Nationals Game Notes: April 20 at Miami

Washington Nationals (10-3) at Miami Marlins (4-8)RHP Joe Ross [2-0, 0.60] | LHP Wei-Yin Chen [0-0, 5.56]

Wednesday, April 20 l Game #14 / Road #8 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL

Television: MASN2 l Radio: 99.1 WDCH & Nationals Radio Network

  TATERMEN!

The Nationals erupted for seven runs in the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s 7-0 win over the Miami Marlins, with all seven coming on four home run swings in two sets of back-to-back jacks…In the process, Washington set quite a few marks:

· According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team in Nationals/Expos franchise history had ever hit two sets of back-to-back home runs in the same inning before Jayson Werth-Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper-Ryan Zimmerman did it Tuesday night…No team in the Major Leagues had accomplished the feat since 2010 when Milwaukee did so vs. Arizona, Aug. 11, 2010.

· It was also, via Elias, the only time in modern MLB history (since 1900) that a team hit two sets of back-to-back home runs in the same inning with one of the longballs being a grand slam (Harper).

· The last time Washington hit two sets of back-to-back home runs in the same game was July 10, 2013; Anthony Rendon-Ramos in the fifth, Zimmerman-Werth in the sixth.

· Tuesday’s seventh inning marked the first time in Nationals history (2005-pres.) the club had hit four home runs in a single inning, and the first time in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) since April 29, 1986 against CIN, when Andre Dawson, Hubie Brooks, Tim Wallach and Mike Fitzgerald all went deep…It also happened one other time, July 30, 1978 against ATL, courtesy of Dawson (2), Dave Cash and Larry Parrish.

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And starting all of Tuesday’s home run fun was Nationals LF Jayson Werth, whose solo shot with one out in the seventh clanked off the Marlins’ home run sculpture in center field, lodged behind a light in the piece of art, broke the scoreless tie and added Werth’s name to the 200-homer club.

· With the blast, Werth joined Alfonso Soriano (8/13/2006), Adam LaRoche (4/20/2013) and Ryan Zimmerman (9/02/2015) as the only players to hit their 200th career home run in a Nationals uniform, according to Elias…Zimmerman’s No. 201 came later in Tuesday’s seventh inning.

ANOTHER GRAND OCCASION FOR THE MVP

Through the first 99 home runs of his young career, Nationals OF Bryce Harper had never hit a grand slam…Thursday, Harper changed that and became the first player in MLB history to record his 100th home run and his first grand slam on the same swing…Harper then went a whole four games (and three more home runs) before recording the second grand slam of his career as his contribution to the Nationals’ homer parade, the first of the second set of back-to-backs on Tuesday, cleared the fence in right field with the bags full of Nationals.

· With 20 RBI in the season’s first 13 games, Harper now leads the Major Leagues in that category, along with slugging percentage (.867), and his seven home runs are second in MLB only to COL’s Trevor Story.

· RHP Stephen Strasburg (who went 2-for-3 in the fifth multi-hit game of his career) has now been on third base for both of Harper’s career grand slams. 

SETTING THE TONE

Through the season’s first 13 games, the Nationals’ starting pitching staff has worked to a Major League-best 1.98 ERA…Ahead of the Chicago Cubs (2.14) and New York Mets (2.87).

· Nationals’ starters have been exceptional of late, having allowed just eight earned runs in their last 56.1 innings, a 1.28 ERA.

· RHP Stephen Strasburg continued his strong start to the season with 8.0 shutout innings over the Marlins on Tuesday…Strasburg struck out 10 batters, his first 10-plus strikeout game of the season and 22nd of his career.

· Since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 8, 2015, Strasburg is 9-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 13 starts…In that span he has held opponents to a .180 average against and struck out 113 batters with just 15 walks (11.56 K/9.0 IP; 7.53 K/BB)…He has allowed more than 2 ER in a start only once in that stretch.

Nationals Minor League Report: April 20, 2016

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Welcome to the first installment of the 2016 Washington Nationals Minor League Report.

All the information listed here, and linked below, reflects games played from April 7-19.

