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Nationals Game Notes — May 10 at Oakland

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Game #36: Washington Nationals (19-16) at Oakland Athletics (21-15) | 6:05 p.m. PT; 9:05 p.m. ET | O.co Coliseum
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.17 ERA) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.91 ERA)
Washington Nationals righty Tanner Roark (9-2, 2.59 ERA, 3.4/1 SO/BB ratio, 20/11 G/GS) & Oakland Athletics righty Sonny Gray (9-4, 2.35 ERA, 3.0 SO/BB ratio, 19/17 G/GS) made their Major League debuts less than a month apart in 2013.
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

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


Nationals Game Notes — May 9 at Oakland Athletics

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Game #35: Washington Nationals (19-15) at Oakland Athletics (20-15) | 7:05 p.m. PT; 10:05 p.m. ET | O.co Coliseum
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Doug Fister (0-0, — ERA) vs. LHP Tommy Milone (0-3, 5.86 ERA)
Washington Nationals righty Doug Fister is making his first start as a National this season, now healed up from a right lat strain. Fister was acquired in December from the Detroit Tigers. Oakland Athletics lefty Tommy Milone came through the Nationals’ system and made his Major League debut for Washington Sept. 2011 before being sent to Oakland as part of the trade that brought Gio Gonzalez to D.C.
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:

This is the Washington Nationals’ first visit to the O.co Coliseum since the team moved to D.C. in 2005 — and it culminates the team’s initial tour of all Major League cities. The Nationals have now played in 33 different ballparks.

The A’s and the Nationals, of course, share very little history as they play one another so infrequently. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t connected.

Nationals President of Baseball Operations and GM Mike Rizzo and Athletics Vice President and GM Billy Beane have consummated seven trades since Dec., 2010 (a 41-month span). Those trades have included, among others, Fernando Abad, Jerry Blevins, A.J. Cole (twice), Gio Gonzalez, Henry Rodriguez, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock, Kurt Suzuki (twice), Blake Treinen and Josh Willingham. Scott Hairston also played for Oakland previously, and pitching coach Steve McCatty spent nine seasons pitching for the A’s as well.

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — May 7 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Game #34: Washington Nationals (18-15) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (19-15) | 1:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 3.60 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Haren (4-0, 2.39 ERA)
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren spent the 2013 season with the Washington Nationals. Haren was 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA but posted a 3.29 ERA in his final 15 starts.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN, WUSA9 and MLB Network
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

The collective Washington Nationals bullpen ERA of 2.15 (26 ER/109 IP) makes Matt LeCroy’s bullpen one of just three in all of Major League Baseball currently sporting a sub-2.50 ERA this season.

Only the San Diego Padres (1.87 ERA) and San Francisco Giants (1.88) have posted better marks.

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — May 6 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Game #33: Washington Nationals (18-15) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (18-14) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Blake Treinen (0-0, 1.35 ERA) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 1.35 ERA)
Clayton Kersahw returns from the Disabled List tonight to make his first start since facing the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22. Blake Treinen, who was previously in the big leagues this season as a reliever, is making his first career Major League start.
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:

Under the tutelage of Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu, the Nationals have homered in 24 of the 32 games they’ve played this season (75 percent). In all of Major League Baseball, only the Colorado Rockies (26 of 34 games, 76 percent) and Toronto Blue Jays (25 of 32, 78 percent) have hit at least one home run in more games this season than the Nationals.

Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon lead the Nationals with five home runs each this season, followed closely by three teammates who’ve hit four: Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth. Thirteen different Nationals players have hit at least one home run this season.

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

Nationals Game Notes — May 4 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Game #31: Washington Nationals (17-13) at Philadelphia Phillies (14-14) | 3:05 p.m. ET | Citizens Bank Park
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 3.25 ERA) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (1-1, 5.74 ERA)
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:

Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has a lower career ERA in the month of May than in any other month of the season. In 23 games (21 starts) in May in his career, Gonzalez has worked to a 2.30 ERA. He’s making his first May start of the 2014 season today.

Additionally, in 77 career starts (in any month) in which Gonzalez has received two runs or more of run support while he’s in the game, the left-hander is 62-2 with a 2.94 ERA.

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — May 3 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Game #30: Washington Nationals (17-12) at Philadelphia Phillies (13-14) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Citizens Bank Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (2-0, 2.76 ERA) vs. RHP AJ Burnett (1-1, 2.15 ERA)
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 pulled off their ninth comeback victory of the season on Friday night, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The comeback victory continued a trend the Nationals have set early this season: being able to attack opposing teams’ bullpens and put up runs late.

In the seventh inning or later this season, the Nationals are outscoring their opponents 60-25.

The 60 runs scored are good for the second-best mark in Major League Baseball (behind only the Chicago White Sox), as well as the best mark in the National League. The 25 runs allowed are the third-fewest given up in the Major Leagues.

