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Nationals Game Notes — May 28 vs. Miami Marlins

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Game #52: Washington Nationals (25-26) vs. Miami Marlins (27-25) | 1:35 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-2, 3.95 ERA) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.21 ERA)
The Washington Nationals have won seven straight games over the Miami Marlins when right-hander Jordan Zimmermann gets the starting nod, and are 5-0 in games started by Henderson Alvarez (4-0 with Miami, 1-0 with Toronto).
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:

The Nationals’ catchers, with a little help from Steve McCatty’s pitching staff, currently rank second in all of the Major Leagues in catching would-be base stealers. The Nationals’ backstops have gunned down 12 of 31 (38.7%) potential base stealers this year (pitcher caught stealings excluded). In all of the Major Leagues, only the St. Louis Cardinals (52%, 13 of 25) have posted a higher percentage this season than Washington.

Last year, the Nationals ranked 29th out of the 30 clubs, throwing out just 14 percent (15 of 110) of potential base stealers.

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

NATIONALS (25-26)
# PLAYERS POS
2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
40 Wilson Ramos C
20 Ian Desmond SS
19 Kevin Frandsen 2B
15 Nate McLouth (L) LF
27 Jordan Zimmermann RHP
MARLINS (27-25)
# PLAYERS POS
21 Christian Yelich (L) LF
32 Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
27 Giancarlo Stanton RF
9 Casey McGehee 3B
46 Garrett Jones (L) 1B
39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C
13 Marcell Ozuna CF
3 Adeiny Hechavarria SS
37 Henderson Alvarez RHP

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — May 26 vs. Miami Marlins

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Game #51: Washington Nationals (25-25) vs. Miami Marlins (26-25) | 1:35 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (3-2, 3.42 ERA) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3-2, 3.41 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark has faced 224 right-handed hitters in his brief career and allowed just eight extra-base hits, all doubles. In 11 career games (five starts) at Nationals Park, Roark is 5-1 with one hold and a 0.78 ERA.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN and WUSA
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

When he hits his next home run, Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will pass Adam Dunn and assume second place on the Nationals’ all-time home run list. Ryan Zimmerman is the leader:

RK PLAYER (SEASONS IN DC)                         HR AS A NATIONAL
1. Ryan Zimmerman (2005-present) …………………………….. 181
T2. Ian Desmond (2009-present) …………………………………….76
T2. Adam Dunn (2009-10) ……………………………………………….76
4. Michael Morse (2009-12) …………………………………………..67
5. Adam LaRoche (2011-present)……………………………………61

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

Nationals Game Notes — May 20 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Game #45: Washington Nationals (23-21) vs. Cincinnati Reds (20-23) | 7:05 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Doug Fister (0-1, 4.76 ERA) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (4-2, 1.25 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister makes his D.C. debut as a member of the Nationals, while Cincinnati Reds righty Johnny Cueto comes into the match-up with seven quality starts in eight career assignments against the Nationals. Cueto is averaging eight innings per start this season and allowing an average of 1.1 runs per game.
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:

The Washington Nationals’ relievers lead all Major League bullpens in ERA at 2.08 (34 Earned Runs in 147.1 Innings Pitched). Only the bullpens of the San Diego Padres (2.18 ERA) and San Francisco Giants (2.21 ERA) join the Nationals with sub-2.50 ERAs.

Todd Frazier‘s two-run home run in the 15th inning on Monday night ended a 27.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak by the Nationals ‘pen. However, the 27.1 scoreless established a new team record (2005-present), eclipsing the previous mark of 23.3 innings (from Sept. 11 – 17, 2011).

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — May 19 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Game #44: Washington Nationals (23-20) vs. Cincinnati Reds (19-23) | 7:05 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-3, 3.48 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Leake (2-3, 3.09 ERA)
Both Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (No. 1 overall, San Diego State) and Cincinnati Reds’ right-hander Mike Leake (No. 8 overall, Arizona State) were Top 10 picks in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
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:

The Washington Nationals have received more home runs from their middle infielders (15) than any other team in the Major Leagues. The Colorado Rockies rank second with 14.

Here’s the breakdown:

Second basemen: 7
Danny Espinosa: 6, Anthony Rendon: 1
Shortstops: 8
Ian Desmond: 7, Zach Walters: 1

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

Nationals Game Notes — May 17 vs. New York Mets

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Game #42: Washington Nationals (22-19) vs. New York Mets (19-22) | 4:05 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.97 ERA) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.84 ERA)
Washington Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez has a lower career ERA in the month of May (2.72 ERA in 24 games/22 starts) than any other month.
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:

Thanks to the efforts of Adam LaRoche (31 starts), Tyler Moore (eight starts) and Kevin Frandsen (two starts), Nationals first basemen have registered the third-highest OPS (on-base plus slugging) in Major League Baseball this season at .911. The Colorado Rockies and Detroit Tigers are tied for the MLB lead at .920.

