Today in Nationals’ History: Back-to-back HRs in back-to-back innings & Wily Mo Pena sets defensive record
July 10, 2013 – INF Anthony Rendon and C Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back solo shots in the fifth inning, then INF Ryan Zimmerman and OF Jayson Werth did the same in the sixth, as the Nationals powered past the Phillies for a 5-1 road win. The Nationals hit at least four home runs for the 9th time in 2013.
July 10, 2008 – OF Wily Mo Pena recorded 11 putouts to establish a Nationals (2005-pres.) single-game record for outfielders in an 11-inning 7-5 loss against the Diamondbacks. The Major League record for an outfielder in a 9-inning game is 12.
June 29, 2008 – Down 2-1 with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the 12th, INF Ronnie Belliard hit a walk-off, two-run shot off George Sherrill to secure a 3-2 win vs. Baltimore. Belliard became just the second Washington National to erase a deficit with a walk-off home run while down to the last strike. He was also the first DC-based big leaguer to hit a walk-off homer in the 12th inning or later since June 28, 1970, when Senators pinch-hitter Rick Reichardt hit a two-run home run off Baltimore’s Eddie Watt at RFK.
June 24, 2014 – IF Ryan Zimmerman mercifully hit a two-run shot in the top of the 16th inning and made a diving catch in the bottom of the frame to lift the Nationals over the Brewers, 4-2, in the longest game (by innings) in Nationals history. Zimmerman’s first career extra-inning blast was made possible by a seven-reliever collaboration that lasted 10.0 scoreless innings (10 hits, 5 BB, 6 SO). Washington’s defense turned three double plays, and individually, SS Ian Desmond made two dazzling 6-3 putouts, while OF Denard Span made a game-saving catch at the wall in the 14th. 3B Anthony Rendon’s 12th homer, a solo shot in the eighth, tied the game at 2-2, and ultimately sent the game to extra innings.
June 21, 2011 – Rookie C Wilson Ramos hit a dramatic walk-off, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Nationals stun the Mariners, 6-5, at Nationals Park. The Nationals trailed, 5-1, but rallied in a ninth inning that included three singles, a walk, an error and Ramos’ blast. For the first time since coming to D.C. in 2005, Washington trailed by more than two runs in the ninth or later, but rallied to win the game.
June 20, 2015 – RHP 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, 2008 – OF 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.
June 16, 2011 – INF 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.
June 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.
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!
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!
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.