Today in Nationals’ History: Rookie Wilson Ramos hits walk-off HR

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June 21, 2011 – Rookie C Wilson Ramos hit a dramatic walk-off, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Nationals stun the Mariners, 6-5, at Nationals Park. The Nationals trailed, 5-1, but rallied in a ninth inning that included three singles, a walk, an error and Ramos’ blast. For the first time since coming to D.C. in 2005, Washington trailed by more than two runs in the ninth or later, but rallied to win the game.

Nationals Game Notes: June 20 at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Washington Nationals (43-27) at Los Angeles Dodgers (38-33)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [10-0, 2.90] | LHP Clayton Kershaw [10-1, 1.58]
Monday, June 20 l Game #71 / Road #39 l Dodger Stadium l Los Angeles, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’
The Nationals will begin the second leg of their current three-city, 10-game, 11-day trek Monday night in Los Angeles…Washington split a four-game series with the San Diego Padres over the weekend to open this road trip 2-2…After three games here in L.A., the Nationals will travel east to Milwaukee for a weekend set.

  • Washington has won seven of its last 10, 10 of its last 14, and 14 of its last 20 games, playing at a .700 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 5.5 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 5.9 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 118-84.
  • At 43-27 (.614), the Nationals have posted their best record through 70 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history.
  • The Nationals also boast the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (44-26, .629) and the Chicago Cubs (47-20, .701)…Washington’s 43-27 record is also tied for the fourth-best record in the Major Leagues, behind the Giants, Texas Rangers (45-25, .643) and the Cubs.

RESPECT THE A.
Nationals CF Michael A. Taylor put together one of the best games of his young career on Sunday afternoon, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, two RBI and two runs scored at Petco Park…Taylor’s first home run, on the game’s very first pitch, was his third leadoff home run of the season and fifth of his career…His second made Sunday the first multi-homer game of his career…Taylor had posted four hits in a game only once previously, July 25, 2015 at PIT.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Taylor is just the third player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to produce four or more hits in a game, including at least two homers, from the leadoff spot…Taylor joined esteemed company in doing so, adding his name to a list that includes Hall-of-Famer Andre Dawson (1979) and Alfonso Soriano (2006).

POWERHOUSE PITCHING
RHP Stephen Strasburg takes his 10-0 record and his personal 13-game winning streak (dating to Sept. 15, 2015) into Monday night’s match-up with the Los Angeles Dodgers…The 13-game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and matches RHP Stan Coveleski (5/9/1925 – 7/26/1925) & RHP Walter Johnson (7/15/1924 – 9/22/1924) for the third-longest by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.

  • The other side of Monday night’s pitching match-up is no slouch, either, as Washington will face Dodgers ace LHP Clayton Kershaw, who is 10-1 on the season…According to STATS, LLC., no other National League pitching match-up in over 100 years has featured two starting pitchers with double-digit win totals facing off this early (by date) in a season…The previous earliest date it happened in the NL was when LAD LHP Sandy Koufax (10-2) and CIN RHP Bob Purkey (12-1) met on June 22, 1962.

NO SINISTROPHOBIA HERE
The Nationals, who have faced just 14 left-handed starting pitchers this season, are in the midst of a stretch in which they’ll face four consecutive lefty starters, which started Sunday in San Diego…As a team, the Nationals are batting .271 against left-handed pitching this season, and their 25 home runs off southpaws are tied for the third-most in the National League.

  • Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy picked up his National League-best 29th multi-hit game of the season on Friday night with a double and a home run off SDP LHP Christian Friedrich…The home run was Murphy’s 12th of the year, but it was his first against a left-handed pitcher this season…Against left-handed pitching in 2016, Murphy is hitting .329…With his two hits on Friday night, Murphy is now batting an even .400 (62-for-155) (vs. RHP & LHP) in Nationals victories this year.
  • Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.358)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T2nd, 29), OPS (2nd, .995), and hits (3rd, 92) while his .399 on-base percentage is 12th in MLB and eighth in the National League.

Today in Nationals’ History: Max Scherzer throws first no-hitter of 2015

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June 20, 2015RHP Max Scherzer tossed the second no-hitter in Nationals history (2005-present) in the 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was Scherzer’s first career no-hitter and the fourth in D.C. baseball history. He struck out 10 and carried a perfect game through 8.2 innings before a 3-2 slider hit pinch hitter Jose Tabata. According to Elias, the last MLB no-hitter in which only one batter reached base, and that on a HBP, was thrown by MIA’s Kevin Brown, June 10, 1997 at SFG.

Check out pictures from Scherzer’s nearly perfect performance in the gallery above!

