Nationals Game Notes — July 4 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Game No. 85: Washington Nationals (46-38) vs. Chicago Cubs (37-46) | 11:05 a.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Tanner Roark (7-5, 2.98 ERA) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (7-5, 2.98)
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark has 14 quality starts in 21 starting assignments. He has worked six-plus innings 15 times and has allowed three or fewer earned runs 17 times, two or fewer on 15 occasions, and one or fewer 11 times.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Ian Desmond’s game-winning solo home run, which snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies was his seventh go-ahead home run hit in the seventh inning or later, dating to the beginning of the 2012 season. Among shortstops, only Jhonny Peralta (3) has more than two such homers in the same time span.

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

NATIONALS (46-38)

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

Cubs (37-46)

8 Chris Coghlan (L) LF
20 Justin Ruggiano CF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
24 Luis Valbuena 3B
19 Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
12 John Baker (L) C
15 Darwin Barney 2B
39 Jason Hammel RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 2 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 84: Washington Nationals (45-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-48) | 6:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (6-2, 2.83 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.24)
With wins over the Cincinnati Reds (May 20), Texas Rangers (May 31), Philadelphia Phillies (June 5) and Atlanta Braves (June 21), Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four home starts as member of the Nationals.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals have plated exactly seven runs in three consecutive victories (W 7-1 Tue vs. COL; W 7-3 Mon vs. COL; W 7-2 Sat. at CHI) for the first time since a five-game offensive surge (11-9-9-7-7), Sept. 4-8, 2012. With their third straight seven-run output on Tuesday night, the Nationals also moved a season-high seven games over .500.

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

NATIONALS (44-38)

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 (S) C
58 Doug Fister RHP

Rockies (36-48)

19 Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
13 Drew Stubbs CF
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
2  Troy Tulowitzki SS
6 Corey Dickerson (L) LF
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
8 Michael McKenry C
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
46 Tyler Matzek (L) LHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — July 1 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 83: Washington Nationals (44-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-47) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-6, 3.70 ERA) vs. LHP Christian Friedrich (0-2, 8.10)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is unbeaten (5-0, 2.21 ERA) in eight starts in Washington dating to Apr. 10, but the Rockies (July 6, 2012) were the last NL West team to inflict him with a home loss.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals finished June with a 17-11 (.607) mark to register their second winning month of the season (16-12 in Mar./Apr.). Dating to 2011, the Nationals’ 62-45 (.579) June record ranks second in the Major Leagues behind only the Pirates (67-40, .626).

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

NATIONALS (44-38)

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

Rockies (36-47)

6 Corey Dickerson (L) LF
14 Josh Rutledge SS
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
13 Drew Stubbs CF
30 Wilin Rosario C
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
1 Brandon Barnes RF
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
53 Christian Friedrich LHP

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


Nationals Game Notes — June 30 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 82: Washington Nationals (43-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-46) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 2.95 ERA) vs. LHP Yohan Flande (0-0, 7.20)
Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is getting his sixth start of June and is looking to bolster his already strong Pitcher of the Month candidacy (2-2, 2.18 ERA, 5 BB, 36 K, .117 BAA in 38.0 inn.). Zimmermann earned Pitcher of the Week honors for the first week of June when he posted 17 consecutive scoreless innings to open the month.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Nationals center fielder Denard Span has legged out 15 extra-base hits (13 doubles, two triples) in June to set a personal single-month career high (for any month). Span’s 15 extra-base hits this month are tied for second among Nationals in the month of June: Michael Morse (team-record 17, June 2011), Span (15, June 2014), Ian Desmond (15, June 2012), Adam Dunn (15, June 2010), Ryan Zimmerman (15, June 2013).

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

NATIONALS (43-38)

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
27 Jordan Zimmermann RHP

Rockies (36-46)

19 Charlie Blackmon (L) LF
13 Drew Stubbs CF
2 Troy Tulowitzki SS
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
20 Wilin Rosario C
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
1 Brandon Barnes RF
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
58 Yohan Flande LHP

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

Nationals reinstate Bryce Harper from DL, option Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A

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by Amanda Comak

For the first time since Opening Day, the Washington Nationals’ lineup will come complete on Monday afternoon.

Bryce Harper is back, returning from the 15-day Disabled List and rejoining the Nationals after missing 57 games with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

And as they get set to begin the mathematical second half of their season, the Nationals are whole again.

During a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg last week, Harper played in five games and hit .643 (9-for-14) with one double, four home runs, 11 RBI, five walks, seven runs scored, two stolen bases and just one strikeout. He posted a .737 on-base percentage and a 1.571 slugging percentage.

