July 2011

Inside Pitch Live with Tyler Clippard & Drew Storen

Broadcaster Dave Jageler sat down with the back end of the Nationals bullpen prior to Saturday’s game to discuss their roles, the 2011 season and their baseball backgrounds. Clippard and Storen also took questions from the Stars & Stripes Club audience. These two roommates flashed their comedic wits and their verbose vocabulary—no “just happy to be here” quotes here. Have a listen for yourself: InsidePitchLive_ClippardStoren

Nats-Rockies, series finale

Despite losing the series, the Nationals still have a chance to finish the homestand strong and go into the All-Star Break on a high note with a win today. Jordan Zimmermann takes on Jhoulys Chacin in today’s matchup.
Here are the lineups:

Rockies:
Ryan Spilborghs – CF
Mark Ellis – 2B
Todd Helton – 1B
Troy Tulowitzki – SS
Seth Smith – RF
Cole Garner – LF
Ian Stewart – 3B
Matt Pagnozzi – C
Jhoulys Chacin – P

Nationals:
Roger Bernadina – CF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
Laynce Nix – LF
Michael Morse – 1B
Jayson Werth – RF
Wilson Ramos – C
Ian Desmond – SS
Jordan Zimmermann – P

*John Lannan, who exited Friday night’s game with a nasal contusion after taking a line drive to the side of his face, says he plans on making his next start after the break – good news after what was a very scary moment for Nationals fans.

*In his one previous career start against the Nationals, Chacin only made it through five innings. He gave up six runs, including two homers, and took the loss.

*Don’t forget to watch Tyler Clippard represent the Nationals in the All-Star Game in Arizona this Tuesday! And before that, make sure you check out Bryce Harper and Brad Peacock in the XM All-Star Futures Game.

Nats-Rockies, Game 1

After taking three out of four from the Cubs, the Nationals will try to finish the homestand strong with another series win over the Rockies. John Lannan will go for his fourth straight victory in tonight’s matchup.
Here are the lineups:

Rockies:
Carlos Gonzalez – CF
Jonathan Herrera – SS
Todd Helton – 1B
Ty Wigginton – LF
Mark Ellis – 2B
Cole Garner – RF
Ian Stewart – 3B
Chris Iannetta – C
Jason Hammel – P

Nationals:
Roger Bernadina – LF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
Michael Morse – 1B
Jayson Werth – RF
Rick Ankiel – CF
Wilson Ramos – C
Ian Desmond – SS
John Lannan – P

*Ivan Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a right oblique strain, retroactive to July 7. In his place, the Nationals recalled Jesus Flores from Triple-A Syracuse.

*John Lannan has struck out Colorado 13 times and has allowed only two home runs in 21.2 innings of work against the Rockies.

Nats look for sweep against the Cubs

After taking the series with last night’s win over Chicago, the Nationals have the opportunity to sweep the Cubs tonight. Matt Garza, a big offseason acquisition for the Cubs, will trade blows with veteran Livan Hernandez in what could be a pitcher’s duel.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Cubs:

Kosuke Fukudome – RF

Starlin Castro – SS

Aramis Ramirez – 3B

Carlos Pena – 1B

Geovany Soto – C

Marlon Byrd – CF

Alfonso Soriano – LF

Darwin Barney – 2B

Matt Garza – P

Nationals:

Roger Bernadina – LF

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Michael Morse – 1B

Jayson Werth – RF

Rick Ankiel – CF

Wilson Ramos – C

Ian Desmond – SS

Livan Hernandez – P

*Against the Cubs, Livo is 11-7 with a 4.16 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 22 games started.

*In his one career outing against the Nationals, Garza pitched 5.2 innings and allowed three earned runs over seven hits and four walks.

Nats-Cubs, Game 3

Three runs in the first inning were all the Nationals needed in last night’s game to help Ross Detwiler get a win in his season debut. Tonight, Tom Gorzelanny is on the mound taking on the Cubs for the first time since being dealt to DC.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Cubs:

Reed Johnson – RF

Starlin Castro – SS

Aramis Ramirez – 3B

Geovany Soto – C

Carlos Pena – 1B

Marlon Byrd – CF

Alfonso Soriano – LF

Darwin Barney – 2B

Randy Wells – P

Nationals:

Roger Bernadina – CF

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Laynce Nix – LF

Michael Morse – 1B

Jayson Werth – RF

Wilson Ramos – C

Ian Desmond – SS

Tom Gorzelanny – P

*Michael Morse is back in the lineup after missing a few games due to an elbow contusion. Morse is still in the running for the All-Star Game Final Vote, so be sure to vote for him here – voting ends at 4 p.m. EST tomorrow! Fans who vote for Morse will get 50 percent off of a pair of tickets to a future Nationals game.

*Randy Wells hasn’t exactly been having fun during Cubs road trips this year, pitching to a 0-1 record with an 8.36 ERA, with 13 runs given up over 16 hits. Against the Nationals specifically, he hasn’t fared much better, with a 7.15 ERA.

Make Morse an All-Star

In case you missed it, Tyler Clippard was named as a representative of the Nationals for this year’s All-Star Game. Clippard has been stellar as the Nats’ set-up man, and currently leads the League in holds with 21. He led the team last year in wins with 11 and was second in strikeouts with 112. He is, obviously, a deserving candidate and will make Nationals fans proud when he takes the mound during next week’s Midsummer Classic.

