August 2009

Teddy Tweet’s

Make sure to follow Teddy on Twitter HERE for the latest news and ticket promotions. He was so busy tweeting last night that he lost the race.

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Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm is a weekly window into the Nationals farm teams, with updated standings, league leaders, team and individual player stats, and the latest team and player news.

 

This Week’s Top Headline

RHP Brad Meyers is a combined 8-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) with Double-A Harrisburg  and Single-A Potomac. He has allowed no more than one earned run in 16 of those contests and on Sunday vs. Trenton (Yankees), Meyers picked up his second win as a Senator, tossing 7.0 innings of one-run ball. In five starts during his first career stint at the Double-A level, he is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA (6 ER/24.0 IP). At the time of his promotion to Harrisburg on July 7, he was 6-2 with a Carolina League-leading 1.43 ERA (14 ER/88.1 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) with Potomac. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA).

 


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International League North Division

65-56, 2nd Place, 3.5 Games Back

 

Clint Everts has offered scoreless relief in each of his four appearances (3.0 innings) with Syracuse since his promotion from Harrisburg last Wednesday. Everts is a combined 7-1 with a 1.20 ERA and a 3.8/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (61 K/18 BB) in 37 appearances (52.1 innings) with Harrisburg and Potomac. In his first career action at the Double-A level, he went 3-1 with four saves and a 1.53 ERA (5 ER/29.2 IP) in 20 appearances with the Senators. Before joining Harrisburg on June 9, Everts went 3-0 with two saves and a 0.90 ERA (2 ER/20.0 IP) in 13 appearances with Potomac. The Cypress, TX native was Montreal’s first-round pick (5th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

 

RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, is a combined 7-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 44 games with Syracuse and Harrisburg…the 25-year-old began the season with Harrisburg, where he went 5-2 with a 2.37 ERA (13 ER/49.1 IP) in 34 games. In 10 appearances with Syracuse, he is 2-0 with one save, a 1.46 ERA (2 ER/12.1 IP) and a .167 (7-for-42) batting average against. He has pitched scoreless relief in 9 of his 10 games. Wilkie signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent on June 14, 2006.

 

In 18 appearances since joining Syracuse on July 7, RHP Zack Segovia has allowed four earned runs in 18.0 innings (2.00 ERA). He owns a .175 (11-for-63) batting average against with the Chiefs. The 26-year-old began the season with Harrisburg, where he appeared in 24 games (3 starts) as a Senator. Segovia signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent on June 18, 2008 and was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2002 Draft.

 

LHP Ross Detwiler fired 6.0 scoreless frames of five-hit ball to earn his first win at the Triple-A level, Friday vs. Rochester (Twins). He did not walk a batter and struck out five. In six Triple-A starts or 27.1 innings pitched, he has 27 strikeouts against just 11 walks. The southpaw is scheduled to make his next start, tonight vs. Buffalo (Mets). Detwiler went 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA in 10 games at the Major League level with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on July 12.

 


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Eastern League Southern Division

57-63, 5th Place, 17.0 Games Back

 

RHP Drew Storen, Washington’s 2nd selection in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has fired scoreless ball in 4.0 innings (3 appearances) since joining the Senators on August 11. Before reaching Double-A, Storen went 1-0 with two saves and a 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP) in seven Carolina League games with Potomac. Prior to joining the P-Nats on July 19, he struck out 26 and did not walk a batter in 14.2 innings (11 games) with Single-A Hagerstown. Overall, the Stanford University product has fanned 40 and walked just three in 28.2 combined innings (22 appearances) with Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown.

 


022508-026 chris marrero2.JPG21-year-old 1B Chris Marrero was promoted from Potomac to Harrisburg on Monday. Marrero hit .287 (119-for-414) with 21 doubles, two triples, 16 homers, 65 RBI, 42 walks and 58 runs scored in 112 games with the P-Nats. At the time of his promotion, he ranked among the Carolina League leaders in hits (3rd), total bases (3rd, 192), home runs (5th), slugging percentage (5th, .464) and batting average (t-5th). Marrero was Washington’s first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

RHP Jeff Mandel is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA (6 ER/28.0 IP) in four starts with Harrisburg. Mandel went 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA (40 ER/99.2 IP) in 17 starting assignments with Potomac before garnering a July 20th promotion to Double-A. For the season, he is a combined 11-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 21 starts with the Senators and P-Nats. His 11 wins are tied with fellow Senator Erik Arnesen for tops among Washington Minor Leaguers. Mandel was a 19th-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He is scheduled to make his next start, tomorrow at Binghamton.

