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Nationals Game Notes — July 12 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Game No. 92: Washington Nationals (49-42) at Philadelphia Phillies (42-51) | 7:15 p.m. ET | Citizens Bank Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.47 ERA) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.87)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (West Hills HS) and Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels (Rancho Bernardo HS), both natives of San Diego, match up for the third time (Strasburg’s ERA in the first 2 matchups: 0.64).
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM / ESPN Radio and also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Wilson Ramos has hit safely in a career-high 14 straight games, going 20-for-53(.377) with four doubles, two homers and six RBI. Ramos’ 14-gamer is currently the longest hitting streak in the Major Leagues, and the longest posted by a National this season.

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

NATIONALS (49-42)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
20 Ian Desmond SS
7 Scott Hairston LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

Phillies (42-51)

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

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 8 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Game No. 89: Washington Nationals (48-40) vs. Baltimore Orioles (49-40) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (7-2, 2.93 ERA) vs. RHP Bud Norris (7-5, 3.62)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister (51-52 career record) hopes to reach .500 for the first time since his career record was 6-6 in May, 2010.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, 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’ 23-13 (.639) record dating to May 30 is tied for the second-best mark in MLB with the Reds, Pirates and Mariners, and  only the Athletics (24-11, .686) have been superior. In this span, the Nationals have outscored their opponents by 52 runs (158 to 106).

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

NATIONALS (48-40)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
59 Jose Lobaton C
58 Doug Fister (L) RHP

Orioles (49-40)

21 Nick Markakis (L) RF
13 Manny Machado 3B
10 Adam Jones CF
23 Nelson Cruz LF
19 Chris Davis (L) 1B
2 J.J. Hardy SS
36 Caleb Joseph C
6 Jonathan Schoop 2B
25 Bud Norris RHP

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — July 7 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Game No. 88: Washington Nationals (48-39) vs. Baltimore Orioles (48-40) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.53 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (7-4, 4.21)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has fanned 12.8/9.0 inn. in 10 career interleague starts, during which he is 6-3, 2.39 ERA. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of 10 starts vs. the American League.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, 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 errorless baseball in 11 straight games dating to June 25. This is the longest such streak recorded by any team in the Major Leagues this season. The 11-game run of defensive perfection is the second-longest recorded by the Nationals since landing in D.C. in 2005. In 2011, from June 2-15, Washington played a Nationals (‘05-pres.) record 13 consecutive games without an error.

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

NATIONALS (48-39)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

Orioles (48-40)

21 Nick Markakis (L) RF
13 Manny Machado 3B
10 Adam Jones CF
23 Nelson Cruz LF
19 Chris Davis (L) 1B
2 J.J. Hardy SS
40 Nick Hundley C
6 Jonathan Schoop 2B
30 Chris TIllman RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 5 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Game No. 86: Washington Nationals (46-39) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-46) | 4:05 a.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: LHP Gio Gonzalez (5-4, 3.93 ERA) vs. RHP Carlos Villanueva (4-5, 5.91)
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez is facing the same club in back-to-back starts for the fourth time: 1-2, 4.08 ERA, 3 GS in the second game of those match-ups. Previously, those games have been against the Atlanta Braves (2012, L) the Seattle Mariners (2011, W) and the Los Angeles Angels (2009, L).
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, 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 made just three errors in their last 26 games, dating to June 7, and yielded just  two unearned runs in June to set a new club mark for the fewest unearned runs allowed in a calendar month. As the season has progressed, the Nationals’ fielding percentage has risen, while their error totals and unearned runs allowed have declined:
    Month                                 Fielding %           Errors          Unearned Runs
    Mar./Apr. (28 games)       .975                       26                             19
    May (26 games)                .980                    20                             13
    Since June (31 games)  .993                      8                                2

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

NATIONALS (46-39)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Cubs (38-46)

21 Junior Lake CF
20 Justin Ruggiano RF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
5 Welington Castillo C
30 Mike Olt 3B
8 Chris Coghlan (L) LF
15 Darwin Barney 2B
33 Carlos Villanueva RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 4 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Game No. 85: Washington Nationals (46-38) vs. Chicago Cubs (37-46) | 11:05 a.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Tanner Roark (7-5, 2.98 ERA) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (7-5, 2.98)
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark has 14 quality starts in 21 starting assignments. He has worked six-plus innings 15 times and has allowed three or fewer earned runs 17 times, two or fewer on 15 occasions, and one or fewer 11 times.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Ian Desmond’s game-winning solo home run, which snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies was his seventh go-ahead home run hit in the seventh inning or later, dating to the beginning of the 2012 season. Among shortstops, only Jhonny Peralta (3) has more than two such homers in the same time span.

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

NATIONALS (46-38)

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

Cubs (37-46)

8 Chris Coghlan (L) LF
20 Justin Ruggiano CF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
24 Luis Valbuena 3B
19 Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
12 John Baker (L) C
15 Darwin Barney 2B
39 Jason Hammel RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 2 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 84: Washington Nationals (45-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-48) | 6:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (6-2, 2.83 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.24)
With wins over the Cincinnati Reds (May 20), Texas Rangers (May 31), Philadelphia Phillies (June 5) and Atlanta Braves (June 21), Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four home starts as member of the Nationals.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals have plated exactly seven runs in three consecutive victories (W 7-1 Tue vs. COL; W 7-3 Mon vs. COL; W 7-2 Sat. at CHI) for the first time since a five-game offensive surge (11-9-9-7-7), Sept. 4-8, 2012. With their third straight seven-run output on Tuesday night, the Nationals also moved a season-high seven games over .500.

