Bumgarner fans 14, hits home run

Aug 17, 2015

Bumgarner fans 14, hits home run

On the day the Giants honored Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal, left-hander Madison Bumgarner gave San Francisco a performance worthy of the high-kicking Dominican. Bumgarner homered and doubled, and struck out 14 while pitching a three-hitter as the Giants beat Washington 5-0 Sunday, ...

Nationals acquire All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

Jul 29, 2015

Nationals acquire All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

The Washington Nationals have a new closer, landing All-Star Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies. Papelbon is Philadelphia’s career saves leader with 123 and is 17-for-17 in save chances this season. Papelbon also is Boston’s saves leader with 219. The 34-year-old right-hander had said ...

Pirates turn tables on Scherzer

Jul 25, 2015

Pirates turn tables on Scherzer

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer put his team in an early hole when Pedro Alvarez crushed a two-run home run out of the stadium in the second inning. His hitters responded with four runs in the fourth that should have put Scherzer back in ...

Greinke rolls to 43⅔ scoreless innings

Jul 20, 2015

Greinke rolls to 43⅔ scoreless innings

Zack Greinke is really piling up the zeros. Greinke extended his scoreless streak to 43⅔ innings, striking a season-high 11 through the eighth and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Washington Nationals 5-0 Sunday. Greinke’s string is the longest in the majors since ...

Kershaw fans 14 as Dodgers salvage split

Jul 19, 2015

Kershaw fans 14 as Dodgers salvage split

Clayton Kershaw injected some normalcy into what had been a strange 24 hours at Nationals Park. Kershaw continued his mastery of the Nationals, striking out a season-high 14 in eight shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated Washington 4-2 to earn a split ...

Cueto outduels All-Star Scherzer

Jul 8, 2015

Cueto outduels All-Star Scherzer

In a matchup against Max Scherzer and the first-place Washington Nationals, Johnny Cueto lifted his game to another level — perhaps that of an All-Star. Cueto pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts, Joey Votto homered and drove in three runs and the Cincinnati Reds ...

Harper, Nationals rough up Bumgarner in win over reigning champs

Jul 5, 2015

Harper, Nationals rough up Bumgarner in win over reigning champs

Seems like every bat Bryce Harper uses this season provides fireworks for the Washington Nationals. The patriotic version he used on July 4 against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants was no exception. Harper homered, Tyler Moore drove in four runs and the ...

Scherzer scintillating again

Jun 27, 2015

Scherzer scintillating again

Max Scherzer has been so dominant that teammates are surprised when he actually gives up a hit. Scherzer took a perfect game into the sixth inning in his bid to become the second pitcher in major league history to throw two consecutive no-hitters and ...

Nationals' Strasburg solid in return

Jun 24, 2015

Nationals' Strasburg solid in return

Stephen Strasburg’s return from the disabled list was delayed over two hours by an intense thunderstorm. Strasburg was pretty intense himself. The right-hander pitched five shutout innings in his return from the disabled list, Anthony Rendon tied his career-high with four hits and the ...

Scherzer throws no-hitter after losing perfect game in ninth

Jun 21, 2015

Scherzer throws no-hitter after losing perfect game in ninth

Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow. Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a ...