9.28.13: Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 0
Stat of the Game: Dan Haren was in command in his final start of the season, scattering four hits over seven scoreless frames.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Another former D-Back, Chad Tracy, went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo shot, his first homer since June 17.
It Was Over When: Rafael Soriano got the final three outs to record his 43rd save, second-most in the National League.
9.27.13: Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 4
Stat of the Game: Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each blasted three-run home runs in the victory.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Stephen Strasburg worked 7.0 solid innings in his final start of the year to earn his ninth victory, lowering his ERA to an even 3.00 for the season.
It Was Over When: Ramos’ blast doubled Washington’s lead, providing the final margin.
9.20.13 – Nationals 8, Marlins 0
Stat of the Game: Jordan Zimmermann pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout, giving him an NL-best 19 wins.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while making several strong defensive plays at second base.
It Was Over When: The Nationals sent 11 men to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning, plating seven runs.
The photo gallery below is a supplemental bonus feature for the cover article Jordan Zimmermann: Red Granite, from Issue 3 of the 2013 Nationals Magazine. Beginning this season, we will provide links, text shortcodes and QR codes to digital features like this one throughout Nationals Magazine and Inside Pitch.
The following is a digital bonus feature from the Inside The Numbers infographic in Nationals Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 3, in which we tracked the 10 longest home runs hit by the Nationals at home prior to the All-Star break. Watch each one below as we count down to Number One.
10. Adam LaRoche – 410 feet, 4.9 vs. CHW
9. Adam LaRoche – 414 feet, 4.9 vs. CHW
T-7. Jayson Werth – 418 feet, 4.9 vs. CHW
T-7. Wilson Ramos – 418 feet, 7.4 vs. MIL
6. Ian Desmond – 419 feet, 6.20 vs. COL
5. Bryce Harper – 420 feet, 4.10 vs. CHW
4. Ian Desmond – 421 feet, 5.11 vs. CHC
3. Bryce Harper – 427 feet, 5.8 vs. DET
T-1. Jayson Werth – 434 feet, 4.4 vs. MIA
T-1. Bryce Harper – 434 feet, 4.25 vs. CIN
The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, set to open in the fall of 2013, will focus on creating an enduring environment for high-quality, after-school and summer programs that integrate baseball, academics and the value of teamwork in a safe environment for youth living in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River.
Ian Desmond has been supportive of this project every step of the way, becoming a YBA board member and helping the dream of the Academy become a reality.
“We have an opportunity as the Washington Nationals organization to influence young peoples’ lives,” Desmond said. “That’s what we’re called to do. We’re called to make the next generation better than the generation we’re living in now.”
The article Living the Dream from Issue 3 of Nationals Magazine – on sale August 5 – details Desmond’s involvement and gives fans an inside perspective into the life and background of the Nationals shortstop.
For more information on the Youth Baseball Academy or to pledge your support, visit nationals.com/dream.
With the combination of his star power and raw power, Bryce Harper is the most nationally known of Washington’s performers during All-Star Week at Citi Field. However, the Nationals have had a presence in nearly every facet of the festivities, and those stories should not be overlooked. Before the Midsummer Classic takes place Tuesday night, we take a look back through the events of the past three days.
Sunday: A.J. Cole Saves the Future for the USA
On Sunday afternoon, while the Nationals were taking care of business against the Miami Marlins in the final game before the All-Star break, some of the brightest prospects in the game assembled at Citi Field for the Futures Game. Pitting the best American Minor Leaguers against those from around the world, the game has become a showcase event that marks the beginning of the week of exhibitions.
This year’s Futures Game was a low-scoring, well-fought contest, in which the teams exchanged leads, with the U.S. team adding a run in the eighth to lead 4-2 heading to the ninth. Giants Minor League hurler Kyle Crick walked two of the first three batters he faced to put the tying run on base and bring the potential go-ahead run to the plate with just one out. The U.S. Futures team turned to the bullpen and brought in Nationals prospect A.J. Cole – reacquired in the offseason deal that also netted Ian Krol and Blake Treinen – to finish the job. Cole punched out Mariners prospect Ji-Man Choi looking, then induced a grounder to second base from another Giants farmhand, Jesus Galindo, to end the game and earn the save.
Sunday: Defending the MVP
As you may recall, last year’s MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game featured a pair of Washington Nationals Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team members, Saul Bosquez and Matt Kinsey. Both players shined brightly in their time in the spotlight, as each went 3-for-3, with Kinsey also blasting a home run to lead his team to victory and earn the game’s MVP award. Needless to say, the bar had been set pretty high for Josh Wege, this year’s Wounded Warrior participant.
Not to be outdone, Wege, representing the Nationals, cranked a home run of his own off future Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas and nearly made a spectacular diving grab in the first inning, earning him co-MVP honors for the night.
“It’s just amazing to be on the field with this guys,” Wege said of his fellow athletes and celebrities. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The fans were amazing today.”
Monday: Bam Bam Reaches the Finals
Competing in his first-ever Home Run Derby, Bryce Harper was the youngest participant in the field of eight by nearly six years. But that didn’t stop him from putting up the most consistent display of anyone in the tournament, homering eight times in each of his three rounds and spraying the ball to all fields, advancing to the finals. But his final effort was not enough to best Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes, who blasted 17 long balls during his opening round, the most of any player in a single round.
Check out a compilation of all of Harper’s home runs below, and don’t forget to watch him tonight as he starts in center field for the National League.