan Zimmerman error was followed by a walk, then an Edwin Jackson (his revenge!) double, followed by a walk, followed by a single. Four runs were home and the game was effectively over. Zach Duke just threw gasoline on the fire and the Cubs won 8-2 (mlb.com video) .

Sunday also started out promising – Gio Gonzalez retired the first 15 batters. Zimmerman drove in an early run. After 7 innings, the Nats were beating the Cubs 1-0. Then Drew Storen replaced Gonzalez and gave up a run. Then in the ninth, Rafael Soriano couldn’t get it done and Kurt Suzuki made an error that led to the winning Cubs run. Cubs take the game and series 2-1.

The evening was no better, the Caps couldn’t get on the powerplay once, while the Rangers did 5 times. The Rags won 2-1 (nhl.com video), forcing Game 7, tonight at 8 p.m. (have fun beat writers!) in D.C. The Nats are out on the West Coast for the next week too, so no games before 10 p.m. We’ll have to console ourselves with this great Post feature on Bryce Harper’s swing. (By the way, Bryce, you can start hitting again.)

When it comes down to it, the Cubs and Rangers just love their moms more.

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Nats have more day games against Cubs in D.C. than Chicago

The Washington Nationals host the Chicago Cubs this weekend and will host more day games against them then when they visit Chicago. That happened two years ago — all three games were scheduled as night games, but Mother Nature saw the folly of that and rained a game out.

Times are tough on the North Side and tension between the team and neighborhood is high:

No joy in Wrigleyville as Cubs, neighbors clashUSA Today
Cubs ownership wants significant changes to Wrigley Field, including a giant video board and more advertising. The rooftops, once a quaint feature are now big business that is threatened by proposed modernization. Finding solutions to the challenges of making a century old neighborhood ballpark sufficiently competitive is going to be tough for both sides, but concessions are going to have to be made as mutually assured destruction is the consequence if they aren’t. Wrigleyville won’t be Wrigleyville without the Cubs and the Cubs won’t be the Cubs without Wrigley — they’d just be a hapless franchise that hasn’t won in our grandparents or great-grandparents lifetimes. I hope they work it out, because I have a soft spot for the Cubbies.

When I was a kid, I watched a lot of Chicago Cubs games on superstation WGN. Without our own local team, the Cubs were a pretty good proxy – they had so much going for them:

Day baseball!

Wrigley Field

Harry Carray, especially after the middle innings on the radio, when he came back “refreshed”

I never made it out to Wrigley Field and that’s a regret that I hope to correct someday. I refuse to do it at night though.

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Nats rout, sweep Cubs; worst week for Chicago since 1871

After hitting six home runs in each of the previous two games, would the Washington Nationals make history last night?

I don’t know if I’d go far enough to say they made history, but the destroyed the Chicago Cubs, 9-2. The score was not the big story though, the benches and bullpens emptied twice with the Cubs frusturated about being dominated all week long.

It had only been 48 days since the Nationals carried a nine-run lead into the sixth inning of a crucial game against the Braves and watched it all crumble away in horrifying fashion. So when they entered the fifth inning Thursday night against the Cubs, leading this time by five runs, they weren’t about to ease off the gas pedal.

Thus, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa each stole second base off Chicago rookie reliever Lendy Castillo. And later Jayson Werth was given the green light to swing away at a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded.

Delivering the KO punchNats Insider

Swinging at a 3-0 pitch up by five runs, wasn’t appreciated by Cubs coach Jamie Quirk, who yelled at Bo Porter which started a commotion. The bullpens emptied.


By the way, the 3-0 greenlight might be the Ombudsman’s favorite part of baseball. Quirk got ejected. Porter did not. Remember, the Nats blew a huge lead to the Atlanta Braves back in July, so they aren’t letting up. By the way, Porter did a little boxing in his youth.

Tempers continued to rise until Bryce Harper got thrown at a few innings later.

(Davey) Johnson held back (Michael) Morse and bench coach Randy Knorr held back (Edwin) Jackson. (Afterward, Jackson declined to comment.) Johnson was protective of his own players — they had everything to lose, and they were feuding with a team with nothing to lose.

Thankfully, the Nats, save for Michael Gonzalez (ejected) stayed out of further trouble.

The Nats just beat the Cubs about as bad as you can beat somebody in baseball:

The seeds had been sown for days by the combustible combination of a ticked-off team and a manager, Davey Johnson, who gives no quarter.

“If they get mad at my guys in the fifth inning swinging 3-0 or running,” Johnson said, “they better get used to it.”

