Nationals Game Notes — July 4 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Game No. 85: Washington Nationals (46-38) vs. Chicago Cubs (37-46) | 11:05 a.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Tanner Roark (7-5, 2.98 ERA) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (7-5, 2.98)
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark has 14 quality starts in 21 starting assignments. He has worked six-plus innings 15 times and has allowed three or fewer earned runs 17 times, two or fewer on 15 occasions, and one or fewer 11 times.
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:

  • Ian Desmond’s game-winning solo home run, which snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies was his seventh go-ahead home run hit in the seventh inning or later, dating to the beginning of the 2012 season. Among shortstops, only Jhonny Peralta (3) has more than two such homers in the same time span.

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

NATIONALS (46-38)

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

Cubs (37-46)

8 Chris Coghlan (L) LF
20 Justin Ruggiano CF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
24 Luis Valbuena 3B
19 Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
12 John Baker (L) C
15 Darwin Barney 2B
39 Jason Hammel RHP

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

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