April 7-19 Record: 26-21
Organizational Record: 26-21 (.553, 8th in MLB)

Organizational Top Performer: SS Trea Turner – Syracuse Chiefs

After going 13-for-30 (.433) with three doubles, one homer, five RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and six runs scored, SS Trea Turner was named the first International League Player of the Week for the 2016 season…Turner went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 4-3 win, 4/12 vs. Buffalo (TOR)…He then posted back-to-back three-hit games, 4/14-15 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY)…He clubbed his first home run of the season, 4/16 at SWB, a solo shot in the third inning.

Through his first 11 games of the season, Turner ranks among International League hitters in stolen bases (T2nd, 4), runs scored (T1st, 10), hits, (T5th, 15), on-base percentage (8th, .449), and batting average (8th, .357)…Turner entered the season rated as the No. 2 prospect in Washington’s Minor League system and the No. 9 prospect in MLB, according to Baseball America.

Potomac’s Hot Hitters

The Potomac Nationals boast three hitters ranked in the top 11 in batting average in the Carolina League…INF Khayyan Norfork ranks second at .407 (11-for-27), 1B Jose Marmolejos is fourth at .366 (15-for-41) and 3B Drew Ward is 11th at .340 (16-for-47)…As a club, the P-Nats rank among Carolina League clubs in on-base percentage (1st, .371), slugging percentage (1st, .431), batting average (2nd, .273), runs scored (2nd, 74), home runs (2nd, 9), walks (2nd, 62), doubles, (T3rd, 27) and triples (T3rd, 6).

Schrock rocks

Hagerstown infielder Max Schrock used a five-hit effort (5-for-5, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 2 SB, 3 R)  on April 19 at Lakewood (PHI) to propel himself into the top 10 in hitting in the South Atlantic League…His .370 batting average is good for 10th in the SAL (and third among Nationals Minor Leaguers), while his 17 hits are tied for sixth in the league.

Through 12 games, Schrock is 17-for-46 with four doubles, eight RBI, five walks, five stolen bases and 10 runs scored…He was selected in the 13th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina…Prior to the season, Schrock was cited by Baseball America as having the “Best Strike-Zone Discipline” among Nationals Minor Leaguers.

For more information & notes on the Nationals’ Minor League system, view the full Minor League Report here:

Nationals Game Notes: April 19 at Miami

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Washington Nationals (9-3) at Miami Marlins (4-7)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [2-0, 1.98] | LHP Adam Conley [0-0, 3.86]
Tuesday, April 19 l Game #13 / Road #7 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

lineup41916ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals suffered just their third defeat of the 2016 season on Monday night in Miami, falling 6-1 and moving their record to 9-3…RF Bryce Harper drove in Washington’s lone run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning…The RBI was Harper’s 16th of the season, tied for the Major League lead (with COL 3B Nolan Arenado).

  • Owners of the second-best record in the Major Leagues (.750 winning percentage), the Nationals’ fast start has placed them into the record books: The 9-1 start was not only the best in Nationals history (2005-present), but it’s also the best in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history, and the best in D.C. baseball history…The 1974 Montreal Expos began the season 9-2 and the 1951 Washington Senators began 9-3…Both teams had held the previous best for the the franchise and D.C. baseball at 7-2.

GOING STREAKING
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy went 1-for-4 on Monday night to push his hitting streak to 10 games… Murphy has reached base safely in 24 of his 48 plate appearances this season with 17 hits (3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR), eight RBI and seven walks…He has hit safely in 11 of the 12 games the Nationals have played.

  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues with a .415 batting average, is tied for second with a .500 on-base percentage, and ranks fourth with a .732 slugging percentage.

POP FROM THE TOP
Nationals OF Michael A. Taylor has reached base safely in six of his last eight games (seven starts), and went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored on Monday night in Miami…Taylor also has three multi-hit games in his last seven starts.

  • Taylor launched his third career leadoff home run on Friday night when he sent Jeremy Hellickson’s second pitch of the game into the left field seats…It was the first game-opening home run for the Nationals this season and keyed a five-run first inning from which Washington did not look back.

