Adam Wainwright threw a two-hitter Thursday night for his seventh career shutout, chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and St. Louis benefited from four errors by Washington in the Cardinals’ 8-0 victory. Wainwright (3-1) allowed Ian Desmond’s infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche’s single to right in the ninth. Desmond, Washington’s shortstop, made a pair of errors, raising his season total to seven. The Nationals have 20 through 16 games, an average of 1.25.

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We begin with a caveat that should be included in just about any analysis written about a major-league ballclub before the calendar shifts to May: It’s early, so it’s entirely possible this trend won’t sustain itself over the full season.

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Jayson Werth’s homer scored three unearned runs against Jose Fernandez, and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 6-3 Wednesday. Two errors in the sixth inning by Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia helped the Nationals overcome a 3-0 deficit. Pinch-hitter Zach Walters broke a tie in the eighth inning with his second career homer – and his second in as many nights. The Nationals took the rubber game of the three-game series despite being without four starters, including Bryce Harper, a late scratch because of a tight left quadriceps that has bothered him since Friday.

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Stephen Strasburg took his second loss of the 2014 season on Tuesday night in a game that turned ugly very quickly. Strasburg gave up three earned runs in each of the first two innings against the Marlins, and was removed after four. Strasburg’s rough night was a continuation of what has been a growing problem for the Nationals early on this season. Strasburg’s start was the fifth time this year already (out of 14 total games) a Nationals’ starter has allowed five earned runs or more.

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Giancarlo Stanton tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg, and the Miami Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals 11-2 Tuesday night. Strasburg (1-2) endured another rough outing in Miami, allowing six runs and eight hits in four innings. He fell to 2-3 at Marlins Park with an ERA of 8.61. Tom Koehler (2-1) allowed one hit and five walks in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.89.

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- – - Cardinals 4, Brewers 0 Jon Jay hit a three-run home run and right-hander Lance Lynn struck out 11 as the St Louis Cardinals snapped the Milwaukee Brewers’ nine-game winning streak with a 4-0 shutout. Lynn held Milwaukee to three hits and three walks over seven innings. Jay’s home run capped off a big sixth inning for the Cardinals (8-5), who overcame two defensive gems by the Brewers to score three runs against Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.

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Jordan Zimmermann bounced back from the shortest start of his career to pitch seven innings and lead the Washington Nationals to a 9-2 win over the Miami Marlins, who endured their eighth loss in a row. Bryce Harper had two doubles and an RBI triple for Washington. Catcher Sandy Leon hit his first career home run, while Tyler Moore also homered and had an RBI single. Anthony Rendon drove in three runs with a double and a triple, and Danny Espinosa doubled and tripled for two of the Nationals’ 11 extra-base hits.

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ATLANTA Ever since declaring himself “pretty lost right now” at the plate nine days ago, Bryce Harper has been reluctant to say much of anything about himself. Even though the results of the last week suggest he’s anything but lost anymore.

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Matthew Pouliot gives his take on closer battles and wonders how long we’ll be waiting for Jon Singleton and Gregory Polanco in this week’s notes.

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Given their sometimes inconvenient positioning on the field, it’s almost inevitable that an umpire will find himself in the line of fire and at some point wear a line drive. Unfortunately for veteran Angel Hernandez that moment came during Friday night’s game between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
As the second base umpire, Hernandez was positioned on the infield grass to the first base side of the bag in case of a stolen base attempt. It’s basically the prime position for a field umpire to get hit, because he’s the closest to the plate he’ll be the entire game and he’s wide open on the field of play. Sure enough, Nate McLouth smoked one that was ticketed for right center field but ended up clipping Hernandez’s left ankle.
It was a bad break for the Nationals. With Bryce Harper in motion, he would have easily advanced to third if the ball made it through. It didn’t, and since the umpires are considered in play the play continued unimpeded, meaning he was stuck at second base.
You could also say it was a nice break for the Braves, which may explain why some fans broke out in cheers.
Umpire Angel Hernandez gets hit with a line drive. Braves crowd cheers…
— Brannon Evans (@BrannonEvans) April 12, 2014
Of course, another theory going around is that Hernandez’s reputation as a controversial umpire — see the botched home run review in Cleveland last season — precedes him, and the smug manner in which he handles his on field confrontations hasn’t endeared him to managers, players or fans alike. In other words, the fans were just happy to see Hernandez get lit up by a liner.
It’s entirely possible, because it was just last season that retired Braves legend Chipper Jones encouraged fans to boycott games umpired by Hernandez based on his track record. A boycott is tough to coordinate ahead of time, but it’s definitely easy to boo or cheer him when you know he’s in the stadium.
Not that fans have ever have been shy about expressing their opinions on Hernandez regardless of location.
With Angel Hernandez getting drilled, this was a night that all baseball fans were winners.
— Cochese (@TheCochese) April 12, 2014
To put it simply, if baseball gods really do exist, some prayers were probably answered in Atlanta. Hernandez wasn’t injured. Chances are he wasn’t humbled. But it wasn’t a comfortable night at the office.
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