What to Watch for: Rat Pack Night
Atlanta Braves (69-45) vs. Washington Nationals (54-59)
RHP Kris Medlen (8-10, 3.85) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (13-6, 3.06)
As music has become an increasingly popular element of baseball – from the pregame play list during batting practice to the players’ walk up songs – we have decided to incorporate different musical themes throughout the season. Motown Monday made its debut earlier this year, and tonight the Nationals will be celebrating the music of the Frank, Dean and Sammy. That’s right, it’s Rat Pack Night in The District. Check out which Rat Pack classics your favorites players will be walking out to tonight:
1. Denard Span, CF: Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra
2. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B: Summer Wind by Frank Sinatra
3. Bryce Harper, LF: Luck Be a Lady by Frank Sinatra
4. Jayson Werth, RF: My Way by Frank Sinatra
5. Adam LaRoche, 1B: I Get a Kick Out of You by Frank Sinatra
6. Ian Desmond, SS: The Best is Yet to Come by Frank Sinatra
7. Anthony Rendon, 2B: Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
8. Wilson Ramos, C: Mambo Italiano by Dean Martin
9. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP: Ain’t That a Kick in the Head by Dean Martin
Roger Bernadina: Send Me the Pillow You Dream On by Dean Martin
Scott Hairston: That Old Luck Sun by Dean Martin
Steve Lombardozzi: Back In Your Own Backyard by Sammy Davis Jr.
Chad Tracy: They Can’t Take That Away From Me by Frank Sinatra
Kurt Suzuki: In the Misty Moonlight by Dean Martin
Fernando Abad: Sway by Dean Martin
Tyler Clippard: That’s Life by Frank Sinatra
Ian Krol: Chicago, My Kind of Town by Frank Sinatra
Ryan Mattheus: When The Feeling Hits You by Sammy Davis Jr.
Tanner Roark: I Should Care by Sammy Davis Jr.
Rafael Soriano: Dancing in the Dark by Frank Sinatra
Craig Stammen: Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra
Nine of the 12 games between the Nationals and Braves in 2013 have been decided by two runs or less. In 2012, the Nationals (98-64) claimed their first NL East flag over the 94-win Braves and finished ahead of Atlanta in the NL East standings for the first time since 1994. Washington is 3-1-1 in season series play against the Braves dating to 2008.
CLIP AND SAVE
On June 25, 2009 vs. Boston, Tyler Clippard made his MLB debut as a reliever and struck out a pair in 2.0 innings of work. Since his debut, Clippard leads the majors in relief strikeouts with 420:
1. Tyler Clippard (Washington) 420
2. Carlos Marmol (CHI – LAD) 396
3. Jonathan Papelbon (BOS – PHI) 373
TOPPS FOR JULY
Nationals Minor League outfielder Billy Burns, recently promoted to Double-A Harrisburg, was named the Carolina League’s Topps Player of the Month for July. Over the course of 24 contests in July, Burns hit .359 with eight walks, six hit-by-pitches, five doubles, three triples, 16 runs scored, 10 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. Burns logged an on-base percentage of .443 and a slugging percentage of .478, compiling a .922 OPS. Originally selected in the 32nd round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Burns departed the Carolina League as the circuit leader in stolen bases (51), OBP (.417), and triples (9).