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Three weeks ago, as the Washington Nationals navigated their way through their worst road trip of the season, pitching coach Steve McCatty and John Lannan had a long talk.
Batter after batter, the San Diego Padres walked back to their dugout, bat in hand, shaking their heads. Each time they had threatened Jordan Zimmermann he'd re-establish his dominance over the second-worst offense in the National League with a strikeout.
There was a moment Thursday night, while Livan Hernandez lay flat on his back on the front of the pitcher's mound at Petco Park, that the Nationals' right-hander had more to worry about than the one-run deficit he was working with and the two-run homer he'd given up to the Padres in the first inning.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jason Marquis was ejected from Sunday's game in the bottom of the sixth inning for hitting the Arizona Diamondbacks' Justin Upton with a pitch.
Rick Ankiel drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out walk in the 11th inning and Mike Morse followed with a grand slam, leading the Washington Nationals to a wild 9-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
When the bell rings Monday night and the 2011 Major League Baseball draft begins, the Nationals will find themselves in something of an unfamiliar position: waiting.
That's it. I've had it. Enough already. With the Nationals, I mean. Again.
The Nationals put Roy Halladay in an unfamiliar position Monday afternoon. They forced the formidable right-hander to look over his shoulder three times and watch as a Washington hitter turned one of his pitches into a souvenir.
For all of the offensive ineffectuality — all of the runners left stranded or erased on double plays — the Washington Nationals looked up Saturday afternoon in the eighth inning and found themselves within one run of the San Diego Padres.