The Washington Nationals have won seven of their last eight games, roaring back into the National League wildcard race. Just a week ago, the Nationals were behind nearly nine games in the race for a wildcard seed. But after their recent winning surge, they’re now a legitimate contender for a possible playoff seed with just 14 games left on their regular season schedule.

(Sept. 9-12) “Red-Hot” Washington Sweeps Mets in Four-Game Series

Four of the Nationals’ last seven wins came in a four-game sweep of the New York Mets. Washington beat the Mets, 9-0 in the First Game of the series, 6-3 in the Second Game, 3-0 in the Third Game and 7-2 in the Fourth Game. The Nationals totaled 38 hits on offense throughout the series against the Mets, and their pitching was just as stellar. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez was flawless in the series opener, giving up just one hit and zero runs with eight strikeouts through nine full innings pitched.

(Sept. 13-14) Nats’ Win Streak Ends in Series against Phillies

Washington added another win, 6-1, in the First Game of a three game current series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals had 11 hits in the win, including a homerun from Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman. But their win streak finally came to an end with a 5-4 loss in the Second Game of the series against Philly. Unlike his amazing performance against the Mets, Gio Gonzalez was shaky on the mound for Washington, giving up nine hits and four earned runs through just six innings pitched.

Washington completes its series with the Phillies on Sept. 15. Thereafter, the Atlanta Braves come to town for a three-game series on Sept. 16-18. The Nationals will then face the Miami Marlins in a four-game at-home series on Sept. 19-22. 


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor