Nationals Game Notes: May 14 vs. Miami (Doubleheader)
Miami Marlins (18-16) vs. Washington Nationals (22-13)
LHP Justin Nicolino [2-0, 2.79] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [5-0, 2.76]
RHP Kendry Flores [0-0, -.–] | RHP Tanner Roark [2-2, 2.03]
Saturday, May 14 l Game #36 & 37 / Home #17 & 18 l Nationals Park l Washington D.C.
1:05 P.M & 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals sealed their come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Marlins on Friday night on the back of three key home runs, one each from PH Stephen Drew, RF Bryce Harper, and PH Chris Heisey…It was the fifth game this season the Nationals have clubbed three or more home runs, and their second this year against Miami (4, April 19 at MIA).
- Friday night marked the first time in Nationals history (2005-present) the club had two pinch-hit homers hit in the same game, with Drew’s blast in the sixth inning tying things up, 2-2, and Heisey’s giving the Nationals an insurance run in the eighth…According to STATS, Inc., the only other time in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) this has been accomplished was July 13, 1973 vs. ATL when Jim Lyttle and Hal Breeden went yard off the bench.
- As a club, the Nationals have clubbed six pinch-hit home runs this season, second-most in the Major Leagues behind only the St. Louis Cardinals (7).
GO AHEAD, TAKE THE LEAD
Nationals RF Bryce Harper smashed his 11th home run of the season on Friday night, breaking a 2-2 tie and putting the Nationals ahead, 4-2, with his blast to right field…Harper is now tied for first in the National League with nine go-ahead RBI this year, and tied for third in the NL with five game-winning RBI…Per the Elias Sports Bureau, it was Harper’s MLB-best fourth home run this season on a full-count pitch.
- Harper, who leads MLB with 37 walks, went 2-for-2 with the HR, two RBI, two BB and one run scored on Friday…He also leads the NL in intentional walks (10), and OBP (.456), while ranking tied for second in HR (11), tied for third in RBI (29), and ranking fourth in SLG(.639).
AMONG THE BEST TO EVER DO IT
Locking down the victory Friday night over the Marlins, Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon secured his 10th save of the season and the 359th save of his career, moving him into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time saves list. (*=Active player)
ALL-TIME SAVES LEADERS SAVES
1. Mariano Rivero 652
2. Trevor Hoffman 601
3. Lee Smith 478
4. John Franco 424
5. Billy Wagner 422
6. Francisco Rodriguez* 394
7. Dennis Eckersley 390
8. Joe Nathan 377
9. Jeff Reardon 367
10. Jonathan Papelbon* 359