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Nationals Game Notes — July 12 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Game No. 92: Washington Nationals (49-42) at Philadelphia Phillies (42-51) | 7:15 p.m. ET | Citizens Bank Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.47 ERA) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.87)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (West Hills HS) and Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels (Rancho Bernardo HS), both natives of San Diego, match up for the third time (Strasburg’s ERA in the first 2 matchups: 0.64).
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM / ESPN Radio and also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Wilson Ramos has hit safely in a career-high 14 straight games, going 20-for-53(.377) with four doubles, two homers and six RBI. Ramos’ 14-gamer is currently the longest hitting streak in the Major Leagues, and the longest posted by a National this season.

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

NATIONALS (49-42)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
20 Ian Desmond SS
7 Scott Hairston LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

Phillies (42-51)

24 Grady Sizemore (L) LF
11 Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
26 Chase Utley (L) 2B
6 Ryan Howard (L) 1B
3 Marlon Byrd RF
25 Cody Asche (L) 3B
29 Cameron Rupp C
2 Ben Revere (L) CF
35 Cole Hamels (L) LHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 8 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Game No. 89: Washington Nationals (48-40) vs. Baltimore Orioles (49-40) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (7-2, 2.93 ERA) vs. RHP Bud Norris (7-5, 3.62)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister (51-52 career record) hopes to reach .500 for the first time since his career record was 6-6 in May, 2010.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals’ 23-13 (.639) record dating to May 30 is tied for the second-best mark in MLB with the Reds, Pirates and Mariners, and  only the Athletics (24-11, .686) have been superior. In this span, the Nationals have outscored their opponents by 52 runs (158 to 106).

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

NATIONALS (48-40)

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
59 Jose Lobaton C
58 Doug Fister (L) RHP

Orioles (49-40)

21 Nick Markakis (L) RF
13 Manny Machado 3B
10 Adam Jones CF
23 Nelson Cruz LF
19 Chris Davis (L) 1B
2 J.J. Hardy SS
36 Caleb Joseph C
6 Jonathan Schoop 2B
25 Bud Norris RHP

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — July 7 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Game No. 88: Washington Nationals (48-39) vs. Baltimore Orioles (48-40) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.53 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (7-4, 4.21)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has fanned 12.8/9.0 inn. in 10 career interleague starts, during which he is 6-3, 2.39 ERA. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of 10 starts vs. the American League.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals have played errorless baseball in 11 straight games dating to June 25. This is the longest such streak recorded by any team in the Major Leagues this season. The 11-game run of defensive perfection is the second-longest recorded by the Nationals since landing in D.C. in 2005. In 2011, from June 2-15, Washington played a Nationals (‘05-pres.) record 13 consecutive games without an error.

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

NATIONALS (48-39)

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
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

Orioles (48-40)

21 Nick Markakis (L) RF
13 Manny Machado 3B
10 Adam Jones CF
23 Nelson Cruz LF
19 Chris Davis (L) 1B
2 J.J. Hardy SS
40 Nick Hundley C
6 Jonathan Schoop 2B
30 Chris TIllman RHP

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

Jayson Werth named NL Player of the Week

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by Amanda Comak

jw 4thAfter hitting .450 to open the month of July, Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

He becomes the second Nationals player to be honored with a Player of the Week Award this season, after All-Star right-hander Jordan Zimmermann earned the nod for the first week of June.

Werth, 35, hit .450 (9-for-20) with five doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, five walks and seven runs scored on the week. Werth, who has posted at least one RBI in five straight contests, helped the Nationals go 5-1 last week and register series victories over the Rockies (3-0) and Cubs (2-1).

In Tuesday’s 7-1 victory over the Rockies, Werth drove in a game-high three RBI. One night later, his two-run homer in the fourth inning cut into the Rockies’ 3-0 advantage — in a game ultimately won 4-3 by the Nationals.

The NL Player of the Week award is the third of Werth’s career, but his first as a member of the Nationals. Last July, Werth earned National League Player of the Month honors after hitting .367 with seven home runs and 22 RBI.

The honor is the 10th of this kind bestowed upon a National, including Zimmermann’s earlier nod.

Prior to 2014, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (periods ending July 22, 2012; June 13, 2010; August 21, 2011; August 5, 2007), right-hander Stephen Strasburg (June 13, 2010), outfielder Josh Willingham (Aug. 2, 2009), shortstop Cristian Guzman (Aug. 31, 2008), utility man Willie Harris (July 20, 2007) and first baseman Nick Johnson (June 6, 2005) earned NL Player of the Week hardware.

Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann named to 2014 NL All-Star team

Infielder Anthony Rendon part of 2014 Final Vote 

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by Amanda Comak

Atlanta Braves v Washington NationalsOn the heels of his finest Major League season, Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is heading back to the All-Star game.

The Nationals’ 19-game winner from a year ago, who is 6-4 with a 2.79 ERA in 18 2014 starts, was named to the National League All-Star team for the second consecutive season on Sunday evening. He was the Nationals’ lone selection.

Infielder Anthony Rendon, who has split his time this year between second and third base, was named to the Final Vote. Fans can vote through Thursday to help Rendon join Zimmermann in Minneapolis.