 


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Carolina League Northern Division

First Half: 37-30, 2nd Place, 3.0 Games Back

Second Half: 31-20, 2nd Place, 0.5 Game Back

 

LHP Tom Milone has won each of his last five decisions, including his last four starts. In those four starts, the 22-year-old has allowed just two earned runs in 26.1 innings (0.68 ERA). Milone, a product of the University of Southern California baseball program, is 9-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 23 games (21 starts) overall. He was selected in the 10th round of the 2008 Draft.

 

The P-Nats lead the Carolina League with 100 home runs and 168 stolen bases. Potomac paces Washington Minor League affiliates in runs scored (562), homers, walks (440) and steals.

 


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

First Half: 31-36, T-6th Place, 10.5 Games Back

Second Half: 16-32, 8th Place, 15.0 Games Back

 

C Derek Norris leads the South Atlantic League in home runs (23), total bases (209) and walks (72). The 20-year-old paces all catchers in professional baseball in homers and RBI (76). The right-handed hitting slugger has reached base safely via hit (114), walk (72) or HBP (8) 194 times in 111 games (1.74 times per contest). Norris was a 2009 SAL All-Star selection and he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system by Baseball America.

 

RHP Juan Jaime is a combined 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a .159 batting average against in 10 games (eight starts) with Hagerstown and Short-Season Single-A Vermont. He has struck out 53 in 39.0 innings, an average of 12.23 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Since joining Hagerstown on July 22, Jaime is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA (4 ER/15.0 IP) in four games (three starts). He went 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA (5 ER/24.0 IP) in six games (5 starts) with Vermont.

 

2B Stephen Lombardozzi paces the South Atlantic League with 82 runs scored, and is tied for second in hits with 128. In 111 games overall, the 20-year-old is hitting .295 with 24 doubles, six triples, three homers and 48 RBI. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).

 

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New York-Penn League Stedler Division

26-30, 3rd Place, 5.0 Games Back

 

LHP Evan Bronson has gone 2-0 with two saves and a 0.72 ERA in 15 games as a pro. He has worked 2.0 or more innings of relief in 13 of those 15 appearances. Bronson, a 2009 NY-Penn League All-Star, has 24 strikeouts against just one walk in 37.1 innings of work. He has limited opponents to a .170 batting average against along the way. Bronson was drafted by the Nationals in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft.

 

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Gulf Coast League East Division

27-17, 2nd Place, 3.5 Games Back

 

Including a 5.0-inning, one-run outing yesterday at the GCL Cardinals, LHP Daniel Rosenbaum has won three straight decisions. In 10 games (seven starts) overall, he is 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA and a 4.5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (32 K/7 BB). Rosenbaum was a 22nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

 

Lineups 8/19

Rockies:

Gonzalez – LF

Fowler – CF

Helton – 1B

Tulowitzki – SS

Hawpe – RF

Stewart – 3B

Barmes – 2B

Iannetta – C

Marquis – P (RHP, 13-8, 3.55)

 

Nationals:

Morgan –  CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Belliard – 2B

Bard – C

Balester – P (RHP, 1-2, 6.00)

 


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 Nyjer Morgan stole his 21st base for the Nationals in the first inning last night. Since July 1st, Morgan leads the Majors with 21 stolen bases. Jacoby Ellsbury is right behind him with 20. When Morgan was acquired at the end of June, the Nationals collectively had just 26 stolen bases as a team. In addition to the Gold Glove-caliber defense and explosive speed, Morgan is batting .365 (61-for-167) with seven doubles, a triple, a homer, 10 RBI and 30 runs scored in 42 games with the Nationals.

 

The Nats big bats:

What a difference a year with Hitting Coach Rich Eckstein makes. Through the first 119 games, the Nationals are batting .267 with 57 stolen bases, 113 home runs, 521 RBI and a .346 on-base percentage. It is quite the improvement from last year’s numbers. Through the first 119 games in 2008, the Nationals batted .243 with 53 stolen bases, 85 home runs, 417 RBI and a .315 on-base percentage.

 

Closing the door:

After a rough first “half” (5.71 ERA), the Nationals bullpen has righted its ship, posting a stingy 3.46 ERA (43 ER/112.0 IP) in 32 games since the All-Star break. In that span, the Nats bullpen is 9-3 with 13 holds, 10 saves and a .226 (92-for-407) batting average against.

 

Mr. Strasburg goes to Washington… and $1 tickets follow

In celebration of signing No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals are offering tickets for just $1 for this Friday’s game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nationals.com/one beginning at noon today.

