July 2009

Lineups for 7/5

Braves:

McLouth – CF

Prado – 2B

Jones – 3B

McCann – C

Escobar – SS

Anderson – LF

Diaz – RF

Kotchman – 1B

Lowe – P

 

Nationals:

Morgan – CF

Johnson – 1B

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – LF

Willingham – RF

Guzman – SS

Bard – C

Belliard – 2B

Olsen – P

 

Game Notes:

o   Adam Dunn’s home run in the 7th inning yesterday was his 300th career home run. It was a solo shot and the National’s first run of the game. Dunn then singled in the 8th to give the Nats the lead. It was his 10th game-winning RBI this season.

o   Yesterday was the Nationals’ third win against the Braves this season. Since 2005, the Nats have more wins (38) against the Braves than any other team.

o   In the Nationals’ 23 wins this season, their bullpen has been great. Together, they have 25 holds, 13 saves, just one blown save, and a 1.64 ERA.

 

The National Pastime in the Nation’s Capital

What better way then to celebrate the Fourth of July at Nationals Park? Could there be anything more patriotic? People came from far and wide to take in the festivities here, and some people came very well dressed for the occasion!

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Uncle Sam and his family are taking in the game today!

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A very psychedelic celebration!

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Our national bird, the bald eagle, was spotted at the park!

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These fans are ready to play! Though which team are you playing for? How about Team America!

 

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One of the newest citizens of NatsTown!

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Sparkling hats are always welcome at the park!

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More patriotic tie dye! I must have not gotten the memo about that today…

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All dolled up and ready for a wonderful day at the park!

 

Hope you all have a safe and fun holiday!

Lineups for 7/4

Happy Fourth of July, NatsTown! Here are today’s starting lineups:

Braves: 

McLouth – CF
Prado – 1B
Jones – 3B
Anderson – LF
Escobar – SS
Diaz – RF
Ross – C
Conrad – 2B
Hanson – P

 

Nationals:

Morgan – CF
Johnson – 1B
Zimmerman – 3B
Dunn – LF
Willingham – RF
Guzman – SS
Hernandez – 2B
Nieves – C
Lannan – P

 Game notes:

o   With a home run last night Adam Dunn is up to 299, just one homer shy of 300. He is two home runs ahead of David Ortiz (297) as they attempt to be the 18th active player in the 300-Home Run Club.

o   Including last night’s game, five of the seven meetings between the Nationals and the Braves have been decided by one run.

o   Starter John Lannan ranks 16th among active pitchers (with at least 50 starts) in quality start percentage. Out of his 53 total career starts, 33 of them have been quality starts (at least six innings pitched, no more than three earned runs).

 

Lineups for 7/3

Braves:

 

McClouth – CF

Prado – 2B

Jones – 3B

McCann – C

Escobar – SS

Diaz – LF

Francoeur – RF

Kotchman – 1B

Kawakami – P

 

Nationals:

 

Morgan – CF

Johnson – 1B

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – LF

Willingham – RF

Guzman – SS

Harris – 2B

Bard – C

Detwiler – P

 

Game Notes:

o   Nyjer Morgan gets his first start in a Nationals jersey.

 

o   Ross Detwiler is seeking his first Major League victory. He is 0-4 with a 5.24 ERA.

 

o   With 298 in hand, Adam Dunn is just 2 homers shy of 300. 17 active players belong to the 300-homer club, with Dunn and David Ortiz (297 career home runs) vying to become member No. 18.

 

o   Despite twice having to leave the team due to deaths in his family, Josh Willingham is batting .407 (24-for-59) with seven doubles, three home runs, nine RBI and 11 walks in 20 games since May 26. He has posted all-world caliber on-base (.514) and slugging (.678) percentages in that span.

Get Your Red… White and Blue On and watch the rockets red glare this Independence Day weekend!

Don’t miss some exciting events and promotions during the series this upcoming holiday weekend against the Atlanta Braves.


fireworks.JPGFriday 6:35pm, Bang, Zoom go the fireworks:
What better way to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks? Start the holiday weekend with a bang by staying after the Nationals game for the show. It is a perfect way to spend a day off with your family.


3_US Flag.pngSaturday 1:05pm, Mini US Flags
: Spend the 4th enjoying the National Pastime in the Nation’s Capital. The first 20,000 fans will receive mini US flags. The game is early enough so you can still catch all of the festivities on the National Mall later that night.


kids run bases.JPGSunday 1:35pm, Signature Sunday and Kids Run the Bases:
Come early to the game to meet and get autographs from some of your favorite Nationals players. After the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases just like the pros!

Keep in mind that there are non-standard start times because of the holiday:

- The game on Friday, July 3 starts at 6:35 p.m.

- The game on Saturday, July 4 starts at 1:05 p.m.

Fastballs and Fireworks

July 4, 1776 is one of the most important days in American history. The Declaration of Independence was signed and the United States of America was born. However for baseball fans, July 4th falls right in the middle of the season, which has often led to some exciting and historic matchups throughout the years. And what better place to celebrate American Independence than in the Nation’s Capital? The following are some of the most famous July 4th clashes that have occurred among the various Washington, DC teams.

