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Today in Nationals’ History: Max Scherzer throws first no-hitter of 2015

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June 20, 2015RHP Max Scherzer tossed the second no-hitter in Nationals history (2005-present) in the 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was Scherzer’s first career no-hitter and the fourth in D.C. baseball history. He struck out 10 and carried a perfect game through 8.2 innings before a 3-2 slider hit pinch hitter Jose Tabata. According to Elias, the last MLB no-hitter in which only one batter reached base, and that on a HBP, was thrown by MIA’s Kevin Brown, June 10, 1997 at SFG.

Check out pictures from Scherzer’s nearly perfect performance in the gallery above!

June 20, 2008OF Elijah Dukes became just the second Washington National to record five hits in a game during a 14-inning, 4-3 win versus the Texas Rangers. After tying game with solo shot in the eighth inning, Dukes sent Nationals Park faithful home happy in the 14th with a seeing-eye RBI single through the left side of the infield. He also became the first player in the (then) nearly 40-year history of the franchise to notch five hits, including the game-ending hit, in the same contest.

Today in Nationals’ History: Werth hits lead-off HR, Espinosa ends game with walk-off HR

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June 16, 2011INF Danny Espinosa launched a three-run homer with one out in the 10th to beat a fast-approaching storm and St. Louis, 7-4, at Nationals Park. Washington’s sixth win in a row rendered a three-game sweep of the Cardinals. For the first time in franchise annals (2005-present), Washington’s first (OF Jayson Werth) and last (Espinosa) batters of the game homered.

Today in Nationals’ History: Joe Ross earns first career win

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2015 Washington NationalsJune 13, 2015 – Making his second career start, RHP Joe Ross spun 8.0 innings of two-run ball, allowing seven hits while striking out eight. He earned his first career win as the Nationals topped the Brewers, 7-2. Ross set a Nationals record (2005-present) for the most batters faced (51) before issuing a walk to start a career. He walked Adam Lind with two outs in the eighth inning. The win began a stretch of 12 wins in 16 games for the Nationals through the end of June.


Today in Nationals’ History: Stephen Strasburg makes his debut

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June 8, 2010 – Prized pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 while tossing seven innings of four-hit, two-run ball in his MLB debut vs. Pittsburgh. Strasburg’s electric performance came in front of a capacity crowd and a national television audience on MLB Network. Washington bested the Pirates, 5-2.

Strasburg became the first pitcher in history to strike out at least eleven batters without issuing any walks in his pro debut. He also fell only one strikeout short of the all-time record in a pitcher’s MLB debut. Notably, Strasburg struck out every batter in the Pirates’ lineup at least once and struck out the last seven batters he faced, a Nationals team record.

Check out some pictures from this memorable day in Nats’ history in the gallery above!

Today in Nationals’ History: Ryan Zimmerman becomes first player drafted by Nationals

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June 7, 2005 – Ryan Zimmerman is the first draft selection in the history of the Nationals, the fourth overall selection out of the University of Virginia.

A three-year starting shortstop for UVA, Zimmerman started in 174 games and collected 250 hits, 140 RBIs, 128 runs, 47 doubles, seven triples and nine home runs. Zimmerman established the school record of hits in a season with 90 in 2004, breaking his own record with 92 in 2005.

And speaking of the draft – in a few days we will be introduced to the newest members of the Nationals. The Nationals hold the 28th and 29th overall selections in the 2016 MLB Draft, which will be held on Thursday, June 9. Make sure to check it out on MLB Network and check back here for updates later in the week!

Today in Nationals’ History: Team sets single-inning run record in 2010

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May 31, 2008 – Jason Bergmann took the loss at Arizona, but in doing so, snapped MLB’s longest complete-game drought (261 games between complete games) by becoming the first National to go the distance since Pedro Astacio turned the trick against ATL on August 15, 2006 at RFK.


May 31, 2010 – Nationals (2005-) set club single-inning record via nine-run seventh inning in 14-4 victory at HOU. The nine-run frame was the largest registered by a DC-based big league club since the Senators plated nine in the fourth inning of a 9-5 win, June 22, 1969 at DET. The record still stands.

Today in Nationals’ History: Nationals officially sold to Lerner family

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May 3, 2006 – Major League Baseball officially sold the Nationals to a group led by Theodore N. Lerner, a Maryland-based real estate developer, for $450 million. In 2002, the 29 other big league owners collectively bought the Montreal Expos for $120 million, and then moved the franchise to Washington, D.C. in 2005. The Lerner family has owned and operated the Washington Nationals ever since this date 10 years ago.

Today in Nationals’ History: Bryce Harper makes his MLB debut

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April 28, 2012Bryce Harper made a memorable MLB debut at Dodger Stadium. In an intense contest, Harper went 1-for-3 with a seventh-inning double off Chad Billingsley and one RBI, which came via a go-ahead sac fly in the ninth inning. However, the Dodgers tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the ninth and won it in the 10th on Matt Kemp’s solo blast, his team-record 11th April homer.

April 28, 2015 – Dan Uggla’s towering three-run home run off Atlanta closer Jason Grilli capped Washington’s 13-12 come-from-behind win at Turner Field. Trailing 9-1 and 10-2 at different points in the game, the Nationals mounted the largest comeback win in Nationals history (2005-pres.). A.J. Cole made his MLB debut, but only lasted two innings before giving way to the Nationals’ bullpen.

Today in Nationals’ History: Soriano becomes first National with 3-homer game

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April 21, 2006 – After a two-hour, 18-minute rain delay at the start of the game, Alfonso Soriano blasted three home runs in Washington’s 7-3 home win vs. Atlanta. Soriano, thus, became the first National (2005- ) to hit three homers in a single game, and the first to hit more than one homer in a game at RFK Stadium.

April 21, 2015 – Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Yunel Escobar took the first pitch he saw from Carlos Villaneuva and deposited it in the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen to propel the Nationals to the 2-1 win. Gio Gonzalez spun 6.0 shutout innings but was not able to record the win, as the Cardinals tied the game in the ninth, sending the game into extras.

Today in Nationals’ History: Major League Baseball returns to D.C.

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April 14, 2005 – In the first Major League game played in Washington D.C. since September 30, 1971, the Nationals beat the Diamondbacks at RFK Stadium, 5-3. President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch after receiving the ball from Joe Grzenda, the former Washington Senators reliever who threw the final pitch in Senators’ history. Livan Hernandez earned the win, allowing three earned runs on three hits in 8.1 innings of work. Vinny Castilla hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth inning.


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