The Nats took five out of the seven games they played against the San Francisco Giants this year, the team they will now face in the National League Division Series.
Both of their series this season came at interesting times, the first when the Giants were the best team in baseball and the second when the Nats were carrying a team-record 10-game winning streak.
Their matchups this season featured a big start on the road by Doug Fister, two tough losses for Tim Hudson and the return of Michael Morse to Washington.
Here is a look at how those seven games played out...
June 9 in San Francisco
Nationals 9, Giants 2
When the Nats and Giants first met this season, San Francisco was a powerhouse. They were 43-22 on the year with the best record in baseball. The Nats were still coming into their own at 33-29 and were presented a big test in traveling out west to face the best team in the NL at the time.
That day, however, the Nats quickly started looking like the better team, as they scored four runs in the first three innings and never looked back. Span had a triple and two doubles and Ian Desmond had five RBI to lead the way. Stephen Strasburg allowed one run through six innings of work. This day was also Matt Williams' first trip to San Francisco as a manger.
June 10 in San Francisco
Nationals 2, Giants 1
The Nationals would follow that victory with another win, this one in a pitching matchup many had been looking forward to for days.
It was Doug Fister in just his seventh start as a Nat and Madison Bumgarner, who was off to a terrific start on the season.
Fister was brilliant that day, going seven scoreless innings despite allowing eight hits and a walk. Bumgarner also allowed eight hits and a walk, but cracked in the fifth inning to give up runs on a Span sac fly and an RBI single by Jayson Werth.
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