An additional 1,000 $1 tickets will go on-sale for two hours at the Nationals Park Main Box Office at noon on Friday and will remain on sale no later than 2:00 pm. The Main Box Office is located to the left of the Centerfield Gate and adjacent to Parking Lot C.

The Nationals will hold a press conference on Friday at 2:00 p.m. to officially introduce Strasburg. The event will be held on the field at Nationals Park and is open to all ticket holders for Friday’s game. The Centerfield Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. and ticket holders will be able to enjoy the event from Field Level seating areas along the 3rd base line near the Visitor’s dugout. Following the press conference, team officials will participate in a 30-minute Q&A session with those in attendance. The seating area will then remain open for Nationals Batting Practice, giving fans a closer vantage point than usual.  Note:  Ticket holder access to both the outdoor press conference and Town Hall meeting will be weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, ticket holders are encouraged to check www.nationals.com/one for any cancellation postings.

Tickets & Parking info:

Tickets are limited to two per transaction, based on availability and are located in the following seating areas only: LF/RF Corner, LF Box and LF/RF Mezzanine.

Season parking lots and garages will open at their regularly scheduled time of 5:30 p.m.

 

Nats look to continue the streak at home

Lineups:

Rockies:

Gonzalez – LF

Fowler – CF

Helton – 1B

Tulowitzki – SS

Hawpe – RF

Atkins – 3B

Barmes – 2B

Iannetta – C

Jimenez – P (RHP, 10-9, 3.47)

 

Nationals:

Morgan –  CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Gonzalez – 2B

Nieves – C

Stammen – P (RHP, 3-6, 5.24)

Home Sweet Home:

The Nats are 10-3 at home since they were swept in a four-game series against the Cubs from July 16th to the 19th. The .769 home winning percentage is tied for third in the Majors since July 20th.

The Nationals have won an MLB-best eight straight games here in DC to establish the club mark for most consecutive wins at Nationals Park, which opened last year. Here is a look at the Nationals’ top win streaks in DC since baseball returned to the Nation’s Capital in 2005:

Rank   Win Streak     DC Ball Park             Dates

1.         12                    RFK                            June 2-25, 2005

T2.        8                    Nationals Park           July 25-present

T2.         8                    RFK                            July 21-August 5, 2007

MacDougal is a safe bet:


062009-248 mike macdogual 1.JPGIn 25 appearances since ascending into the Nationals closer role by recording the final two outs in a 3-2 win on June 17 against the Yankees, Mike MacDougal has successfully converted 13 of 14 save opportunities. He can thank his confidence in his ferocious fastball for the turn around, the pitch he throws almost every time. It is quite the contrast to the start of the 2009 season. MacDougal started the season with the White Sox but struggled to hit his spots and threw his slider more than 50 percent of the time. That changed when he was released by the Sox and signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals. He pitched for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs when then Chiefs pitching coach Steve McCatty, now the Nationals pitching coach, told MacDougal to have faith in his fastball. It saved his season. He has a 2.27 ERA (8 ER/31.2 IP) and a .218 (24-for-110) batting average against in 33 games with the Nats.

 

The Best Days of Summer:

The Nationals are 11-4 in the month of August. Washington’s .733 winning percentage in August ranks third in MLB behind only the Cardinals (11-3, .786) and Yankees (12-4, .750). There are still 14 August contests to play and the Nationals are just four wins shy of clinching their first winning month since going 15-12 in September of 2007. They won nine games in May, June and July.

Getting it Dunn:

Adam Dunn has recorded 15 game-winning RBIs this season and trails only the Giants Bengie Molina (18). Since the beginning of the 2008 season, Dunn’s 31 GWRBI are ranked third in MLB:

Rank   Player                         GWRBI (2008-09)

1.         Prince Fielder              33

2.         Bengie Molina             32

3.         Adam Dunn               31

Nats Sign Strasburg


 
stephen strasburg 1.jpgIt’s official! The No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg is a member of the Washington Nationals organization. With less than two minutes before the midnight deadline–11:58 and 43 seconds–the two sides agreed to the terms.

“People thought it would take until the last minute,” President Stan Kasten said. “We didn’t even need that last minute.”

The 20-year-old Strasburg–who stands 6-foot-4, 220 lbs and hails from San Diego–went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 starts this season at San Diego State en route to earning the Golden Spikes Award. He struck out 195 batters with just 19 walks in 109 innings. Strasburg’s best game came on May 8th when he threw his first career no-hitter and struck out 17 batters against Air Force. He struck out 23 batters against the University of Utah at Tony Gwynn Stadium on April 11, 2008.

