Nationals Game Notes — July 18 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Game No. 94: Washington Nationals (51-42) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (53-43) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.46 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (9-4, 3.26)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has earned at least one win at the expense of 12 of the National League’s other 14 teams. Exceptions: Milwaukee/2 starts, St. Louis/4 starts)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM  and also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Dating to May 30, the Nationals are 9-2-2 (win-loss-tie) in series play, and 26-15 (.634)overall. Three of their nine series wins in that span were sweeps (3-0 vs. Philadelphia, 2-0 vs. Houston, 3-0 vs. Colorado). (The Nationals’ home-and-home set with the Orioles is considered one series for this note.)

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

NATIONALS (51-42)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

Brewers (53-43)

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

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

Nationals agree to terms with RHP Erick Fedde

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by Amanda Comak

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde on Friday afternoon, the No. 18 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Fedde, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior out of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, is regarded as one of the top collegiate arms in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and is coming off a season in which he went 8-2 with a 1.76 ERA (15 ER/76.2 IP) and 82 strikeouts in 11 starts for the Rebels.

The 21-year-old was named the 2014 Mountain West Pitcher of the Year and to the All-Mountain West First Team after going 6-1 with league-leading 1.60 ERA (10 ER/56.1 IP) in eight starts in conference play. He was also named a Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and to the midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list.

Fedde entered the 2014 season rated as the No. 12 pitching prospect and the No. 17 overall prospect in collegiate baseball, according to Baseball America.

As a sophomore, in 2013, Fedde went 7-3 with a 3.92 ERA (42 ER/96.1 IP) in 15 starts. He led the UNLV staff and ranked fourth in the Mountain West with 83 strikeouts, and was named to the Spring Academic All-Mountain West team. Following the season, he was 3-1 with a 2.34 ERA for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He left the league after tossing a league-best 30.2 innings and recording 26 strikeouts, third-most in the league. Fedde joined the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team later in the summer.

The right-hander, who underwent “Tommy John” ligament replacement surgery on June 3, 2014, will report to Viera, Fla., to continue this rehab under the Nationals’ care.

Fedde is a graduate of Las Vegas High School where played alongside Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. He was also an all-state soccer player and helped lead LVHS to a soccer state championship in 2009. He was originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the 24th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, but he did not sign.

UPDATED – Social Fan Event No. 3: #InstaNats Photo Hunt

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By Kyle Mann

We are thrilled that our third Social Fan Event of the season is nearly upon us, adding to the already palpable excitement of the day: Brewers-Nationals offers a match-up of two first-half first place teams, and Austin Mahone takes the NatsLive stage after the game for a FREE concert. We couldn’t think of a better backdrop to offer our most loyal Instagram fans some unique photography challenges and Nationals-related prizes and experiences!

If you’ve been to one of our previous Social Fan Events, you know we go all out on the prizes, so be on the lookout for batting practice passes and an opportunity to join the Nationals players on the field as part of the Starting 9!

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, so be sure to stop by our table at Section 105 as soon as you arrive to give yourself the first crack at the best prizes. If you haven’t already, you can buy tickets that include $6 added value for use throughout the park here.

Throughout the game, you’ll be tasked with completing an #InstaNats Photo Hunt of creative Nationals and Austin Mahone-themed pictures for the opportunity to win even more great prizes. Here’s how it works:

  • You’ll receive your photo assignment shot sheet, comprised of five different “themes,” when you check in at our table at Section 105. We’ll also update this post with the shot sheet shortly before gates open on Saturday.
  • Explore the ballpark and snap your most creative pictures that match each theme.
  • Post your photos on Instagram and be sure to use the specific hashtag for each theme (you’ll find that on the shot sheet), #InstaNats and tag @nationals.
  • OFFICIAL RULES>>

 IMPORTANT: You must include #InstaNats, the specific theme hashtag AND @nationals in your post for it to be eligible.

At the end of the night, we will pick three finalists from those fans who post photos for all five themes (and use the proper hashtags and tag @nationals). All three winners will win experience prize packages at our fourth Social Fan Event on September 8, including the opportunity to deliver the Lineup Card, shout “Play Ball”, or watch batting practice from the field.

Remember, you must post all five photos and include #InstaNats, the specific theme hashtag and @nationals with each photo to be eligible for selection as one of the three finalists. 