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

NATIONALS (44-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
58 Doug Fister RHP

Rockies (36-48)

19 Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
13 Drew Stubbs CF
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
2  Troy Tulowitzki SS
6 Corey Dickerson (L) LF
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
8 Michael McKenry C
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
46 Tyler Matzek (L) LHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 1 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 83: Washington Nationals (44-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-47) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-6, 3.70 ERA) vs. LHP Christian Friedrich (0-2, 8.10)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is unbeaten (5-0, 2.21 ERA) in eight starts in Washington dating to Apr. 10, but the Rockies (July 6, 2012) were the last NL West team to inflict him with a home loss.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals finished June with a 17-11 (.607) mark to register their second winning month of the season (16-12 in Mar./Apr.). Dating to 2011, the Nationals’ 62-45 (.579) June record ranks second in the Major Leagues behind only the Pirates (67-40, .626).

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

NATIONALS (44-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

Rockies (36-47)

6 Corey Dickerson (L) LF
14 Josh Rutledge SS
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
13 Drew Stubbs CF
30 Wilin Rosario C
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
1 Brandon Barnes RF
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
53 Christian Friedrich LHP

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


Nationals Game Notes — June 30 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 82: Washington Nationals (43-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-46) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 2.95 ERA) vs. LHP Yohan Flande (0-0, 7.20)
Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is getting his sixth start of June and is looking to bolster his already strong Pitcher of the Month candidacy (2-2, 2.18 ERA, 5 BB, 36 K, .117 BAA in 38.0 inn.). Zimmermann earned Pitcher of the Week honors for the first week of June when he posted 17 consecutive scoreless innings to open the month.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Nationals center fielder Denard Span has legged out 15 extra-base hits (13 doubles, two triples) in June to set a personal single-month career high (for any month). Span’s 15 extra-base hits this month are tied for second among Nationals in the month of June: Michael Morse (team-record 17, June 2011), Span (15, June 2014), Ian Desmond (15, June 2012), Adam Dunn (15, June 2010), Ryan Zimmerman (15, June 2013).

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

NATIONALS (43-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
27 Jordan Zimmermann RHP

Rockies (36-46)

19 Charlie Blackmon (L) LF
13 Drew Stubbs CF
2 Troy Tulowitzki SS
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
20 Wilin Rosario C
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
1 Brandon Barnes RF
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
58 Yohan Flande LHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 28 at Chicago Cubs

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Game No.’s 80 &81: Washington Nationals (41-38) at Chicago Cubs (34-44) | 1:05 p.m. ET (12:05 p.m. CT) & 7:15 p.m. ET (6:15 p.m. CT) | Wrigley Field
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (4-4, 4.38 ERA) vs. RHP Dallas Beeler (0-0, —); RHP Blake Treinen (0-3, 2.08) vs. Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.53)
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has earned a win at 22 different Major League ballparks, but is still looking to add Wrigley Field to the list. Additionally, the Nationals are 2-2 in games started by Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija and have hit a home run in each contest. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2 and the second game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals and Cubs play a rare scheduled “doubleheader” today and will have an even more rare day off on Sunday. The Nationals are 5-3-10 (sweeps-swept-splits) when playing twice in a single day, or 20-16 overall, since landing in DC in 2005. The Nationals’ last twin bill sweep came June 9, 2013 vs. the Minnesota Twins (W7-0, W5-4). The Nationals last suffered a doubleheader sweep on May 15, 2010 at the Colorado Rockies (L2-6, L3-4).

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

NATIONALS (41-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
19 Kevin Frandsen 2B
15 Nate McLouth (L) RF
49 Jose Lobaton (S) C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Cubs (34-44)

21 Junior Lake CF
20 Justin Ruggiano RF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
30 Mike Olt 3B
8  Chris Coghlan (L)
15 Darwin Barney 2B
12 John Baker (L) C
32 Dallas Beeler RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 25 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #77: Washington Nationals (41-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-32) | 2:10 p.m. ET (1:10 p.m. CT) | Miller Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.24 ERA) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (6-4, 5.22 ERA)
Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada, a former Washington National, joins Ryan Zimmerman (first round), Justin Maxwell (fourth round), John Lannan (11th round), Craig Stammen (12th round) and Tyler Moore (41st round) as members of the Nationals’ 2005 draft class. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM / 1580 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run home run in the 16th inning on Tuesday night, lifting the Nationals over the Brewers, 4-2, was the first extra-innings home run of Zimmerman’s career. The win, which came in the longest game (by innings) in Nationals (2005-present) history, was made possible in large part by a seven-reliever collaboration that lasted 10.0 scoreless innings (10 hits, 5 BB,6 SO).
  • The Nationals’ defense turned three double plays, and individually, Ian Desmond made two dazzling plays in the hole at shortstop while Denard Span made a game-saving catch at the wall in the 14th, and Zimmerman made a diving play in the bottom of the 16th, right after his homer, to keep the Brewers off the bases.
  • Anthony Rendon’s 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth,tied the score, 2-2, and ultimately sent the game to extra innings.
  • The victory was the Nationals’ season high-tying fourth straight and it snapped a seven-game losing streak in extra innings.
  • In four games since June 21, the Nationals’ bullpen is 1-0 with four holds, four saves and a .077 (4-for-52) batting average against, thanks to 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

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

NATIONALS (41-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
19 Kevin Frandsen 2B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
20 Ian Desmond SS
15 Nate McLouth RF
41 Sandy Leon (S)
37 Stephen Strasburg P

Brewers (47-32)

2 Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
9 Jean Segura SS
27 Carlos Gomez CF
24 Lyle Overbay (L) 1B
7 Mark Reynolds 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
3 Elian Herrera (S) RF
12 Martin Maldonado C
41 Marco Estrada P

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

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