“The reason he signed is because he wants to pitch in the Big Leagues, and he wants to be a Washington National,” Interim General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “He wants to win a Cy Young Award and championships in D.C. That’s the reason he signed with us here. Money was a nice perk, a nice by-product for him, but he is here to pitch. He is champing at the bit to get on the mound. I think he was getting a little tired being around the house.”

In three collegiate seasons, Strasburg went 22-7 with seven saves and a 1.59 ERA (43 ER/243.1 IP) in 52 games for San Diego State. He was San Diego State’s closer as a freshman and their top starter each of the last two years. In three seasons at SDSU, he was twice named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year, and in 2007, he was named MWC Co-Freshman of the Year.

Stephen Strasburg joins pitcher Drew Storen, the other Nat’s Top-10 draft choice in 2009, as the newest members of what the Nats believe is one of the most interesting and deepest staffs of young pitching prospects in all of baseball. John Lannan, Jordan Zimmermann, Craig Stammen, J.D. Martin, Ross Detwiler, Garrett Mock, Collin Balester, Shairon Martis, Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and now Strasburg and Storen, along with a group of other young Minor League talents, represent an intimidating rotation for the Nationals for years to come.

“We are proud to have him in the organization,” Rizzo said. “We are happy to add him to a growing list of young starting pitchers. It’s a big day for the Washington Nationals. It’s a big day for the fans of Washington, DC.”

Nationals select Mike Morse from Syracuse

The Nats selected infielder Mike Morse from Triple-A Syracuse and designated right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing for assignment.

 

Morse batted .339 (56-for-165) with 12 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 34 RBI in 44 games with Syracuse. He hit safely in his last 12 games with the Chiefs, going 17-for-44 (.386) over that period. The 27-year-old — acquired from Seattle in exchange for outfielder Ryan Langerhans on June 28 — hit a combined .322 (137-for-425) with 26 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs and 86 RBI in 110 games this season between Syracuse and Tacoma of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.      

 

In parts of four seasons (2005-08) with Seattle, Morse batted at a .300 (90-for-300) clip with 22 extra-base hits and 37 RBI in 107 contests.

 

Kensing, 27, went 0-1 with a 10.71 ERA in 17 appearances with Washington.

Know Your Nats: Willie Harris

You asked, and Willie answered. Notes from NatsTown sat down with fan favorite Willie Harris during the previous homestand with the questions you submitted. This utility player, who is known for his speed, acrobatics and energy, answered the questions with his usual flair. Check out what Willie had to say, and look for the video of the interview during the next Nationals home game.


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       Russell from NY: You play many positions on the field. Do you have a favorite? Would you come out of the bullpen and pitch if you had to?
Well Russell
, I think my favorite position would probably be second base mainly because that’s where I came up playing all the way up through the Minor Leagues. Just more comfortable at second base. And if they needed me to come out of the bullpen, I’d give it a shot.

2.       Diana from Bethesda: What’s the story behind your Michael Jackson at-bat music? Can you moon walk?
Well Diana, I think I can moonwalk. But I was just really paying tribute to Michael Jackson, the late Michael Jackson. In that series, I just wanted to come out to some of his music and kind of give the fans a little bit of that Michael Jackson that we’re all going to miss.

3.       Kyle from DC: I hear you’ve been developing an alter ego a la Nyjer Morgan and Tony Plush. Can you tell us about him?
Well Kyle, you know, Tony Plush is a guy in between the lines. Nyjer Morgan is a guy that kind of floats around the clubhouse and the hotels away from the ballpark. But Nyjer and myself, we’re working on a name
for me and we’re trying to come up with something that will fit me just like Tony Plush fits him.


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       Alex from Clarendon: What is your favorite baseball memory?
Well Alex, I think my favorite baseball memory would have to be winning the World Series in 2005. Being able to come off the bench and face one of the premier closers in the game, which is Brad Lidge, and be able to get a base hit off of him and score the game-winning run of game four to seal the deal, that’s by far my biggest moment in the game.

5.       Geoff from PG County: If you weren’t a baseball player, what sport would you play?
Geoff, I think I’d probably be playing football. I was a pretty good punter in high school and I think I could go out there right now and punt one about 50 yards with the height and give my defense time to collapse on that receiver or that DB down there on the other end of that punt.

6.       Nick from Alexandria: Is there any player you look up to? Who do you model your play after? Well Nick, my favorite player, and the guy I model myself around, is Ichiro Suzuki, mainly because he plays small ball and if he has to he can get you with the long one. But he plays fundamental baseball. He steals bases, he does everything pretty much right, bunting, defense, everything is pretty solid for Ichiro.

