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Nationals Game Notes — June 24 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #76: Washington Nationals (40-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-31) | 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT) | Miller Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 2.95 ERA) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-4, 3.34 ERA)
A native of Auburndale, Wisc., Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four career starts against his home-state team. (Two starts in D.C, two in Milwaukee.)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Entering Tuesday night’s game, the Washington Nationals’ bullpen has retired a team-record 25 consecutive batters (10 by strikeout) dating to the final two outs of the 13th inning on Friday night vs. the Atlanta Braves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is also the third-longest such streak in the Major Leagues this season. The San Francisco Giants posted 33 straight from June 15-21, and the Braves ran up 28 straight from May 4-7. The Nationals’ previous bullpen mark for consecutive batters retired was 21, May 17-19, 2014.
  • Another one from the Elias Sports Bureau: Tyler Clippard struck out the side in the ninth inning to clinch the Nationals’ 3-0 win over the Brewers, one night after Rafael Soriano earned a save by striking out all three batters he faced in the Nationals’ victory over the Braves. The Nationals are the first team since 1969 (when saves were first officially recorded in the major leagues) to win back-to-back games with two different pitchers earning the save by striking out all three (or more) batters they faced.

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

NATIONALS (40-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
27 Jordan Zimmermann P

Brewers (47-31)

2 Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
8 Ryan Braun RF
20 Jonathan Lucroy C
27 Carlos Gomez CF
16 Aramis Ramirez 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
7 Mark Reynolds 1B
9 Jean Segura SS
49 Yovani Gallardo P

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 23 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #75: Washington Nationals (39-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-30) | 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT) | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Garza (4-4, 4.02 ERA)
In his two-plus seasons with the Washington Nationals, left-hander Gio Gonzalez is 35-20 with a 3.34 ERA in 74 starts. The Nationals are 49-25 in those games. Gonzalez’s 35 wins since the start of the 2012 season are tied for the fourth-best mark among MLB left-handers.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2 and ESPN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals enter Monday night’s game tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the fourth-best run differential in the Major Leagues at +40 (300 runs scored, 260 runs allowed).
    Here are the top five teams in MLB in run differential:
    Oakland Athletics: +135
    San Francisco Giants: +49
    Los Angeles Angels: +42
    Washington Nationals: +40
    Los Angeles Dodgers: +40

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

NATIONALS (39-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Brewers (47-30)

23 Rickie Weeks 2B
8 Ryan Braun RF
20 Jonathan Lucroy C
27 Carlos Gomez CF
16 Aramis Ramirez 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
7 Mark Reynolds 1B
9 Jean Segura SS
22 Matt Garza RHP


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

Nationals Game Notes — June 22 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Game #74: Washington Nationals (38-35) vs. Atlanta Braves (38-36) | 1:35 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85 ERA) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (5-4, 4.12 ERA)
Dating to his Major League debut (Aug. 7, 2013 at ATL), Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark ranks fifth in the Major Leagues with a 2.35 ERA (minimum 100.0 inn. — Johnny Cueto 1.80, Zack Greinke 2.06, Andrew Cashner 2.07, Clayton Kershaw 2.23)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2 and MLBNetwork
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche ranks fourth in all of the Major Leagues with a .417 on-base percentage.
    Here’s a closer look at his competition: 
    1. Troy Tulowitzki (COL) …. .452 
    2. J.Bautista (TOR) …………. .432
    3
    A.McCutchem (PIT) …….. .423

    4. A.LaRoche (Washington)…417
    5. Y.Puig (LAD) ……………….. .411
    6. J.Lucroy (MIL) …………….. 401

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

NATIONALS (38-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
41 Sandy Leon (S) C
57 Tanner Roark RHP

BRAVES (38-36)

7 Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
2 B.J. Upton CF
5 Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
24 Evan Gattis C
22 Jason Heyward (L) RF
8 Justin Upton LF
23 Chris Johnson 3B
19 Andrelton Simmons SS
30 Ervin Santana RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 21 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Game #73: Washington Nationals (37-35) vs. Atlanta Braves (38-35) | 7:15 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Doug Fister (5-2, 3.08 ERA) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (6-4, 2.31 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister is 8-4 with a 2.16 ERA in 18 career games/17 starts against National League competition and he has allowed just five home runs.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Nationals pitchers currently rank among the Major League’s top two in the following pitching categories:
    Fielding-independent pitching (first, 3.10)
    Fewest earned runs allowed 
    (first, 225)
    Fewest walks allowed (first, 178)
    Walks/9.0 inn. (first, 2.46)
    ERA (2nd,
    3.11)
    Home runs allowed (2nd, 47)
    Homers allowed/9.0 inn. (2nd, 0.65)
    SO/BB ratio
    (3.32/1)
    Stolen bases against (2nd, 23)
    Fewest blown saves (tied 2nd, 5)