But, if those same fans play it right, there could be a second Nationals player on the All-Star Team. Michael Morse is currently in the mix for the Final Vote, where fans have a few days to decide who gets that coveted last spot on the roster. Morse has been having the best year of his career so far, hitting .299 with 15 home runs and 46 RBI, and since May 22 he’s been leading the NL in home runs and RBI.

Since coming to the Capital in a trade with Seattle in 2009, Morse has provided power off of the bench. In Spring Training this year, he hit a Grapefruit League-leading nine home runs and landed himself a starting gig in left field. He was moved to first base when Adam LaRoche underwent season-ending arm surgery and has been outstanding since moving back to the infield.

Morse is looking to take his talents to Arizona to help the National League win the All-Star Game for a second straight year. You can vote for him here and campaign for more votes via Facebook and Twitter. Voting ends July 7, so be sure to get in as many votes as you can until then. Vote early, vote often, and make sure to vote Nats!

Independence Day at Nationals Park

After splitting a four-game series with the Pirates, the Nats head into another four game series with an NL Central opponent. The Cubs roll into town for an Independence Day 1:05 p.m. showdown to start of the series.

Here are today’s lineups:

Cubs:

Kosuke Fukudome – RF

Darwin Barney – 2B

Starlin Castro – SS

Aramis Ramirez – 3B

Carlos Pena – 1B

Marlon Byrd – CF

Alfonso Soriano – LF

Geovany Soto – C

Casey Coleman – P

Nationals:

Roger Bernadina – CF

Alex Cora – 3B

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Laynce Nix – LF

Jayson Werth – RF

Matt Stairs – 1B

Ivan Rodriguez – C

Ian Desmond – SS

Jordan Zimmermann – P

*Despite being struck in his wrist during an at-bat yesterday, leading to him being listed as day-to-day after the game, Jayson Werth remains in the lineup in the five-hole. However, potential All-Star Michael Morse is still out of the lineup with an elbow contusion he suffered on Saturday.

*In his previous outing against the Cubbies, Jordan Zimmermann had eight strikeouts and allowed only one walk.

Series finale vs. the Pirates

After clinching the nightcap of yesterday’s doubleheader, the Nationals have a chance to win the series against the Pirates today. Kevin Correia and Jason Marquis square off in the series finale.

Pirates:

LF Alex Presley

SS Chase d’Arnaud

RF Garrett Jones

CF Andrew McCutchen

2B Neil Walker

1B Lyle Overbay

3B Brandon Wood

C Michael McKenry

P Kevin Correia

Nationals:

LF Roger Bernadina

2B Danny Espinosa

3B Ryan Zimmerman

1B Matt Stairs

RF Jayson Werth

CF Rick Ankiel

C Wilson Ramos

SS Ian Desmond

P Jason Marquis

*Matt Stairs gets a rare start at first base today. Michael Morse left last night’s game after being hit by a pitch, but there are no reports to indicate he’ll have a stint on the DL.

*Tyler Clippard was named to the National League All-Star team as a representative for the Nationals. This will be Clip’s first All-Star Appearance. Michael Morse will be in the “Final Vote” competition—so make sure to vote early, vote often and vote Nats!

Doubleheader, part deux

After dropping the first of today’s games 5-3, the Nats will try to avoid a sweep and re-take control of the series. John Lannan is on the mound in the nightcap.
Here are Game two’s lineups:

Pirates:

Alex Presley – LF
Chase d’Arnaud – SS
Andrew McCutchen – CF
Garrett Jones – 1B
Matt Diaz – RF
Neil Walker – 2B
Josh Harrison – 3B
Eric Fryer – C
Brad Lincoln – P

Nationals:

Roger Bernadina – LF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
Michael Morse – 1B
Jayson Werth – RF
Rick Ankiel – CF
Wilson Ramos – C
Ian Desmond – SS
John Lannan – P

*Rick Ankiel’s home run in today’s first game not only kept the Nats fighting, but it was his first round-tripper of the year since April 2.

*John Lannan has struck out the Pirates 27 times. In the batter’s box, he’s fared well – he has a double and an RBI off of Pittsburgh pitching.

*Don’t forget to watch tomorrow’s All-Star Selection Show to see who from your Nationals will represent the team in this year’s All-Star Game!

Let’s play two

 After a thrilling comeback victory last night, highlighted with the walk-off single by Matt Stairs, the Nationals look to carry that momentum into today’s doubleheader. We’re already underway here at Nationals Park, where fans continue to stream into the stadium.

Here are the lineups:

Pirates:

Alex Presley – LF

Chase d’Arnaud – SS

Garrett Jones – RF

Andrew McCutchen – CF

Niel Walker – 2B

Lyle Overbay – 1B

Brandon Wood – 3B

Michael McKenry – C

James McDonald – P

Nationals:

Roger Bernadina – CF

Jayson Werth – RF

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Laynce Nix – LF

Michael Morse – 1B

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Ivan Rodriguez – C

Ian Desmond – SS

Livan Hernandez – P

*The last time Pittsburgh played a twin-billing in the Capital was in 1899.

*Livan Hernandez has struck out the Pirates 64 times during his career. He’s also only allowed 10 home runs in 17 starts.

*Look for an update between games for Game Two’s lineups.

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