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What to watch as Nats continue three-game series against Marlins

What to watch as Nats continue three-game series against Marlins

This is the Nationals’ first time in Miami this season, and the team finished with a 3-2 loss against the Marlins on Friday night. Here are a few things to look for as they enter the second game of the three-game series against the Floridians: 

  1. Friday night’s situational hitting was poor, NBC Sports Washington’s Todd Dybas reported. The Nats left 10 runners on base in a 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.However, the Nationals’ offense has changed this season. This was exemplified in Friday’s series opener against the Marlins, in which both Adam Eaton and Victor Robles bunted to get hits.
  2. Eaton singled on a bunt in the first inning, eventually scoring on a Juan Soto RBI single, while Robles also reached base safely in the third following Eaton’s strategy and then stole a base. These creative plays helped get men on base, but again, more often than not they stayed there. Brian Dozier hit his second home run of the season in the seventh inning, a solo shot which gave the Nats their second and final run of the night. Dozier had a rough start to the season, and after Friday’s game, he has just two RBIs – both via solo homers. He has a batting average of .182, and he’s lost playing time to Howie Kendrick as the season has moved forward. Kendrick has a batting average of .477, the highest on the roster.
  3. Anthony Rendon continued his hit streak, extending it to 17 games with a double Friday. This is the longest hitting streak in the MLB this season, as well as the third baseman’s personal record. Within the organization, Rendon is chasing Hall-of-Famer Heinie Manush’s record, which stretched to 33 consecutive hits in 1933. Can he get another on Saturday?

 

Download the MyTeams app for coverage from NBC Sports Washington of the Nationals/Marlins game on Saturday. The game broadcast will be at 6:10 PM ET on 106.7 the Fan and MASN2. 

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Meet the group of friends saving up for matching Caps tattoos

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Meet the group of friends saving up for matching Caps tattoos

Charlie Sutton’s nails garnered lots of attention at the official Game 4 watch party, as her blue, white and red “LET'S GO CAPS” nails sparkled among the sea of red jerseys.

“I was originally just going to make the nails have the colors and sparkles, but I realized I had enough fingers to write out ‘Let’s Go Caps,’ so that’s what I did!” she said.

Sutton grew up in Idaho following the Steelheads. “We moved to Maryland five years ago because my dad’s in the military and he got stationed here, so when he did I thought, ‘Hey, there’s an NHL team here!’ and started following the Caps then. I've been a huge fan since,” she said.

Sutton was at the watch party with her two friends, Hannah Steele and Amye Elfin. Steele’s father worked in Northern Virginia when the Capitals organization started and sold them equipment. “He’s probably the first Caps fan ever,” she joked. Elfin’s father was a sports journalist for the Washington Times when Alexander Ovechkin was drafted, creating a Capitals lineage in their family.

“This has been my whole life,” Elfin said.

The three friends are hardcore Capitals fans, saving enough money to get Capitals-themed tattoos together. Elfin already has three blue and red stars tattooed on her left arm: “I got this done at Tattoo Paradise, where the Caps got their tattoos done!”

“We were way too broke to get that tattoo with her,” Sutton said, laughing with Steele. “But we’ve been coming up with lots of ideas and thinking about placement together.”

The three joked about getting Lars Eller’s abs tattooed on their stomachs, skate laces tattooed over their feet or the entire Stanley Cup tattooed over their spines.

Realistically, though, Sutton said that they plan to get something small to memorialize their favorite team.

“Ovechkin has ‘Sergei’ on his gloves, so maybe I’ll get that on the bottom of my hand where it is on his gloves,” Sutton said. Steele said that she might get the year 2018 for the team’s Stanley Cup victory, or a jersey number or two.

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'I live and die by this:' Meet the mother-daughter duo that credit Capitals for family union

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'I live and die by this:' Meet the mother-daughter duo that credit Capitals for family union

WASHINGTON-- Thanks to her mother, Emily Harper has been a die-hard Capitals fan all of her life. 

“I’ve grown up with hockey, thanks to her,” Emily said of her mother, Pam Harper. “The TV’s always on at home, and I can hear her screams from upstairs!”

The two were at Capital One Arena on Saturday to watch Game 2 of the Caps playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes, during which the Caps won 4-3.

On Thursday night, the two were back at Capital One Arena, like thousands of others, to rock the red and support the Caps from miles away at the team's official Game 4 watch party. Events like these, and the Capitals' postseason success, have helped bring the two together. 

One of their fondest memories together, they said, was watching the Capitals win the Stanley Cup outside of Capital One last June. She came to the Arena with her sister, daughter and niece, among other family members, to watch the Caps’ victory.

“It really brought my family together,” Pam said. “My sister isn’t into sports, and she is now a fan of the Capitals. [Watching games] is a now whole family event.”

Pam buys Caps tickets in bulk to make sure that her family and friends can be in on the action.

“For nine months, I schedule my entire life around hockey,” Pam said.

Pam has an entire wall of her house dedicated to the Capitals and their Stanley Cup victory: “The whole wall is filled with the Arena, the Stadium Series, lots of photos of Ovi,” she said, referencing Alexander Ovechkin, the Caps’ captain.

Emily pulled out her phone to show a video of a homemade banner-raising ceremony following the Stanley Cup win.

“It fell down the first time,” Emily said, laughing alongside her mother. “We were all cracking up, it was so funny.”

Emily recalled her first away game with her mother: “We actually went to Raleigh to watch the Caps play the ‘Canes. The Caps won in the final seconds, and we screamed, but of course, nobody around us was happy.”

Her mother added, laughing with tears in her eyes, “We didn’t think we were going to make it out of there OK!”

The Caps have given the mother-daughter duo, as well as their surrounding family and friends, a reason to get together.

“As long as you keep having watch parties,” Pam said, “we will be here.” 

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