For Sean Burnett, it seemed to become ritual that on nights he pitched, he'd find himself standing at his locker after the game talking about what went wrong for him. "I feel like I have to apologize to my teammates every outing because i'm just costing ballgames every time I get out there," Burnett said on June 8 in San Francisco. His confidence, he admitted, was wavering. There was never anything specific he -- or anyone else -- could pinpoint to change, but absolutely nothing was going his way. "It's night and day to tell you the truth," Burnett said Wednesday.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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Experiencing some soreness in his injured right shoulder, Cole Kimball will be shut down for two weeks, a setback for the reliever who had a cortisone shot last Friday and had hoped to be throwing a bullpen by this time in his return from right shoulder inflammation.
Facing their third left-hander in the last five games, manager Jim Riggleman is continuing to do exactly what he said he would with his new lineup: no major alterations but Roger Bernadina drops to the ninth spot and Ian Desmond moves up to second.
While the Nationals were busy Tuesday night coming back for their ninth win in their last 10 games, the Carolina and South Atlantic League All-Star games took place.
To be frank, the Nationals had no business winning Tuesday night. Doug Fister had shut them down almost completely for eight innings. He'd made them look strikingly like the Nationals team and offense that had been so easily flummoxed earlier this season and much less like the one that had been tattooing opposing teams. Even when the Mariners pulled him and brought in closer Brandon League, the Nationals chances were miniscule. They were even less after Ryan Zimmerman hit into his third double play of the night leaving Jayson Werth on third base and taking the Nationals down to their final out. According Fangraphs Win Expectancy formula, the Nationals had a 0.5 percent chance of winning the game at that point. So just how did they put catcher Wilson Ramos in position for his first career walk-off home run? I'll let them explain.
Laynce Nix struck out to leadoff the seventh inning and the left fielder never made it back out of the dugout in the Nationals unbelievable 6-5 walk-off victory Tuesday night, hampered by a sore right Achilles that has bothered him for some time.
Roger Bernadina has had ups and downs since being recalled from the minor leagues on May 7 but with three home runs in his last four games, Bernadina is finding his groove. He's raised his average this season to .281 and the Nationals are hoping that the more he gets consistent playing time, the more productive he'll be.
The Nationals will truly get Interleague play into full swing tonight when they welcome the Seattle Mariners to Nationals Park and look to begin anew another winning streak. Some new and old faces will get to interact today with Adam Kennedy making his return to Washington and Michael Morse getting to play against the team that traded him to Washington for the first time.
The Nationals announced their first signings from the 2011 draft today, agreeing to terms with 18 picks, including fifth round selection Matt Skole and local products Erick Fernandez (Georgetown) and Bobby Lucas (George Washington).
Best known for a 2005 season that featured 47 saves for the Washington Nationals in their inaugural season, closer Chad Cordero retired from professional baseball Monday night, signaling the end of a once-promising career marked by tragic milestones.
The final day of the first half of the Carolina League season brought something familiar to the Potomac Nationals: a rainout.
In losing their first game in 10 days and ending an eight-game winning streak, the Nationals abandoned the strengths. They played sloppy defense and their pitching wasn't nearly as good as has come to be expected. They lost, and they failed to reach the .500 mark. Still, it was tough for them to be too discouraged. Here's some reaction from the clubhouse about where the team's at after game No. 72:
Adam LaRoche strolled through the Nationals clubhouse early Saturday morning, his left arm in a hefty sling, as he made his first appearance since undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday. Sunday afternoon, before heading out to the field to watch his son play catch with Jayson Werth and several other Nationals and their children, LaRoche talked about the first operation of his life.
The Nationals have won eight in a row and are one game under .500 as they get set to open a Father's Day matchup with the Orioles with a chance to reach the break-even mark for the first time since May 11. They're tied for third place in the National League East and just 3 1/2 game back in the NL Wild Card standings but none of that will change their plans for this season, general manager Mike Rizzo said today.
With Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel still not fully recovered from the left intercostal strain that forced him out of Washington's game with St. Louis Tuesday night before the bottom of the second inning, the Nationals placed Ankiel on the disabled list Sunday morning retroactive to June 15.