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San Francisco Giants (52-66) vs. Washington Nationals (58-60)
RHP Tim Lincecum (6-11, 4.18) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (13-6, 3.10)
Rafael Soriano notched his 30th save of the season Tuesday night, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth to seal Washington’s 4-2 win over the Giants. In so doing, he became the sixth player in Major League Baseball history with at least 30 saves for at least three different teams and the Nationals became the sixth different franchise with three different 30-save closers in a least three consecutive years:
30+ saves on 3+ teams:
Randy Myers (Reds, Padres, Cubs, Orioles)
Lee Smith (Cubs, Cardinals, Orioles, Angels)
Jose Mesa (Indians, Mariners, Phillies, Pirates)
Billy Wagner (Astros, Phillies, Mets, Braves)
Doug Jones (Indians, Astros, Brewers)
Rafael Soriano (Rays, Yankees, Nationals)
3+ different closers with 30+ saves in 3+ consecutive years:
Florida Marlins (2004-2007): Benitez, Jones, Borowski, Gregg
Cincinnati Reds (1989-1991): Franco, Myers, Dibble
Atlanta Braves (1997-1999): Wohlers, Ligtenberg, Rocker
Oakland Athletics (2001-2003): Isringhausen, Koch, Foulke
Toronto Blue Jays (2005-2007): Batista, Ryan, Accardo
Washington Nationals (2011-2013): Storen, Clippard, Soriano
In addition, the Nationals have seven different saves leaders in the past seven years:
2007 Chad Cordero (37)
2008 Jon Rauch (17)
2009 Mike MacDougal (20)
2010 Matt Capps (26)
2011 Drew Storen (43)
2012 Tyler Clippard (32)
2013 Rafael Soriano (30)
1. Denard Span CF
2. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
3. Bryce Harper LF
4. Jayson Werth RF
5. Ian Desmond SS
6. Adam LaRoche 1B
7. Anthony Rendon 2B
8. Kurt Suzuki C
9. Jordan Zimmermann RHP
START ME UP
Tonight’s matchup of starters is a rematch of the last time Tim Lincecum pitched in Washington, on July 3, 2012 against Jordan Zimmermann. In that game, the Nationals tagged the former Cy Young Award winner for eight runs, seven earned, in just 3.1 innings of work. Meanwhile, Zimmermann allowed just two runs (one earned) in six solid frames as Washington went on to defeat San Francisco, 9-3.
A WERTHY CONTENDER
Jayson Werth’s .410 batting average since July 1 is easily the best in all of baseball, well ahead of his next closest competitor – Detroit’s Victor Martinez – who clocks in at .384 over the same span. Werth’s .327 season average would rank third in the National League if he had enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title (Chris Johnson .337, Yadier Molina .330).
EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Ian Desmond’s fourth-inning double on Tuesday was his 50th extra-base hit (32 doubles, two triples, 16 homers) of 2013. No other MLB shortstop has more than 40 extra-base hits this season. With 32 in the bag, Desmond’s next double will match his career high (33 in 2012).
Atlanta Braves (69-45) vs. Washington Nationals (54-59)
RHP Kris Medlen (8-10, 3.85) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (13-6, 3.06)
As music has become an increasingly popular element of baseball – from the pregame play list during batting practice to the players’ walk up songs – we have decided to incorporate different musical themes throughout the season. Motown Monday made its debut earlier this year, and tonight the Nationals will be celebrating the music of the Frank, Dean and Sammy. That’s right, it’s Rat Pack Night in The District. Check out which Rat Pack classics your favorites players will be walking out to tonight:
1. Denard Span, CF: Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra
2. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B: Summer Wind by Frank Sinatra
3. Bryce Harper, LF: Luck Be a Lady by Frank Sinatra
4. Jayson Werth, RF: My Way by Frank Sinatra
5. Adam LaRoche, 1B: I Get a Kick Out of You by Frank Sinatra
6. Ian Desmond, SS: The Best is Yet to Come by Frank Sinatra
7. Anthony Rendon, 2B: Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
8. Wilson Ramos, C: Mambo Italiano by Dean Martin
9. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP: Ain’t That a Kick in the Head by Dean Martin
Roger Bernadina: Send Me the Pillow You Dream On by Dean Martin
Scott Hairston: That Old Luck Sun by Dean Martin
Steve Lombardozzi: Back In Your Own Backyard by Sammy Davis Jr.
