Nats News and Notes
It took Jorge Padilla 12 years, 1,165 games and 1,205 hits in the Minor Leagues to finally get his call to the Majors. It was worth the wait and… work. He jumped on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday and lined a single to right, notching his first Major League hit in three pinch-hit at-bats.
“I’m not going to lie – I was torturing myself when I got home at night thinking, ‘When am I going to get a hit?’” Padilla said. “Thank God today I finally got it. It was unbelievable, like a dream come true right there. That’s what I was waiting for all my life.”
· Nothing has ever tasted as sweet as a shaving cream pie to the face after winning a Major League game. JD Martin picked up his first Major League win and recorded his first hit, a single to left in the bottom of the second. Martin became the fourth Nationals pitcher to collect his first career “W” as a starter this season, joining Shairon Martis, Craig Stammen and Jordan Zimmermann. Martin was a first round pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft and spent eight years in the Indians organization before the Nationals signed him to a Minor League contract prior to this season. Martin went 8-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 15 starts with Triple-A Syracuse before getting called up on July 19th. He made his first Major League start on July, 20th.
· The Nationals earned their eighth consecutive win with a 9-2 decision over the Diamondbacks. The eight-game winning streak is the Nationals second longest win streak since MLB returned to DC in ’05, and is the longest active win streak in the Majors. The Nats started the streak when their record was 32-72. According to Elias, the Nats now own the longest winning streak by a team that stood at least 40 games below .500 at its start since 1950, when the St. Louis Browns, 44-86 at the time, won eight straight. (The Browns’ streak came against four different teams, and included a four-game sweep of the Indians in Cleveland, beating the quartet of Mike Garcia, Bob Lemon, Steve Gromek and Bob Feller.) The longest win streak in Nationals history (2005-present) was a 10-game surge from June 2 to the 12, 2005.
· Ryan Zimmerman is in the midst of his second hot streak of the season, a 13-game hitting streak. In the month of August (eight games), he is batting .567 (17-for-30) with four home runs, eight RBI and 14 runs.
· Since being recalled on August 1, Elijah Dukes is batting .300 (9-for-30) with one home run and 12 RBI in eight games.
· Cristian Guzman has hit safely in 15 consecutive games, going 29-for-63 (.547) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored.