Good morning readers of DoD! The season has come to an end for the Washington Nationals, but we still have news to relay. Enjoy today’s District Daily!
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Matt Williams‘ no sense of urgency costs Nats
SAN FRANCISCO — The bullpen mounds out in the right field corner sat empty, monuments to convention, as the Washington Nationals’ season unraveled. On the mound in the middle of the diamond, Aaron Barrett withered. The Nationals had surged during the regular season to the best record in the National League. They had assembled a deep pitching staff, made deeper by the possible use of Stephen Strasburg as a reliever. They had a tie score to protect because Bryce Harper had launched a baseball clear out of AT&T Park, hanging like one more star over McCovey Cove. Read the full article here.
R.I.P: 2014 Washington Nationals
(Matt Snyder, CBS)
The Washington Nationals were bounced in the NL Division Series for the second time in the past three years. This time, it was San Francisco that did them in, three games to one. As is custom in these parts, let us eulogize.
What went right
The won the NL East by 17 games and had an NL-best 96-66 regular-season record. That’s an overwhelming success. Read the full article here.
Wild and Out: Errant pitch dooms Nats
(Tom Schad, Washington Times)
SAN FRANCISCO — It ended here, on a perfect starless night by the bay. The Washington Nationals’ legitimate run at the World Series. Their National League-leading 96-win season. Their belief that Tuesday night’s red-eye flight to Washington, D.C., would be one of excitement and momentum and confidence building up to Game 5, not heartbreak, that oh-so-familiar heartbreak. Read full article here.