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Robinson’s seventh-inning homer good enough for 2-1 win

Jul 3, 2015, 9:12 PM EDT

By Rich Dubroff,

In their last two games, the Nationals were held to two runs in losses at Atlanta. They equaled that total with one swing by Clint Robinson in the seventh, and it was good enough for a win.

The Nationals started the holiday weekend series with the San Francisco Giants with a 2-1 win at Nationals Park before a sellout crowd of 41,693 on Friday night.

It was the first meeting between the teams since last October’s NL Divisional Series.

Jake Peavy, making his first start since Apr. 17, pitched six excellent innings against the Nationals , allowing two hits in the first innings, and nothing else.

The closest Peavy (0-3) came to giving up a run in the first six came in the third when Gio Gonzalez hit a long fly ball to left that fans thought was a home run. It was called foul, and after a review that was confirmed.

Peavy walked Bryce Harper three times, including an intentional walk in the first. Harper has equaled his season high of five games without an RBI.

After Peavy walked Harper in the seventh, Robinson hit his fourth home run of the year on a 1-1 pitch to give the Nationals (44-36) a 2-1 lead.

Gonzalez (6-4), whose start last Saturday in Philadelphia was truncated after 16 pitches because of rain, allowed four singles through six innings.

Buster Posey led off the seventh with his 14th home run of the year to left field. San Francisco (42-39) led 1-0.

Gonzalez allowed the run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk any. In the Nationals’ last 13 games, they’ve allowed just 25 runs and 11 walks.

Matt Thornton retired all three batters he faced in the eighth, and Drew Storen polished off the Giants in the ninth for his 24th save.

NOTES: Denard Span’s on-base streak is at 23 games. Michael A. Taylor’s ended at 18. … In his debut with the Racing Presidents, Calvin Coolidge won by pushing Teddy aside at the tape. … Madison Bumgarner (8-4, 2.99) faces Stephen Strasburg (5-5, 5.49) at 11:05 a.m. on Saturday.

  1. natsfan1a - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Atta way, Nats. Gio looked good. Robinson looked like he was trying not to smile in the dugout afterwards, but a few times it overtook his face anyway. I was hoping he’d get the chocolate syrup after the game, though. I was holding my breath on the final play, but it turned out okay.

    • laddieblahblah - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:26 AM

      So classy of the Nats fans to give CRob his first ML curtain call. Probably as much of a testament to his perseverance as to his clutch game-winner.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:38 AM

        He still deserved to be made into a Hersheys chocolate statue.

  2. scnatsfan - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Good to win a close one against these guys

  3. Karl Kolchak - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but might Robinson turn out to be Mike Morse 2.0? If so, his would be an even more amazing story than that of Morse, who was two years younger and had at least hit 6 career home runs before having his breakout season in 2010.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      Probably not, but I’m happy to see him doing what he’s doing!

  4. GeneralCornRowWallace - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    This was a lucky win, this team cannot score runs. Mets will trade for bats and soon eclipse the Nats for the division. Wild card is out of the question at this point. The Werth and Zimmerman debacle extensions continue to be an albatross this team cannot overcome, preventing us from building a bullpen. Rizzo does not deserve the credit he gets, he holds this team back.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Crawl back in your hole O’s fan

    • Danny - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      Now this is a classic clown post

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      Troll tip #43

      If you’re going to ding the BP, save it for a game when the BP fails to come thru.

    • nattygoats - Jul 3, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      Your Moms calling you. Your pop tart is ready.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 3, 2015 at 10:23 PM

      Ouch! Now that’s gonna leave a mark.

    • dcphanatic - Jul 3, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      Now somebody need to clutch her pearls and grab her meds. Hysterical a bit aren’t we? No they cannot hit. Outside of Harper and Span they are inconsistent, streaky, undisciplined, can’t hit a beach ball with tennis racket. This is not new. That is how they lost to the Cards in 2012 and the the Giants last year. But the Mets are much much worst. Rendon, Zim, and Werth will be back after the sometime after the all stars game. They will be fine. And maybe they might even learn to hit the ball.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:16 AM

      Where you come from go back to sleep.

  5. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Coolidge, asked to say a few words on his victory, replied only “You lose.”

    • stoatva - Jul 3, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      I’ll admit it: I booed him.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 3, 2015 at 10:27 PM

      Both his dry Yankee wit and his frugality with words became legendary. His wife, Grace Goodhue Coolidge, recounted that a young woman sitting next to Coolidge at a dinner party confided to him she had bet she could get at least three words of conversation from him. Without looking at her he quietly retorted, “You lose.”

    • dcwx61 - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:55 AM


  6. catcher50 - Jul 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    My kind of game:

    Throw strikes.
    Throw leather.
    go home happy!

  7. nattygoats - Jul 3, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Poor ALR. He is really stinking it up this year.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      They still shutout the Oreoholes.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2015 at 10:37 PM

        Oreoholes have been shutout now in back-to-back games.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    So far, 4 games have ended today at a final score of 2-1. One game ended at 1-0

  9. Drew - Jul 3, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Turner had a knock, his fourth in three games after starting with the oh-fer at Syracuse.

    He’s at .129. Next stop Mendoza.

  10. Nats Fan Zee - Jul 3, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Gosh .. not much love for Gio’s effort. He pitched great tonight. 7 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 6 K’s and no walks. He did what he needed to do to position his team for a win and executed.

    Good for you Gio!

    • npb99 - Jul 3, 2015 at 11:43 PM


      • therealjohnc - Jul 3, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        I wore my Gio shirt! Very nice job in the rain. It seems like the rain has just followed him around the last two starts.

    • Danny - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:07 AM

      Pleasantly surprised Gio did well

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:40 AM

        +1. He really did.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:42 AM

        Gio also had one of the best at-bats of the night. 10 pitches helped to get that pitch count up which made a difference in the 7th. First game back from the DL.

  11. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Nice crowd for an hour early start.

    Tomorrow we go against their best, so we will score 4.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    5 games ended up with a final score of 2-1. The Mets Theonly got 1 off of Kershaw and got another off of their bullpen to win 2-1.

    • rayvil01 - Jul 4, 2015 at 7:49 AM

      2-1 is the quintessential National League baseball score. It would be fun to research if it occurs more frequently than any other in history.

  13. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Gonzalez had a great game. One of his best since 2012. No walks — meaning he kept himself out of jams. Almost all of his disasters have been associated with walks (and the occasional WP, HBP) creating extra base runners and otherwise discombobulating him. When he keeps his control — last 3-4 starts — he’s a really good pitcher. The Nats need this guy to show up every five days for the rest of the season.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:32 AM

      Anyone know the last time Gio had no walks in a game?

  14. natsjackinfl - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Just a note to that brilliant poster yesterday dinging Mat Williams for the solo home run to Posey because he didn’t “pitch around” (meaning walk) Posey like Bochy did with Harper.

    Solo home runs don’t beat you. Leadoff walks followed by home runs DO beat you.

    Somebody needs to reassess their baseball knowledge.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:20 AM


    • slidell2 - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:12 AM

      Walked Bryce once too often.





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