June 2014

Nationals Game Notes — June 30 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 82: Washington Nationals (43-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-46) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 2.95 ERA) vs. LHP Yohan Flande (0-0, 7.20)
Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is getting his sixth start of June and is looking to bolster his already strong Pitcher of the Month candidacy (2-2, 2.18 ERA, 5 BB, 36 K, .117 BAA in 38.0 inn.). Zimmermann earned Pitcher of the Week honors for the first week of June when he posted 17 consecutive scoreless innings to open the month.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Nationals center fielder Denard Span has legged out 15 extra-base hits (13 doubles, two triples) in June to set a personal single-month career high (for any month). Span’s 15 extra-base hits this month are tied for second among Nationals in the month of June: Michael Morse (team-record 17, June 2011), Span (15, June 2014), Ian Desmond (15, June 2012), Adam Dunn (15, June 2010), Ryan Zimmerman (15, June 2013).

Here are the lineups for today’s first match-up:

NATIONALS (43-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
27 Jordan Zimmermann RHP

Rockies (36-46)

19 Charlie Blackmon (L) LF
13 Drew Stubbs CF
2 Troy Tulowitzki SS
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
20 Wilin Rosario C
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
1 Brandon Barnes RF
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
58 Yohan Flande LHP

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals reinstate Bryce Harper from DL, option Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A

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by Amanda Comak

For the first time since Opening Day, the Washington Nationals’ lineup will come complete on Monday afternoon.

Bryce Harper is back, returning from the 15-day Disabled List and rejoining the Nationals after missing 57 games with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

And as they get set to begin the mathematical second half of their season, the Nationals are whole again.

During a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg last week, Harper played in five games and hit .643 (9-for-14) with one double, four home runs, 11 RBI, five walks, seven runs scored, two stolen bases and just one strikeout. He posted a .737 on-base percentage and a 1.571 slugging percentage.

Saturday night, playing in Akron for Double-A Harrisburg, Harper hit home runs in three of his five at-bats.

The Nationals (43-48), who welcome the Colorado Rockies on Monday night  (incidentally Harper’s bobblehead night), have watched as seven members of their starting lineup or rotation have gone to the Disabled List at least once early this season — amounting to 231 total games missed.

In the meantime, the Nationals have done exceptionally well to stay afloat, opening Monday 0.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East.

Prior to heading to the Disabled List, Harper hit .289 (24-for-83) with a .352 on-base percentage and a .422 slugging percentage. In 22 games, Harper hit one home run, four doubles and two triples, and drove in nine runs.

In parts of three Major League seasons, the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year is a career .273 hitter with a .353 on-base percentage and .476 slugging percentage. In 279 games, Harper has hit 43 home runs and 111 extra-base hits, while driving in 126 runs and scoring 177.

Cedeno, 27, appeared in one game in his third Major League stint of the season, tossing a scoreless inning in the second game of the Nationals’ doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. On the season, Cedeno has not allowed a run in 3.1 IP. He has allowed four hits and struck out one batter.

Nationals Game Notes — June 28 at Chicago Cubs

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Game No.’s 80 &81: Washington Nationals (41-38) at Chicago Cubs (34-44) | 1:05 p.m. ET (12:05 p.m. CT) & 7:15 p.m. ET (6:15 p.m. CT) | Wrigley Field
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (4-4, 4.38 ERA) vs. RHP Dallas Beeler (0-0, —); RHP Blake Treinen (0-3, 2.08) vs. Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.53)
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has earned a win at 22 different Major League ballparks, but is still looking to add Wrigley Field to the list. Additionally, the Nationals are 2-2 in games started by Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija and have hit a home run in each contest. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2 and the second game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals and Cubs play a rare scheduled “doubleheader” today and will have an even more rare day off on Sunday. The Nationals are 5-3-10 (sweeps-swept-splits) when playing twice in a single day, or 20-16 overall, since landing in DC in 2005. The Nationals’ last twin bill sweep came June 9, 2013 vs. the Minnesota Twins (W7-0, W5-4). The Nationals last suffered a doubleheader sweep on May 15, 2010 at the Colorado Rockies (L2-6, L3-4).

Here are the lineups for today’s first match-up:

NATIONALS (41-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
19 Kevin Frandsen 2B
15 Nate McLouth (L) RF
49 Jose Lobaton (S) C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Cubs (34-44)

21 Junior Lake CF
20 Justin Ruggiano RF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
30 Mike Olt 3B
8  Chris Coghlan (L)
15 Darwin Barney 2B
12 John Baker (L) C
32 Dallas Beeler RHP

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals recall Xavier Cedeno and Blake Treinen, option Taylor Hill

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by Amanda Comak

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Washington NationalsThe Washington Nationals recalled left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno and right-handed starter Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday morning and optioned right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill there. Treinen was recalled as the 26th man for the Nationals’ scheduled doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs and will start the nightcap.

Cedeno returns to the Nationals for his third Major League stint of the season. In his previous two call-ups, Cedeno has tossed 2.1 innings and allowed no runs on two hits. He has not walked a single batter.

