Game No. 125: Washington Nationals (71-53) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (53-73) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Tanner Roark (12-7, 2.93 ERA) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (3-8, 4.68)
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark is 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA in five career games (four starts) against NL West competition, including seven one-run (unearned) innings against the Diamondbacks in the 2013 season ﬁnale.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM and also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN
Live Stats: nationals.com
The Nationals have won a season-high eight consecutive games, the longest current winning streak in the Major Leagues. Of their eight straight wins, five have been of the one-run variety, five were comeback victories, and three were walk-oﬀ wins. Only one winning streak in Nationals history has lasted longer than their current eight-game stretch, a 10-game run from June 2-12, 2005.
Here are the lineups for today’s match-up:
2 Denard Span (L) CF
3 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
19 Kevin Frandsen 3B
57 Tanner Roark RHP
5 Ender Inciarte (L) CF
4 Cliff Pennington (S) 3B
6 David Peralta (L) RF
15 Mark Trumbo LF
26 Miguel Montero (L) C
2 Aaron Hill 2B
17 Alfredo Marte LF
1 Didi Gregorious (L) SS
35 Trevor Cahill RHP
Here are today’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!
Dear Nationals fans,
The last time I was back home in Cincinnati, it was during “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure” in February of 2013. So you could imagine my excitement when I found out the Reds were interested in bringing me and the rest of the Racing Presidents to town for the Nationals series this July!
I couldn’t wait to get on the road. The rest of the guys and I boarded the NatMobile at 6 a.m. on the morning of July 24 and headed west. It was about a nine hour drive, and we pulled into Great American Ball Park around 4 p.m. and got settled in at what would be our home for the weekend.
The following evening, during the first game of the series, I wanted to give my fans a real show — I just had to win! I could feel the adrenaline rushing as I took the field for our first race. As we neared the turn, it was just Teddy and me, and you may have seen what happened next. Teddy got a little too close, so he had to be taken out. Victory was mine!
Saturday morning, I decided to swing out to my boyhood home before the game. I was lucky enough to be greeted by Paula Marett from the National Park Service. I met Paula last year during the “Executive Adventure” and it was great to be able to reconnect with her. Even my bobblehead checked out the house, getting all kinds of pictures, which you may have seen posted on my Twitter account, @NatsBigChief27.
After two more successful races (and two Nationals wins in three games), we headed back home to Washington. Looking back, it was great to meet so many new friends and see old ones I had lost touch with. We met with many local fans and Nationals fans alike, and it was really impressive to see all the Nats fans that traveled to watch their favorite team and favorite Presidents. The trip confirmed that even though I have a lot of history in Cincinnati, my heart is here with the Washington Nationals.
I would also like to send a heartfelt thank you to the Cincinnati Reds organization for inviting us out and showing us what Midwest hospitality is all about! I look forward to visiting them again soon!
P.S. Don’t forget to get your tickets now for MY bobblehead day, on Aug. 17 vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first 25,000 fans in attendance will get one!
In the meantime, you can also win my bobblehead, along with tickets to that game, as part of our Facebook contest! Click here for details!
by Matt Laux
The Washington Nationals and Harris Teeter teamed up to host their annual Food Drive at Nationals Park on Aug. 2 and 3, benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB). Over the two-day span, the Food Drive collected a record total of 8,331 lbs. of food for the CAFB, which assists roughly 500,000 children, seniors and families struggling with hunger in the Washington metro area each year.
The first day of the Food Drive began extra early as the team accepted donations prior to the Nationals Season Plan Holder Event. As volunteers opened for business, they eagerly anticipated the possibility of surpassing last year’s 3,854-pound first-day total. The exceptional turnout aided in the 4,879 pounds donated. The event’s success continued on Day Two, as the Nationals and Harris Teeter received another 3,452 pounds in donations.
Fans who contributed three or more non-perishable food items earned two tickets to one of two future Nationals games, while supplies lasted. Additionally, the first 1,000 fans to donate three or more Harris Teeter Private Label canned goods each day of the drive were rewarded with $5 in Nats Bucks.
The campaign began in earnest on July 8, when relief pitchers Jerry Blevins and Craig Stammen worked with the Jubilee Housing Teen Renaissance at CAFB’s Kid’s Cafe. Blevins, Stammen and the children made “1-2-3 Salsa,” a healthy, budget-friendly snack, while raising awareness for the August Food Drive.
On top of the Food Drive, fans were able to donate at their local Harris Teeter stores. While this year’s total is still being counted, Harris Teeter raised an additional 2,145 pounds last year. Harris Teeter is also a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as the Together In Education program.
The Washington Nationals are honored to sponsor the DC Public Library’s Summer Reading program. And as part of that sponsorship, Denard Span, Drew Storen, Scott Hairston and Matt Williams were at local libraries on Saturday morning to read to kids.
The Nationals are honored to be a part of this program, and Span, Storen, Hairston and Williams were thrilled to participate. Here are a few photos from the events:
The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with 24 players selected in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Here’s a rundown of the latest players to join the Nationals organization (signed players in bold):
RD PICK PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 (18) Erick Fedde RHP University of Nevada-Las Vegas
2 (57) Andrew Suarez LHP University of Miami (FL)
3 (93) Jakson Reetz C Norris (NE) High School
4 (124) Robbie Dickey RHP Blinn (TX) Junior College
5 (154) Drew Van Orden RHP Duke (NC) University
6 (184) Austen Williams RHP Texas State University
7 (214) Dale Carey CF University of Miami (FL)
8 (244) Jeff Gardner LF University of Louisville (KY)
9 (274) Austin Byler 1B University of Nevada-Reno
10 (304) Matthew Page RF Oklahoma Baptist University
11 (334) Weston Davis RHP Manatee (FL) High School
12 (364) Domenick Mancini RHP Miami (FL) Dade CC
13 (394) Austin Davidson 3B Pepperdine (CA) University
14 (424) James Bourque RHP University of Michigan
15 (454) Ryan Ripken 1B Indian River (FL) State Junior College
16 (484) Cole Plouck LHP Pima (AZ) Community College
17 (514) Alec Keller CF Princeton (NJ) University
18 (544) McKenzie Mills LHP Sprayberry (GA) High School
19 (574) Clay Williamson RF Cal State – Fullerton
20 (604) Bryan Langlois RF Pepperdine (CA) University
21 (634) Connor Bach LHP Virginia Military Institute
22 (664) Daniel Salters C Dallas (TX) Baptist University
23 (694) Chris Riopedre SS East Tennessee State University
24 (724) Kyle Simmons RHP Texas Lutheran University
25 (754) Kyle Bacak C Texas Christian University
26 (784) Chase McDowell RHP Rice (TX) University
27 (814) Conor Keniry SS Wake Forest (NC) University
28 (844) Kida De La Cruz RHP Volunteer State (TN) CC
29 (874) D.J. Jauss RHP University of Massachusetts
30 (904) Tyler Mapes RHP Tulane (LA) University
31 (934) Samuel Johns RHP University of Evansville (IN)
32 (964) Elliott Cary CF Clackamas (OR) High School
33 (994) Clay Casey CF DeSoto Central (MS) High School
34 (1024 Evan Skoug C Libertyville (IL) High School
35 (1054) Tommy Doyle RHP Flint Hill (VA) School
36 (1054) John Henry Styles LHP Episcopal (TX) High School
37 (1114) Quinn Brodey LHP Loyola (CA) High School
38 (1144) Stuart Fairchild RF Seattle (WA) Prep
39 (1174) John Littell OF Stillwater (OK) High School
40 (1204) Jacob Hill LHP Orange Coast (CA) CC