June 20, 2008OF Elijah Dukes became just the second Washington National to record five hits in a game during a 14-inning, 4-3 win versus the Texas Rangers. After tying game with solo shot in the eighth inning, Dukes sent Nationals Park faithful home happy in the 14th with a seeing-eye RBI single through the left side of the infield. He also became the first player in the (then) nearly 40-year history of the franchise to notch five hits, including the game-ending hit, in the same contest.

Nationals agree to terms with 23 players from 2016 First-year Player Draft

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The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with 23 players from the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, including their first pick (No. 28 overall), shortstop Carter Kieboom, and second-round pick (No. 58 overall), third baseman Sheldon Neuse.

Kieboom, 18, will begin his professional career in Viera, Fla., playing for the Gulf Coast League Nationals. The standout infielder was considered one of the best prep hitters in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft after hitting .366 (37-for-101) with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, 37 RBI, 24 walks, seven stolen bases and 39 runs scored for Walton High School in Marietta, Ga. He posted a .504 on-base percentage and a .644 slugging percentage during his senior season.

The full list of signed players can be found in the press release below.

Nationals Game Notes: June 19 at San Diego Padres

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Washington Nationals (43-26) at San Diego Padres (28-42)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-5, 3.96] | LHP Drew Pomeranz [5-7, 2.88]
Sunday, June 19 l Game #70 / Road #38 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 1:40 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals will look to take the series in San Diego on Sunday afternoon before heading north to Los Angeles to open a three-game set with the Dodgers on Monday…Washington is currently 2-1 on their current three-city, 10-game trek that will finish up in Milwaukee next weekend…Washington has not lost a series to the Padres since 2011 and, assured of at least a split this weekend at Petco, that trend will continue.

  • Washington has won seven of its last nine, 10 of its last 13, and 14 of its last 19 games, playing at a .737 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 6.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.1 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 115-78.
  • At 43-26 (.623), the Nationals have posted their best record through 69 games in club history (2005-pres.), as well as franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, tied with the San Francisco Giants, and behind only the Chicago Cubs (4-20, .697)…Washington’s 43-26 record is also tied for the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind the Texas Rangers (44-25, .638) and the Cubs.

HOME RUNS ARE FUN, YOU SAY?
The Nationals, as a team, lead the NL in home runs (93) and are fourth in the NL in runs scored (322)…They also rank fourth in walks (241) and their 528 strikeouts are the fourth-fewest.

  • At +80, the Nationals rank second in the National League in run differential behind the Chicago Cubs (+166) and third in MLB behind the Cubs and the Boston Red Sox (+82).

WELL, SO ARE STRIKEOUTS
Washington’s pitching staff leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts (665) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings with 9.58…The Nationals staff also ranks among MLB leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.30), WHIP (3rd, 1.14), hits per nine innings (3rd, 7.49), and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4th, 3.43).

NO SINISTROPHOBIA HERE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy picked up his National League-best 29th multi-hit game of the season on Friday night with a double and a home run off SDP LHP Christian Friedrich…The home run was Murphy’s 12th of the year, but it was his first against a left-handed pitcher this season…Against left-handed pitching this season, Murphy is hitting .329…With his two hits on Friday night, Murphy is now batting an even .400 (62-for-155) (vs. RHP & LHP) in Nationals victories this year.

  • The Nationals, who have faced just 13 left-handed starting pitchers this season, will now face four consecutive lefty starters in a row starting Sunday in San Diego…As a team, the Nationals are batting .271 against left-handed pitching this season, and their 22 home runs off southpaws are fifth-most in the National League.
  • Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.360)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T2nd, 29), OPS (2nd, 1.002), and hits (3rd, 91) while his .401 on-base percentage is 11th in MLB and eighth in the National League.

Nationals Game Notes: June 18 at San Diego Padres

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Washington Nationals (43-25) at San Diego Padres (27-42)
RHP Max Scherzer [8-4, 3.40] | RHP Colin Rea [3-3, 5.37]
Saturday, June 18 l Game #69 / Road #37 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

KEEPING IT ROLLING
The Nationals won their third straight on Friday night, topping the San Diego Padres, 7-5, to improve to 2-0 on their current three-city, 10-game trek…RHP Joe Ross took home the win with six innings of three-run ball…1B Ryan Zimmerman and 2B Daniel Murphy clubbed home runs while LF Jayson Werth, RF Bryce Harper, and Murphy all collected multi-hit games..RHP Yusmeiro Petit picked up the second save of his career with a scoreless ninth.

