September 2009

Lannan looks for victory against Phillies and Lineups 9/8

Phillies:

Rollins – SS

Victorino – CF

Utley – 2B

Howard – 1B

Werth – RF

Ibanez – LF

Feliz – 3B

Ruiz – C

Martinez – P (RHP, 3-0, 3.52)

 

Nationals:

Harris – CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Orr – 2B

Nieves – C

Lannan – P (LHP, 8-10, 4.09)

 

·         It has been over two years since John Lannan made his MLB debut at Citizens Bank Ballpark on July 26, 2007 and endured a strange plight. (Remember the game: he didn’t get a decision in Washington’s 7-6 come-from-behind victory and worked only 4.1 innings before the drama began. He was ejected by HP umpire Hunter Wendelstedt for hitting Ryan Howard (hit a homer in prior at-bat) and Chase Utley with back-to-back offerings.) Now Lannan looks to pick up his first victory in over a month and first career victory against the Phillies. He is facing the Phillies for the eighth time in his career and fourth time this season. He has faced the Phillies more than any other team but he is still searching for his first win against them despite allowing three or less earned runs in five straight assignments against them.

 

·         This will be Pedro Martinez’s fourth start in the Nation’s Capital. It is by no means a homecoming for him tonight as he faces the Nationals but let’s not forget he played for this franchise from 1994-1997… granted it was in Montreal with the likes of current Nationals First Base Coach Marquis Grissom along with Larry Walker, Moises Alou and Vladimir Guerrero. As an Expo, he went 55-33 with a 3.06 ERA and 843 strikeouts in 118 games.

 

·         The Phillies offense has been raking in the runs when Pedro Martinez pitches. In his five starts, they have scored 32 runs. Martinez is 3-0 and the team is undefeated in his five starts. Pedro is coming off his best start of the year. He went toe-to-toe with Tim Lincecum and pitched 7.0 innings with nine strikeouts, one earned run and five hits.

 

·         The Nationals will need to get after Martinez early. Opponents are hitting .364 (8-22, 3 HR, 6 SO) against him in the 1st inning this season while only hitting .209 (14-67, 1 HR, 3 BB, 17 SO) against him after the 1st inning.

 

·         Every other start for Pedro has been delayed by rain and forced him from the game. A delay tonight would continue the trend… clouds are in the sky but the radar looks clear.

 

September Call-ups

The Nats recalled infielder Ian Desmond, left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler and right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada and selected right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing and right-handed pitcher Zack Segovia from Syracuse.

 


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posted a .354 (63-for-178) batting average and .428 on-base percentage in 55 contests with Syracuse. He tallied 15 extra-base hits, 14 RBI and eight stolen bases with the Chiefs, after a mid-July promotion from Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League. The 23-year-old batted a career-best .330 (115-for-348) with 24 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 32 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 97 games this season at the two levels. Among Nationals farmhands, Desmond ranked third in hitting and fifth in stolen bases. The highly touted defensively shortstop was tabbed as the Nationals’ No. 4 prospect entering the ’06 season by Baseball America. Entering this season, the same publication recognized him as having the “Best Infield Arm” in the Nationals chain, Triple-A International League and Double-A Eastern League.

 

Detwiler rejoins the Nationals, after making 10 Big League starts earlier this season. The 23-year-old went 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA and 2.1/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (42 K/20 BB) in 10 starts with Syracuse. Washington’s top pick (sixth overall) in the ’07 First-Year Player Draft went a combined 4-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 16 starts for Syracuse and Harrisburg this year.

 

Estrada posted a 9-5 record and 3.63 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) with Syracuse. His ERA ranked sixth among Nationals farmhands and ninth in the International League. Estrada recorded 98 strikeouts and issued just 33 walks in 136.1 innings for a 3.0/1 strikeouts-to-walk ratio. The 26-year-old went 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in his final eight games (seven starts) at Triple-A. Estrada made 11 relief appearances with the Nationals last season.

 

Kensing went 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 31 relief appearances with Syracuse. He converted 17 of 18 save opportunities, and his saves total paced the Nationals system. The 27-year-old has made 23 relief appearances in the Big Leagues this season with Washington and the Florida Marlins. He was acquired from Florida in exchange for a Minor League pitcher on April 28.

 

In 27 relief appearances with Syracuse, Segovia posted a 3.38/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (27 K/8 BB) in 28.1 innings pitched. He went 2-2 with five saves and a 2.54 ERA at Triple-A, recording a .184 batting average against (18-for-98). Overall this season, Segovia went 3-5 with six saves and a 3.24 ERA in 51 games (three starts) with Syracuse and Harrisburg. The 26-year-old signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent on June 18, 2008. He was a member of Philadelphia’s Opening Day roster in ’07 and made his lone career start on April 8 of that season at Florida.

Walking off in Style

Willie Harris and Ryan Zimmerman combined with two home runs in the ninth, including a walk-off for Zimmerman, as the Nationals beat the Marlins, 5-4, on Sunday.