Saturday night, playing in Akron for Double-A Harrisburg, Harper hit home runs in three of his five at-bats.

The Nationals (43-48), who welcome the Colorado Rockies on Monday night  (incidentally Harper’s bobblehead night), have watched as seven members of their starting lineup or rotation have gone to the Disabled List at least once early this season — amounting to 231 total games missed.

In the meantime, the Nationals have done exceptionally well to stay afloat, opening Monday 0.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East.

Prior to heading to the Disabled List, Harper hit .289 (24-for-83) with a .352 on-base percentage and a .422 slugging percentage. In 22 games, Harper hit one home run, four doubles and two triples, and drove in nine runs.

In parts of three Major League seasons, the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year is a career .273 hitter with a .353 on-base percentage and .476 slugging percentage. In 279 games, Harper has hit 43 home runs and 111 extra-base hits, while driving in 126 runs and scoring 177.

Cedeno, 27, appeared in one game in his third Major League stint of the season, tossing a scoreless inning in the second game of the Nationals’ doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. On the season, Cedeno has not allowed a run in 3.1 IP. He has allowed four hits and struck out one batter.

Nationals Game Notes — June 28 at Chicago Cubs

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Game No.’s 80 &81: Washington Nationals (41-38) at Chicago Cubs (34-44) | 1:05 p.m. ET (12:05 p.m. CT) & 7:15 p.m. ET (6:15 p.m. CT) | Wrigley Field
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (4-4, 4.38 ERA) vs. RHP Dallas Beeler (0-0, —); RHP Blake Treinen (0-3, 2.08) vs. Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.53)
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has earned a win at 22 different Major League ballparks, but is still looking to add Wrigley Field to the list. Additionally, the Nationals are 2-2 in games started by Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija and have hit a home run in each contest. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2 and the second game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals and Cubs play a rare scheduled “doubleheader” today and will have an even more rare day off on Sunday. The Nationals are 5-3-10 (sweeps-swept-splits) when playing twice in a single day, or 20-16 overall, since landing in DC in 2005. The Nationals’ last twin bill sweep came June 9, 2013 vs. the Minnesota Twins (W7-0, W5-4). The Nationals last suffered a doubleheader sweep on May 15, 2010 at the Colorado Rockies (L2-6, L3-4).

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

NATIONALS (41-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
19 Kevin Frandsen 2B
15 Nate McLouth (L) RF
49 Jose Lobaton (S) C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Cubs (34-44)

21 Junior Lake CF
20 Justin Ruggiano RF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
30 Mike Olt 3B
8  Chris Coghlan (L)
15 Darwin Barney 2B
12 John Baker (L) C
32 Dallas Beeler RHP

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

Nationals recall Xavier Cedeno and Blake Treinen, option Taylor Hill

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by Amanda Comak

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Washington NationalsThe Washington Nationals recalled left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno and right-handed starter Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday morning and optioned right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill there. Treinen was recalled as the 26th man for the Nationals’ scheduled doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs and will start the nightcap.

Cedeno returns to the Nationals for his third Major League stint of the season. In his previous two call-ups, Cedeno has tossed 2.1 innings and allowed no runs on two hits. He has not walked a single batter.

With Triple-A Syracuse this season the lefty is 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA in 15 appearances (17.1 IP) with one save. Cedeno has held International League batters to a .164 average against.

Treinen rejoins the Nationals to make the fifth start of his Major League career. He will face Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija in the second game of Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader. Treinen is 0-3 in eight Major League games (30.1 IP) but possesses a 2.08 ERA.

With Syracuse, Treinen is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in eight starts (35.0 IP). He has held Minor League opponents to a .214 batting average against and has a 7.97 K/9 ratio.

Hill made his Major League debut for the Nationals on June 25, tossing 3.1 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers and allowed two earned runs in the Nationals’ 9-2 loss. The right-hander also pitched a scoreless inning on June 27 against the Chicago Cubs. In two appearances (4.1 IP), he worked to a 4.15 ERA.

Nationals reinstate Wilson Ramos from DL, option Sandy Leon to Triple-A

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by Amanda Comak

Miami Marlins v Washington NationalsCHICAGO — Precisely 15 days after the Washington Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day Disabled List with a right hamstring strain, the team returned from rehab and reinstated their slugging catcher, and optioned catcher Sandy Leon back to Triple-A Syracuse.

Ramos, who rejoins the Nationals on Thursday in Chicago after missing 14 games with the strain, completed a four-game rehab assignment this week with Double-A Harrisburg (two games) and Single-A Potomac (two game).