All series, the Nationals had battered the Cubs as soundly as one major league team can trounce another. Wednesday night, Chicago Manager Dale Sveum called their meeting “men against boys.” By the end of Thursday night, the Nationals would outscore the Cubs 31-9 over four games. The Cubs lost their 86th game. Frustration filled their dugout.

Nationals vs. Cubs: Bench-clearing incidents overshadow Washington’s four-game sweep
The Post

Lost in all the fussin’ an’ fightin’ was Jordan Zimmermann having a strong outing, particularly after giving up two early runs.

MOAR VIDEO

Somebody said the Nats “weren’t a team that you want to get in a snowball fight with” but I couldn’t find it. Great line.
AND HERE COME THE PRETZELS

IT GETS HARDER TONIGHT

The chance of a letdown here is huge, but Stephen Strasburg is making his final home start of 2012 against the Miami Marlins.

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Another 6 homer game for the Nats clinches Cubs series

Remember on Tuesday night when the Washington Nationals hit six home runs off the Chicago Cubs?

It took over 110 years and almost 80 seasons to reach that mark and the Nats did it again less than 24 hours later. Wow.

Bryce Harper hit two of those homers, earning the coveted “Must C” embeddable video on MLB.com:

You know what would be funny? Finding a Cubs pitcher in the offseason and playing the “rapid ascent” submarine horn for him. He’d probably collapse into the fetal position.

Sorry, I probably just jinxed the Nats to being shutout tonight.

Roger Bernadina hit a homer before Harper’s first, then Adam LaRoche hit one two batters later in the 3rd. Three out of four batters homered in one inning! Then in the 7th, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa went back to back. Harper’s second homer came in the sixth.

Gio Gonzalez pitched 7 shutout innings for his 18th win.

The Nats clinched another series last night. There isn’t a better story in baseball than this Nats team.

Hard Times Cafe is going to go broke on giving out wings.

More fun:

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Nats set D.C. record for homers in 11-5 rout over Cubs

History, it seems, is being made daily by the 2012 Washington Nationals.

It got better as Adam LaRoche hit his second homer in the eighth for the Nats sixth of the night. Ian Desmond, Jesus Flores, Tyler Moore and Ryan Zimmerman also contributed with the long ball. In nearly 80 seasons of D.C. baseball, this has never happened. The story just keeps getting better. This is the best story in baseball.

The Nats had 11 extra base hits out of 19 overall, so scoring 11 runs is actually kind of a disappointment; nine runners were left on base.

Edwin Jackson struck out 7 over 5 2/3, but faltered late and gave up four Chicago Cubs runs. He did have two hits though.

The crowd was low — under 18,000 on the first day of school for Northern Virginia. Low crowds were common across the league though:

School started, Bos, school started.

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Nationals beat Cubs to clinch first winning baseball season in D.C. since ’69 Senators

Forty-three years/ten seasons after the Ted Williams led the 1969 Washington Senators to 86 wins, D.C. has another winning season again as the Washington Nationals clinched their 82 win with today’s 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

We waited a long time for this, not just since 2005 when the Nats came and were 81-81, but for most of us, our whole lives. Let’s hope the is a regular occurrence for a long-time. I think it will be.

INSTANT REACTIONS

RECAP

Nationals vs. Cubs: Ross Detwiler stifles Chicago as Washington clinches first winning season since 1969The Post

What a winning Nats record looks likeThe Post

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Wrapping up the Nats at Cubs series

The Washington Nationals took the first two games of their first 2012 series, but the Chicago Cubs salvaged it yesterday, though the Nats fought back. Two out of three is nice, especially when every game could have gone the other way and nearly did.

Thursday: I recapped it that evening.

Saturday: Gio Gonzalez didn’t look sharp in his debut, giving up 4 runs in less than 4 innings. The bullpen came through though and another big ninth inning won it for the Nats.

Sunday: Jeff Samardzija nearly went the distance from the Cubs, holding them to a run until the ninth inning when Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer with 2 outs in the ninth. The Nats had a man on with Carlos Marmol throwing wildly, but Xavier Nady didn’t have the patience to let Marmol hurt himself.

Samardzija previously lit up Penn State in 2006 when he was an All-American WR at Notre Dame. I don’t like that guy! Also, he needs to get rid of the relief pitcher look if he’s going to be a starter.

Jordan Zimmermann went 7 innings and gave up 2 runs, but didn’t get the run support.

Two out of three is nice, especially when every game could have gone the other way and nearly did.

Wilson Ramos is having trouble behind the plate. He will be given the chance to work through it.

Jayson Werth can’t buy a hit, but at least walks in high pressure late game situations. His right field defense is lacking as well. He doesn’t like walls.