Chad Tracy: They Can’t Take That Away From Me by Frank Sinatra
Kurt Suzuki: In the Misty Moonlight by Dean Martin
Fernando Abad: Sway by Dean Martin
Tyler Clippard: That’s Life by Frank Sinatra
Ian Krol: Chicago, My Kind of Town by Frank Sinatra
Ryan Mattheus: When The Feeling Hits You by Sammy Davis Jr.
Tanner Roark: I Should Care by Sammy Davis Jr.
Rafael Soriano: Dancing in the Dark by Frank Sinatra
Craig Stammen: Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra
Nine of the 12 games between the Nationals and Braves in 2013 have been decided by two runs or less. In 2012, the Nationals (98-64) claimed their first NL East flag over the 94-win Braves and finished ahead of Atlanta in the NL East standings for the first time since 1994. Washington is 3-1-1 in season series play against the Braves dating to 2008.
CLIP AND SAVE
On June 25, 2009 vs. Boston, Tyler Clippard made his MLB debut as a reliever and struck out a pair in 2.0 innings of work. Since his debut, Clippard leads the majors in relief strikeouts with 420:
1. Tyler Clippard (Washington) 420
2. Carlos Marmol (CHI – LAD) 396
3. Jonathan Papelbon (BOS – PHI) 373
TOPPS FOR JULY
Nationals Minor League outfielder Billy Burns, recently promoted to Double-A Harrisburg, was named the Carolina League’s Topps Player of the Month for July. Over the course of 24 contests in July, Burns hit .359 with eight walks, six hit-by-pitches, five doubles, three triples, 16 runs scored, 10 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. Burns logged an on-base percentage of .443 and a slugging percentage of .478, compiling a .922 OPS. Originally selected in the 32nd round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Burns departed the Carolina League as the circuit leader in stolen bases (51), OBP (.417), and triples (9).
The photo gallery below is a supplemental bonus feature for the cover article Jordan Zimmermann: Red Granite, from Issue 3 of the 2013 Nationals Magazine. Beginning this season, we will provide links, text shortcodes and QR codes to digital features like this one throughout Nationals Magazine and Inside Pitch.
Washington Nationals (53-56) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (46-63)
RHP Dan Haren (5-11, 5.49) vs. RHP Donovan Hand (0-2, 3.56)
Jordan Zimmermann earned his career-high 13th victory of the season to help the Nationals get back in the win column at the expense of the Brewers in the series opener Friday night. Dan Haren looks to keep his solid string of starts going since returning from the disabled list as Washington hopes to beat rookie Donovan Hand, who took a no decision after allowing three runs in five innings in an 8-5 Nationals victory on July 4.
1. Span CF
2. Harper LF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. Werth RF
5. LaRoche 1B
6. Desmond SS
7. Rendon 2B
8. Ramos C
9. Haren RHP
Jordan Zimmermann improved to 4-0 in four career starts against his home-state team, holding the Brewers scoreless over six frames. Although they managed four hits and four walks, the Brewers went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Zimmermann has allowed just six runs to Milwaukee in 24.2 innings of work (2.19 ERA), striking out 23 while walking just seven in his career.
A SOLID SPAN
Fresh off his best month of the season in July, during which he batted .289/.349/.402 with his first two home runs, Denard Span opened August with his third multi-hit performance in four games. Span is 9-for-15 (.600) with a walk, a double, a home run, five runs scored and three RBI over that stretch.
WERTH THE WAIT
Jayson Werth had three more hits Friday night, giving him 19 multi-hit affairs in 51 games since returning from the disabled list. He is batting .337 (60-for-178) with 25 walks, eight doubles, 11 home runs, 30 runs scored, 33 RBI and a .415 OBP since rejoining the lineup June 4.
To the last minute.
To the last second.
To the last man.
Of all the things asked of Bryce Harper at such a young age, team leader has not been among them. But after a disappointing first two-thirds of the season, the 20-year-old spoke up the other day, then went out and provided the Nationals with a personal slogan, emblazoned on red camouflage workout shirts, prior to Friday’s game. It is a quote with which those who follow the young outfielder on Twitter may be familiar, from the movie Red Tails, about the Tuskegee Airmen.
The emotional team leader role had been shouldered largely by Ian Desmond thus far in 2013, but he seemed happy to have a second voice in the clubhouse speaking up at this critical juncture in the season.