 

Nationals OF Bryce Harper named co-NL Player of the Week

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Following a week in which he hit .346, notched the 100th home run of his career in grand fashion and tied a Nationals record for consecutive games with a homer, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the co-National League Player of the Week on Monday, along with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado.

Harper, who went 9-for-26 (.346), reached base at a .400 clip and slugged .846 for the week of April 11-17. He clubbed one double and four home runs in that span, driving in 12 total runs, walking three times, scoring six times, and stealing two bases. Harper tallied four go-ahead RBI last week, including three game-winning RBI.

It was a week of personal feats for Harper, who also helped the Nationals achieve the best start in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) as they posted a 9-1 record through the season’s first 10 games. Harper took a vicious swing on a bases-loaded 1-0 pitch from Julio Teheran on Thursday afternoon and became the first player in Major League history whose 100th career home run and his first career grand slam came on the same swing.

At 23 years, 181 days old, Harper became the eighth-youngest player in MLB history to reach the 100-home run mark, joining Mel Ott (22 years, 132 days), Tony Conigliaro (22 years, 197 days), Eddie Mathews (22 years, 292 days), Alex Rodriguez (23 years, 16 days), Andruw Jones (23 years, 62 days), Miguel Cabrera (23 years, 127 days), and Johnny Bench (22 years, 161 days). Harper was younger than Albert Pujols (23 years, 185 days), Hank Aaron (23 years, 191 days) and Ken Griffey Jr. (23 years, 206 days) when he hit the 100-homer mark.

But that was just the start of a power-filled weekend for Harper, who joined Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond as the only players in Nationals history (2005-present) to eclipse the 100-homer milestone in a Nationals uniform. He followed his 100th longball with three more, setting a new career high and matching a Nationals record with home runs in four straight games. He enters Monday sitting on the precipice of becoming the first player in franchise history to hit one in five consecutive contests.

With home runs in all three games the Nationals played in Philadelphia April 15-17, and dating back to 2015, Harper tied Ernie Banks (1955) as the only visiting players in MLB history to homer in six straight games in Philadelphia.

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This is the fourth Player of the Week award of Harper’s career after he took home three during his 2015 NL MVP campaign (May 4-10, May 11-17, & Sept. 14-20, 2015), and his first of 2016. It is the 19th such honor for the Nationals organization.

Harper adds to the haul brought in by Max Scherzer (June 15-21 & Sept. 28-Oct. 4), Stephen Strasburg (Sept. 14-20, 2015 & June 7-13, 2010), Jordan Zimmermann (Sept. 22-28, 2014; June 2-8, 2014), Adam LaRoche (Sept. 1-7, 2014), Jayson Werth (June 30-July 6, 2014), Ryan Zimmerman (July 16-22, 2012; Aug. 15-21, 2011; July 30-Aug. 5, 2007), Josh Willingham (July 27-Aug. 2, 2009), Cristian Guzman (Aug. 25-31, 2008), and Nick Johnson (May 31-June 6, 2005) as honorees.

Nationals Game Notes: April 17 at Philadelphia

Washington Nationals (9-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-7)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [0-0, 0.00] | RHP Charlie Morton [0-1, 5.23]
Sunday, April 17 l Game #11 / Road #5 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, PA
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

20160417 lineupSTARTING STRONG…
The Nationals pushed their winning streak to seven consecutive games on Saturday night with an 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, improving to 9-1 on the season…Owners of the best record in the Major Leagues, the Nationals’ fast start has placed them into the record books:

  • The 9-1 start is not only the best in Nationals history (2005-present), but it’s also the best in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history, and the best in D.C. baseball history.
  • Both the 1974 Montreal Expos and the 1951 Washington Senators began the season 7-2, the previous best.
  • The 2015 Nationals’ longest winning streak stretched to eight games, which the 2016 Nationals could match this afternoon in Philadelphia.

…STARTS WITH STARTING STRONG
RHP Max Scherzer continued the Nationals’ strong stretch of starting pitching with 7.0 innings allowing just one run on Saturday, making it the fifth straight game a Nationals starter has allowed two earned runs or fewer.

