September 2011

Nats wrap up home schedule against Braves

It’s the last home game of the season here at Nationals Park, and the Nats are looking to finish with flourish against the Atlanta Braves. They have the opportunity to take the series today behind lefty Ross Detwiler, who faces Mike Minor in the final matinee of the 2011 season.

Here are today’s lineups:

 

Braves:

 

Michael Bourn – CF

Martin Prado – LF

Chipper Jones – 3B

Dan Uggla – 2B

Freddie Freeman – 1B

Matt Diaz – RF

David Ross – C

Jack Wilson – SS

Mike Minor – P

Nationals:

Ian Desmond – SS

Jayson Werth – CF

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Michael Morse – LF

Chris Marrero – 1B

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Jonny Gomes – RF

Wilson Ramos – C

Ross Detwiler – P

*Danny Espinosa is just the third rookie second baseman to hit 20 or more home runs in his freshman campaign. The other two are Dan Uggla, who hit 27 in 2006, and Alexi Ramirez, who hit 21 in 2008.

*With 43 wins at home, the Nationals have set a new single-season record for wins in DC.

*The Nats are 14-9 so far in September and have secured their second winning month of the season. The other was June, where they went 17-10.

Pudge behind plate for Game 2

The Nationals will try to play spoiler today as they take on the Atlanta Braves, who are still fighting for a playoff position. Chien-Ming Wang and Brandon Beachy face off in Game 2 of this NATIONALS FANale WEEKEND series.
Here are today’s lineups:

Braves:
Michael Bourn – CF
Martin Prado – LF
Chipper Jones – 3B
Dan Uggla – 2B
Brian McCann – C
Freddie Freeman – 1B
Jack Wilson – SS
Jason Heyward – RF
Brandon Beachy – P

Nationals:
Ian Desmond – SS
Rick Ankiel – CF
Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
Michael Morse – LF
Jayson Werth – RF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Chris Marrero – 1B
Ivan Rodriguez – C
Chien-Ming Wang – P

*Ivan Rodriguez gets the start today after receiving a standing ovation in his pinch-hitting appearance in last night’s game. Pudge will also start the last game of the season in Florida, according to manager Davey Johnson.

*Against the Braves, Ryan Zimmerman has batted .279 with 21 doubles, 12 home runs, and 59 RBI. Jayson Werth has batted .292 with an on-base percentage of .394 against Atlanta.

*You can still enjoy the festivities of the Nationals FANale Weekend tomorrow, as the team wraps up their home schedule. “Strasburg Strikes Back” T-shirts will be given away at all gates for the first 10,000 fans, and Cola-Cola products are two-for-one all game long (while supplies last). And, don’t forget – you can enter the raffle for the “Jerseys Off Their Backs” giveaway until 2 p.m. tomorrow!

Strasburg on mound to kick off final home series

After sweeping the Division Champion Philadelphia Phillies, the Nationals will try to stay hot as they return home for a three-game series against the Braves. Stephen Strasburg will take on Tim Hudson to open NATS FANale WEEKEND.
Here are tonight’s lineups:

Braves:
Michael Bourn – CF
Martin Prado – LF
Chipper Jones – 3B
Dan Uggla – 2B
Brian McCann – C
Freddie Freeman – 1B
Jack Wilson – SS
Jason Heyward – RF
Tim Hudson – P

Nationals:
Ian Desmond – SS
Rick Ankiel – CF
Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
Michael Morse – LF
Jayson Werth – RF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Laynce Nix – 1B
Wilson Ramos – C
Stephen Strasburg – P

*The Nationals have now won 11 of their last 14 games, including two four-game road sweeps of the Mets and Phillies.

*Jayson Werth is back in the lineup tonight after taking two games off. He suffered an elbow contusion in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader in Philadelphia.

*Danny Espinosa now holds the Nationals record for home runs hit by a rookie with 21.

Nats, Coca-Cola “Get the Ball Rolling” Against Childhood Obesity

For the second consecutive year, the Washington Nationals have teamed up with Coca-Cola to promote “Live Positively: Get the Ball Rolling,” an initiative designed to educate local youth about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle through proper exercise and nutrition.

