Game 151

It’s the final countdown at Nationals Park and here are three things as we head into the final 12 games of the season:


1.         Ryan Zimmerman is currently hitting .306 on the season, after going 2-for-4 to record his team-leading 46th multi-hit game of the season last night. He is hitting .410 (16-for-39) in his last ten games and aims to become just the third Nationals player to hit .300 or better in a single season, joining Cristian Guzman (.316 in ’08) and Dmitri Young (.320 in ’07).

Collin Balester red.jpg2.         A mustache-less Collin Balester is thriving in his converted role as a reliever. He has not allowed a run in 10.1 innings (eight appearances) and has seen his ERA drop to 2.40 since reaching a season high 7.71 on August 3.

3.         The bullpen has racked up 460 relief K’s this season, which is good for third in the Majors and sets the Nationals’ single season record. Tyler Clippard is also 2 K’s away from recording the first 100-relief strikeout season in the history of baseball in DC.


Astros (73-77):

1.    Jason Bourgeois – CF

2.    Jeff Keppinger – 2B

3.    Hunter Pence – RF

4.    Carlos Lee – 1B

5.    Jason Michaels – LF

6.    Chris Johnson – 3B

7.    Tommy Manzella – SS

8.    Jason Castro – C

9.    J.A. Happ – SP (6-2, 3.24 ERA)

* The seven runs scored in the fifth inning yesterday were the most runs scored by the Astros in a single inning since they drove in seven during a fourth-inning surge against the Marlins on August 12, 2009.

* Bud Norris tossed 6.2 innings of two-run ball last night to improve his record to an impressive 7-1 with a 3.52 ERA in his last 11 starts.

 Nationals (62-88):

1.      Danny Espinosa – 2B

2.      Ian Desmond – SS

3.      Adam Dunn – 1B

4.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

5.      Michael Morse – RF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Roger Bernadina – LF 

8.      Justin Maxwell – CF

9.      John Lannan – SP (8-7, 4.61 ERA)

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