  • Through the season’s first 10 games, the Nationals’ starting pitching staff has worked to a Major League-best 1.93 ERA…The next closest team, the Chicago Cubs, has posted a 2.49 ERA.
  • Nationals’ starters have been exceptional this last turn through the rotation, having allowed just three earned runs in their last 35.1 innings…Nationals starters have averaged 7.0 IP in this stretch and combined on a 0.76 ERA.

FEELING RIGHT AT HOME
Nationals OF Bryce Harper homered for the third consecutive game on Saturday night, his fifth straight game at Citizens Bank Park with a longball, dating to 2015.

  • Harper now has at least two hits and at least one home run in his last five games at Citizens Bank Park…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harper joins Jim Bottomley as the only opposing players in modern MLB history (since 1900) to have two hits and at least one home run in five straight games at PHI…Bottomley did so for the St. Louis Cardinals from July 5-9, 1929.
  • Also via Elias, Harper is the fourth visiting player to homer in five straight games against Philadelphia, joining Bottomley (1929), Ernie Banks (1955), and current Phillies broadcaster Matt Stairs (2004-07), who came over to the Phillies’ side in 2008 and played for the Nationals in 2011…Only Banks extended his streak to six games.
  • Harper’s current three-game home run streak ties the longest of his career, done three times before, all in 2015 (May 6-9, Sept. 4-6, Sept. 14-16)…Should he homer in Sunday’s contest it would be the longest consecutive stretch of games with a home run in his career.

Learn more about tonight’s match-up, including plenty of pitcher and hitter notes in today’s game notes:

Nationals Game Notes: April 16 at Philadelphia

Washington Nationals (8-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-6)
RHP Max Scherzer [1-0, 4.15] | RHP Aaron Nola [0-1, 3.21]
Saturday, April 16 l Game #10 / Road #4 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, PA
Television: MASN l Radio: 99.1 WDCH & Nationals Radio Network

4162016lineupIT’S NOT HOW YOU START, BUT…
The Nationals pushed their winning streak to six consecutive games on Friday night with a 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, improving to 8-1 on the season…Owners of the best record in the Major Leagues, the Nationals’ fast start has placed them into the record books:

  • The 8-1 start is not only the best in Nationals history (2005-present), but it’s also the best in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history, and the best in D.C. baseball history.
  • Both the 1974 Montreal Expos and the 1951 Washington Senators began the season 7-2, the previous best.

…MAYBE IT IS HOW YOU START…
Nationals RHP Joe Ross tossed 7.2 shutout innings on Friday night, making it the fourth straight game a Nationals starter has allowed two earned runs or fewer, and the third in the last four in which they’d not allowed a run.

  • Through the season’s first nine games, the Nationals’ starting pitching staff has worked to a Major League-best 2.01 ERA…The next closest team, the Chicago White Sox, has posted a 2.37 ERA.
  • Nationals’ starters have been even sharper of late, having allowed just two earned runs in their last 28.1 innings…Nationals starters have averaged 7.0 IP in this stretch and combined on a 0.64 ERA.

…SERIOUSLY, IT’S HOW YOU START
Nationals OF Michael A. Taylor launched his third career leadoff home run on Friday night when he sent Jeremy Hellickson’s second pitch of the game into the left field seats…It was the first game-opening home run for the Nationals this season and keyed a five-run first inning from which Washington did not look back.

  • The five-run first marked the Nationals’ season high for runs in an inning and was the first time the Nationals batted around this year.

Learn more about tonight’s match-up, including plenty of pitcher and hitter notes in today’s game notes:

 

Nationals Game Notes: April 15 at Philadelphia

Washington Nationals (7-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-5)
RHP Joe Ross [1-0, 1.29] | RHP Jeremy Hellickson [1-0, 1.54]
Friday, April 15 l Game #9 / Road #3 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, PA
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

4152016lineupIT MAY NOT BE HOW YOU START, BUT…
The Nationals completed a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 6-2 victory on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, improving to 7-1 on the season…The 2016 Nationals are the first team to start a season 7-1 since baseball returned to the District in 2005.

