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Highlights: 6.30.13

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6.30.13 – Nationals 13, Mets 2

Stat of the Game: The Nationals blasted four home runs and set a season high with 13 runs scored to take the series.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Gio Gonzalez allowed just three hits and two walks over seven scoreless frames to earn the victory.

It Was Over When: Washington opened the game up with a four-run second inning and put it well out of reach with six runs in the eighth.

What to Watch for: 6.30.13

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Washington Nationals (40-40) vs. New York Mets (33-44)

LHP Gio Gonzalez (4-3, 3.31) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (1-0, 3.18)

The Nationals and Mets split the first two games of the series, setting up a rubber-match between promising rookie Zack Wheeler and lefty ace Gio Gonzalez in today’s Sunday matinee. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in four career starts against the Mets at Citi Field.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Rendon 2B

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Werth RF

6. Desmond SS

7. Bernadina LF

8. Suzuki C

9. Gonzalez LHP

THE SERIES

Washington has won 14 of its last 18 games at Citi Field. The Nationals are also 10-2 in one-run games against the Mets since the beginning of 2011. Washington has claimed two straight season-series (14-4 in 2012, 10-8 in 2011), but are just 3-4 against New York so far this season.

HARPER HEALING

Playing for Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday, Bryce Harper went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored at Bowie. In four rehab contests (two in Double-A Eastern League, two in Single-A Carolina League) this week, Harper has gone 4-for-11 (.364) with three walks, a double, a triple, a home run, five runs scored and three RBI.

OPPORTUNITY’S KNOCKING

At 5-4 (4-3 at home, 1-1 on the road), the Nationals are nine games into a 49-game stretch (June 20-August 15) in which they will enjoy 34 games within the comfy confines of Nationals Park. Washington is playing .579-ball in D.C. (22-16), but has struggled some on the road (18-24, .429).

Highlights: 6.29.13

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6.29.13 – Mets 5, Nationals 1

Stat of the Game: Kurt Suzuki had three of Washington’s seven hits and also drove in the lone run for the Nationals.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Taylor Jordan was solid in his Major League debut, as only one of the three runs he allowed was earned.

It Was Over When: The Mets scored twice in the sixth to double their lead, providing the game’s final margin.

What to Watch for: 6.29.13

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Washington Nationals (40-39) vs. New York Mets (32-44)

RHP Taylor Jordan (NR, -.–) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.82)

Following Friday night’s thrilling, come-from-behind victory, the Nationals turn to Taylor Jordan, called up for his Major League debut for this Saturday matinee. Washington can secure its second straight series with a win in Flushing.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Rendon 2B

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Werth RF

6. Desmond SS

7. Bernadina LF

8. Suzuki C

9. Jordan RHP

ROAD RALLY

Ian Desmond homered off Matt Harvey in the fifth inning and doubled home Jayson Werth to snap a 4-4 tie in the ninth to lift the Nationals to an unlikely 6-4 victory over the host Mets on Friday night at Citi Field. Trailing 4-1, Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run double with two outs in the eighth tied the game and set the stage for Desmond’s 10th game-winning RBI of the season. The Nationals posted their 17th comeback win and matched their largest deficit (three runs) overcome to win this season.

NATIONALS CALL ON THE KID WITH TWO FIRST NAMES

Taylor Jordan becomes the ninth starter to toe the rubber in a starting role for Washington in 2013. During last year’s 98-win NL East Championship, Davey Johnson employed the services of only eight starting pitchers. With today’s start, Jordan will become the 10th pitcher drafted and developed by the Nationals to start a game for Washington, joining John Lannan (124 starts), Jordan Zimmermann (97), Ross Detwiler (67), Stephen Strasburg (60), Craig Stammen (38), Tom Milone (5), Nathan Karns (3), Brad Peacock (2) and Marco Estrada (1).

JUNE BOON

With 25, Ian Desmond has already set a Nationals (2005-present) record for RBI in the month of June. The only Nationals to post as many or more RBI than Desmond’s 25 in any calendar month are Adam Dunn (27, May ‘09) and Ryan Zimmerman (26, September/October ‘12; 25, Aug. ‘07).

