Nationals Game Notes — June 14 at St. Louis Cardinals

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Game #67: Washington Nationals (35-31) at St. Louis Cardinals (35-32) | 6:15 p.m. (CT); 7:15 p.m. (ET) | Busch Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-4, 2.99 ERA) vs. RHP Shelby Miller (7-5, 3.59 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg and St. Louis Cardinals righty Shelby Miller were both products of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Strasburg was drafted by the Nationals at No. 1 overall, Miller was taken No. 19 by the Cardinals. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • On Friday night, Jordan Zimmermann became the first pitcher in 10 Nationals seasons to record complete games in consecutive starts. To do so, Zimmermann pitched eight innings and required just 76 pitches, the fewest ever needed in a Nationals complete game. Across the Major Leagues, Zimmermann’s 76 pitches were the third-fewest in a complete game dating to 2005. Colorado’s AaronCook (July 25, 2007 vs. SDP) and Minnesota’s Carlos Silva (May 20, 2005 vs. MIL) requiredjust 74 pitches in nine-inning complete games in the 10-season span.
  • Friday’s series-opener also lasted just 2:03 and was the quickest game in the Major Leagues this season.
  • Across the Major Leagues, entering play on Saturday night, there were only 36 pitchers who’d posted an ERA below 3.00 (minimum seven starts). The Nationals came into Saturday’s game with four starting pitchers possessing an ERA under 3.00 (Jordan Zimmermann, Strasburg, Tanner Roark and Doug Fister) — the most among all Major League teams.The A’s, Dodgers and Cubs were second with three starters under that mark.

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

NATIONALS (35-31)

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
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

CARDINALS (35-32)

13 Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
3 Mark Ellis 2B
7 Matt Holliday LF
21 Allen Craig RF
4 Yadier Molina C
32 Matt Adams (L) 1B
27 Jhonny Peralta SS
8 Peter Bourjos CF
40 Shelby Miller RHP

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

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