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 host Medal of Honor recipient

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by Mike Feigen

All things considered, the evening of June 17 was a fairly uneventful one for Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, a retired United States Marine. He visited Nationals Park, took in batting practice from the field, met Nationals players and coaches and enjoyed the game from a suite.

Washington NationalsThe evening was a chance for Carpenter to relax, have fun with friends and family and take in some baseball — a game he played growing up as a kid in Mississippi.

Two days later, he became the 79th living service member — just eight of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan — to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Awarded for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty, then-Lance Cpl. Carpenter was severely injured when he threw himself on a live grenade to protect fellow Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio in the Helmand province of Afghanistan in late 2010. The ensuing blast left Carpenter with nearly 30 fractures in his right arm, a fractured skull, punctured lung, numerous shrapnel wounds and the loss of his right eye. Eufrazio was injured by shrapnel as well, but survived the blast.

“With that singular act of courage, Kyle, you not only saved your brother in arms, you displayed a heroism in the blink of an eye that will inspire for generations — valor worthy of our nation’s highest military decoration,” President Barack Obama said Thursday during a White House ceremony.

Carpenter said military doctors labeled him P-E-A, short for Patient Expired on Arrival. But after nearly 40 surgeries over a two-and-a-half year period, many of which took place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., he battled his way back to health.

Carpenter said once it looked as though he would survive the injuries, members of his unit with the Marines started hinting that they wanted to push for him to receive the honor. This February, that process began to materialize, as Carpenter started receiving calls from the Pentagon regarding his candidacy. Then, later this spring, the biggest call finally came.

“I’m very honored, and it’s very humbling,” Carpenter said of the award. “It’s not easy to accept, because so many others give the ultimate sacrifice. I’m very appreciative in accepting it, but I accept it with a heavy heart.”

Even as he continues to internalize the significance of the award, Carpenter said he’s been grateful for all the support he’s received along the way. If anything, he said that the whirlwind of fun events leading up to the Medal of Honor ceremony, such as attending Tuesday’s Nationals game, were more about  sharing the experience with those closest to him.

“I’m excited for these once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but I’m equally — or more — excited for my guests and family,” he said. “They’ve been there [for me] since Afghanistan, since I got injured. I feel like I’m repaying them, saying, ‘Thank you,’ a little bit.”

Nationals sign 24 2014 First-Year Player Draft selections

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The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with 24 players selected in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Here’s a rundown of the latest players to join the Nationals organization (signed players in bold):

RD                 PICK             PLAYER                              POS              SCHOOL

1                      (18)               Erick Fedde                      RHP              University of Nevada-Las Vegas

2                      (57)               Andrew Suarez             LHP               University of Miami (FL)

3                      (93)               Jakson Reetz                 C                     Norris (NE) High School

4                     (124)             Robbie Dickey              RHP              Blinn (TX) Junior College

5                      (154)             Drew Van Orden          RHP              Duke (NC) University

6                     (184)            Austen Williams          RHP              Texas State University

7                      (214)             Dale Carey                        CF                   University of Miami (FL)

8                     (244)            Jeff Gardner                   LF                   University of Louisville (KY)

9                     (274)            Austin Byler                    1B                   University of Nevada-Reno

10                   (304)            Matthew Page              RF                  Oklahoma Baptist University

11                    (334)            Weston Davis                RHP              Manatee (FL) High School

12                    (364)            Domenick Mancini    RHP              Miami (FL) Dade CC

13                    (394)            Austin Davidson          3B                  Pepperdine (CA) University

14                   (424)            James Bourque            RHP              University of Michigan

15                    (454)            Ryan Ripken                   1B                   Indian River (FL) State Junior College

16                   (484)           Cole Plouck                     LHP               Pima (AZ) Community College

17                    (514)             Alec Keller                      CF                   Princeton (NJ) University

18                   (544)            McKenzie Mills           LHP               Sprayberry (GA) High School

19                   (574)            Clay Williamson           RF                  Cal State – Fullerton 

20                   (604)           Bryan Langlois              RF                  Pepperdine (CA) University

21                    (634)            Connor Bach                   LHP               Virginia Military Institute

22                   (664)           Daniel Salters                C                     Dallas (TX) Baptist University

23                   (694)           Chris Riopedre             SS                  East Tennessee State University

24                   (724)            Kyle Simmons               RHP              Texas Lutheran University

25                   (754)            Kyle Bacak                        C                     Texas Christian University

26                   (784)            Chase McDowell         RHP              Rice (TX) University

27                   (814)            Conor Keniry                  SS                  Wake Forest (NC) University

28                   (844)           Kida De La Cruz             RHP              Volunteer State (TN) CC

29                   (874)            D.J. Jauss                          RHP              University of Massachusetts 

30                   (904)           Tyler Mapes                   RHP              Tulane (LA) University 

31                    (934)            Samuel Johns                RHP              University of Evansville (IN) 

32                   (964)           Elliott Cary                       CF                   Clackamas (OR) High School

33                   (994)           Clay Casey                                                CF                   DeSoto Central (MS) High School

34                   (1024            Evan Skoug                      C                     Libertyville (IL) High School

35                   (1054)          Tommy Doyle                RHP              Flint Hill (VA) School

36                   (1054)          John Henry Styles      LHP               Episcopal (TX) High School

37                   (1114)           Quinn Brodey                 LHP               Loyola (CA) High School

38                   (1144)          Stuart Fairchild              RF                  Seattle (WA) Prep

39                   (1174)           John Littell                      OF                  Stillwater (OK) High School

40                  (1204)          Jacob Hill                          LHP               Orange Coast (CA) CC

 

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 reinstate LHP Gio Gonzalez, option LHP Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse

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by Amanda Comak

Gio Gonzalez officially returned to the Washington Nationals’ active roster on Wednesday, as the Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated the left-hander from the 15-Day Disabled List, and optioned left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse.