7.       Andy from Silver Spring: If you and Nyjer Morgan had a footrace, who would win? 
Well Andy, I think that could go either way. If we raced ten times, I think Nyjer would beat me three times. But if I was racing Tony Plush, he’d probably beat me seven times. So give or take, who knows?

8.       Matt from Georgetown: Do you think Teddy will ever win?
Well Matt, I think that Presidents Race is set up, man. I was trying to get in there to be Teddy some kind of way one day just to get him one victory but I don’t think Teddy will ever win.


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       Mike from Virginia: You are a huge fan favorite. Are you as easy going off the field as you are on the field?
Mike, I’m a little bit more ‘easier’ off the field. When I’m here at the ballpark, I just want to go all out. I want to leave everything out on the field. Whenever I get an opportunity out there to help my team win I just want them to know that I’m here to play hard. Some days you’re going to have good days and some days you’re going to have bad days. You just gotta try to stay even keel, keep everybody upbeat, and everything will be good.

10.   Todd from Chevy Chase: Have you always considered yourself an underdog because of your size?
Yes, Todd. I was told when I was in college that I could never make it to the Big Leagues and the guy that told me that is Mike Martin down at Florida State. Now when I go home, I just want to go and shake his hand and let him know, it’s not how big you are, it’s how big your heart is.

11.   Ryan from Arlington: What’s your favorite thing to do or place to go in DC?
Well Ryan, I really don’t go too many places, but my favorite place would probably be that sushi restaurant down in Georgetown. Lot of life down there in Georgetown, but like I said, I don’t really do that much. I’d rather sit at home and watch Fred Sanford and Martin Lawrence TV shows.

12.   Megan from DC: Who is the craziest guy in the clubhouse? Who is the team comedian?
Well Megan, I’m probably the craziest guy in the clubhouse, but the team comedian is by far Josh Bard. You would never guess it, but he’s the funniest guy I’ve ever been around.

13.   Tyrone from Atlanta: What’s your favorite nickname?
Tyrone, my favorite nickname…I hate to say this, but Melvin Mora, with the Baltimore Orioles when I came up, he gave me the nickname ‘Hollywood’ mainly because I was kind of flashy and wore the wristbands with the tape and things like that. That nickname ‘Hollywood,’ I left that in Baltimore and became low key and didn’t want too many guys not liking me because of my swagger.

14.   Maura from Bethesda: What’s the best prank you’ve pulled or seen pulled on a baseball player?
Well Maura, the best prank that I’ve seen was (laughs), it was on me actually. I’m sitting on the bench in Baltimore as a rookie, and I look down and my shoestrings are on fire. I don’t know what’s going on. So the guys, they got me really good. I’m jumping around trying to dump the whole water cooler on my feet just to put the fire out. So now I have cold feet and wet feet. But that’s pretty much the best prank that I’ve seen that has been done, and of course it was done to me.

15.   Derek from Chantilly, VA: Which actor would play you in a movie?
Well Derek, I would have to say Martin Lawrence. So many people tell me I’m somewhat like Martin. My family, they say ‘you act just like that guy!’ Our demeanor and just the way we carry ourselves…I think Martin Lawrence.

16.   Burt from Laurel, MD: What songs do you listen to when getting ready for a game?
Well Burt, I like to listen to Eminem ‘Lose Yourself’ mainly because it just breaks it all the way down for you. You only get one shot, and if you get that one shot you need to make the most of that one shot and try to do your best with that opportunity.

17.   Christine from Hagerstown: How does the team stay entertained during all those rain delays? Well Christine, there’s all types of things we do. Some guys come up and play cards, some guys link up on the PSP and play golf, and some guys just lie around and take naps. It just depends on how you feel that day or what’s your demeanor. Everybody is different, but at the same time when that rain delay is over, we’re in between the lines getting after it.

 

Nats News and Notes


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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.”


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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.

 


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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.

 

Lineups 8/9

Arizona

Oeltjen- LF

Roberts- 2B

Drew- SS

Reynolds- 3B

Tracy- 1B

Snyder- C

Romero- RF

Young- CF

Petit- P

 

Washington

Morgan- CF

Guzman- SS

Zimmerman- 3B

Dunn- 1B

Willingham- LF

Dukes- RF

Bard- C

Gonzalez- 2B

Martin- P

 

Congratulations to last night’s starter, Garrett Mock, on his first win of the season!

 


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