For comparison’s sake, last year the Nationals’ first basemen recorded a .742 OPS, which ranked No. 17 in MLB.

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

Nationals Game Notes — May 16 vs. New York Mets

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Game #41: Washington Nationals (21-19) vs. New York Mets (19-21) | 7:05 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (2-1, 3.65 ERA) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.17 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark is 4-0 with one hold and a 0.26 ERA (1 ER/35.0 IP) in nine career games (three starts) at Nationals Park.
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:

The Nationals enter this weekend’s series with the Mets having won eight straight games in the series. Here’s a closer look at the Nationals’ top winning streaks against individual clubs since MLB returned to The District in 2005: 
Team          Consecutive Wins                                     Duration
Mariners                         9                                                   June, 2005 – present
Mets                                 8                                                   Sept. 1, 2012 – present
Phillies                            7                                                  Aug. 21, 2011 – May 5, 2012

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

Nationals Game Notes — May 14 at Arizona Diamondbacks

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Game #40: Washington Nationals (20-19) at Arizona Diamondbacks (16-26) | 12:40 p.m. PT; 3:40 p.m. ET | Chase Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Doug Fister (0-1, 10.38 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-6, 5.66 ERA)
This will be just the third career start for Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister against a National League West team. Fister has never faced the Diamondbacks.
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:

The Nationals pace Major League Baseball with 14 bunt hits. Danny Espinosa, who has six, is tied with Los Angeles Dodgers speedster Dee Gordon for the most bunt hits in all of MLB.

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — May 13 at Arizona Diamondbacks

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Game #39: Washington Nationals (20-18) at Arizona Diamondbacks (15-26) | 6:40 p.m. PT; 9:40 p.m. ET | Chase Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-2, 3.42 ERA) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (3-2, 4.89 ERA)
In four career starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals‘ right-hander Stephen Strasburg has dominated Arizona, going 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA. He twice dueled Patrick Corbin in 2013 and posted identical lines in both starts: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
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:

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kevin Frandsen’s pinch-hit, go-ahead home run in the ninth inning on Monday night was the fourth of it’s kind (ninth inning or later) in Nationals history (2005-present). The Nationals have never hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run, but here’s a look at their pinch-hit go-ahead home runs in the ninth inning and beyond:

April 10, 2006 at HOU ……………..Daryle Ward ……………………. 10th inning / Solo
Sept. 6, 2008 at ATL …………….Ryan Langerhans ……………….. 10th inning / Solo
May 17, 2013 at SDP …………………. Chad Tracy …………………….. 10th inning / Solo
May 12, 2014 at ARI ……………… Kevin Frandsen ………………….. 9th inning / Solo

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


Nationals Game Notes — May 12 at Arizona Diamondbacks

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Game #38: Washington Nationals (19-18) at Arizona Diamondbacks (15-25) | 6:40 p.m. PT; 9:40 p.m. ET | Chase Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 2.92 ERA) vs. RHP Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.44 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA in four career starts (all quality starts) against the Diamondbacks. In his two losses to Arizona, Zimmermann did not receive any runs of offensive support while pitching in the game. Zimmermann (2nd round) and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter (15th round) are both products of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
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:

Washington Nationals Manager Matt Williams is returning to Chase Field for the first time as a visitor after spending the final six seasons of his career with the Diamondbacks and serving the organization from there as an executive, minority owner, broadcaster and, finally, a coach on Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson‘s staff for the last four seasons.

“It’s odd,” Williams said of making his return to Arizona and coming over to the visitors’ side. “But that’s part of it. I signed up for this.”

The Diamondbacks still use Williams’ likeness during their home games, as he is one of their “Racing Legends” (akin to the Presidents Race at Nationals Park) that runs each game.

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

Nationals Game Notes — May 11 at Oakland Athletics

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Game #37: Washington Nationals (19-17) at Oakland Athletics (22-15) | 1:05 p.m. PT; 4:05 p.m. ET | O.co Coliseum
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91 ERA) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (4-1, 2.64 ERA)
Washington Nationals left-handed Gio Gonzalez  returns to Oakland for the first time since the Dec. 2011 trade that sent him to D.C. In 46 career starts at the O.co Coliseum, Gonzalez went 21-14 with a 3.56 ERA and the A’s played .609 (28-18) ball.
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:

Gonzalez faces his former team for the first time, and he’s back where he established himself as a top-echelon Major League pitcher. From 2008-2011, Gonzalez went 38-32 with a 3.93 ERA in 95 games (89 starts) and he represented the A’s in the 2011 All-Star Game. From 2010-2011, Gonzalez’s final two seasons with Oakland, he was one of only six Major League starting pitchers to record back-to-back 15-win seasons and work in excess of 200 innings in both. (C.C. Sabathia, Roy Halladay, Tim Hudson, Justin Verlander and C.J. Wilson were the others.)

From all of the Washington Nationals, we’d like to wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. Here are today’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

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