Starting Monday, July 21, we’ll announce the three finalists’ and post their photo galleries at nationals.com, where all fans will have 48 hours to vote for their favorite. We’ll announce the winners as determined by the fan vote on Wednesday, July 23.

As always, keep your eye on the NatsHD scoreboard throughout the night where your #InstaNats photos may also appear.

To get your creative juices flowing, we’re proud to unveil the #MyNLEast Instagram video YOU helped produce back in June during the Braves series. Enjoy, and we can’t wait to see you and your best photos on Saturday!

UPDATED – Saturday, 7/19 at 4:15 pm

As promised, here is the official shot sheet for tonight’s #InstaNats Photo Hunt. Don’t forget to tag each of your photos with its specific hashtag (listed below) as well as @nationals and #InstaNats.

1. Our Racing Presidents have been known to wander around Nationals Park. Tag your picture with #RacingPresContest with your favorite one!

2. There are a lot of Curly Ws around Nationals Park. Show us your coolest Curly W shot and tag it with #CurlyWContest.

3. Today’s NatsLive FREE Postgame Concert performer @AustinMahone’s favorite dessert is ice cream. Here at Nationals Park, we have many delicious desserts. Post your best picture with your favorite dessert and tag it with #IceCreamContest.

4. This is your chance to be really creative. Post your coolest and most exciting pic from the ballpark tonight and tag it with #FansChoiceContest.

5. Post your best picture from @AustinMahone’s NatsLive free postgame concert and tag it with #NatsLiveContest.

Running Men: A Nationals coaching staff routine

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by Amanda Comak

Nationals Manager Matt Williams, left, and third base coach Bobby Henley at the tail end of one of their runs this season.

Nationals Manager Matt Williams, left, and third base coach Bobby Henley at the tail end of one of their runs this season.

Inside the visitors’ clubhouse at AT&T Park, the music blared. High-fives and fist bumps were exchanged all over the room. Positive energy pumped through the locker stalls.

A long west coast trip had gotten off to a terrific start for the Washington Nationals with five wins in their first six games, including three straight against the San Francisco Giants — who came into the series playing better than any team in the National League.

Inside the manager’s office, Matt Williams smiled, and then groaned. Mere hours separated the Nationals from their next game, a 12:45 p.m. start locally, and then the next city on the trip beckoned.

“We have to run tomorrow,” Williams said late that night, massaging his left calf. “We’re killing ourselves.”

The “we” to which the Nationals’ manager referred was the coaching staff. And the runs, between 30-40 minutes or three to four miles of torture, well, they’ve become quite a routine among the Nationals’ coaches.

“It’s entirely superstitious,” Williams said in early July. “If we take a day off and we don’t win, then we definitely have to run the next day. If we run and we play like we did (in a 13-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on July 5), then we have to run the exact same route.”

Williams, who used to run with the Diamondbacks coaching staff in previous years, brought the daily runs to the Nationals when he took over as manager. They’re all named, and folks of all fitness levels are welcome. They won’t leave any man behind, Williams said, but “we keep it sane, too.”

In D.C., they have three main runs: The River Run, featuring views of the Anacostia and the Potomac Rivers, the Capitol Run, which is up to and around the Capitol Building, and the Power Run, a jaunt to the Capitol Building, by the Supreme Court and past the Library of Congress.

It’s not hard to see how that one got its name.

“That’s the power of our country, right there,” Williams said.

But the road trips provide opportunities for other routes. Williams ticks them off with obvious enjoyment.

Attachment-1In San Francisco, they have the Embarcadero Run. In San Diego, it’s the Midway Run or the Airport Run (“Depending on how we’re feeling,” the manager explains). In Philadelphia, they leave from the hotel and do the Rocky Run. In Miami, the South Beach Run. St. Louis features the Arch Run, and in Milwaukee, from Miller Park, it’s the Graveyard Run. The list goes on. And everywhere the Nationals visit, they’ll have at least one running route to tour.

Williams, while the most enthusiastic about the runs, said the coaches have mostly jumped on board. It’s a time for them to build camaraderie and bond, while also (hopefully) bettering their own health.  Williams singled out third base coach Bobby Henley as one who has really taken to the runs and improved. Plus, there’s the aforementioned superstitions.

“They don’t gripe,” Williams said, smiling. “I hear little snippets, but no griping. Secretly I think they like it.”

But do they really?

“I absolutely hate ‘em,” said bench coach Randy Knorr. “But I go.”

