At last, the Nationals break their opening day curse by defeating their first opponent of the season, the Red Sox. Mostly a team of rookies, the Sox were shown no mercy from the Nationals veterans, all of whom reached base at least once in the game (Ethan reached three times with two triples), and rookie phenom Cameron pitched in by going 2-2. The Nationals opened strong in the first inning, with Trevor smacking a single and Ethan getting on by an error, both runners were driven in by Terry's double (Terry scored later in the inning, capping off the inning's scoring). In the 2nd, the Nats plated four, with Trevor and Ethan both scoring their second runs. They finished scoring in the 4th with three more runs. The pitching was also great, with Tanner and Ethan striking out nine Red Sox batters combined; only one run was scored against them before the game was rained out.
Game #2: Nationals vs. Angels - March 1, 2008
Angels Can't Buy a Hit as Nationals Keep With Tradition
Although the Angel pitching combination of Griffin and Jake put up a great effort, they fell short of Tanner's brilliant pitching performance - a combination no-hitter between him (5 1/3 innings) and Nick (2/3). For those who thought the Angels-Nationals rivalry was over, think again, because this game kicked off a fourth season of great baseball between these teams. Although the Nats put the bat on the ball pretty well, the name of the game for them was defense, backing their pitchers to provide a no-hit shutout for them. A pitchers' duel the whole game, the Nationals finally broke through in the sixth for a run when Trevor whacked a triple and Ethan scored him on a sacrifice grounder to short. Nick proceeded to close the game out in the bottom half in the inning, sending the Nationals home with a 1-0 win.
Game #3: Tigers v. Naitonals - March 3
Nationals Overcome Bad Calls, Get a Break of Their Own to Win
It was a nail bitting end of a game for the Nationals. With a few bad calls, the Nationals trail the Tigers 3 to 1 in the first 3 innings of the game. We started coming back in the 4th, and clinched it in the 6th. It was an exciting ending to a game fraught with tension. The Nats had one out with Trevor up to bat. Trevor, the tying run, gets on base, greatly upsetting the Tiger players and coaching staff. Next up, Ethan, the winning run, gets walked while Trevor steals two bases. Then Garrett hits a ball straight to the short stop who bobbles it, scoring Trevor and Ethan, making it easy for the Nats fans to finally breath easy and get this Tiger game over with. 3 and 0...way to go!!!