“I think they’re great,” he said of the T-shirts, displaying his own for the media to see. “It’s good to see him coming into his own.”
As for Harper’s ability to walk the walk, he launched a second deck home run and drove in two of Washington’s four runs Friday night as the Nationals got back in the win column with a 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
“He rises to the occasion pretty well, if you hadn’t noticed,” quipped Desmond of his teammate after the victory.
Desmond himself got Washington on the board first, taking advantage of a bad route by Carlos Gomez to snag a leadoff double in the fifth, then stealing third and scoring as the throw skipped down the left field line. It was one of the game’s little swings that has seemed to go against Washington all year, but finally broke in their favor.
Of course, in order to once again accomplish their goal of playing in baseball’s postseason, nearly everything will have to go right for the Nationals. That was Davey Johnson’s point of emphasis after the game.
“We have to play really good from here on out to have any chance at all,” he stressed. “I think our guys know that.”
They will need more offense from Denard Span, like the quality at-bat he put in leading off the top of the ninth inning Friday night after quickly falling behind former Nationals lefty Michael Gonzalez 0-2. He fouled off a fastball, took a couple of tough sliders for balls, fouled another breaking ball off, then spoiled the fifth slider of the at-bat for a humpback liner, over third baseman Jeff Bianchi’s head and into left field. He would speed into second for a leadoff double, later padding the Nationals lead back to three runs after the Brewers had gotten one back in the bottom of the eighth.
The Nationals will also need the likes of Ryan Mattheus to fill the void in the seventh inning as he did with one of his best appearances of the season, and easily the strongest since returning from the disabled list. Mattheus got a strike out followed by a pair of grounders from the top two hitters in the Milwaukee order, following Jordan Zimmermann’s six scoreless innings with one of his own.
Speaking of Zimmermann, Washington needs his return to his first half form, as well as for Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez to continue to do what they have done most of the year. Dan Haren, who has pitched well in four starts since his own return from the DL, will be counted on to continue to do so the rest of the way.
But there is a sense among some – Harper and Desmond included – that they need a little extra fire to make all these things happen. If they can continue to lead the way as they did on Friday night, maybe they can close the 6.5 games remaining between themselves and a postseason spot over the final 53 games.
8.2.13 – Nationals 4, Brewers 1
Stat of the Game: Jordan Zimmermann delivered six scoreless frames for his career-high 13th win of the season.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Bryce Harper tied the team lead with his 16th home run and drove in a pair.
It Was Over When: Washington added an insurance run in the top of the ninth to pad the lead and provide the final margin.
Washington Nationals (52-56) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (46-62)
RHP Jordan Zimmermann (12-6, 3.19) vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-4, 2.83)
The Nationals have offered a couple of lengthy extensions to players in the last couple of seasons, first signing Gio Gonzalez to a five-year deal with a sixth year club option last January, then following that with Ryan Zimmerman’s seven-year deal, which will retain the Face of the Franchise for the foreseeable future. But Thursday evening, the club offered arguably its most important extension yet, to its top executive, Mike Rizzo.
In addition to a multi-year contract renewal, Rizzo was promoted to President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, a show of faith for the tremendous strides he has made with the Nationals organization. During Rizzo’s tenure as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and GM, Washington saw its farm system rise from dead last all the way to the top of the Baseball America rankings and saw the Major League club go from 103 losses in 2009 to 98 wins last season. The club now consists of one of the youngest, most cost-controlled rosters in the game, with a large window of contention and a bright future ahead.
“It’s humbling and very fulfilling for me,” said Rizzo in the dugout at Miller Park before the Nationals opened the final third of the 2013 season against the Milwaukee Brewers. “I’m not going to change the way I do my job one bit. I’m going to attack the job the way I always have, with hard work and good decisions, and continue to hire good people and let them do their work.”
Rizzo has been in charge of Washington’s drafts since the 2007 season, when he signed Ross Detwiler and second-round pick Jordan Zimmermann, out of little-known Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He took Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper number one overall in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010, but also the likes of Taylor Jordan (ninth round, ’09) Nathan Karns (12th round, ’09) and quick rising Minor League arms A.J. Cole (fourth round, ’10) and Robbie Ray (12th round, ’10).
