Nationals’ Playoff Hopes Dimming


(Sept. 2-4) Nationals Take Two of Three from Phillies
After suffering a 3-2 loss in Game One of a three-game set againt the Philadelphia Phillies on Sept. 2, the Washington Nationals came back to win Game Two, 9-6, on Sept. 3 and Game 3, 3-2, on Sept. 4. Starting pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann earned the wins, respectively.

(Sept. 6-7) Washington Splits Two against Miami
The Nationals opened a three-game road set in Miami by recording only two hits in a 7-0 loss to the Marlins in Game One on Sept. 6. Starting pitcher Dan Haren took the loss and gave up five runs on six hits in just three innings of work, dropping his record to 8-13.

Washington was much hotter at the plate in the Game Two of the series, collecting 16 hits including two homeruns from third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in a 9-2 victory on Sept. 7. Tanner Roark earned the win in his first start of the season for the Nationals, surrendering just four hits over six innings and striking out four.

Analysis:
The Nationals have a 72-69 record but sit eight games behind in the National League Wild Card hunt, all but extinguishing any hope of reaching the playoffs. The team has 21 games remaining in the season, but will have only one day off over the next 22 days.

Next up:
Washington completes its series with the Marlins on Sept. 8 before traveling back north to face the New York Mets in a four-game series in New York from Sept. 9 to 12. The Nationals return home to once again challenge the Phillies from Sept. 13 to 15. 

Nationals' Playoff Hopes Dimming

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