SAN DIEGO — Right-hander Dan Haren had an outing Sunday afternoon that he would like to forget as the Padres pounded the Nationals, 13-4, at Petco Park. After winning the first two games, the Nationals ended up splitting the four-game series.
SAN DIEGO — Infielder Chad Tracy is the leader of the “Goon Squad,” which is another name for the Nationals’ bench. Like all the players on the bench, Tracy was off to a slow start, but it was forgotten — at least on Friday night — as the Nationals edged the Padres, 6-5, in 10 innings at Petco Park.
SAN DIEGO — It’s safe to say that Stephen Strasburg had a nice homecoming on Thursday night as the Nationals defeated the Padres, 6-2, at Petco Park.
The game marked the first time that Strasburg pitched a Major League game in his native San Diego and he wasn’t nervous at all, even though 50 members of his family were in attendance. Strasburg is also used to pitching here. He was a baseball star while pitching for San Diego State.
LOS ANGELES — The Nationals continue to have problems on offense. This time, their troubles were caused by Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke, who helped Los Angeles edge Washington, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES — Left-hander Clayton Kershaw proved to be too much for the Nationals, who were blanked by the Dodgers, 2-0, in front of a sellout crowd of 51,729 at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.
LOS ANGELES — Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann showed once again why he is the best pitcher on the Nationals. He pitched 7 2/3 innings and helped the Nationals defeat the Dodgers, 6-2, at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.
WASHINGTON — Wanda Wilson made news on March 31, 2010. She was attending the Twins-Yankees game in Tampa to watch her son, then-Twins outfielder Denard Span, play an exhibition game.
In the top of the first inning, Span came to the plate and hit a foul ball that struck Wilson in the chest. She showed how tough she was by declining to go to the hospital and watched the rest of the game.
WASHINGTON — The Nationals got a dominant outing from Gio Gonzalez on Sunday afternoon against the Cubs, but the lefty’s offense and bullpen couldn’t provide much support in a 2-1 loss.
WASHINGTON — Just when you thought the Nationals were finally jelling as a team, they took a couple of steps back on Saturday afternoon. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was cruising until the fifth inning as the Nationals were defeated by the Cubs, 8-2, at Nationals Park.
WASHINGTON — Shortstop Ian Desmond drove in three runs to help the Nationals pound the Cubs, 7-3, at Nationals Park on Friday night. The Nationals have now won five consecutive games and improved their record to 20-15.