Anthony Rendon insists he does not do anything different or change his approach during his hot streaks at the plate, remaining the same whether he is struggling or surging.
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The Mariners had not scored more than one run in any game since May 18, so scoring four runs Thursday afternoon qualified as an offensive outburst. Nelson Cruz hammered a go-ahead three-run homer and Robinson Cano added a run-scoring single, helping Seattle snap a five-game skid with a 4-2 victory against the Nationals at Nationals Park.
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Nationals manager Dusty Baker left the team following Thursday afternoon's 4-2 loss to the Mariners to attend the high school graduation of his son, Darren, who is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif., on Saturday. Chris Speier, the Nats' bench coach, will manage the team this weekend.
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Max Scherzer and the Nationals wrap up a homestand with a three-game series against Luis Perdomo and the Padres beginning Friday night at Nationals Park. San Diego is finishing up an East Coast trip after a three-game series in New York against the Mets this week.
Anthony Rendon continued his hot streak at the plate, hammering a three-run homer in the first inning to help guide the Nationals to a 5-1 victory against the Mariners on Wednesday night at Nationals Park. Washington jumped on Seattle for four runs in the first inning and added another in the second against rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio.
The Nationals have been searching for answers with their struggling bullpen through the first two months of this season, but they are starting to find some stability in the back end. Koda Glover, who tossed a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation to seal Wednesday's 5-1 victory over the Mariners, has been officially named the closer by manager Dusty Baker.
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No pitcher in the National League had thrown more pitches with two strikes than Tanner Roark entering this game, driving up his pitch count and hindering his ability to last deep into starts. That difficulty in putting away hitters quickly, or at all, has been one of the main reasons Roark has struggled this year after a strong 2016. But the righty was as effective as he has been all season in the Nats' 5-1 victory Wednesday night against the Mariners, completing seven innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts.
Chris Heisey's shoulder has been bothering him all season, but when the Nationals' pinch-hitter extraordinaire struck out in his lone at-bat against the Mariners on Tuesday night, he could tell he damaged his arm. Heisey received treatment when he arrived to the clubhouse before Wednesday's 5-1 Nats win, but he grimaced and limped out of the cage after one batting practice swing, experiencing a pain he said he's never felt before.
Bryce Harper's 450-foot homer and Anthony Rendon's three-run shot fueled Washington's decisive outburst against the Mariners on Tuesday night.
The Nationals' Majors-best offense awakened from their brief slumber, breaking out for eight runs in the fourth inning and cruising to a 10-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.
The Nationals weren't certain what Joe Ross would give them Tuesday night. After an inconsistent start to the season, when Ross recorded a 7.47 ERA through his first three outings, the Nationals sent the right-hander down to Triple-A Syracuse to improve his velocity and arm slot. Washington recalled Ross after he spent about three weeks in the Minors, and he displayed his improved mechanics in his start against the Mariners at Nationals Park.
The Nationals are coming off what qualifies as a modest rough patch, but certainly their first funk of the season, after a 2-4 road trip that included a season-long four-game losing streak against two teams under .500. Still, Washington owns a commanding seven-game lead in the National League East entering this week's six-game home stand against the Mariners and Padres.
After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.
As Stephen Strasburg was in the midst of dominating the Braves on Sunday afternoon, filling the strike zone with fastballs and unleashing a fury of devastating curveballs and changeups just out of the reach of opposing batters, Braves manager Brian Snitker turned to his hitting coach, Kevin Seitzer.
Stephen Strasburg delivered his best start of the season and Daniel Murphy homered off an effective Jaime Garcia as the Nationals snapped their longest losing streak of the season (4 games) with Sunday afternoon's 3-2 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.
Rio Ruiz hit a memorable first career home run and Matt Kemp also took Max Scherzer deep before stellar bullpen work helped the Braves claim a 5-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday at SunTrust Park.
The Nationals were hoping for a deep outing from right-hander Max Scherzer to provide a breather for their taxed relief corps. They have not had a starter complete the sixth inning in any of their past three games and were hoping Scherzer could help them reset their bullpen and stop a brief skid.
Perez helps the Braves' grounds crew with tarp
Michael Taylor has made the most of his chance as the Nationals' starting center fielder since they lost Adam Eaton to a torn ACL.
Needing to pick up some of the slack with Freddie Freeman sidelined for at least the next two months, Nick Markakis delivered a go-ahead single and Kurt Suzuki homered to further enrich the three-run eighth inning the Braves constructed during Friday night's 7-4 win over the Nationals at SunTrust Park.
Darren Baker's baseball career at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif., is over. The Marauders lost a first-round playoff game earlier this week, ending their 2017 season.
Nationals' No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Victor Robles had a 20th birthday to remember on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and a two-run homer in Class A Advanced Potomac's 11-7 loss to Lynchburg. Robles raised his season average by 28 points with the performance to .283.
Before his Nationals played the Pirates on Thursday afternoon, manager Dusty Baker emphasized the need for quality innings, and plenty of them, from starter Tanner Roark. Roark couldn't get the job done, allowing seven runs over five-plus innings in the Nats' 10-4 loss at PNC Park.
With a struggling, depleted bullpen, the Nationals needed innings from Tanner Roark on Thursday at PNC Park. He got through five, but the Pirates powered past him and a trio of relievers and won the series finale, 10-4. Josh Bell and John Jaso homered for the Bucs, and Adam Frazier had three hits and four RBIs.
Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole shut down the powerful Nationals' lineup Wednesday, which wasn't a huge surprise considering that Cole was an All-Star in 2015 and is flashing the same, ace-like skills this season.
Backed by rare run support and strong defense, Gerrit Cole held the high-powered Nationals offense to three hits over seven innings and led the Pirates to a 3-1 win at PNC Park on Wednesday night.
The Washington Nationals placed right-handed reliever Joe Blanton on the 10-day disabled list and recalled left-hander Matt Grace from Triple-A Syracuse, the club announced prior to Wednesday's game versus the Pirates.