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

NATIONALS (37-35)

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

BRAVES (38-35)

7 Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
2 B.J. Upton CF
5 Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
24 Evan Gattis C
22 Jason Heyward (L) RF
8 Justin Upton LF
23 Chris Johnson 3B
19 Andrelton Simmons SS
49 Julio Teheran RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 20 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Game #72: Washington Nationals (37-34) vs. Atlanta Braves (37-35) | 7:05 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.06 ERA) vs. LHP Mike Minor (2-4, 4.42 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is making his 14th career start against the Atlanta Braves, making the Miami Marlins (16 starts) the only team he’s faced more during his career. However, Strasburg is in search of his first win at the
Braves’ expense since Aug. 21, 2012 — but in the six starts since that win, Strasburg’s ERA is 3.42. He has received two runs of offensive support or fewer in nine of 13 starts vs. the Braves.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • At 3.04 (130 ER/384.1 IP), the Nationals’ pitching staff leads the Major Leagues in ERA since May 1. The Seattle Mariners (3.12) & Oakland Athletics (3.17) rank second and third, respectively. Meanwhile, Washington’s season-long 3.09 ERA leads the National League and ranks second in MLB to OAK (3.02).

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

NATIONALS (37-34)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

BRAVES (37-35)

7 Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
2 B.J. Upton CF
5 Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
24 Evan Gattis C
22 Jason Heyward (L) RF
23 Chris Johnson 3B
19 Andrelton Simmons SS
17 Jordan Schafer (L) LF
36 Mike Minor LHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 19 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Game #71: Washington Nationals (37-33) vs. Atlanta Braves (36-35) | 7:05 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-3, 2.98 ERA) vs. RHP Gavin Floyd (1-2, 3.98 ERA)
Dating to Sept., 2013, the Washington Nationals are 8-2 in home games started by right-hander Jordan Zimmermann against National League East foes, and Zimmermann has had a terrific start to June, tossing 25 innings thus far and allowing just one run. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN and MLBNetwork
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals have won seven of their last eight games at Nationals Park, dating to a 9-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on May 30. During this eight-game run, the Nationals have outscored opponents 50-22, thanks, in part, to a 10-3 advantage in home runs. This is the Nationals’ finest stretch of success in D.C. since going 8-1 at home from Aug. 9-29 in 2013.

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

NATIONALS (36-33)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
27 Jordan Zimmermann RHP

BRAVES (36-35)

7 Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
2 B.J. Upton CF
5 Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
24 Evan Gattis C
22 Jason Heyward (L) RF
23 Chris Johnson 3B
4 Ryan Doumit (S) LF
19 Andrelton Simmons SS
32 Gavin Floyd RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 18 vs. Houston Astros

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Game #70: Washington Nationals (36-33) vs. Houston Astros (32-40) | 7:05 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 4.62 ERA) vs. RHP Scott Feldman (3-4, 3.98 ERA)
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez jumps back into the Nationals’ rotation for his first big league start since May 17 after dealing with a bout of shoulder inflammation. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Gio Gonzalez was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List on May 18 (though he’s rejoined the roster for tonight’s finale vs. the Astros). At the time Gonzalez was placed on the DL, the Nationals ranked No. 19 in all of the Major Leagues with a 3.99 ERA from its starting pitchers. In the 27 games since Gonzalez went on the DL, Nationals starters are 14-10 with a Major League-leading 2.41 ERA (47ER/175.2 inn.) and 20 quality starts. Washington now ranks fifth in MLB with a 3.32 starters’ ERA.
  • Washington’s starting pitchers since May 18:
  • Doug Fister (5-1, 2.58 ERA, 6 GS), Tanner Roark (3-3, 1.85 ERA, 6 GS), Stephen Strasburg (3-2, 2.50 ERA, 6 GS), Blake Treinen (0-2, 2.89 ERA, 4 games/3 starts), Jordan Zimmermann (3-2, 2.36 ERA, 6 GS)

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

NATIONALS (36-33)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
41 Sandy Leon (S) C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

ASTROS (32-40)