Gonzalez will start Wednesday night against the Houston Astros.

Gonzalez, 28, returns to the Nationals after missing 29 games with left shoulder inflammation.

He rejoins the Nationals’ active roster after making two rehab starts with Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League, amassing 7.2 innings and allowing nine earned runs on nine hits and eight walks.

In his final rehab start, June 12 vs. Winston-Salem, Gonzalez was touched for just one earned run off two hits, and struck out seven over four innings of work.

Prior to the first Disabled List trip of his career, Gonzalez was 3-4 with a 4.62 ERA in nine Major League starts this season, spanning 50.2 innings. The 2012 Cy Young Award finalist is 35-20 with a 3.29 ERA in 73 starts since being acquired by the Nationals before the 2012 season.

Cedeno, 27, tossed 1.0 scoreless inning in his most recent call-up, pitching a perfect frame against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 14. On the season, Cedeno has allowed two hits and no runs in 2.1 Major League innings.

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!

Clubhouse Threads: Tanner Roark

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Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark recently stopped by the Main Clubhouse Team Store for the first installment of Clubhouse Threads.

Tanner and his wife, Amanda, enjoyed a private shopping spree, choosing a number of unique gifts for various members of their family. All of the products they selected can be found in the Main Clubhouse Team Store located outside of Center Field Plaza at Nationals Park.

The Main Clubhouse Team Store is accessible throughout the year. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, on non-gamedays. On evening (7:05 p.m.) gamedays, the Main Clubhouse Team Store will open at 11 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. to the public.

For more information about all of the Clubhouse Team Store locations at Nationals Park, visit nationals.com/stores​.

Nationals well-represented in South Atlantic League & Carolina League MiLB All-Star Games

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farm graphicThe first half of the minor league season came to an end on Sunday for the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) and the Advanced-A Potomac Nationals (Carolina League).

Potomac claimed the Carolina League Northern Division first-half title with a 38-31 record, besting Lynchburg (ATL) by 4.5 games. Hagerstown finished in a tie with Greensboro (MIA) for their division crown, however Greensboro was granted the title via tiebreaker.

Team success often garners individual honors, and, as such, both Hagerstown and Carolina will be well-represented in each team’s league All-Star Games.

A quick look at the players and coaches representing their clubs, as well as the Nationals organization, is below:

South Atlantic League

All-Star Game: June 17, 2014 at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, North Carolina (Hickory Crawdads)

Patrick Anderson — Manager

  • Led Hagerstown to a 44-26 first-half record.

Sam Narron — Pitching Coach

  • Suns hurlers posted a 3.78 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP (5th in the SAL) through the season’s first half.

Luis Ordaz — Hitting Coach

  • Suns hitters rank in in the top four in the SAL in stolen bases (1st, 118), triples (T1st, 24), runs scored (3rd, 359), hitting (3rd, .272), and RBI (4th, 318).

Spencer Kieboom  — C

  • Hit .319 with 12 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 23 RBI and 24 runs scored in 37 games. At 2.2 plate appearances/team game, he falls just short of qualifying to be amongst the SAL leaders (2.7 PA/G).

Wilmer Difo — 2B

  • Leads the Suns in batting average (.308), doubles (tied, 16), triples (4), home runs (7) and RBI (54). His 31 stolen bases lead the South Atlantic Leaguer and are tied for fifth-most in all of Minor League Baseball.

John Wooten — UTIL

  • Hit .288 with 16 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 39 RBI and 36 runs scored in 60 games for the Suns.

Nick Pivetta — RHP

  • Tied for the South Atlantic League lead with eight wins, he is 8-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 12 games/11 starts for the Suns.

Austin Voth — RHP

  • Voth is second in the the SAL in WHIP (1.05) and ranks among SAL pitchers in ERA (6th, 2.45) and strikeouts (3rd, 74). He has posted a 4-3 record in 13 starts this season.

Jake Walsh — LHP

  • Has posted a 1.80 ERA (5 ER/25.0 IP) and a 1.00 WHIP in 19 appearances out of the Suns’ bullpen.

Carolina/California League 

All-Star Game: June 17, 2014 at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware (Wilmington Blue Rocks)

Stephen Perez — INF

  • Leads the P-Nats in runs scored (42, 6th in Car. League) and stolen bases (18, 6th in Car. League) while ranking second on the club with 16 doubles. Perez is hitting .299 (7th in the Car. League) with one triple, one home run and 30 RBI in 64 games this season.

Shawn Pleffner — INF

  • Leads qualified Potomac Nationals and ranks fifth in the Carolina League with a .312 batting average. Pleffner has clubbed 14 doubles and two home runs, while driving in 21 and scoring 23 runs for the Nationals this season.

Derek Self — RHP

  • Is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA (5 ER/26.2 IP) in 17 appearances out of the bullpen. Self has recorded 30 strikeouts and posted a 0.90 WHIP along the way. He was recently promoted to Double-A Harrisburg.

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!

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