“I think it’s great,” said manager Davey Johnson of Rizzo’s promotion and extension. “I’ve made no secret I think he’s a great baseball man.”
1. Harper LF
2. Rendon 2B
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. Werth RF
5. LaRoche 1B
6. Desmond SS
7. Span CF
8. Ramos C
9. Zimmermann RHP
A WERTHY P.O.M. CANDIDATE
During the month of July, Jayson Werth led the National League in OPS (1.072), on-base percentage (.450) and RBI (22). He also ranked among the Senior Circuit’s top five in home runs (tied-second, seven), batting average (second, .367) and slugging percentage (fifth, .622).
CLASS OF 2005
A closer look at where Ryan Zimmerman ranks among the MLB Draft Class of 2005, which included, among others: Ryan Braun, Jay Bruce, Jacoby Ellsbury, Alex Gordon, Andrew McCutchen, Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Upton.
Home Runs: Second, 165 (Braun, 211)
RBI: Second, 647 (Braun, 681)
Hits: First, 1208
BELOW THE SURFACE
The .547 winning percentage (309-256) posted by the Nationals Minor League system currently ranks fourth among Major League Baseball’s 30 franchises. Washington trails only Houston (.573), Texas (.566), and San Francsico (.554). The Nationals system has registered winning records each of the last five seasons (2008-12), but has never finished among the top five.
Washington Nationals (52-54) vs. Detroit Tigers (59-45)
RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-8, 2.85) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 2.68)
The All-Star break provides a number of opportunities for players. The four days are a chance to catch your breath, lick your wounds, and get a mental restart for the stretch run. For managers though, it also provides a chance to reset the pitching rotation to best match up with opponents.
In Davey Johnson’s case, that meant he could line up Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez for this two-game set against Detroit, beginning Tuesday night in the Motor City. It also means Jordan Zimmermann will get to start back in his home state of Wisconsin on Friday night in Milwaukee, where he delivered six strong innings to earn his fourth win in a very strong month of August last season.
Of course, it also means the rotation will roll over once more, setting up the top three Washington starters to pitch during the Nationals upcoming August 5-7 home series with Atlanta. With a little tinkering, Johnson could work around the off days to do the same for the road series against the Braves, August 16-18 at Turner Field.
The ability to set up the top of the rotation is great, but it is made all the more important by the success of the rest of the starters, like the three huge starts delivered by Ross Ohlendorf, Dan Haren and Taylor Jordan over the weekend. After one of their toughest losses of the season in the opening game of the doubleheader with the Mets on Friday – and with All-Star Game starter Matt Harvey and Nats nemesis Dillon Gee on the horizon – Washington needed big performances from all three to have a successful weekend.
That’s exactly what they got. Ohlendorf, Haren and Jordan combined to deliver 20 innings over which each allowed just a single earned run (1.35 combined ERA) on 14 total hits and four walks while striking out 21 Mets batters. The offense did just enough to muster a win Friday night, with Ryan Zimmerman providing the ninth-inning heroics, then powered three home runs Saturday and came alive to set season highs in hits and runs on Sunday. That gave the Nationals three straight wins heading into their current Midwest road trip.
If the rotation can continue to feed off of itself and the lineup behind it finds its groove, the Nationals will be as well positioned as they could possibly hope for the upcoming division showdowns with Atlanta that may well determine the fate of the division.
1. Harper LF
2. Rendon 2B
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. LaRoche 1B
5. Werth RF
6. Desmond SS
7. Span CF
8. Ramos C
9. Tracy DH
BETTER AT-BATS = BETTER BALL
The Nationals won four of the final five games on their season-long 11-game homestand. They batted .302 (52-for-172) and plated 29 runs during the 4-1 surge since last Thursday, averaging 5.8 runs per game over that stretch.
WERTH THE WAIT
Jayson Werth is batting .331 (56-for-169) with 23 walks, seven doubles, 11 home runs, 30 runs scored, 32 RBI, and a .410 OBP in 48 games since returning from the disabled list (right hamstring) on June 4. During the month of July, Werth paces the National League in batting average (.376), OPS (1.103), on-base percentage (.455) and RBI (21). He also ranks among the Senior Circuit’s top five in home runs (tied-second, seven), slugging percentage (third, .647) and hits (tied-fifth, 32).