During the four-game stretch, Ramos went 7-for-16 (.438) at the plate with one double, two home runs, two runs scored and nine RBI.

The 26-year-old catcher has played in 24 Major League games this season, working to a .261 average (24-for-92) with seven doubles, one home run, eight walks and 11 RBI. Ramos previously missed 32 games this season after suffering a hamate bone fracture in his left hand on Opening Day.

His return, once again, lengthens the Nationals’ lineup significantly, giving them another powerful middle-of-the-order bat for opposing pitchers to contend with.

In his second Major League stint of the season, Leon, 25, appeared in five games (four starts) and went 2-for-15 (.133) at the plate.

Nationals Game Notes — June 25 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #77: Washington Nationals (41-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-32) | 2:10 p.m. ET (1:10 p.m. CT) | Miller Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.24 ERA) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (6-4, 5.22 ERA)
Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada, a former Washington National, joins Ryan Zimmerman (first round), Justin Maxwell (fourth round), John Lannan (11th round), Craig Stammen (12th round) and Tyler Moore (41st round) as members of the Nationals’ 2005 draft class. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM / 1580 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run home run in the 16th inning on Tuesday night, lifting the Nationals over the Brewers, 4-2, was the first extra-innings home run of Zimmerman’s career. The win, which came in the longest game (by innings) in Nationals (2005-present) history, was made possible in large part by a seven-reliever collaboration that lasted 10.0 scoreless innings (10 hits, 5 BB,6 SO).
  • The Nationals’ defense turned three double plays, and individually, Ian Desmond made two dazzling plays in the hole at shortstop while Denard Span made a game-saving catch at the wall in the 14th, and Zimmerman made a diving play in the bottom of the 16th, right after his homer, to keep the Brewers off the bases.
  • Anthony Rendon’s 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth,tied the score, 2-2, and ultimately sent the game to extra innings.
  • The victory was the Nationals’ season high-tying fourth straight and it snapped a seven-game losing streak in extra innings.
  • In four games since June 21, the Nationals’ bullpen is 1-0 with four holds, four saves and a .077 (4-for-52) batting average against, thanks to 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

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

NATIONALS (41-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
19 Kevin Frandsen 2B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
20 Ian Desmond SS
15 Nate McLouth RF
41 Sandy Leon (S)
37 Stephen Strasburg P

Brewers (47-32)

2 Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
9 Jean Segura SS
27 Carlos Gomez CF
24 Lyle Overbay (L) 1B
7 Mark Reynolds 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
3 Elian Herrera (S) RF
12 Martin Maldonado C
41 Marco Estrada P

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

Nationals select RHP Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse, DFA Greg Dobbs

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by Amanda Comak

After a 16-inning, marathon 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals added a fresh arm to their arsenal on Wednesday morning, selecting the contract of right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse and designating first baseman/third baseman Greg Dobbs for assignment.

Additionally, infielder/outfielder Jeff Kobernus was returned from rehab, reinstated from the 60-day Disabled List and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, while right-hander Christian Garcia was released.

“We just need length in the bullpen right now,” Nationals Manager Matt Williams said, less than 11 hours after the final out had been made on Tuesday night.

Hill, 25, is 9-2 with a 1.92 in 15 games (14 starts) for Syracuse this season, tossing three complete games, one shutout and picking up one save. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has posted a 7.22 strikeout/walk ratio (65 SO/8 BB), the second-highest mark of his career.

A sixth-round selection of the Nationals in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Hill is currently leading the International League in innings pitched (93.2 IP), is tied for first in ERA (1.92) and ranks second in WHIP (0.99).

The right-hander, who got the news from Triple-A manager Billy Gardner Jr., at around 2 a.m. on the east coast, called it a “dream come true,” to be in the Major Leagues. “I’m obviously pumped and pleasantly surprised.”

Hill was named the International League Pitcher of the Week on May 26 of this year after he tossed 11 shutout innings, pitching four innings in relief and earning a save against Columbus on May 19, and following it up with seven scoreless innings in a start against Pawtucket on May 24.

Dobbs, 35, was 6-for-28 (.214) with one double and two RBI in 21 games (three games started) for the Nationals.

Kobernus, 25, went 15-for-55 (.273) in 15 Minor League rehab games, spanning from Single-A Hagerstown to Triple-A Syracuse. He rejoins Syracuse’s active roster for the first time since going on the Disabled List with a fractured left hand on April 12.

Garcia, 28, posted a 2.13 ERA in 13 Major League games with the Nationals in 2012. He was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 10 games (14.2 IP) with Triple-A Syracuse this season.

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