“It means a lot,” Zimmermann said. “It’s a huge honor. I’m excited. I wouldn’t be going if it wasn’t for those guys playing defense behind me every day, and the catchers calling the pitches. I throw the ball. I try to throw strikes and let the guys put it in play. As much as it’s me going, it’s actually all these guys, too.”​

“I’m here to throw 200 innings, that’s my biggest goal,” the usually-understated Zimmermann added. “To go deep into ballgames and give these guys a chance to win the game. You do that stuff, I guess you become an All-Star. That’s what’s happened the last couple years.”

For Zimmermann, the trip back to the game’s biggest showcase will mark another reminder that he has cemented himself amongst the best in the game.

The selection comes at a time in which Zimmermann may be pitching as well as he has all season. In seven starts before being named to the team, Zimmermann — who opened the month of June with 19 consecutive scoreless innings — posted 1.26 ERA.

Seven years after the Nationals’ plucked him out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and five years removed from the Tommy John surgery that rebuilt his elbow, the right-hander was a chosen by NL Manager Mike Matheny to be a part of the 2014 squad.

And this time, he’ll be put on that stage a mere three hours from his hometown of Auburndale, Wisc. This year, too, the hope is that the Nationals’ winningest pitcher will get a chance to participate. A lingering neck issue held him out of last year’s game at Citi Field, though he went and enjoyed the All-Star festivities in New York.

“You want to pitch in it,” Zimmermann said. “Last year, being the first time, I wanted to, but this year it’s going to be good. It’s about three hours from home. I’m sure I’ll have a decent amount of people coming over. I think it’s going to be fun.”

For Rendon, the Nationals’ infielder is following up his strong rookie campaign with a breakout season. Shifting seamlessly between second (17 starts) and third base (65 starts), depending on need, Rendon is hitting .282 (94-for-333) with 21 doubles, five triples, a career-high 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 83 games.

Rendon, 24, has excelled offensively — he ranks among the NL’s top 10 in runs (60), triples (5), RBI (50) and extra-base hits.

“It’d be pretty cool,” Rendon said of the possibility of being an All-Star. “I’m not trying to get my hopes up. I don’t let my highs get too high, my lows get too low. (There are) definitely a lot of guys who deserve it.”

Fans can vote for Rendon through Thursday at nationals.com/vote.

Nationals Game Notes — July 5 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Game No. 86: Washington Nationals (46-39) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-46) | 4:05 a.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: LHP Gio Gonzalez (5-4, 3.93 ERA) vs. RHP Carlos Villanueva (4-5, 5.91)
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez is facing the same club in back-to-back starts for the fourth time: 1-2, 4.08 ERA, 3 GS in the second game of those match-ups. Previously, those games have been against the Atlanta Braves (2012, L) the Seattle Mariners (2011, W) and the Los Angeles Angels (2009, L).
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals have made just three errors in their last 26 games, dating to June 7, and yielded just  two unearned runs in June to set a new club mark for the fewest unearned runs allowed in a calendar month. As the season has progressed, the Nationals’ fielding percentage has risen, while their error totals and unearned runs allowed have declined:
    Month                                 Fielding %           Errors          Unearned Runs
    Mar./Apr. (28 games)       .975                       26                             19
    May (26 games)                .980                    20                             13
    Since June (31 games)  .993                      8                                2

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

NATIONALS (46-39)

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
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Cubs (38-46)

21 Junior Lake CF
20 Justin Ruggiano RF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
5 Welington Castillo C
30 Mike Olt 3B
8 Chris Coghlan (L) LF
15 Darwin Barney 2B
33 Carlos Villanueva RHP

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

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!

Nationals Game Notes — July 2 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 84: Washington Nationals (45-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-48) | 6:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (6-2, 2.83 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.24)
With wins over the Cincinnati Reds (May 20), Texas Rangers (May 31), Philadelphia Phillies (June 5) and Atlanta Braves (June 21), Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four home starts as member of the Nationals.
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:

  • The Nationals have plated exactly seven runs in three consecutive victories (W 7-1 Tue vs. COL; W 7-3 Mon vs. COL; W 7-2 Sat. at CHI) for the first time since a five-game offensive surge (11-9-9-7-7), Sept. 4-8, 2012. With their third straight seven-run output on Tuesday night, the Nationals also moved a season-high seven games over .500.

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

NATIONALS (44-38)

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
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
58 Doug Fister RHP

Rockies (36-48)

19 Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
13 Drew Stubbs CF
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
2  Troy Tulowitzki SS
6 Corey Dickerson (L) LF
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
8 Michael McKenry C
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
46 Tyler Matzek (L) LHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 1 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 83: Washington Nationals (44-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-47) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-6, 3.70 ERA) vs. LHP Christian Friedrich (0-2, 8.10)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is unbeaten (5-0, 2.21 ERA) in eight starts in Washington dating to Apr. 10, but the Rockies (July 6, 2012) were the last NL West team to inflict him with a home loss.
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:

  • The Nationals finished June with a 17-11 (.607) mark to register their second winning month of the season (16-12 in Mar./Apr.). Dating to 2011, the Nationals’ 62-45 (.579) June record ranks second in the Major Leagues behind only the Pirates (67-40, .626).

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

NATIONALS (44-38)

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
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

Rockies (36-47)

6 Corey Dickerson (L) LF
14 Josh Rutledge SS
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
13 Drew Stubbs CF
30 Wilin Rosario C
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
1 Brandon Barnes RF
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
53 Christian Friedrich LHP

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


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!

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