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August 30, 2013 [LINK / comment]
Nats sweep the Marlins
All of a sudden, the Washington Nationals are looking pretty hot, as they just completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins to rise three games above .500 for the first time in six weeks. The first two games of the series were close calls, winning by scores of 2-1 and 4-3. On Wednesday, closing pitcher Rafael Soriano completed his task while only giving up one base hit in the top of the ninth inning. That was less angst and drama than usual. But the game last night was a sign that perhaps the Nats really have gotten over their past frustrations and lived up to their potential. Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond each hit three-run homers later in the game to seal the deal. Final score: 9-0. Gio Gonzalez struggled in the first inning or two, but then gained command and went a full seven innings to get the win.
Postseason long shot
Ever since I declared the Nationals' chances for making the postseason were over and done with (in the wake of being swept by the Braves, August 5-7), the Nationals have staged a remarkable comeback, winning 14 of their last 19 games.
How's this for a startling factoid: The period August 19-29 is the first time this year that the Nationals have won eight games during a ten-game stretch. Tomorrow they'll go for nine out of ten, and with any luck, I'll be there!
More Nats player photos
I've edited several more photos of Washington Nationals players, including almost all of the current starting lineup. All of them were taken at the August 15 game, when the Nats lost a heartbreaker, 4-3. One player that day has since been traded away: catcher Kurt Suzuki.
P: Dan Haren
1B: Adam LaRoche
SS: Ian Desmond
3B: Ryan Zimmerman
LF: Bryce Harper
CF: Denard Span
RF: Jayson Werth
RP: Tyler Clippard
CP: Rafael Soriano
MANAGER: Davey Johnson
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January 7, 2013 ~ Br-r-r! Winter field trip to Highland County
January 21, 2013 ~ Continuity: Obama begins his second term
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March 16, 2013 ~ Birding field trip in Waynesboro
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April 1, 2013 ~ Play ball! The 2013 season begins
May 31, 2013 ~ R.I.P. YuLee Larner (1923-2013)
June 8, 2013 ~ Nats come from behind, and WIN!
June 30, 2013 ~ Expedition to the top of Elliott's Knob
July 18, 2013 ~ A Midsummer's Day Dream *
July 20, 2013 ~ Various random day trips
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Nightmare on South Capitol Street: Harper, Zimmerman save Nationals from doom
August 24, 2013 ~ Nats keep bouncing back from total disasters
September 3, 2013 ~ Nats are barely clinging to life
September 30, 2013 ~ Baseball season comes to an end
September 30, 2013 ~ Fall bird migration reaches the peak
December 26, 2013 ~ Catching up with baseball
December 26, 2013 ~ 2013: Republicans keep defeating themselves
December 26, 2013 ~ Hawk watch: Up close & personal
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