 

July 4, 1932

Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC

The Washington Nationals took on the American League leading New York Yankees in an Independence Day doubleheader. In the second game, Yankees catcher Bill Dickey punched and broke Senators outfielder Carl Reynolds’ jaw during a close play at home plate. The Senators took both games of the twin bill, 5-3 and 12-6, and Dickey got a 30-day suspension and a $1,000 fine. Reynolds, who missed seven weeks due to the injury, still went on to set a career-high in doubles (28) while batting .305 with 63 RBI.

 


Fireworks-1.jpgJuly 4, 1934

Greenlee Field, Pittsburgh, PA

Hall of Famer Satchel Paige of the Pittsburgh Crawfords dazzled the Homestead Grays by pitching a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. After walking Buck Leonard in the first inning, he went on to retire the rest of the Grays’ lineup, except for one batter, who reached on an error. The Crawfords beat the Grays 4-0 and Paige struck out seventeen, marking the first time the Grays had ever been no-hit. “Somebody kept shooting off firecrackers every time I got another batter out,” Paige said of the game.

 

July 4, 1960


Fireworks-2.jpgGriffith Stadium, Washington, DC

Once again, the New York Yankees came into Washington as American League leaders and this time they brought heavy-hitting Mickey Mantle with them. Mantle wasted no time showing off his offensive prowess by hitting a three-run home run, the 300th of his career and the 20th of the season, in the first inning, making him the 18th person at that time to reach the 300 home run plateau. However it wasn’t enough for the Yankees, as they walked third baseman Reno Bertoia with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth to secure a Senators win, 9-8.

 


fireworks-3.jpgJuly 4, 2006

RFK Stadium, Washington, DC

With Washington trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning to the division rival Florida Marlins, Nationals rookie third baseman Ryan Zimmerman blasted a three-run walk-off shot to left field. The Nationals won 6-4. It was his second walk-off home run in as many weeks after hitting one on Father’s Day against the New York Yankees. The Marlins’ starter for that game was current Nats lefty Scott Olsen.

 


Fireworks-4.jpgJuly 4, 2007

RFK Stadium, Washington, DC

 In their second firework-filled July 4th game in a row, the Nationals blanked the Chicago Cubs 6-0. Starter Matt Chico threw seven scoreless innings while a couple of heavy hitters propelled the offense. Dmitri Young went 3-4 with a grand slam and Ryan Zimmerman hit his second Independence Day home run in two years.

Nats doomed by rain… again

dunn homerun.jpgThe Marlins beat the Nationals last night 7-5 in a rain-shortened game at Land Shark Stadium. While the Nats looked strong on the offensive end, they ran into trouble with their bullpen and defense. Adam Dunn inched closer to home run 300 with a two-run blast in the fifth to give the Nats a 5-1 lead. He sits on 298. Starter Craig Stammen looked strong pitching, and helped his cause by driving in two runs on a single in the fourth, but he faltered in the sixth when the Marlins cut the lead to 5-4 on a home run by Hanley Ramirez. In the seventh, Ramirez again did some damage with a two-run, two-out single with the bases loaded. Jorge Cantu hit an RBI base hit before the game was suspended due to rain.

“It couldn’t happen an inning before?” Dunn said. “You’ve gotta think the baseball gods really do hate us.”

In other Nationals News:

- More details about yesterday’s trade

 

- A look at the Nationals ever-changing bullpen

- Newly signed Kobernus a steady, quality player

Nationals collect 1,100 ties in first-ever Tie Drive


032708-023 team 1st visit.JPGThe Washington Nationals collected over 1,100 neckties during their first-ever tie drive on Thursday, June 25 during their game against the Boston Red Sox.  The collected ties will benefit Career Gear, a non-profit organization that serves disadvantaged and underserved men in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. The Nationals partnership with Career Gear includes the collection of suits and ties from on-field personnel and front office staff. Additionally, Career Gear will identify a beneficiary to receive a suit made by a tailor used by Nationals players to be presented during a pre-game recognition ceremony at the end of the baseball team’s season.

 

 “Washington Nationals fans continue to demonstrate their incredible generosity with their contributions to another successful drive,” said Nationals Vice President of Communications and Community Relations Chartese Burnett. “Throughout the team’s five years in the District, our fans have stepped up to the plate time and again to help those less fortunate then themselves.

Dukes optioned to Triple-A

The Nats optioned OF Elijah Dukes to Triple-A Syracuse this morning before the day game against the Marlins to make room for OF Nyjer Morgan and LHP Sean Burnett. 

Morgan and Burnett were acquired on Tuesday from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for outfielder Lastings Milledge and right-handed pitcher Joel Hanrahan.

Dukes struggled in June batting .189 (16-for-81) with two home runs and six RBI.

“I don’t think we’re going to be doing him any help by just sitting him here,” Acta said before Wednesday’s game against the Florida Marlins.

Morgan isn’t in the starting lineup today but is available off the bench.

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