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Nationals Game Notes — Aug. 17 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Game No. 122: Washington Nationals (68-53) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (64-59) | 5:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (12-3, 2.34 ERA) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (10-7, 3.67)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister got the nod and earned the win with 7.0 scoreless innings in Washington’s lone victory (W5-2, May 25) during a four-game visit to PNC Park in late May.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM  and also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals enter tonight’s series finale with a chance to do something they’ve never done: take the season series from the Pirates in spite of losing the first three match-ups between the teams. In 10 seasons in Washington, the Nationals have never won a seven-game season series after dropping the first three games to an opponent. 

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

NATIONALS (68-53)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
3 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
18 Michael A. Taylor RF
58 Doug Fister (L) RHP

PIRATES (64-59)

25 Gregory Polanco (L) RF
5 Josh Harrison SS
18 Neil Walker (S) 2B
55 Russell Martin C
24 Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
6 Starling Marte CF
23 Travis Snider (L) LF
15 Ike Davis (L) 1B
36 Edinson Volquez RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — Aug. 16 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Game No. 121: Washington Nationals (67-53) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (64-58) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 4.00 ERA) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (4-3, 3.98)
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 3.28 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates, and his clubs are a perfect 4-0 (3-0 as a National, 1-0 as an Athletic) in those games.
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 and WUSA9
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals lead the National League (3rd in the Major Leagues) in run differential at +90 (504 for, 414 against). MLB’s top four teams in run differential: Oakland Athletics (+163), Seattle Mariners (+94), Washington Nationals (+90), Los Angeles Angels (+87).

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

NATIONALS (67-53)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
19 Kevin Frandsen LF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
8 Danny Espinosa 2B
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

PIRATES (64-58)

5 Josh Harrison SS
25 Gregory Polanco (L) RF
55 Russell Martin C
6 Starling Marte CF
17 Gaby Sanchez 1B
24 Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
27 Jayson Nix 2B
23 Travis Snider (L) LF
49 Jeff Locke LHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — August 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Game No. 120: Washington Nationals (66-53) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (64-57) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Tanner Roark (11-7, 2.86 ERA) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (5-1, 3.62)
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark, who faces the Pirates for the first time, has allowed one earned run or fewer in 13 of his last 20 starts, dating to Apr. 21.
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 Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Ian Desmond is one of just nine shortstops the last 40 years (1974 – present) to hit at least 20 home runs (exclusively as a shortstop) in at least three consecutive seasons:
    Cal Ripken Jr., 1982-1991
    Alex Rodriguez, 1996-2002
    Nomar Garciaparra, 1997-1999
    Rich Aurilia, 1999-2001
    Miguel Tejada, 1999-2006
    Hanley Ramirez, 2007-2010
    Troy Tulowitzki, 2009-2011
    JJ Hardy, 2011-2013
    Ian Desmond, 2012-2014

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

NATIONALS (66-53)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
3 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
18 Michael A. Taylor RF
57 Tanner Roark RHP

PIRATES (64-57)

5 Josh Harrison SS
25 Gregory Polanco (L) RF
55 Russell Martin C
18 Neil Walker (S) 2B
6 Starling Marte CF
23 Travis Snider (L) LF
15 Ike Davis (L) 1B
24 Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
50 Charlie Morton RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — August 12 at New York Mets

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Game No. 117: Washington Nationals (63-53) at New York Mets (57-62) | 7:10 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (11-3, 2.49 ERA) vs. RHP Rafael Montero (0-2, 5.40)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA (7 ER/35.0 IP) in five starts this season when pitching on “extra rest” (more than the standard four days).
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 Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Anthony Rendon’s team-leading 81 runs are tied for second in the Major Leagues behind only Minnesota’s Brian Dozier (83). Rendon is on pace to score 100 runs in a single season, a threshold only met three times by a National: Alfonso Soriano(119 in 2006), Ryan Zimmerman (110 in 2009) and Nick Johnson (100 in 2006).
    Denard Span ranks second among MLB leadoff hitters with 71 runs scored (St. Louis’s Matt Carpenter, 74).

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

NATIONALS (63-53)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
3 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
18 Michael Taylor RF
58 Doug Fister RHP

METS (57-62)

3 Curtis Granderson (L) RF
28 Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5 David Wright 3B
21 Lucas Duda (L) 1B
15 Travis d’Arnaud C
6 Matt den Dekker (L) LF
12 Juan Lagares CF
4 Wilmer Flores SS
22 Eric Young Jr. (S) LF

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

Nationals Game Notes — August 7 vs. New York Mets

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Game No. 113: Washington Nationals (61-51) vs. New York Mets (54-60) | 12:35 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.77)
Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann has not allowed a home run at Nationals Park in nine starts (55.0 innings). The last home run hit off him in this ballpark was off the bat of Miami’s Derek Dietrich on April 9.
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 Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals have played error-less baseball in 41 of their last 53 games, dating to June 7. In that eight-plus week span, the Nationals pace the Major Leagues with a .992 fielding percentage. The Seattle Mariners (.992) and Baltimore Orioles (.990) rank second and third, respectively. The Nationals’ monthly error totals: Mar./Apr. (26), May (20), June (8), July (10), Aug. (2).

