Nationals bench steps up to help in three-game sweep of Pirates

After Thursday's loss to Tampa Bay, the sixth straight non-winning series for the Nationals, manager Matt Williams said that he was looking for players to "step up." Over the weekend, in three sold-out games at Nationals Park, the Nats stepped up with three wins against the red-hot Pirates, who had arrived with a season-high eight-game hit streak. In every game over the weekend, the Nationals ... read more

Gio bounces back in big way with seven strong in dropping Pirates 9-2

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez was looking for a bounce back performance after a struggle last Monday in Tampa Bay. He got exactly that in the Nationals' 9-2 win over the Pirates and a series sweep. Gonzalez went a season-low 3 1/3 innings in the June 15 6-1 loss at Tampa Bay. He gave up eight hits, five runs, had three walks and only one strikeout. But ... read more

Danny Espinosa on play to nab Pedro Alvarez in eighth: "I was able to get him"

No-hitters are always about a dominant pitcher completely shutting down an opposing squad. More often than not, these pitching gems have a few plays in the field on defense that make the difference between a no-hitter and a one- or two-hitter. On Saturday in D.C., Max Scherzer was awesome in his no-hitter of the Pirates, with a final score of 6-0. One play that got ... read more

Matt Williams on Max Scherzer's no-hitter: Command in and out of zone

Manager Matt Williams said Max Scherzer's first career no-hitter, a 6-0 shutout of the Pirates, was something special and the team was proud to be able to share it with the hometown Nats Park crowd. "What's the max capacity here?" Williams queried the media throng in the press conference room. "Forty-one thousand people on their feet from the time he went on for the ninth. ... read more

Matt Williams and Ian Desmond on another rest day for shortstop (updated, Desmond starts)

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is out of the lineup for a second game in a row as manager Matt Williams wants him to take a "mental rest." Since June 9, Desmond has gone 4-for-36 (.111) with 16 strikeouts. "It's rest, it's clear," Williams said. "It's good work, it's all of those things. It's important for him to get back to where he wants to be, ... read more

Ramos on hitting and super subs; Carpenter thankful for another shot in the bigs

Nationals reliever David Carpenter was outstanding Friday in shutting down a potential late inning rally against the Pirates. His hold helped the Nationals to a 4-1 victory before a sellout crowd of close to 39,000 at Nats Park. "It was just fun to get back into that type of situation that I'm used to," Carpenter said. "Just glad that I was able to come and ... read more

Harper and Werth updates following 4-1 win over Pirates

Following Friday's 4-1 win over the Pirates, Nationals manager Matt Williams had an update on right fielder Bryce Harper. Harper did not play in the game as he nursed a sore left hamstring strain. Williams said Harper worked in the weight room and got treatment throughout the day after slipping on the wet field Thursday night against Tampa Bay when making a throw from the ... read more

Williams: Harper's hamstring still "sore"

Nationals manager Matt Williams said outfielder Bryce Harper is still "sore" after suffering a mild strain of his left hamstring in slippery conditions at Nats Park during a 5-3 loss to the Rays on Thursday night. "He's sore," Williams said. "Hasn't done a whole lot today. He's getting treatment. I'm sure at some point he'll get a few swings in and light (stretching). He's off ... read more