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

Nationals Game Notes — May 2 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Game #29: Washington Nationals (16-12) at Philadelphia Phillies (13-13) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Citizens Bank Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 4.24 ERA) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.29 ERA)
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:

Washington Nationals closer Rafael Soriano is in the midst of a career-best 22-inning scoreless streak (over 22 games). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the longest current scoreless innings streaks as a reliever are as follows:

22.0 IP Rafael Soriano, WAS — 8/27/13 – 4/29/14

20.0 IP *Chris Capuano, BOS — 4/17/11 – 5/1/14 (Starter most of his career, only recently moved to the ‘pen)

16.0 IP Francisco Rodriguez, MIL — 3/31/14 – 4/29/14

13.2 IP Tyler Thornburg, MIL — 4/5/14 – 4/29/14

13.0 IP *Dan Haren, LAD — 9/8/04 – 8/17/13 (Starter)

12.0 IP David Robertson, NYY — 9/17/13 – 4/27/14

*Pitcher may have had starts in between and allowed runs

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

Nationals Game Notes — April 30 at Houston Astros

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Game #28: Washington Nationals (15-12) at Houston Astros (9-18) | 7:10 p.m. CT (8:10 p.m. ET) | Minute Maid Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 4.05 ERA) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-4, 4.61 ERA)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN 2
Live Stats: nationals.com

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

What to Watch for: 9.29.13

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Washington Nationals (86-75) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (80-81)

RHP Tanner Roark (7-1, 1.74) vs. LHP Wade Miley (10-10, 3.63) 

The visiting clubhouse at Chase Field was light and boisterous on Sunday, the final day of the 2013 regular season. A half-dozen regular starters, none of whom were penciled into the lineup for the season finale, took in breakfast while they absorbed the first slate of NFL games on the RedZone channel. Hoots and hollers sprung up from the back rooms, where a season-long challenge was determined with a final weigh-in. And for the last time, Davey Johnson huddled with the media in his office, in uniform for one final game.

In typical Davey fashion, he refused to let the moment become too sentimental.

“It’s not like I’m dying tomorrow,” he quipped, after a particularly overwrought question about what it all meant.

He did allow himself a moment of reflection, though, about his five decades in the game.

“I feel melancholy, because this is a great group of guys, a great organization, and the city that made me love baseball, with the Senators,” he said. “My life has come full circle.”

Once a bat boy for the original Nationals, Johnson helped return baseball glory to Washington by guiding the 2012 club to the first postseason in The District since 1933. But despite repeated attempts to cajole his favorite moment from the past two-and-a-half seasons, Johnson played his cards close to the vest.

“Everywhere I go, my goal is always to make the team better,” he explained, saying that he would leave the decision on Washington’s next skipper to the man who appointed him, Mike Rizzo. “Well, the last manager he hired did a good job. I hope.”

Johnson will head back to D.C., then home to Florida, where he says his golf group is already set for Wednesday. He has joked since Spring Training about his impending vacation to Bora Bora, and reiterated that he has no desire to be a Major League manager next season. But the charm of the game still pulls at him.

“When you love the game as much as I love this game, with the competition, you just enjoy it,” he said.

Johnson will return as a senior advisor to Rizzo next season, but what about other opportunities the game might afford him?

“I never say never to anything, I’m always open for new challenges,” he said. “Heck, I’ve already got a job to manage in the Florida Collegiate Summer League next summer.”

And so, just like the season itself, while Davey’s career as manager of the Nationals comes to a close, it does not really end. After all, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in about 19 weeks.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Jeff Kobernus LF

2. Anthony Rendon 2B

3. Scott Hairston RF

4. Tyler Moore 1B

5. Zach Walters SS

6. Steve Lombardozzi 2B

7. Jhonatan Solano C

8. Eury Perez CF

9. Tanner Roark RHP

FINISHING STRONG

Dating to August 9, Washington owns Major League Baseball’s best record (32-15, .680). Over the same span, Washington paces the National League in runs scored (235) and run differential (+70).

3B-SPAN

Denard Span enters the final day of the regular season leading MLB with a career-high 11 triples. No D.C.-based big leaguer has ever led MLB in triples, although 3B Howie Shanks (18 in 1921) and SS Joe Cassidy (19 in 1904) did tie for the MLB lead in three-baggers. In 2009 with the Twins, Span tied Jacoby Ellsbury for the AL lead with 10 triples.

ROAD LESS TRAVELED

The Nationals are 105-94 on the road under Davey Johnson. The corresponding .528 road win percentage in that span ranks third in MLB behind only Texas (.562) and Los Angeles (NL) (.534).

What to Watch for: 9.28.13

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Washington Nationals (85-75) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (80-80)

RHP Dan Haren (9-14, 4.87) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-10, 4.64)

The Nationals hit two of the three longest home runs in baseball last night, as Wilson Ramos followed Jayson Werth’s three-run blast in the fifth inning (first, 448 feet) with one of his own in the eighth (third, 423 feet). Werth’s blast matched the longest of his career, also matching Ian Desmond’s August 14 drive off Tim Lincecum for the second-longest hit by a National this season. Desmond’s Kauffman Stadium blast 11 days later checks in as the longest by a Washington batter in 2013 at 455 feet.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Denard Span CF

2. Ryan Zimmerman 3B

3. Jayson Werth RF

4. Bryce Harper LF

5. Ian Desmond SS

6. Wilson Ramos C

7. Chad Tracy 1B

8. Steve Lombardozzi 2B

9. Dan Haren RHP

NAT WERTH

Jayson Werth is the only National Leaguer to rank in the top five in OPS (third, .935), slugging percentage (third, .535), batting average (fourth, .319) and on-base percentage (fifth, .400). At .935, Werth currently weighs in with the second-best OPS total in the Nationals nine-year history.

POWER SURGE

At the completion of play on September 1, Ryan Zimmerman was tied for 38th in the NL with 15 home runs. Zimmerman has hit 11 long balls and is currently tied for fifth in the NL with a team-leading 26 homers. Zimmerman’s 11 homers this month are the most in Major League Baseball (Hunter Pence, 10) and have established a Nationals record for the month of September. The only National to hit more home runs in single month: Alfonso Soriano – 12 in May, 2006.

20 x 5

Thanks to Ryan Zimmerman (26), Jayson Werth (25), Ian Desmond (20), Bryce Harper (20), and Adam LaRoche (20), the Nationals are one of three teams with a quintet of 20-homer bats, joining Atlanta and Toronto.

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