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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Sep 9, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

Marlins Nationals Baseball AP

The Nationals keep winning in all sorts of ways.

On Saturday evening in D.C. it was Jayson Werth playing the role of hero with a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning following a rain delay of nearly three hours. Corey Brown then iced the victory in the 10th inning on a walkoff RBI single that scored Ian Desmond easily from third base.

Washington now boasts a record of 86-53 with a winning percentage of .619 that ranks first in MLB.

The Nats will try for their 87th victory on Sunday with right-hander Edwin Jackson on the bump vs. Miami.

They currently have a 6 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the National League East standings.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Marlins 6, Nationals 7 (10 innings)

Royals 4, White Sox 5

Braves 11, Mets 3

Dodgers 3, Giants 2

Yankees 4, Orioles 5

Cubs 4, Pirates 3

Indians 0, Twins 3

Astros 1, Reds 5

Rangers 4, Rays 2 (10 innings)

Brewers 6, Cardinals 3

Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5

Tigers 1, Angels 6

Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 2

Athletics 6, Mariners 1

  1. hittfamily - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Twins magic # til elimination: 7
    Red Sox magic # til elimination: 9

    I am a Twins fan for the next 2 weeks, because I would absolutely love for the Red Sox to be the first AL team eliminated from a potential postseason berth!

    • papalurchdxb - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      what ever makes your life better for you mate.

      In the rest of baseball reality, RedSox fans are looking at a season finished long ago looking with hope and trepidation at the next and, along with all other broader minded people, are enjoying some fantastic battles for superiority across the divisions. It is most entertaining and doesn’t need to be spoiled by pettiness.

      It’s a game, a very enjoyable and emotive one, but it’s still just a game.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        The Red Sox and the Yankees are not well liked by the majority of fans of other teams. T
        Furthermore, this edition of the Red Sox does not seem to be liked by a lot of Red Sox fans. On a positive note, if the Red Sox continue to tank, they will get a better draft position next year.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    The Red Sox kind of rolled over and played dead yesterday especially after the second rain delay. Matsuzaka stunk and gave up 5 runs in the second inning. I feel sorry for Aaron Laffey who did not get the win because of the rain. Laffey had a 5 to 0 lead after the first long rain delay. He went out and pitched after the first long delay and was up by 5 to 2 in the bottom of the 5th with 2 out. That was the end of Laffey’s night. Lincoln took over after the second long delay and was credited with the win. Anthony Gose hit his first ML home run in the 9th off Bailey and ended up with 5 RBI’s.

  3. kkolchak - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    The Nats are now 2nd in the NL in home runs after their week long explosion of power. Yes, they are perfectly capable of winning even after shutting down the startting pitcher who has had the worst ERA of any member of their rotation since the All Star Break.

    • manchestermiracle - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      Yeah, I can’t figure out all the hullabaloo for Strasburg when he’s only the fifth-best starter on the team.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        Strasburg is not the #5 starter. Ross Detwiler is. Though Detwiler has been a good 5th starter.

  4. verytalldad - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    how does this headline not say: nats somehow win without Strasburg

    • natstowngreg - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      Because Strasburg did not pitch in this game. Drew understands the concept, which seems to elude some fans, that a starting pitcher participates in every fifth game.

      Now, if the Nats beat the Mets Wednesday with John Lannan starting, maybe you have a headline.

  5. vcupats - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    The Nationals w/ Strasburg have the best winning percentage in baseball. The Nationals without Strasburg have the best winning percentage in baseball. So instead of being clearly the best they are becoming probably the best.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      True, the Nats have won a great many games in which Strasburg did not pitch. But the real comparison is between their record when Strasburg starts and when a replacement (John Lannan) starts. The Nats are 2-0 with Lannan starting, when a 6th starter was needed for schedule reasons.

      The Nats are still a very good team without Strasburg. Are they the best? I’d like to think so, but Reds and Rangers fans may beg to differ. Winning the World Series doesn’t work; the teams with the best records do not always get to the Series, much less win it.

  6. Old Gator - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Slobbering Ozzie ran A. J. Ramos, another greenhorn, from the boolpen (who appears to have named himself after childhood idol A. J. Burnett in an attempt to escape early from whichever impoverished Caribbean discount couples resort infested island he came from) to face the Gnats last night and the Gnats raked the kid for a couple of runs before he knew what had hit him. By the time he got back to the locker room, he probably figured he would have been better off with a life of wearign garish flower print shorts and white tunics whiel serving watered down mai-tais poolside to junior partner Canadian lawyers who were supposed to be in Kansas City at a deposition and their secretaries. Heath Bell, of course, was able to cough up the tying gopher and Chad Gaudin (remember: this is not the same 18th-century Grand Fenwickian vagabond master Gaudin who painted Jeu de quilles par des poux de bois laminé, Leve Lève Jeunes mèt la byè l’ atè a yon dezyèm kay piblik and the classic Zelfportret van Tsjaad Gaudin ophoesten van een Gopher). Despite driving in six runs with nine hits, including a pair of homers by the Iron Giant and the oddly y’clep’d Gorkys (!) Hernandez (the Feesh must lead the league in Gorkyses, at least), and despite the Gnats’ hamhanded let’s-try-to-boot-or-throw-it-into-the-stands performance afield. the Feesh could not overcome the cleverly disguised Stephen Strasburg’s ten-inning complete game nine hit performance or the wrath of the Mayan rain god Chac.

    Tough night for the Rainbow Warriors. Slobbering Ozzie was quoted afterwards as lamenting that it had been “one blown game after another,” but we all know what he really said to get the Macondo Harold to report as “blown,” don’t we?

    • natstowngreg - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Once again, the Fish played over their heads against the Nats. At least this time, the result was more normal, a walk-off Nats win. Heath Bell blew another save by allowing Jayson Werth to hit a ball into the Red Porch seats in left-center. Then young Corey Brown hit a routine fly ball to left, which was good enough to win in the 10th. Charitable official scoring gave Brown a hit after Giancarlo Stanton dropped the ball, though that made no difference in the outcome.

      The big news from this game, aside from the Nats’ comeback and the major rain delay, was the horrible pitch calling by young umpire Todd Tichenor (1st season as a full-time MLB ump). Both pitchers had to deal with a tiny strike zone. The much-experienced Mark Buehrle dealt with it better than the inexperienced Ross Detwiler. But the Nats, as they do often, came back against the opposition’s bullpen.

      Off to Nats Park to see Edwin Jackson face Ricky Nolasco. Hopefully, resulting in the Nats maintaining or increasing their lead over the Braves.

      • Old Gator - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        Enjoy. Will the Good Ricky or his evil pod twin show up today? Well, it’s Washington, right? Evil pod twins are everywhere, though most of them are probably out campaigning these days….

  7. historiophiliac - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    It was a weird night in Anaheim. V was off. An ump had to leave the game after being hit by a ball. Miggy was ejected for arguing calls and a little later, the 3rd base coach was tossed too. Not the average outing — it was a dark and stormy night…

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