Ryan Zimmerman isn’t doing much better either. He got on via throwing error yesterday. I’m not worried about him, he was mashing them on Thursday, but the wind off Lake Michigan kept them in the park.

LaRoche really turned around after an awful Opening Day.

Chad Tracy
didn’t have the game-breaking hit yesterday, what’s going on?

Cubs reliever Kerry Wood might be the Nats first series offensive MVP. He got about 2 outs over 8 batters in two appearances.

FLAGS

The Cubs get to fly their W flag for the first time. The curly W flag will have to wait until tonight at the earliest.

On Thursday, I saw a DC flag flying at Wrigley. That and the Chicago flag = vexillological splendor:

UP NEXT

The Nats head to New York for a 3 game series against the Mets at Citi Field. They play the next two nights (Night baseball? How reverse) and finish up on Wednesday afternoon.

I have a Q&A with guest prognosticator Eric McErlain answering questions about the Mets at 2 p.m.

Oh yeah, does anybody care what Buck Showalter thinks? Ya, I didn’t think so.

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Nats win on Opening Day for first time since 2008

Opening Day came and ended with a win for the Washington Nationals. DC had not won the first game of the season since 2008 (Ryan Zimmerman walk-off) and before that — 1971 (Dick Bosman shut out the Oakland Athletics 8-0 at RFK Stadium DC Baseball History).

Ian Desmond is the player of the game, going 3 fo 5 and accounting for all but one of the Washington hits. He hit the first pitch of the game for a single. It would be the last Nats hit for 7 innings. Desmond had the next one, a single in the 8th . After Ryan Dempster (10 K 3 BB 2 H over 7 2/3) left, Kerry Wood came on and walked Ryan Zimmerman. A passed ball advanced both. Adam LaRoche, who left 5 men on in his first two at bats, walked to load the bases. Wood then walked Jayson Werth, scoring Desmond. That was it for Washington who tied the game.

Tyler Clippard
relieved Stephen Strasburg after 7 strong innings (5 K 1 BB5 H ) and allowed only one runner on an error by Danny Espinosa in the bottom of the 8th.

In the top of the 9th, Chad Tracy doubled and Desmond singled him home for the winning run. The bottom of the frame saw Brad Lidge make his Nats debut. He got into trouble when Ian Stewart hit a deep fly to the curve in the right field wall. Werth let it drop in front of him for a triple. Manager Davey Johnson then called the infield in, so when Jeff Baker bounced one to third, Ryan Zimmerman was in position to throw out the runner. Lidge then struck out Marlon Byrd with a full count for the save and the win.

Other notes…the wind blowing off of Lake Michigan through centerfield cost Zimmerman two home runs. Alfonso Soriano missed out on one too. The Nats hit the ball hard throughout the day, but April at Wrigley Field is cruel…Strasburg needs to learn to field his position. Somewhere there is a gif of him calling off his ball.

Lastly, Bill Murray was there for the first pitch. He ran the bases first:

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Day baseball! Nats try to take Cubs series at 2:20; Harry Kalas’ son on Nats radio?

Last night, the Washington Nationals got ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the first inning, but as seems to be the case whenever they get the early lead, the lost. The bright spots: Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 18 games and Jayson Werth homered to left. Not so brights spots: Ross Detwiler solidified his status as a future reliever by not reaching the 6th inning for the 15th time in 21 MLB starts; Laynce Nix, who has been dealing with a sore Achilles tendon, was limping after trying to beat out a double play.


Nationals vs. Cubs: Chicago gets just enough off Ross Detwiler to secure 4-2 win
The Post
Detwiler takes another loss for Nationals - CSN Washington
Davey Johnson unimpressed with Ross Detwiler’s outing as Nats fall 4-2 to CubsThe Wash. Times

The Nats get a chance to take a series they really need at 2:20 p.m. today. The schedule originally had the Nats playing all three games at Wrigley Field at night, but Mother Nature thought better of that absurdity. Unfortunately, superstation WGN does not have the game, so those of us who were hoping to work around the “my office doesn’t get MASN” problem are out of luck. So, that means listening to Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler on MLB Gameday Audio which is no hardship. Better enjoy it too, because they won’t be working together this weekend’s Phillies series since Jageler will be covering for Bob Carpenter on MASN. Stepping into the booth with Slowes on Saturday and Sunday is Todd Kalas son of the late Harry Kalas. The official story is that Kalas will already be in Philadelphia for the dedication of statue of his late father and is a friend of Slowes from when they both worked for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Stan Kasten‘s fingerpints are apparently not on this one. Since it is reasonable to assume that Jageler is auditioning for the MASN job, it isn’t a stretch to wonder if Kalas is auditioning for the #2 radio job.

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