The initiative – which also features an alliance with the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Redskins and Wizards – kicked off on Monday when the Nationals hosted a youth baseball clinic at Nationals Park. Led by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, the clinic offered local middle school students the opportunity to learn various baseball fundamentals like batting, fielding and pitching.

“Kids these days don’t get out enough and exercise,” Zimmerman said. “I think exercising and inactivity in America are two of the biggest problems that aren’t really talked about today. If these kids are not healthy at a young age, they don’t have a great chance to grow up and be healthy.”

Throughout the morning, Zimmerman spoke to the children about the importance of a balanced diet and making smart dietary choices while reinforcing the message with a fun day at the ballpark.

All of the children participating in the clinic were excited to play at Nationals Park and interact with the star slugger. Their charge is now to incorporate these invaluable lessons into their daily routines.

“If these kids can make the right choices now, I’m confident they’ll make the right choices later,” said Antoine Williams, President of DC Dynasty Baseball. “I think this clinic will do a lot for their self-esteem and it builds the excitement to continue doing the right things.”

Nats look to finish weekend strong in Game 3

Marlins:

Emilio Bonifacio – LF

Omar Infante – 2B

Mike Stanton – RF

Greg Dobbs – 3B

Gaby Sanchez – 1B

Bryan Petersen – CF

Donnie Murphy – SS

Brett Hayes – C

Brad Hand – P

 

Nationals:

Ian Desmond – SS

Jayson Werth – CF

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Michael Morse – LF

Jonny Gomes – RF

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Chris Marrero – 1B

Jesus Flores – C

Chien-Ming Wang – P

 

*Ryan Mattheus, who has been on the Disabled List with a sore right shoulder since August 26, threw a simulated game yesterday and told the media he felt good about it, though Manager Davey Johnson reported that the right-hander’s velocity is not where he wants it. There is still no definitive word on if Mattheus will return to the bullpen before the season ends.

 

*Jayson Werth has hit nine doubles, a triple and seven home runs for 40 RBI against the Marlins in his career.

Strasburg takes mound in Game 2

The Nationals will look to regain control of the series tonight against the Marlins, who have proven to be a thorn in DC’s side all season long. Stephen Strasburg will make his third start of the year against Chris Volstad in tonight’s game.
Here are tonight’s lineups:

Marlins:
Emilio Bonifacio – SS
Omar Infante – 2B
Mike Stanton – RF
Logan Morrison – LF
Gaby Sanchez – 1B
Bryan Petersen – CF
John Buck – C
Matt Dominguez – 3B
Chris Volstad – P

Nationals:
Ian Desmond – SS
Roger Bernadina – RF
Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
Michael Morse – LF
Jayson Werth – CF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Chris Marrero – 1B
Wilson Ramos – C
Stephen Strasburg – P

*This will not only be the third start of Strasburg’s Big League season, but will also be the third time he’s seen the Marlins in his career.

*Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond have batted .591 and .571, respectively, against Chris Volstad in their careers.

Nationals can continue hot streak against Marlins tonight

The Nationals return home for a three-game set against the Marlins after sweeping the New York Mets in four during the week. John Lannan and the Nats can make it six in a row if they can send Javier Vazquez to the showers early.
Here are tonight’s lineups:

Marlins:
Emilio Bonfiacio – SS
Omar Infante – 2B
Mike Stanton – RF
Jose Lopez – 3B
Logan Morrison – LF
Gaby Sanchez – 1B
Bryan Petersen – CF
John Buck – C
Javier Vazquez – P

Nationals:
Ian Desmond – SS
Roger Bernadina – LF
Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
Laynce Nix – RF
Rick Ankiel – CF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Chris Marrero – 1B
Wilson Ramos – C
John Lannan – P

*The four-game sweep of the Mets is only the second time the team has completed one on the road, the last time being in 2009 against the Braves.

*Tyler Clippard officially holds the franchise record for holds in a season with 34, and can easily extend that with the two weeks that remain in the season.

*Michael Morse, who gets a day off tonight, has the opportunity to become the Nationals first .300 hitter that also has at least 27 home runs and 85 RBI; his batting average is currently .303, and should he remain consistent, he could easily hold that distinction at the end of the month.