  • Washington has now won seven of its last eight, 10 of its last 12, and 14 of its last 18 games, playing at a .778 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 6.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.2 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 112-71.
  • At 43-25 (.632), the Nationals have posted their best record through 68 games in club history (2005-pres.), as well as franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind only the Cubs (45-20, .692)…Washington’s 43-25 record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

NO SINISTROPHOBIA HERE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy picked up his National League-best 29th multi-hit game of the season on Friday night with a double and a home run off SDP LHP Christian Friedrich…The home run was Murphy’s 12th of the year, but it was his first against a left-handed pitcher this season…Against left-handed pitching this season, Murphy is hitting .333…With his two hits on Friday night, Murphy is now batting an even .400 (62-for-155) (vs. RHP & LHP) in Nationals victories this year.

  • As a team, the Nationals are batting .271 against left-handed pitching this season, and their 22 home runs off southpaws are fifth-most in the National League.
  • Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.361)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T2nd, 29), OPS (2nd, .1.010), and hits (3rd, 90) while his .404 on-base percentage is 11th in MLB and eighth in the National League.

JW = FIRE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth went 2-for-5 and scored a run on Friday night, his third consecutive multi-hit game…Since his pinch-hit grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29, Werth is hitting .350 with a .437 on-base percentage and a .600 slugging percentage…In that span he has clubbed three doubles and four homers, walked 10 times and scored 13 runs while two of his 17 RBI drove in the game-winning run and three knocked home go-ahead tallies.

  • Werth’s walk-off single on Wednesday was his second walk-off hit in four games as the Nationals’ elder statesman also connected for a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth against the Phillies on Sunday…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the shortest span of days between two walk-off RBIs for any player this season…Wednesday’s win was the Nationals’ fourth walk-off win of the season.

Nationals Game Notes: June 17 at San Diego Padres

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 Washington Nationals (42-25) at San Diego Padres (27-41) 

RHP Joe Ross [5-4, 3.01] | LHP Christian Friedrich [3-1, 2.12]

Friday, June 17 l Game #68 / Road #36 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 7:40 P.M.

Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ROAD WARRIORS

The Nationals opened their current three-city, 10-game, 11-day road trip with an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night…RHP Tanner Roark picked up his sixth win of the season while LF Jayson Werth, RF Bryce Harper and C Wilson Ramos registered multi-hit games…Harper, Ramos and 3B Anthony Rendon all homered in the contest…RHP Shawn Kelley picked up his second save in as many chances this season.

  • Washington has now won six of its last seven, nine of its last 11, and 13 of its last 17 games, playing at a .765 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.2 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 105-6.
  • At 42-25 (.627), the Nationals have posted their best record through 67 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history.
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind only the Cubs (44-20, .688)…Washington’s 42-25 record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

BACK-TO-BACK BONANZA

Nationals RF Bryce Harper sent his 14th home run careening off the facade of Petco Park’s Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field in the third inning on Thursday night…C Wilson Ramos followed with a missile of his own to right field, his 11th of 2016 and the Nationals’ ninth set of back-to-back blasts this season — second most in MLB this year (Baltimore, 10).

  • According to STATS, LLC., the nine sets of back-to-back home runs are tied with the 2012 Nationals for the most in a single season in team history (2005-present)…It is the third time in franchise history a Nationals or Expos team has hit nine or more back-to-back homers in a season with the 2016 & 2012 Nationals joining the 1999 Expos, who did it 10 times.
  • For a full list of the Nationals’ 2016 back-to-back home runs, visit the Home Run Log on page 3 of the game notes.

GET OUT AND VOTE

The next round of National League All-Star balloting updates aren’t expected until Wednesday, but Washington boasts several position players building strong cases for consideration:

  • 2B Daniel Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.359)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T3rd, 28), OPS (2nd, .994), and hits (3rd, 88) while his .402 on-base percentage is 10th in MLB and sixth in the National League.
  • C Wilson Ramos clubbed his 11th home run of the season on Thursday night…Ramos has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games, posting a .392(18-for-46) average with two doubles, five homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 13 runs scored during that span….Finally qualifying for MLB league leaders (3.1 PA/Team Game) Ramos is curently fifth in MLB in batting average (.339) and leads all Major League catchers average (.339), on-base percentage (.388), slugging percentage (.568) and fewest strikeouts (26)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 38 RBI and his 11 home runs are tied for first with KCR’s Salvador Perez…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • RF Bryce Harper was second among all NL outfielders in voting as of the most recent update (June 15) with 1,451,270 fan votes to date…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is tied for first in MLB in walks (56) and also ranks in NL in on-base percentage (5th, .409) and OPS (10th, .911)…His 12 go-ahead RBI rank tied for third in MLB.