Nationals RHP Tyler Clippard named to 2014 NL All-Star team

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by Amanda Comak

Atlanta Braves v Washington NationalsWashington Nationals right-hander Tyler Clippard earned his second All-Star nod on Sunday afternoon, named to the 2014 National League squad by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

Clippard, 29, will replace Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran, who started Sunday’s contest at Chicago. The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, July 15.

Long one of the league’s elite set-up men, Clippard is 6-2 with one save and a 2.03 ERA (9 ER/40 IP) in 43 appearances for the Nationals this season.

The right-hander leads the Nationals bullpen and ranks among National League relief leaders in wins (tied for 2nd in NL), strikeouts (8th, 53) and holds (4th, 19).

He has allowed an earned run in just two of his last 36 appearances (since April 15) and owns the longest scoreless inning streak of any Nationals reliever this season (19.2 innings).

Since his bullpen debut on June 25, 2009, Clippard paces Major League Baseball in relief strikeouts (493) and has pitched in more games (382) than any Nationals pitcher.

Clippard returns to the Mid-Summer Classic after a two-year hiatus. He was the Nationals’ lone representative in 2011, when he was selected by Giants field manager Bruce Bochy to participate in the game at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ, where he earned the win for the National League squad.

Clippard joins Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann as Nationals players honored as All-Stars this season. Zimmermann, who is also a two-time All-Star, won’t be able to pitch in Tuesday’s game due to a right bicep strain.

Nationals Game Notes — July 12 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Game No. 92: Washington Nationals (49-42) at Philadelphia Phillies (42-51) | 7:15 p.m. ET | Citizens Bank Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.47 ERA) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.87)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (West Hills HS) and Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels (Rancho Bernardo HS), both natives of San Diego, match up for the third time (Strasburg’s ERA in the first 2 matchups: 0.64).
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM / ESPN Radio and also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Wilson Ramos has hit safely in a career-high 14 straight games, going 20-for-53(.377) with four doubles, two homers and six RBI. Ramos’ 14-gamer is currently the longest hitting streak in the Major Leagues, and the longest posted by a National this season.

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

NATIONALS (49-42)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
20 Ian Desmond SS
7 Scott Hairston LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

Phillies (42-51)

24 Grady Sizemore (L) LF
11 Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
26 Chase Utley (L) 2B
6 Ryan Howard (L) 1B
3 Marlon Byrd RF
25 Cody Asche (L) 3B
29 Cameron Rupp C
2 Ben Revere (L) CF
35 Cole Hamels (L) LHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 8 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Game No. 89: Washington Nationals (48-40) vs. Baltimore Orioles (49-40) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (7-2, 2.93 ERA) vs. RHP Bud Norris (7-5, 3.62)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister (51-52 career record) hopes to reach .500 for the first time since his career record was 6-6 in May, 2010.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals’ 23-13 (.639) record dating to May 30 is tied for the second-best mark in MLB with the Reds, Pirates and Mariners, and  only the Athletics (24-11, .686) have been superior. In this span, the Nationals have outscored their opponents by 52 runs (158 to 106).

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

NATIONALS (48-40)

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

Orioles (49-40)

21 Nick Markakis (L) RF
13 Manny Machado 3B
10 Adam Jones CF
23 Nelson Cruz LF
19 Chris Davis (L) 1B
2 J.J. Hardy SS
36 Caleb Joseph C
6 Jonathan Schoop 2B
25 Bud Norris RHP

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — July 7 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Game No. 88: Washington Nationals (48-39) vs. Baltimore Orioles (48-40) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.53 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (7-4, 4.21)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has fanned 12.8/9.0 inn. in 10 career interleague starts, during which he is 6-3, 2.39 ERA. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of 10 starts vs. the American League.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals have played errorless baseball in 11 straight games dating to June 25. This is the longest such streak recorded by any team in the Major Leagues this season. The 11-game run of defensive perfection is the second-longest recorded by the Nationals since landing in D.C. in 2005. In 2011, from June 2-15, Washington played a Nationals (‘05-pres.) record 13 consecutive games without an error.

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

NATIONALS (48-39)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

Orioles (48-40)

21 Nick Markakis (L) RF
13 Manny Machado 3B
10 Adam Jones CF
23 Nelson Cruz LF
19 Chris Davis (L) 1B
2 J.J. Hardy SS
40 Nick Hundley C
6 Jonathan Schoop 2B
30 Chris TIllman RHP

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

Jayson Werth named NL Player of the Week

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by Amanda Comak

jw 4thAfter hitting .450 to open the month of July, Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

He becomes the second Nationals player to be honored with a Player of the Week Award this season, after All-Star right-hander Jordan Zimmermann earned the nod for the first week of June.