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

NATIONALS (61-51)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
3 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
27 Jordan Zimmermann RHP

METS (54-60)

3 Curtis Granderson (L) RF
28 Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5 David Wright 3B
21 Lucas Duda (L) 1B
12 Juan Lagares CF
4 Wilmer Flores SS
20 Anthony Recker C
48 Jacob deGrom (L) RHP
22 Eric Young Jr. (S) LF

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

Nationals Game Notes — August 6 vs. New York Mets

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Game No. 112: Washington Nationals (60-51) vs. New York Mets (54-59) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (10-3, 2.68 ERA) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (5-7, 3.24)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister  has walked one batter or fewer in 14 of his last 18 starts. Fister’s walk rate (1.20/9.0 inn.) would pace the National League and rank fourth in the Major Leagues if he qualified. 
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 & MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Washington Nationals catchers (Wilson Ramos, Jose Lobaton & Sandy Leon) pace the Major Leagues having gunned down 23 of 65 (35.4%) would-be basestealers this year (pitcher caught stealings excluded). The Cardinals (19 of 56, 33.9%) currently rank a close 2nd behind the Nationals. In ‘13, the Nationals ranked 29th in the Major Leagues, throwing out 14 percent (15 of 110) of would-be basestealers.

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

NATIONALS (60-51)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
58 Doug Fister RHP

METS (54-59)

3 Curtis Granderson (L) RF
28 Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5 David Wright 3B
21 Lucas Duda (L) 1B
15 Travis d’Arnaud C
9 Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) LF
12 Juan Lagares CF
11 Ruben Tejada SS
49 Jonathon Niese (L) LHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — August 4 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Game No. 110: Washington Nationals (60-49) vs. Baltimore Orioles (62-48) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Tanner Roark (11-6, 2.74 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (5-3, 3.70)
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark owns the second-longest string of consecutive starts with a decision (14, 9-5 record) among Nationals pitchers since 2005 (Gio Gonzalez, 18 in 2012). 
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 & MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • In Sunday’s 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Stephen Strasburg (7.0 scoreless innings) combined with Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano (1.0 scoreless inning each) to complete the team’s 13th shutout of the season, which matched the Nationals (2005 – present) single-season team mark, set initially during the 2012 National League East Championship campaign.

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

NATIONALS (60-49)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
3 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
40 Wilson Ramos C
57 Tanner Roark RHP

ORIOLES (62-48)

21 Nick Markakis (L) RF
13 Manny Machado 3B
10 Adam Jones CF
23 Nelson Cruz LF
19 Chris Davis (L)
2 J.J. Hardy SS
3 Ryan Flaherty (L) 2B
36 Caleb Joseph C
39 Kevin Gausman (L) RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — August 3 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Game No. 109: Washington Nationals (59-49) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (49-62) | 1:35 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 3.55 ERA) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (6-5, 2.55)
Washington Nationals righty Stephen Strasburg (West Hills HS) and Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cole Hamels (Rancho Bernardo HS), both natives of San Diego, match up for the fourth time. In the first three match-ups, Strasburg has posted a 1.37 ERA.
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 Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Denard Span has reached base safely via a hit or a walk in 28 straight games, dating to June 28. He’s gone 40-for-109 (.367) with four doubles, five RBI, 18 walks, 22 runs scored and eight stolen bases without being caught in that stretch. His 28-game on-base percentage: .453.
    Span’ 28-game run is currently the longest such streak in the Major Leagues, the 10th-longest in MLB this year, and is tied for the fifth-longest in Nationals history. Here are the others:
    1. Ryan Zimmerman …………….43 games Apr. 8 - May 25, 2008
    2. Alfonso Soriano ……………….30 games Aug. 27 - Sept. 29, 2006

    T3. Denard Span ……………………29 games Aug. 17 - Sept. 19, 2013

    T3. Ryan Zimmerman …………….29 games July 22 - Aug. 23, 2011
     
    T5. Denard Span ……………………28 games June 28, 2014 - present
    T5. Michael Morse …………………28 games July 6 - Aug. 9, 2011

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

NATIONALS (59-49)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
7 Scott Hairston LF
3 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

PHILLIES (49-62)

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

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

Nationals Game Notes — August 1 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Game No. 107: Washington Nationals (58-48) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (48-61) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (10-2, 3.69 ERA) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (5-8, 4.14)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister looks to become the first Nationals pitcher to win six straight decisions since Tanner Roark won seven straight decisions from Aug. 10 – Sept. 17 in 2013. 
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 Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Here’s a closer look at Jayson Werth’s candidacy for the National League Player of the Month award for July, which, coincidentally, he won last July after hitting .367, with seven home runs, 22 RBI and 17 runs scored in 27 games.
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Here are the lineups for today’s match-up:

NATIONALS (58-48)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
3 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
40 Wilson Ramos C
58 Doug Fister (L) RHP

PHILLIES (48-61)

2 Ben Revere (L) CF
11 Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
26 Chase Utley (L) 2B
6 Ryan Howard (L) 1B
3 Marlon Byrd RF
24 Grady Sizemore (L) LF
51 Carlos Ruiz C
25 Cody Asche (L) 3B
27 Roberto Hernandez RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 31 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Game No. 106: Washington Nationals (58-47) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (47-61) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.56 ERA) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78)
Neither Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (Reading, ‘06) or Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cliff Lee (drafted by MON) ever pitched for their opponents tonight, despite once being members of their minor-league systems.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM  and also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Denard Span has reached base safely via a hit or walk in 25 straight games, dating to June 28. He’s gone 35-for-97 (.361) with four doubles, two RBI, 18 walks, 20 runs scored and seven stolen bases in that stretch. His 25-game on-base percentage: .461. Span has also reached base safely in the first inning 14 times in 23 July contests with one double, eight singles and five walks.

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

NATIONALS (58-47)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
40 Wilson Ramos  C
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
19 Kevin Frandsen 1B
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

PHILLIES (47-61)

2 Ben Revere (L) CF
11 Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
26 Chase Utley (L) 2B
3 Marlon Byrd RF
51 Carlos Ruiz C
24 Grady Sizemore (L) LF
18 Darin Ruf 1B
4 Andres Blanco (S) 3B
33 Cliff Lee (L) LHP

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

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