Player News - Nationals

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Gio Gonzalez was hit hard by the Cardinals on Saturday, allowing six runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss.

Gio gave up six hits, including a home run to Matt Holliday, while walking four in the outing. The loss was his second in a row and his second bad showing, raising his ERA to 3.57. He'll try to get back on the winning path Friday when the Nats visit the Reds.
May 28 - 10:37 PM

Max Scherzer took the loss Friday against the Nationals after giving up five runs over seven innings.

It was a strange outing. Scherzer gave up just three hits, but one of them was a grand slam by Stephen Piscotty in the third inning. He also walked in a run (one of four on the night) before the grand slam. Scherzer retired 14 batters in a row after the grand slam and finished with six strikeouts. Still, issues with the long ball are hurting him. He leads the majors with 15 home runs allowed and owns a 4.05 ERA through 11 starts overall. He’ll look for improvement against the Phillies next week.
May 27 - 9:58 PM

Danny Espinosa socked a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Cardinals.

Espinosa has now homered in back-to-back games. It’s nice to see him finally pick things up, but it’s likely just a matter of time before top prospect Trea Turner takes over at shortstop. Even with the power over the past two days, Espinosa is batting just .203/.299/.320 over 48 games. Fortunately, he has provided value with his defense.
May 27 - 9:56 PM

Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Friday against the Cardinals.

Rendon now has six multi-hit games in his last 10. He has pulled his batting average up from .229 to .262 along the way. After stealing only one base over 80 games during his injury-plagued 20145, he’s already up to six stolen bases this year.
May 27 - 9:55 PM

Danny Espinosa hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to lead the Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Espinosa's homer off Mike Leake broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Despite Thursday's contribution, the 29-year-old is hitting just .201/.301/.302 in 47 games and appears to be keeping the seat warm for Trea Turner, who could be called up in a matter of weeks.
May 26 - 10:02 PM

Bryce Harper hit his 12th home run of the season in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

The homer, a solo blast off Cardinals starter Mike Leake, was his first home run since May 13. After a strong month of April, the 23-year-old has just one double and three home runs this month with a few games left to play. The slump has dropped his line to .245/.426/.545, but he's too talented not to be back on the upswing sooner than later.
May 26 - 9:54 PM

Jonathan Papelbon worked a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Cardinals to earn his 13th save.

Papelbon needed just eight pitches to dispatch the middle of the Cardinals order, retiring Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Brandon Moss to finish the deal. The right-hander now has 13 saves in 15 chances, not having blown a save opportunity since May 3. Papelbon has posted a 2.89 ERA in 19 appearances to date.
May 26 - 9:49 PM

Joe Ross allowed one run over seven innings in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Ross gave up a solo home run to Aledmys Diaz among his six hits allowed, but he otherwise kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Ross walked just one while striking out four. The win snapped a four-start losing streak, bringing him to an even 4-4 in nine starts. Ross will carry a 2.52 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 41/16 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start at the Phillies.
May 26 - 9:41 PM

Daniel Murphy is getting the night off Thursday.

Stephen Drew will start at second base in the Nationals' series opener against the visiting Cardinals. Murphy went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's loss to the Mets and is batting .394/.426/.617 in 46 games this year.
May 26 - 2:59 PM

Tanner Roark held the Mets to two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings but took a loss on Wednesday.

Roark got zero run support from the Nationals offense, falling to 3-4 on the year. He does have a 2.71 ERA in 63 innings (10 starts) this season, and he's whiffed 58 batters in 63 innings. The right-hander will hope for better luck next time out against the Phillies.
May 25 - 4:03 PM

Ben Revere is out of the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

Revere slugged his fifth career homer as part of a 2-for-3 night on Tuesday against the Mets, but he'll take a seat for the matinee Wednesday with New York throwing left-hander Steven Matz. Michael Taylor is starting in center field and batting leadoff for Washington.
May 25 - 11:36 AM

Bryce Harper is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Mets.

Harper is batting just .133 with a .516 OPS over his last 10 games and will grab a bit of mental and physical rest in the afternoon tilt against the Mets. Chris Heisey is starting in right field and batting seventh for the Nats versus New York lefty Steven Matz.
May 25 - 11:00 AM

Stephen Strasburg whiffed 11 batters while allowing two runs across 6 2/3 frames in Tuesday's 7-4 victory over the Mets.

Strasburg had six strikeouts and a perfect game going when Asdrubal Cabrera took him deep with one out in the fourth inning. He allowed one more run and the bullpen stranded a couple runners for him in the seventh, but it was another terrific performance for Strasburg. His ERA sits at 2.79 and he boasts an 86/18 K/BB ratio across 67 2/3 innings to go along with an 8-0 record. Strasburg will try to keep it going on Sunday versus the Cardinals.
May 24 - 10:54 PM

Ben Revere ripped a rare home run in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

The home run even came off of a left-hander, as Revere took southpaw Antonio Bastardo deep with a solo shot in the seventh inning. Revere also doubled and drew a walk, scoring a pair of runs on the night. The speedy leadoff hitter is starting to heat up with multi-hit games in four out of his last five contests.
May 24 - 10:41 PM

Matt Belisle (calf) tossed a scoreless inning Monday in his first minor league rehab appearance with High-A Potomac.

Belisle, who is working his way back from a right calf strain, gave up one hit and struck out one. He should be back in the Nationals' bullpen in a few days. The veteran right-hander had a 1.50 ERA in seven appearances prior to hitting the DL.
May 24 - 8:53 AM


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