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Game #9 Recap: Nats Complete the Sweep

After a rather poor performance in Cincinnati last weekend, Dan Haren came into tonight’s game looking to make a better impression to the home crowd. While he wasn’t great, he did exactly what you need your fifth starter to do: keep your team in the ballgame.

Haren’s 1st inning was a preview to how most of the evening would go for Dan. After a strikeout and a flyout on six pitches, Alex Rios doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Adam Dunn grounded out to second. Not a disastrous inning, as the job did get done, but it was far from ideal as he ended up throwing 17 pitches in the inning.

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Game #8 Recap: On the Verge

After a nail biter last night, the Nats were back at it this evening with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound facing Gavin Floyd. Zimmermann began the evening throwing free and easy, but just as last night, the White Sox took an early 1-0 lead on a Keppinger single, Rios double and a Dunn groundout brought Keppinger home. Jordan limited the damage by getting Konerko swinging to end the top half of the inning. Floyd looked sharp in the bottom, needing only 11 pitches to get Span and Werth swinging and getting Harper to ground out to end the 1st.  After the run Zimmermann wouldn’t allow another base-runner until the 4th inning.

Floyd was sharp through three innings, riding a biting curve to 4 K’s while only allowing one walk and one hit. That one hit being a double by Ian Desmond who extended his streak of extra-base hits to 5 games.

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Game #7 Recap: Nats Win Rollercoaster Battle Against White Sox

The Nats bats came alive Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox as Washington rode four home runs to a tight 8-7 victory.

Last season’s 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez worked deep into counts through five innings of work against Chicago, throwing 99 pitches (57 for strikes).  Although it wasn’t easy, Gio proved effective, giving up his only run in the first inning on a controversial balk call that scored Jeff Keppinger from third.

Gio settled down after allowing three baserunners in the first, striking out seven batters in the outing and only allowing four hits and two walks. Gio’s quiet dominance was almost blown by the recently shaky Nats bullpen on numerous occasions.

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Series #3 Preview: Nats vs White Sox

With expectations incrediblyhigh even before Opening Day, and with the Nats utter domination of the Marlins in the first series of the season most fans expected the Nats to return from their first road trip flying high. However, the Nats return to DC after a disappointing series against the Reds where they won only one game, saw Stephen Strasburg struggle and Rafael Soriano blew his first save.

Have no fear Nats fans, the White Sox are coming to town and even though they have same record (4-2) as the Nats, they should prove to be a much, much easier test than the Reds. The Nationals are looking to go 4-0 at home to open the season for the first time since 2003, when they were the Expos playing in Montreal. Plus, if things get dicey fans can take comfort in the fact that Tuesday’s game promotion is Two for Tuesday (fans get two hot dogs for the price of one and two sodas for the price of one) and Wednesday is $5 Beer + Peanuts Night. So, more than likely you can come down to Nats Park, watch the home team win and as a bonus not pay as much for concessions, which is a pretty good deal. Anyway, on to the baseball...

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