Home Sports Originally published September 22, 2013

Nationals Winning but Can’t Close Gap in Wild Card Race

Washington National’s Weekly – 25

by Perry Green
AFRO Sports Editor

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    Washington Nationals Ian Desmond (20), left, Stephen Lombardozzi (1), Ryan Zimmerman (11), and Adam LaRoche (25) celebrate with others after the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Washington. The Nationals won the second game of the doubleheader 4-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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The Washington Nationals have maintained their recent success, winning five of their last six games, but remained 4.5 games back in the race for the National League wild card.

(Sept. 17-18) Nationals Win Series against Braves
After a rainout on Sept. 16, Washington claimed both ends of a home doubleheader against Atlanta on Sept. 17 with 6-5 and 4-0 wins. But the Nationals couldn’t complete the sweep, falling 5-2 in Game Three in what would be their only loss of the week.

(Sept. 19-22) Washington Takes First Two Against Miami
Leftfielder Bryce Harper’s first inning three-run homerun, his 20th homer of the season, boosted Washington to a 3-2 win in Game One of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins on Sept. 19. In Game Two, Nationals ace Jordan Zimmermann pitched a gem, striking out nine and allowing just two hits in an 8-0 win to claim his 19th win of the season.

Game Three of the series, originally scheduled for Sept. 21, was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up with another doubleheader on Sept. 22, their final home games of the regular season.

Next up: Washington (83-71) will travel to face the St. Louis Cardinals (Sept. 23-25) in a three-game series. The Nationals will then close out their regular season with a three-game series in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks (Sept. 27-29).