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Nationals clinch winning record for first time since moving to D.C.

Sep 3, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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The Nationals topped the Cubs 2-1 this afternoon at Nationals Park for their 82nd victory of the season. This guarantees them their first winning record since moving from Montreal to D.C. for the 2005 season. The club went 81-81 in their first season in D.C. and 80-81 last year.

Ross Detwiler was excellent this afternoon, holding the Cubs to just four hits over seven shutout innings. Drew Storen pitched a scoreless eighth inning while closer Tyler Clippard danced around an RBI single by Welington Castillo in the ninth to lock down his 30th save of the season. Adam LaRoche launched his 25th home run of the season in the win while Ryan Zimmerman added an RBI double.

At 82-52, the Nationals currently own the best record in baseball and hold a 6 1/2 game lead over the Braves in the National League East. There’s officially winning baseball in D.C. for the first time since the Washington Senators went 86-76 in 1969.

  1. vcupats - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    A team doesn’t do this all because of one guy – great work by Rizzo, Johnson and the Nats this season.

  2. cosanostra71 - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    congratulations to the Nationals on showing a ton of improvement from top to bottom

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Parity is good for any sports league. Great to see the likes of Washington, the O’s, and the A’s all in the mix at this point in the season.

  4. ndnut - Sep 3, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    My dream since my beloved Twins haven’t had a prayer this season is a Nats/O’s World Series. D.C. to Baltimore is a relatively short ride and neither team has been great or even good in a while. My only problem would be choosing a team to cheer for.

    • borninfellspoint - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:36 AM

      I like your idea/dream!!!

    • natstowngreg - Sep 4, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      Well, you could root for the Nats because the Twins came from Washington.

  5. ptfu - Sep 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Time to update the old saw. Washington is first in war, first in peace, and FIRST in the National League.

  6. natslady - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Yay!! Go, Nats!

  7. baseballisboring - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Congratulations to them, and not just because they’re having a winning season, but they also have a strong foundation for the future. With their ownership situation and young talent, this is a winning season that’s very sustainable. As hard as I’m rooting for both Baltimore and Oakland…BAL’s season has been fluky and they really don’t have the young talent to maintain this level of success. Oakland is a much better team than I think anybody thought they were, but they’re gonna be on a shoe string budget until they get out of Oakland. The future of the Nats is very bright…certainly good for the sport.

  8. waiting4asuperbowl - Sep 4, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Natitude baby!! Go nats!!

  9. natstowngreg - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Three years ago, the Nats had the worst record in MLB (for the second year in a row). For Nats fans, the few of us who watched them on TV and spent disposable income on tickets, there were three things that made it worthwhile:

    1. Major League Baseball. At least, as played by the visiting teams.
    2. A nice new ballpark.
    3. The hope that things would get better.

    Gradually, things got better, and it was easier to see the time when we would be rooting for a contender. That time has come. If anything, it came a bit sooner than expected. The Nats have not made the playoffs yet, but the playoffs get closer with every win.

  10. mickeylolich1968 - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Baltimore, Detroit, Washington, Cincy, and even Pittsburg are all great baseball cities once again relevant this year.
    Gives one a reason to watch in September.

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