With Triple-A Syracuse this season the lefty is 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA in 15 appearances (17.1 IP) with one save. Cedeno has held International League batters to a .164 average against.

Treinen rejoins the Nationals to make the fifth start of his Major League career. He will face Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija in the second game of Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader. Treinen is 0-3 in eight Major League games (30.1 IP) but possesses a 2.08 ERA.

With Syracuse, Treinen is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in eight starts (35.0 IP). He has held Minor League opponents to a .214 batting average against and has a 7.97 K/9 ratio.

Hill made his Major League debut for the Nationals on June 25, tossing 3.1 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers and allowed two earned runs in the Nationals’ 9-2 loss. The right-hander also pitched a scoreless inning on June 27 against the Chicago Cubs. In two appearances (4.1 IP), he worked to a 4.15 ERA.

Nationals reinstate Wilson Ramos from DL, option Sandy Leon to Triple-A

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by Amanda Comak

Miami Marlins v Washington NationalsCHICAGO — Precisely 15 days after the Washington Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day Disabled List with a right hamstring strain, the team returned from rehab and reinstated their slugging catcher, and optioned catcher Sandy Leon back to Triple-A Syracuse.

Ramos, who rejoins the Nationals on Thursday in Chicago after missing 14 games with the strain, completed a four-game rehab assignment this week with Double-A Harrisburg (two games) and Single-A Potomac (two game).

During the four-game stretch, Ramos went 7-for-16 (.438) at the plate with one double, two home runs, two runs scored and nine RBI.

The 26-year-old catcher has played in 24 Major League games this season, working to a .261 average (24-for-92) with seven doubles, one home run, eight walks and 11 RBI. Ramos previously missed 32 games this season after suffering a hamate bone fracture in his left hand on Opening Day.

His return, once again, lengthens the Nationals’ lineup significantly, giving them another powerful middle-of-the-order bat for opposing pitchers to contend with.

In his second Major League stint of the season, Leon, 25, appeared in five games (four starts) and went 2-for-15 (.133) at the plate.

Nationals Game Notes — June 25 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #77: Washington Nationals (41-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-32) | 2:10 p.m. ET (1:10 p.m. CT) | Miller Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.24 ERA) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (6-4, 5.22 ERA)
Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada, a former Washington National, joins Ryan Zimmerman (first round), Justin Maxwell (fourth round), John Lannan (11th round), Craig Stammen (12th round) and Tyler Moore (41st round) as members of the Nationals’ 2005 draft class. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM / 1580 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run home run in the 16th inning on Tuesday night, lifting the Nationals over the Brewers, 4-2, was the first extra-innings home run of Zimmerman’s career. The win, which came in the longest game (by innings) in Nationals (2005-present) history, was made possible in large part by a seven-reliever collaboration that lasted 10.0 scoreless innings (10 hits, 5 BB,6 SO).
  • The Nationals’ defense turned three double plays, and individually, Ian Desmond made two dazzling plays in the hole at shortstop while Denard Span made a game-saving catch at the wall in the 14th, and Zimmerman made a diving play in the bottom of the 16th, right after his homer, to keep the Brewers off the bases.
  • Anthony Rendon’s 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth,tied the score, 2-2, and ultimately sent the game to extra innings.
  • The victory was the Nationals’ season high-tying fourth straight and it snapped a seven-game losing streak in extra innings.
  • In four games since June 21, the Nationals’ bullpen is 1-0 with four holds, four saves and a .077 (4-for-52) batting average against, thanks to 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

Here are the lineups for today’s match-up:

NATIONALS (41-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
19 Kevin Frandsen 2B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
20 Ian Desmond SS
15 Nate McLouth RF
41 Sandy Leon (S)
37 Stephen Strasburg P

Brewers (47-32)

2 Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
9 Jean Segura SS
27 Carlos Gomez CF
24 Lyle Overbay (L) 1B
7 Mark Reynolds 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
3 Elian Herrera (S) RF
12 Martin Maldonado C
41 Marco Estrada P

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals select RHP Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse, DFA Greg Dobbs

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by Amanda Comak

After a 16-inning, marathon 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals added a fresh arm to their arsenal on Wednesday morning, selecting the contract of right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse and designating first baseman/third baseman Greg Dobbs for assignment.

Additionally, infielder/outfielder Jeff Kobernus was returned from rehab, reinstated from the 60-day Disabled List and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, while right-hander Christian Garcia was released.

“We just need length in the bullpen right now,” Nationals Manager Matt Williams said, less than 11 hours after the final out had been made on Tuesday night.

Hill, 25, is 9-2 with a 1.92 in 15 games (14 starts) for Syracuse this season, tossing three complete games, one shutout and picking up one save. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has posted a 7.22 strikeout/walk ratio (65 SO/8 BB), the second-highest mark of his career.

A sixth-round selection of the Nationals in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Hill is currently leading the International League in innings pitched (93.2 IP), is tied for first in ERA (1.92) and ranks second in WHIP (0.99).