22 Dexter Fowler (S) CF
27 Jose Altuve 2B
4 George Springer RF
28 Jon Singleton (L) 1B
30 Matt Dominguez 3B
15 Jason Castro (L) C
2 Jonathan Villar (S) SS
19 Robbie Grossman (S) LF
46 Scott Feldman (L) RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 17 vs. Houston Astros

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Game #69: Washington Nationals (35-33) vs. Houston Astros (32-39) | 7:05 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (5-4, 2.92 ERA) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-3, 2.38 ERA)
In four career games (three starts), Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark owns a 0.69 ERA in 26.0 career interleague innings.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Tonight, the Nationals face their second left-handed starter in two games, Houston Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel. That could be good news for the Nationals, despite Keuchel’s strong start to the season. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Nationals are 65-46 (.586) when facing southpaw starters. That .586 winning percentage is the third-best in the Major Leagues in that time frame, behind only the Texas Rangers (69-48, .590) and the New York Yankees (82-58, .586).

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

NATIONALS (35-33)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
57 Tanner Roark RHP

ASTROS (32-39)

22 Dexter Fowler (S) CF
27 Jose Altuve 2B
4 George Springer RF
28 Jon Singleton (L) 1B
15 Jason Castro (L) C
30 Matt Dominguez 3B
2 Jonathan Villar (S) SS
19 Robbie Grossman (S) LF
60 Dallas Keuchel (L) LHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 14 at St. Louis Cardinals

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Game #67: Washington Nationals (35-31) at St. Louis Cardinals (35-32) | 6:15 p.m. (CT); 7:15 p.m. (ET) | Busch Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-4, 2.99 ERA) vs. RHP Shelby Miller (7-5, 3.59 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg and St. Louis Cardinals righty Shelby Miller were both products of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Strasburg was drafted by the Nationals at No. 1 overall, Miller was taken No. 19 by the Cardinals. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • On Friday night, Jordan Zimmermann became the first pitcher in 10 Nationals seasons to record complete games in consecutive starts. To do so, Zimmermann pitched eight innings and required just 76 pitches, the fewest ever needed in a Nationals complete game. Across the Major Leagues, Zimmermann’s 76 pitches were the third-fewest in a complete game dating to 2005. Colorado’s AaronCook (July 25, 2007 vs. SDP) and Minnesota’s Carlos Silva (May 20, 2005 vs. MIL) requiredjust 74 pitches in nine-inning complete games in the 10-season span.
  • Friday’s series-opener also lasted just 2:03 and was the quickest game in the Major Leagues this season.
  • Across the Major Leagues, entering play on Saturday night, there were only 36 pitchers who’d posted an ERA below 3.00 (minimum seven starts). The Nationals came into Saturday’s game with four starting pitchers possessing an ERA under 3.00 (Jordan Zimmermann, Strasburg, Tanner Roark and Doug Fister) — the most among all Major League teams.The A’s, Dodgers and Cubs were second with three starters under that mark.

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

NATIONALS (35-31)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

CARDINALS (35-32)

13 Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
3 Mark Ellis 2B
7 Matt Holliday LF
21 Allen Craig RF
4 Yadier Molina C
32 Matt Adams (L) 1B
27 Jhonny Peralta SS
8 Peter Bourjos CF
40 Shelby Miller RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 11 at San Francisco Giants

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Game #64: Washington Nationals (34-29) at San Francisco Giants (42-23) | 7:15 p.m. (PT); 10:15 p.m. (ET) | AT&T Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (4-4, 2.91 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Cain (1-3, 3.52 ERA)
In four career games (three starts) against National League West foes, Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark is 3-0 and has not allowed an earned run in 26.0 innings (12 H, 2 BB, 23 SO, 2 UER) 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

The Nationals have posted wins on back-to-back days at AT&T Park for the first time since July 31-Aug. 1, 2006. The Nationals are 2-0-1 in series play against the Giants dating to 2011. The two clubs split six games last year, with both clubs winning two of three in their home ballparks. The Nationals, who have taken the first two games of this four-game set, have won series at AT&T Park on three occasions: 2 of 3 in 2005, ‘06, ‘12.

Roster move:

Before tonight’s game, the Washington Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day Disabled List with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain and recalled catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Syracuse.

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

NATIONALS (34-29)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
57 Tanner Roark RHP

GIANTS (42-23)

16 Angel Pagan (S) CF
8 Hunter Pence RF
28 Buster Posey C
38 Michael Morse 1B
35 Brandon Crawford (L) SS
14 Brandon Hicks 2B
7 Gregor Blanco (L) LF
13 Joaquin Aria 3B
18 Matt Cain RHP

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

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