  • The 7-1 start is the best in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history since the 1974 Expos started the season with the same record.
  • The only other D.C. team to start a season 7-1 was the 1951 Washington Senators.

AIN’T 1 0 0 GRAND?
Nationals RF Bryce Harper entered Thursday’s contest having hit 99 career home runs — but not a single one of them had been a grand slam…With a vicious third-inning swing on a bases-loaded 1-0 pitch from RHP Julio Teheran, Harper changed that, and became the first player in Major League history whose 100th career home run and first career grand slam came on the same swing.

  • At 23 years, 181 days old, Harper became the eighth-youngest player in MLB history to reach the 100-homer mark.
  • Harper joined Ryan Zimmerman (200) and Ian Desmond (110) as the only players in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to eclipse the 100-HR milestone while wearing a Nationals uniform.
  • In addition, on Sunday vs. MIA, Harper became the sixth player in Nationals history to record 100 doubles, joining: Ryan Zimmerman (321), Ian Desmond (185), Jayson Werth (124), Danny Espinosa (115) and Nick Johnson (105).
  • Harper, Zimmerman and Desmond are the only players to hit the 100-100 mark while with the Nationals.

CAN’T TOUCH THIS
This weekend’s series in Philadelphia will pit the two lowest-ERA starting pitching staffs in MLB against one another…The Nationals’ starting staff has worked to a 2.33 ERA through the first eight games of the season, averaging 6.1 IP per starter…In 10 games, the Phillies’ starting staff has posted a 2.14 ERA and is also averaging 6.1 IP per starter.

Learn more about tonight’s match-up, including plenty of pitcher and hitter notes in today’s game notes:

Today in Nationals’ History: Major League Baseball returns to D.C.

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April 14, 2005 – In the first Major League game played in Washington D.C. since September 30, 1971, the Nationals beat the Diamondbacks at RFK Stadium, 5-3. President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch after receiving the ball from Joe Grzenda, the former Washington Senators reliever who threw the final pitch in Senators’ history. Livan Hernandez earned the win, allowing three earned runs on three hits in 8.1 innings of work. Vinny Castilla hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth inning.

Legacy Fields: Field Renovation Program Starts with Ryan Zimmerman Field

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Although it was rainy and cold, this past Saturday D.C. Little Leaguers and their families gathered with Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Under Armour for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Ryan Zimmerman Field at Randall Recreation Center in Southwest D.C.

Ryan Zimmerman Field is the first “Legacy Field” of the Nationals’ new field renovation program. Located just a few blocks from Nationals Park, the field will serve the surrounding community by hosting Capitol Hill Little League games and other D.C. youth sports games throughout the year.

Nationals announce 2016 Opening Day roster

Opening Day roster

The Washington Nationals announced their 2016 Opening Day 25-man roster on Sunday, in preparation for Opening Day on Monday afternoon at Atlanta.

The Nationals’ Opening Day roster is comprised of 12 pitchers (nine right-handed pitchers, three left-handed pitchers), two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders. Two players who joined Nationals’ Spring Training as non-roster invitees made the club: RHP Matt Belisle and OF Chris Heisey.

Eight of the players on the team’s active roster have joined the organization since the end of the 2015 season, and 19 members of the Nationals’ veteran-laden 25-man roster have previous postseason experience.

PITCHERS CATCHERS INFIELDERS OUTFIELDERS
RHP Matt Belisle C Jose Lobaton INF Stephen Drew OF Bryce Harper
RHP Shawn Kelley C Wilson Ramos INF Danny Espinosa OF Chris Heisey
RHP Jonathan Papelbon   INF Daniel Murphy OF Ben Revere
RHP Yusmeiro Petit   INF Anthony Rendon OF Michael A. Taylor
RHP Tanner Roark   1B/OF Clint Robinson OF Jayson Werth
RHP Joe Ross   1B Ryan Zimmerman  
RHP Max Scherzer      
RHP Stephen Strasburg      
RHP Blake Treinen      
LHP Gio Gonzalez      
LHP Oliver Perez      
LHP Felipe Rivero      
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