Nationals Game Notes: June 16 at San Diego Padres

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Washington Nationals (41-25) at San Diego Padres (27-40)
RHP Tanner Roark [5-4, 2.93] | RHP Erik Johnson [0-1, 9.64]
Thursday, June 16 l Game #67 / Road #35 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WALK-OFF, WALK-OFF, READ ALL ABOUT IT
The Nationals and Cubs’ Wednesday afternoon rubber match turned into quite the back-and-forth affair as a 1-1 tie through seven-and-a-half innings turned into a 5-4, 12-inning walk-off Nationals victory…LF Jayson Werth’s two-out single off the wall in left center field scored CF Michael A. Taylor for the win…Taylor had scored SS Danny Espinosa (who was hit by a pitch and stole second base) to tie the game with a base hit one batter earlier…The Nationals came back from one-run deficits three different times in sealing the series victory over the Cubs.

  • Washington has now won five of its last six, eight of its last 10, and 12 of its last 16 games, playing at a .750 clip since May 29…They have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.1 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 97-61.
  • At 41-25 (.621), the Nationals have posted their best record through 66 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history.
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind only the Cubs (44-20, .688)…Washington’s 41-25 record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

WELL…HE SAID WE SHOULD DO THIS MORE OFTEN…
LF Jayson Werth’s walk-off single on Wednesday was his second walk-off hit in the last four games as the Nationals’ elder statesman also connected for a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth against the Phillies on Sunday…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the shortest span of days between two walk-off RBIs for any player this season…Two players played the hero within a four-day span last year: Starlin Castro and Martin Prado…Wednesday’s win was the Nationals’ fourth walk-off win of the season.

  • Since his pinch-hit grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29, Werth is hitting .340 with a .443 on-base percentage and a .640 slugging percentage…In that span he has clubbed three doubles and four homers, walked 10 times and scored 10 runs while two of his 17 RBI drove in the game-winning run and three knocked home go-ahead tallies.

IN A PINCH? CALL THESE GUYS
As a group, the Nationals’ pinch hitters rank second in MLB/NL in home runs (9), and third in MLB (second in the NL) in slugging percentage (.662)…On the season, the Nationals have 19 pinch hits, with 12 of them going for extra bases (3 2B, 9 HR)…The nine pinch-hit home runs hit by the Nationals this season are already a single-season Nationals record (2005-pres.).

  • Stephen Drew’s pinch-hit home run to give the Nationals the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Wednesday was his third pinch-hit home run of the season and pulled him into a tie with Chris Heisey for the most on the team, as well as the most in a career Nationals history (2005-present).
  • On 5/13 vs. MIA, WSH hit two pinch-hit homers hit in the same game (Drew & Heisey) for the first time in team history (2005-pres.)…According to STATS, Inc., 7/13/73 vs. ATL was the only other time in franchise history that happened (Jim Lyttle and Hal Breeden).

JUMPIN’ JUNE
Since June 1st, the Washington Nationals offense ranks among National League clubs in slugging percentage (1st, .472), OPS (1st, .817), on-base percentage (1st, .344), batting average (2nd, .282), and runs scored (2nd, 78)…Their 92 strikeouts as a team are the second-fewest in the NL over this stretch.

Today in Nationals’ History: Werth hits lead-off HR, Espinosa ends game with walk-off HR

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June 16, 2011INF Danny Espinosa launched a three-run homer with one out in the 10th to beat a fast-approaching storm and St. Louis, 7-4, at Nationals Park. Washington’s sixth win in a row rendered a three-game sweep of the Cardinals. For the first time in franchise annals (2005-present), Washington’s first (OF Jayson Werth) and last (Espinosa) batters of the game homered.

Nationals Game Notes: June 15 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs (44-19) vs. Washington Nationals (40-25)
RHP Jason Hammel [7-2, 2.36] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [10-0, 3.03]
Wednesday, June 15 l Game #66 / Home #32 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD
The Nationals wrap up this homestand with a rubber match this afternoon against the Chicago Cubs…Washington is 4-1 in rubber games this season…The Nationals have won four of their last five, seven of their last nine, and 11 of their last 15 games, and are playing at a .733 clip since May 29…They have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.1 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 92-57…The Nationals’ 92 runs scored in this span are tied for second-most in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds.

  • At 40-25 (.615), the Nationals have posted their best record through 65 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1994 & 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind only the visiting Chicago Cubs (44-19, .698)…Washington’s 40-25 (.615) record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

JUMPIN’ JUNE
Since June 1st, the Washington Nationals offense ranks among MLB clubs in slugging percentage (2nd, .489), OPS (2nd, .838), batting average (3rd, .289), on-base percentage (3rd, .349) and runs scored (T3rd, 73)…Their 82 strikeouts as a team are the fourth-fewest in MLB over this stretch.

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