Nationals Game Notes — June 24 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #76: Washington Nationals (40-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-31) | 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT) | Miller Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 2.95 ERA) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-4, 3.34 ERA)
A native of Auburndale, Wisc., Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four career starts against his home-state team. (Two starts in D.C, two in Milwaukee.)
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:

  • Entering Tuesday night’s game, the Washington Nationals’ bullpen has retired a team-record 25 consecutive batters (10 by strikeout) dating to the final two outs of the 13th inning on Friday night vs. the Atlanta Braves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is also the third-longest such streak in the Major Leagues this season. The San Francisco Giants posted 33 straight from June 15-21, and the Braves ran up 28 straight from May 4-7. The Nationals’ previous bullpen mark for consecutive batters retired was 21, May 17-19, 2014.
  • Another one from the Elias Sports Bureau: Tyler Clippard struck out the side in the ninth inning to clinch the Nationals’ 3-0 win over the Brewers, one night after Rafael Soriano earned a save by striking out all three batters he faced in the Nationals’ victory over the Braves. The Nationals are the first team since 1969 (when saves were first officially recorded in the major leagues) to win back-to-back games with two different pitchers earning the save by striking out all three (or more) batters they faced.

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

NATIONALS (40-35)

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 P

Brewers (47-31)

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

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 23 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #75: Washington Nationals (39-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-30) | 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT) | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Garza (4-4, 4.02 ERA)
In his two-plus seasons with the Washington Nationals, left-hander Gio Gonzalez is 35-20 with a 3.34 ERA in 74 starts. The Nationals are 49-25 in those games. Gonzalez’s 35 wins since the start of the 2012 season are tied for the fourth-best mark among MLB left-handers.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2 and ESPN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals enter Monday night’s game tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the fourth-best run differential in the Major Leagues at +40 (300 runs scored, 260 runs allowed).
    Here are the top five teams in MLB in run differential:
    Oakland Athletics: +135
    San Francisco Giants: +49
    Los Angeles Angels: +42
    Washington Nationals: +40
    Los Angeles Dodgers: +40

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

NATIONALS (39-35)

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
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Brewers (47-30)

23 Rickie Weeks 2B
8 Ryan Braun RF
20 Jonathan Lucroy C
27 Carlos Gomez CF
16 Aramis Ramirez 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
7 Mark Reynolds 1B
9 Jean Segura SS
22 Matt Garza RHP


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

Nationals Game Notes — June 22 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Game #74: Washington Nationals (38-35) vs. Atlanta Braves (38-36) | 1:35 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85 ERA) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (5-4, 4.12 ERA)
Dating to his Major League debut (Aug. 7, 2013 at ATL), Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark ranks fifth in the Major Leagues with a 2.35 ERA (minimum 100.0 inn. — Johnny Cueto 1.80, Zack Greinke 2.06, Andrew Cashner 2.07, Clayton Kershaw 2.23)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2 and MLBNetwork
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche ranks fourth in all of the Major Leagues with a .417 on-base percentage.
    Here’s a closer look at his competition: 
    1. Troy Tulowitzki (COL) …. .452 
    2. J.Bautista (TOR) …………. .432
    3
    A.McCutchem (PIT) …….. .423

    4. A.LaRoche (Washington)…417
    5. Y.Puig (LAD) ……………….. .411
    6. J.Lucroy (MIL) …………….. 401

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

NATIONALS (38-35)

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
57 Tanner Roark RHP

BRAVES (38-36)

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
8 Justin Upton LF
23 Chris Johnson 3B
19 Andrelton Simmons SS
30 Ervin Santana RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 21 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Game #73: Washington Nationals (37-35) vs. Atlanta Braves (38-35) | 7:15 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Doug Fister (5-2, 3.08 ERA) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (6-4, 2.31 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister is 8-4 with a 2.16 ERA in 18 career games/17 starts against National League competition and he has allowed just five home runs.
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:

  • Nationals pitchers currently rank among the Major League’s top two in the following pitching categories:
    Fielding-independent pitching (first, 3.10)
    Fewest earned runs allowed 
    (first, 225)
    Fewest walks allowed (first, 178)
    Walks/9.0 inn. (first, 2.46)
    ERA (2nd,
    3.11)
    Home runs allowed (2nd, 47)
    Homers allowed/9.0 inn. (2nd, 0.65)
    SO/BB ratio
    (3.32/1)
    Stolen bases against (2nd, 23)
    Fewest blown saves (tied 2nd, 5)

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

NATIONALS (37-35)

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
58 Doug Fister (L) RHP

BRAVES (38-35)

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
8 Justin Upton LF
23 Chris Johnson 3B
19 Andrelton Simmons SS
49 Julio Teheran RHP

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

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.

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