With Wilson Ramos’ bases-clearing blast in the third inning on Sunday, the Nationals have now blasted three grand slams in 2013. The club went 70 games before hitting a grand slam, with Ian Desmond providing the first of the year, in the 11th inning on June 19 in Philadelphia. Since then, Washington has collected three in 36 games, also including Ryan Zimmerman’s shot against San Diego on July 7 in The District.
Pittsburgh Pirates (59-39) vs. Washington Nationals (48-52)
LHP Francisco Liriano (9-4, 2.44) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-7, 2.97)
The Nationals look to end their season-high five-game losing streak as they send Stephen Strasburg to the mound to face Francisco Liriano. It will be Strasburg’s first appearance against the Pirates at home in D.C. since his Major League debut on June 8, 2010, in which he fanned 14 in a 5-2 victory.
1. Hairston LF
2. Rendon SS
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. Werth RF
5. LaRoche 1B
6. Ramos C
7. Span CF
8. Lombardozzi 2B
9. Strasburg RHP
THE BUC STOPS HERE
Strasburg has had great success against the Pirates thus far in his career, going 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA (7 ER/20.0 IP) and 35 strikeouts (15.8 K/9 IP) against just four walks (8.75 K/BB rats) in his first three starts. The Nationals have won all three of those games against Pittsburgh.
Gio Gonzalez (ninth, 2.89), Stephen Strasburg (12th, 2.97) and Jordan Zimmermann (14th, 3.01) all rank among the National League’s top 15 in ERA this season. Nationals Pitching Coach Steve McCatty’s rotation is the only one in Major League Baseball with three pitchers ranked among their respective league’s top 15 in ERA. Only St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle and Texas have two pitchers ranked on either of those lists.
WERTH THE WAIT
Jayson Werth is batting .322 (48-for-149) with 20 walks, seven doubles, 10 home runs, 25 runs scored, 29 RBI and a .401 OBP in 42 games since returning from the Disabled List (right hamstring) on June 4. Werth’s 1.126 OPS in July ranks third in the National League behind only Hanley Ramirez (1.167) and Andrew McCutchen (1.147).
There has been plenty written about the Nationals the past few days and what it will take for them to play in October this season.
We’ll leave the “to reach x wins, they need to go xx-xx the rest of the way” predictions to others. As Davey Johnson and his troops have expressed over recent weeks, what the team needs to do is play at the level its capable of with more consistency. It doesn’t really matter how many games are left, or against whom. We all know this team is capable – when they are playing their best – of beating anyone.
They’ll get their first test immediately out of the All-Star break. The suddenly hot Los Angeles Dodgers come to town to open an 11-game, 10-day homestand, during which they will throw recently acquired Nationals nemesis Ricky Nolasco, along with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. Things don’t get easier from there, as the contending Pittsburgh Pirates visit for four games beginning next week. The homestand concludes with a Matt Harvey-headlined doubleheader followed by a pair of weekend games against the scrappy New York Mets.
Of course, the Nationals will counter with arguable the healthiest team they’ve fielded since the first week of the season. With the lineup at full strength, the only pieces missing are Ross Detwiler and Ryan Mattheus, both expected back off the disabled list soon. Washington will also be throwing Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann in the three Dodgers games, putting its own best pitching foot forward. Dan Haren, who has a 1.64 ERA (2 ER/11.0 IP) and 14 strikeouts in his two outings since his own return from the DL may be starting to show signs of being the solid veteran pickup that Mike Rizzo and company were hoping for when they signed him last offseason. With Taylor Jordan solidly holding down the fort at the back of the rotation in the meantime, the starting staff looks poised to lead the way.
Meanwhile, Rafael Soriano has closed out 25 of 29 save opportunities with a 2.25 ERA on the season. Tyler Clippard has been one of the best relievers in the game, winning six games out of the ‘pen while posting better than a strikeout per inning and a sub-2.00 ERA. Ian Krol and Fernando Abad have given Washington two lefty relievers they did not have at the beginning of the year, both joining Clippard in the sub-2.00 club thus far. Factor in some solid contributions out of the long-man spot by Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.74 ERA) and the bullpen looks as solid as it has all year.
It’s taken a few months for all these pieces to come together and be on the field at the same time. But with a fully rested and healthy squad coming back from the All-Star break, these Nationals look as well constructed as they have been all year to finally put together the extended run that has thus far eluded them, the one they all know they will need to bring October NATITUDE back to The District.