The right-hander, who got the news from Triple-A manager Billy Gardner Jr., at around 2 a.m. on the east coast, called it a “dream come true,” to be in the Major Leagues. “I’m obviously pumped and pleasantly surprised.”

Hill was named the International League Pitcher of the Week on May 26 of this year after he tossed 11 shutout innings, pitching four innings in relief and earning a save against Columbus on May 19, and following it up with seven scoreless innings in a start against Pawtucket on May 24.

Dobbs, 35, was 6-for-28 (.214) with one double and two RBI in 21 games (three games started) for the Nationals.

Kobernus, 25, went 15-for-55 (.273) in 15 Minor League rehab games, spanning from Single-A Hagerstown to Triple-A Syracuse. He rejoins Syracuse’s active roster for the first time since going on the Disabled List with a fractured left hand on April 12.

Garcia, 28, posted a 2.13 ERA in 13 Major League games with the Nationals in 2012. He was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 10 games (14.2 IP) with Triple-A Syracuse this season.

Nationals Game Notes — June 24 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #76: Washington Nationals (40-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-31) | 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT) | Miller Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 2.95 ERA) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-4, 3.34 ERA)
A native of Auburndale, Wisc., Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four career starts against his home-state team. (Two starts in D.C, two in Milwaukee.)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Entering Tuesday night’s game, the Washington Nationals’ bullpen has retired a team-record 25 consecutive batters (10 by strikeout) dating to the final two outs of the 13th inning on Friday night vs. the Atlanta Braves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is also the third-longest such streak in the Major Leagues this season. The San Francisco Giants posted 33 straight from June 15-21, and the Braves ran up 28 straight from May 4-7. The Nationals’ previous bullpen mark for consecutive batters retired was 21, May 17-19, 2014.
  • Another one from the Elias Sports Bureau: Tyler Clippard struck out the side in the ninth inning to clinch the Nationals’ 3-0 win over the Brewers, one night after Rafael Soriano earned a save by striking out all three batters he faced in the Nationals’ victory over the Braves. The Nationals are the first team since 1969 (when saves were first officially recorded in the major leagues) to win back-to-back games with two different pitchers earning the save by striking out all three (or more) batters they faced.

Here are the lineups for today’s match-up:

NATIONALS (40-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
27 Jordan Zimmermann P

Brewers (47-31)

2 Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
8 Ryan Braun RF
20 Jonathan Lucroy C
27 Carlos Gomez CF
16 Aramis Ramirez 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
7 Mark Reynolds 1B
9 Jean Segura SS
49 Yovani Gallardo P

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals Game Notes — June 23 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #75: Washington Nationals (39-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-30) | 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT) | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Garza (4-4, 4.02 ERA)
In his two-plus seasons with the Washington Nationals, left-hander Gio Gonzalez is 35-20 with a 3.34 ERA in 74 starts. The Nationals are 49-25 in those games. Gonzalez’s 35 wins since the start of the 2012 season are tied for the fourth-best mark among MLB left-handers.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2 and ESPN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals enter Monday night’s game tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the fourth-best run differential in the Major Leagues at +40 (300 runs scored, 260 runs allowed).
    Here are the top five teams in MLB in run differential:
    Oakland Athletics: +135
    San Francisco Giants: +49
    Los Angeles Angels: +42
    Washington Nationals: +40
    Los Angeles Dodgers: +40

Here are the lineups for today’s match-up:

NATIONALS (39-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Brewers (47-30)

23 Rickie Weeks 2B
8 Ryan Braun RF
20 Jonathan Lucroy C
27 Carlos Gomez CF
16 Aramis Ramirez 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
7 Mark Reynolds 1B
9 Jean Segura SS
22 Matt Garza RHP


Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals Game Notes — June 22 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Game #74: Washington Nationals (38-35) vs. Atlanta Braves (38-36) | 1:35 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85 ERA) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (5-4, 4.12 ERA)
Dating to his Major League debut (Aug. 7, 2013 at ATL), Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark ranks fifth in the Major Leagues with a 2.35 ERA (minimum 100.0 inn. — Johnny Cueto 1.80, Zack Greinke 2.06, Andrew Cashner 2.07, Clayton Kershaw 2.23)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2 and MLBNetwork
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche ranks fourth in all of the Major Leagues with a .417 on-base percentage.
    Here’s a closer look at his competition: 
    1. Troy Tulowitzki (COL) …. .452 
    2. J.Bautista (TOR) …………. .432
    3
    A.McCutchem (PIT) …….. .423

    4. A.LaRoche (Washington)…417
    5. Y.Puig (LAD) ……………….. .411
    6. J.Lucroy (MIL) …………….. 401

Here are the lineups for today’s match-up:

NATIONALS (38-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
41 Sandy Leon (S) C
57 Tanner Roark RHP

BRAVES (38-36)

7 Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
2 B.J. Upton CF
5 Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
24 Evan Gattis C
22 Jason Heyward (L) RF
8 Justin Upton LF
23 Chris Johnson 3B
19 Andrelton Simmons SS
30 Ervin Santana RHP

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

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