Check out your Nats in the Big Apple

The Nationals today have the opportunity to sweep the New York Mets, having already won the series by taking three out of four games. Before watching the game, check out these photo highlights from Tuesday’s game and around the ballpark:

Manager Davey Johnson, who was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2010, speaks to the media during batting practice.

Ryan Zimmerman and Brian Bixler flash some leather during fielding drills before the game.

Nationals trainer Mike McGowan gets into the spirit of Star Wars Night with a Boba Fett helmet and lightsaber keychain.

The Mets, like the Nationals, have some of Danny Meyer’s restaurants present at the ballpark – Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, Taquiera and Box Frites. Like at Nationals Park, the lines for Citi Field’s Shake Shack go on for quite some time, but the wait is always worth it for a Shack Burger and a Black and White Shake. Fun trivia fact: the New York skyline model that sits atop of the Shake Shack sign was originally on top of the scoreboard at Shea Stadium.

Chien-Ming Wang, who started Tuesday, always draws Taiwanese fans to the ballpark to support his success on the mound.

Nationals outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse had a strong night on Tuesday – here he is lacing a double to center field to drive in one of the Nats’ three runs that night.

As the Mets hosted Star Wars Night, plenty of recognizable characters were on hand to entertain the fans: Stormtroopers, Rebel pilots, Imperial officers, and of course the man himself, Darth Vader, who you see here taking a break from overseeing the Death Star to throw some T-shirts into the crowd.

As a relief pitcher, Craig Stammen doesn’t get many at-bats. But don’t underestimate him; he slapped a single to the outfield and eventually came around to score the go-ahead run. He got the win as the pitcher, too!

During this series with the Mets, the Nationals won their 68th, 69th and 70th games of this season, officially surpassing their 2010 win total. With solid pitching and defense, this team has proven their competitive spirit and determination to win. Be sure to watch today’s game at 1:10 p.m. as the Nationals finish off their short New York road trip and try to sweep the Mets!

Nationals wrap up homestand against Houston

The Nationals have the opportunity to take the series from Houston and finish the homestand strong behind Stephen Strasburg’s second start of the year this afternoon. He’ll face the right-handed Henry Sosa in today’s matinee match-up.
Here are this afternoon’s lineups:

Astros:
Jordan Schafer – CF
Jimmy Paredes – 3B
J.D. Martinez – LF
Carlos Lee – 1B
Brian Bogusevic – RF
Matt Downs – 2B
Clint Barmes – SS
Carlos Corporan – C
Henry Sosa – P

Nationals:
Ian Desmond – SS
Rick Ankiel – CF
Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
Michael Morse – LF
Jayson Werth – RF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Chris Marrero – 1B
Wilson Ramos – C
Stephen Strasburg – P

*This will be Strasburg’s 14th career start – and the 13th different team he’s faced. The only team he’s faced more than once is division rival Florida. According to schedule, Strasburg is likely to face the Marlins a third time this Friday, after the Nationals’ quick New York road trip.

*In his career against Houston, Ryan Zimmerman has batted .336 with eight doubles, two triples and seven home runs for 28 RBI.

Nats can take series in Game 2

After another sudden-death extra-inning win for the Nationals, in which Jayson Werth drove in Ryan Zimmerman on an error, the Nats will try to end up in the win column again tonight. John Lannan takes the mound against Wandy Rodriguez in tonight’s match-up.
Here are tonight’s lineups:

Astros:
Jordan Schafer – CF
Jason Bourgeois – RF
J.D. Martinez – LF
Carlos Lee – 1B
Chris Johnson – 3B
Angel Sanchez – SS
Jose Altuve – 2B
Carlos Corporan – C
Wandy Rodriguez – P

Nationals:
Ian Desmond – SS
Jayson Werth – CF
Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
Michael Morse – LF
Jonny Gomes – RF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Chris Marrero – 1B
Jesus Flores – C
John Lannan – P

*Today, the Nationals named Steve Lombardozzi and Brad Peacock Minor League Player and Pitcher of the year, respectively. Lombardozzi batted .309 with 25 doubles, nine triples and eight home runs for 52 RBI. Peacock, who represented the Nationals in this year’s Futures Game, was also the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Year. Peacock went 15-3 with 177 strikeouts and posted a .239 ERA in 22 starts between Syracuse and Harrisburg.

*The Astros have lost seven of their last 10 games at Nationals Park.

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