Mar 12, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher A.J. Cole (69) throws against the New York Mets during the game at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Federal Reserve: August Hitter And Pitcher Of The Month Awards

The final full month of the minor league season is in the books, meaning that the Federal Reserve’s last monthly awards are upon us. Several standouts emerged in the Washington Nationals’ system over the month of August, but in the end, Hitter of the Month went to a player who provided a strong finish to his already solid season. For Pitcher of the Month, the prize was claimed by a previously inconsistent prospect who found his rhythm. Continue reading…

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Offense Explodes For 15 Runs In Victory Over Braves

Thursday night’s game will go down as a highlight for the 2015 Washington Nationals (68-65). Their offense erupted with an 18-hit performance against the Atlanta Braves (54-80), allowing them to claim a lopsided 15-1 victory. Even without Bryce Harper putting the ball into play, the Nationals received plenty of production and even had a milestone in Trea Turner’s first major league hit. Continue reading…

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Zim’s 200th Helps Nats Avoid Sweep

If the Washington Nationals were cursed in St. Louis, then Ryan Zimmerman must be an exorcist.

The Nationals (67-65) won their first game at Busch Stadium since Game 1 of the 2012 NLDS, riding a pair of home runs by Zimmerman to a nail-biting 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals (86-47). A Mets win keeps the Nationals’ division deficit at 6.5 games.

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Bullpen Issues Sink Nats Again

Defeats don’t come much more agonizing than this.

After taking a 4-0 lead, a poor start from Joe Ross and a combination of bad outings from relievers and mind-boggling decisions from manager Matt Williams doomed the Washington Nationals (66-65). Brandon Moss‘s walk-off homer sent the Nats to a second straight loss to the MLB-best St. Louis Cardinals (86-46), 8-5. Washington squandered a chance to gain a game on the Mets, who still lead the NL East by 6.5 games.

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Homers, Zimmermann Power Nats To Victory Over Marlins

Thanks to a trio of home runs and a strong effort from starter Jordan Zimmermann, the Washington Nationals (65-63) gained ground on Saturday. The Nationals’ win over the Miami Marlins (52-78) allowed them to move up to 5 1/2 games behind the Mets, as the NL East leaders dropped a 3-1 contest to the Boston Red Sox. Continue reading…

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Ross Bosses Padres

They say good bosses are supposed to instill confidence in their employees. They’re responsible for setting an example and establishing a strong corporate culture. As many fans have said, Joe Ross is the Washington Nationals‘ boss, and he did his job Thursday night.

Ross was masterful, turning in the first zero-earned-run outing of his career as he carved up the team that gave him away, the San Diego Padres. Backed by home runs from Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman, Ross led the Nats (64-62) to a 4-2 win over the Padres (62-65), their fourth win in five games. But an extra-inning Mets win kept their division lead at 6.5 games.

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Federal Reserve: Lucas Giolito On The Road To Nationals Stardom

As the season winds down, top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito is only getting stronger. On Tuesday night at Richmond (San Francisco Giants), the right-hander had one of his best starts yet for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, as he struck out eight batters over 6 2/3 innings pitched, while surrendering just one walk and allowing two runs on five hits.

Though he received the loss, Giolito continued his recent hot streak, as he has now allowed just four runs (three earned) in 18 2/3 innings over his past three starts. Within that span, he has struck out 24 and walked five, slashing his ERA at Harrisburg from 5.94 to 3.57. Continue reading…

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Zim’s Slam Seals Win Over Padres

So many things in life don’t work as well as they should unless they have all their pieces put together properly. The Washington Nationals are hoping that’s true for baseball teams too.

With a fully healthy lineup for the first time all season, the Nationals looked like the team they were supposed to be. Stephen Strasburg tossed six dominant innings and got eight runs of support as the Nats (63-61) ran roughshod over the San Diego Padres (61-64), 8-3, for their third straight win. The win helps the Nats keep pace with the Mets, who also won Tuesday, to stay 5.5 games back in the NL East.

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Rendon, Ramos Homer In Nats’ Offense-Studded Win

Since the off day they hoped would rejuvenate their lineup and help them break out of their six-game losing streak, the Washington Nationals (62-61) are 4-2 with a +13 run differential. Their 9-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers (53-72) on Sunday marked the end of a six-game stretch that showcased a team very different from the one that was left flummoxed by the Dodgers and the Giants last week. Continue reading…