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Know your Nats: Adam Dunn


 

052009-236 adam dunn c.JPGHere at Notes from NatsTown, we want to give YOU the opportunity to get to know some of your favorite players both on and off the field. Next homestand, slugger Adam Dunn will be answering YOUR questions–ask anything and everything. Submit your question(s) along with your name and city to us via e-mail at natstown@nationals.com
from now until noon on September 8th and we will post his answers
immediately. Check back and see if your question is answered! If your
question is selected, you will receive a free gift from the Nationals.

Capture the Caption and lineups 9/6

Marlins:

Coghlan – LF

Johnson – 1B

Ramirez – SS

Cantu – 3B

Uggla – 2B

Ross – RF

Paulino – C

Maybin – CF

Sanchez – P (RHP, 2-6, 5.01)

 

Nationals:

Harris – CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Gonzalez – 2B

Nieves – C

Martin – P (RHP, 3-4, 4.60)

 

Capture the Caption: Submit your caption to natstown@nationals.com or in the comments section. The winning caption receives a free Nationals T-shirt.
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Pups at the Park

Ladies, Gentlemen and poochies. That’s right, tonight Nationals Park played host to some canine companions during two exciting events: the First Annual Pups in the Park and the Second Annual Adopt-a-Pet. Below are some pictures from these fun events.

 

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Puppies 046.jpgTo find out about how you can adopt a pet, check out the Washington Humane Society’s website here.

 

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Capture the Caption

Marlins:

Coghlan – LF

Maybin – CF

Ramirez – SS

Cantu – 1B

Baker – C

Uggla – 2B

Ross – RF

Helms – 3B

Johnson – P (RHP, 13-4, 3.08)

 

Nationals:

Harris – CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Orr – 2B

Nieves – C

Hernandez – P (RHP, 7-9, 5.26)

 

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Pups in the Park

Dogs typically aren’t allowed at Nationals Park–most public places for that matter–so it is a unique experience when pet owners are granted permission to bring their prized pet to the park this weekend. The Nationals are hosting their first ever “Pups in the Park” event this weekend and if it is anything like the Dog Days that have taken place at other parks, you can expect to see doggy super fans.

 


air bud 2.jpgDog owners love their canine companion(s). If a dog is attending a baseball game, it is a safe bet that the owner is going to make sure the dog is decked out in Nats gear, bandanas, jerseys and looks like the omnipotent Air Bud circa 1997. Brief history: in his prime, Air Bud could dunk, hit grand slams, spike volleyballs and beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one game of basketball. (Air Bud is in the pseudo Doggie Hall of Fame. Beethoven is still seeking his nod into the fraternity–the inability to dunk hurt.)

 

Closer Mike MacDougal and his wife Mari Mascaro aren’t concerned about making their dog, Charlie Ann, look like Air Bud tomorrow, they are just thrilled to bring her to the park. The four-pound Charlie Anna is a Maltese poodle so she is inherently small and can fit in just about anything. It makes the trip to Nationals Park easy.

 

Do you carry her in a purse? “I do, but especially because she had to have double knee surgery this year so for the past twelve weeks she was like a baby,” Mascaro said. “But she just got her clearance today to be a normal dog again.”

 

Do you have to hide her a lot? “Yeah. She was caught once and they were like “Can you just keep her under the table?” 

 

Any funny comments?  “A lot of times you’ll hear ‘There’s a dog in there! Look, there’s a dog in there!'” People always just say it’s crazy. She has her own little bag.”

 

She is well traveled but not like Homeward Bound: The incredible Journey well traveled. Charlie Ann has seen the world, well the United States, out of the friendly confines of her own purse-like bag. Chance, Shadow and Sassy didn’t have the luxury of a climate controlled carrier, they also weren’t four pounds.

 

Charlie Ann doesn’t really do any cool tricks but she knows when her bag is placed on the floor it is travel time. She runs into it like a kid sprinting out of school on the last day. She is hyper and loves to wiggle her behind.

 

MacDougal loves dogs, manly ones. That’s why he has a lab-German shepherd mix named Sammy. Unfortunately, the 80-pound pup has to stay at his parent’s house during the season because of her size and MacDougal’s traveling requirements.

 

Mascaro always had dogs growing up but when she was around the age of 10, she saw a girl get bit by a dog. It made her timid around bigger dogs… a little scared of dogs that could jump up and reach her face.

 

“I started out slow,” She said. “Charlie Ann is lucky to get to my knees. But actually, because Sammy is so good, it’s made me a lot more comfortable around her. She’s a big dog. That was the only reason Mike let me get a little dog was because he already had her.”

 

In conjunction with Pups in the Park, the Nats are hosting the second annual Adopt-A-Pet at the Park event, which will take place before Saturday’s game. Located near the Strike Zone in the Family Fun Area, fans will be able to interact with dogs who are looking for a loving home to call their own. The fans will then be able to fill out applications on site to adopt the dogs they meet.

 

Pet tickets for Pups at the Park are sold out, but discounted human tickets remain for both days in support of the Adopt-A-Pet program. Left Field Mezzanine tickets, normally $30, can be purchased for $20 here. A portion of the proceeds from all tickets sold for the event will be donated to the Washington Humane Society.

