So, that was a start. It’s important to remember that the Nats have had a few of ‘those’ games before, though — returns from the dead after going down by an unfathomable deficit early on — before they reverted to previous form. We’ll see if it sticks.
Here’s the news from Nats Park.
Stephen Strasburg on pace to return after ASG (MLB)
Strasburg will likely throw a simulated game at Nats Park this weekend and could be ready for a rehab assignment soon after. Also, Matt Wieters ran the bases yesterday, and Jefry Rodriguez came up for Erick Fedde.
Dave Martinez was in favor of the Nats’ players-only meeting (WaPo)
Davey wasn't in the room where it happened, and he had no qualms with that, because the team came out with the right message.
The Nationals’ season is rapidly approaching the point of no return (WaPo)
If they can't take advantage of the Marlins, Pirates, and Mets, then it would be fair to assume that the Nationals won't be seeing any October baseball this year.
Records fall in Nationals' historic comeback (MLB)
The Nats had only ever surmounted an eight-run deficit in previous years -- and while they were the Expos, the last time it happened was in 1997. The last time it happened in baseball was more than two years ago.
Everything goes wrong, and then everything goes right for the Nationals day after team meeting - (ESPN)
The Nationals were booed inside their own stadium in the second inning, down 9-0 coming off a players' meeting during which they heavily criticized their play as of late. Then, they knocked off fourteen unanswered runs.
For one night, Nats do something they'd never done before (MASN)
The Nats managed to score nine runs on five hits over two innings, advancing key runners when they had to and coming up with fly balls and base hits when necessary.
Erick Fedde placed on DL with shoulder inflammation (MLB)
There's no structural damage, but he'll be out for a while anyways.
Interactive ‘Play Ball Park’ to open near Nationals Park before the All-Star Game (WaPo)
The grassy lot will be used as, well, a grassy lot, but it'll have baseball things that are free to the public!