Werth, 35, hit .450 (9-for-20) with five doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, five walks and seven runs scored on the week. Werth, who has posted at least one RBI in five straight contests, helped the Nationals go 5-1 last week and register series victories over the Rockies (3-0) and Cubs (2-1).

In Tuesday’s 7-1 victory over the Rockies, Werth drove in a game-high three RBI. One night later, his two-run homer in the fourth inning cut into the Rockies’ 3-0 advantage — in a game ultimately won 4-3 by the Nationals.

The NL Player of the Week award is the third of Werth’s career, but his first as a member of the Nationals. Last July, Werth earned National League Player of the Month honors after hitting .367 with seven home runs and 22 RBI.

The honor is the 10th of this kind bestowed upon a National, including Zimmermann’s earlier nod.

Prior to 2014, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (periods ending July 22, 2012; June 13, 2010; August 21, 2011; August 5, 2007), right-hander Stephen Strasburg (June 13, 2010), outfielder Josh Willingham (Aug. 2, 2009), shortstop Cristian Guzman (Aug. 31, 2008), utility man Willie Harris (July 20, 2007) and first baseman Nick Johnson (June 6, 2005) earned NL Player of the Week hardware.

Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann named to 2014 NL All-Star team

Infielder Anthony Rendon part of 2014 Final Vote 

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by Amanda Comak

Atlanta Braves v Washington NationalsOn the heels of his finest Major League season, Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is heading back to the All-Star game.

The Nationals’ 19-game winner from a year ago, who is 6-4 with a 2.79 ERA in 18 2014 starts, was named to the National League All-Star team for the second consecutive season on Sunday evening. He was the Nationals’ lone selection.

Infielder Anthony Rendon, who has split his time this year between second and third base, was named to the Final Vote. Fans can vote through Thursday to help Rendon join Zimmermann in Minneapolis.

“It means a lot,” Zimmermann said. “It’s a huge honor. I’m excited. I wouldn’t be going if it wasn’t for those guys playing defense behind me every day, and the catchers calling the pitches. I throw the ball. I try to throw strikes and let the guys put it in play. As much as it’s me going, it’s actually all these guys, too.”​

“I’m here to throw 200 innings, that’s my biggest goal,” the usually-understated Zimmermann added. “To go deep into ballgames and give these guys a chance to win the game. You do that stuff, I guess you become an All-Star. That’s what’s happened the last couple years.”

For Zimmermann, the trip back to the game’s biggest showcase will mark another reminder that he has cemented himself amongst the best in the game.

The selection comes at a time in which Zimmermann may be pitching as well as he has all season. In seven starts before being named to the team, Zimmermann — who opened the month of June with 19 consecutive scoreless innings — posted 1.26 ERA.

Seven years after the Nationals’ plucked him out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and five years removed from the Tommy John surgery that rebuilt his elbow, the right-hander was a chosen by NL Manager Mike Matheny to be a part of the 2014 squad.

And this time, he’ll be put on that stage a mere three hours from his hometown of Auburndale, Wisc. This year, too, the hope is that the Nationals’ winningest pitcher will get a chance to participate. A lingering neck issue held him out of last year’s game at Citi Field, though he went and enjoyed the All-Star festivities in New York.

“You want to pitch in it,” Zimmermann said. “Last year, being the first time, I wanted to, but this year it’s going to be good. It’s about three hours from home. I’m sure I’ll have a decent amount of people coming over. I think it’s going to be fun.”

For Rendon, the Nationals’ infielder is following up his strong rookie campaign with a breakout season. Shifting seamlessly between second (17 starts) and third base (65 starts), depending on need, Rendon is hitting .282 (94-for-333) with 21 doubles, five triples, a career-high 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 83 games.

Rendon, 24, has excelled offensively — he ranks among the NL’s top 10 in runs (60), triples (5), RBI (50) and extra-base hits.

“It’d be pretty cool,” Rendon said of the possibility of being an All-Star. “I’m not trying to get my hopes up. I don’t let my highs get too high, my lows get too low. (There are) definitely a lot of guys who deserve it.”

Fans can vote for Rendon through Thursday at nationals.com/vote.

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