 

There are a few other teams in the Majors that host a similar dog event. The A’s hosted a Dog Day at the Park with proceeds benefiting Dogs4Diabetics. They had a “Pup Rally” and a “Pup Parade.” The Astros are hosting their first annual Dog Day on Labor Day. The Pirates have “Pups in the Park” on selected Tuesday nights during the season. Last year, the six pup nights were themed: Most Pirates Pride, Best Dressed Pup, Most Patriotic Pup, Most Talented Pup and the kicker Owner/Pup Look-a-like.

 

“You know what though… you can match up the dogs to their owners,” Mascaro said. “You really can. And I think that’s funny. They say that about couples too… so I guess it all works.”

Roberto Clemente Night

Roberto Clemente’s on-field accomplishments are plentiful. The right fielder hit .317 with 3,000 hits and 240 home runs over an 18 year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clemente went to 12 All-Star Games, won 12 Gold Glove awards, two World Series Titles (1960 and 1971), an NL MVP Award (1966) and a World Series MVP award (1971). But what he is also known for is the extensive amount of humanitarian work he did during his career. Clemente, born in Carolina, Puerto Rico as the youngest of seven children, knew about hardship. Therefore, most of his charity work involved bringing baseball and other sports to poor areas of Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. He was also involved with the US Marine Corps as a reservist.

 


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It was his desire to help people that eventually led to Clemente’s untimely death on December 31, 1972. Eight days after an earthquake devastated Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, Clemente boarded a plane loaded with supplies en route to help the victims of the earthquake. Unfortunately, due to mechanical problems, the plane barely got off the ground and crashed into the ocean off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Clemente, who was 38, was survived by his wife, Vera, and three sons, Roberto Jr., Luis Roberto and Enrique Roberto.

 

In the months after his death, the Baseball Writers Association of America decided to waive the usual five-year waiting period for Hall of Fame eligibility and voted him in. He was also posthumously honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in 1973 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. But perhaps one of the most lasting legacies is the Roberto Clemente Award, given each year by Major League Baseball to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team” as voted by the fans and the media.

 


Lannan vs Sox.jpgTonight, the Nationals and the US Marine Corps are honoring Roberto Clemente and his legacy at Nationals Park. Marines will be on-hand before the game to hand out the Nationals Inside Pitch magazine as well as assist in the pregame ceremonies. Nationals Pitcher John Lannan will be honored before the game as the team’s Roberto Clemente Award nominee for his work with his new charity, Lannan’s Cannons,
a ticket program designed to bring joy to children and their families staying at The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

 

To vote John Lannan for the Roberto Clemente Award, click here: www.chevy.com/clemente

 

Below, Nationals players Tyler Clippard, Roger Bernadina and Mike Morse, along with some members of the US Marine Corps, hand out the Inside Pitch magazine to fans entering the park.

 


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Jesus Flores Reinstated and Linups 9/4

Marlins:

Coghlan – LF

Johnson – 1B

Ramirez – SS

Cantu – 3B

Baker – C

Uggla – 2B

Ross – RF

Maybin – CF

West – P (LHP, 6-5, 4.22)

 

Nationals:

Maxwell – CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Bard – C

Gonzalez – 2B

Mock – P (RHP, 3-6, 5.01)

 

 

 

“This is a special win,” said Nationals manager Bob Henley. “There’s a lot of guys on this team who were here last year when the Phillies celebrated at our stadium, so it’s very sweet for them, and definitely sweet for me.”

 

  • The Nats added left-handed pitcher Victor Garate to their Major League roster. Garate was acquired off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, after posting a 2.04 ERA (12 ER/53.0 IP) and .191 (36-for-188) batting average against in 47 appearances this season with Chattanooga of the Double-A Southern League. His earned run average ranks seventh among Southern League pitchers (minimum 50.0 IP). Garate’s 56 strikeouts rank tied for ninth among full-time relievers in the circuit and his 9.51 strikeouts per 9.0 innings rank seventh (minimum 50.0 IP). He has stranded 17 of 21 inherited runners in ’09. Garate’s first appearance with the Nationals will mark his big-league debut. He will wear No. 56.

 

  • Jesus Flores is back. Flores missed the last 105 games after going on the Disabled List (right shoulder) on May 15, retroactive to May 10. He injured the shoulder when he was struck by a foul tip on May 9 at Arizona. The 24-year-old has batted .311 (28-for-90) with three doubles, two triples, four home runs and 15 RBI in 26 games this season with Washington. Flores established himself on the Big League scene during his sophomore season in ’08, setting career highs with 77 hits, 18 doubles, eight home runs, 59 RBI and 90 games played. He ranked second in the NL with a .370 (34-for-92) batting average with runners in scoring position, and was the youngest catcher in the majors to start at least 55 contests behind the plate in ’08. In 195 career games at the big-league level, Flores has batted .261 (149-for-571) with 30 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs and 99 RBI.
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