Highlights: 6.28.13

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6.28.13 – Nationals 6, Mets 4

Stat of the Game: The Nationals matched their biggest deficit overcome on the season, rebounding from a 4-1 hole with just six outs to go.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Ian Desmond broke up Matt Harvey’s perfect game with a home run in the fifth and put Washington ahead for good with an RBI-double in the ninth.

It Was Over When: Kurt Suzuki‘s sac fly added an insurance run and Drew Storen slammed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the year.

What to Watch for: 6.28.13

Washington Nationals (39-39) vs. New York Mets (32-43)

LHP Ross Detwiler (2-6, 4.18) vs. RHP Matt Harvey (7-1, 2.05)

Following their series victory over NL West-leading Arizona, the Nationals hit the road for a quick, three-game pit stop in New York before heading back to D.C. next week. Ross Detwiler takes the hill against Mets ace Matt Harvey in the series opener as Washington looks to get back above the .500 mark.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Rendon 2B

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Werth RF

6. Desmond SS

7. Bernadina LF

8. Suzuki C

9. Detwiler LHP

GOOD WOOD, SLICK LEATHER

Ian Desmond leads all Major League shortstops with nine game-winning RBI and 34 extra-base hits (19 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs). Remarkably, 10 of Desmond’s 13 long balls have been go-ahead homers. Defensively, Desmond has played a career-high and D.C.-baseball record 59 consecutive errorless games (235 total chances) as a shortstop since last committing a miscue, April 21 at New York Mets. This is currently the longest streak of its kind among MLB shortstops.

BULL-PENNINGS

In 19 games/62.2 innings dating to the June 8 series opener vs. Minnesota, Jim Lett’s bullpen is 4-4 with seven holds, six saves (zero blown saves), 62 strikeouts and a 1.72 ERA (12 ER/62.2 IP). In that span, the bullpen has lowered its season ERA from 4.06 to 3.46.

BREAKING EVEN

At 39-39, the Nationals currently own a .500 record for a Major League-high 17th time this year (excluding their season-opening 0-0 record). In recent weeks, the Nationals have sported almost methodical 27-27, 28-28, 29-29, 31-31, 32-32, 33-33, 34-34, 36-36, 37-37, 38-38 and 39-39 marks. Minnesota has been at .500 12 times, second-most in baseball.

Highlights: 6.5.13

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6.5.13 – Mets 10, Nationals 1

Stat of the Game: The Nationals racked up 10 hits, including two apiece by Denard Span and Kurt Suzuki, but scored just once.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Ian Krol impressed in his Major League debut, striking out the side in a scoreless inning of relief.

It Was Over When: Marlon Byrd hit his second home run of the night to cap a three-run third inning.

What to Watch for: 6.5.13

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New York Mets (22-33) vs. Washington Nationals (29-29)

RHP Dillon Gee (3-6, 5.68) vs. RHP Dan Haren (4-6, 5.09) 

After 57 games without a walk-off win, the Nationals earned their first of the 2013 season last night off the bat of Steve Lombardozzi, who looped a sac fly to left with to score Adam LaRoche from third base in the ninth inning. With Dan Haren on the mound tonight, the Nats look to build off last night’s late rally and provide better run support, after only collecting three hits in Haren’s last start against the Orioles.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Werth RF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Rendon 2B

7. Lombardozzi LF

8. Suzuki C

9. Haren RHP

NOW THAT’S A PLATE APPEARANCE

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steve Lombardozzi’s nine-pitch sac fly was the longest plate appearance of the season to conclude in a game-ending RBI. In fact, the last player to end a game with a plate appearance lasting in excess of nine pitches was Jayson Werth, who homered on the 13th pitch of his ninth-inning at-bat in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against St. Louis to give the Nationals a 2-1 win.

FIRST BLOOD

The Nationals are 22-5 when scoring first in 2013 and their corresponding .815 winning percentage ranks second among National League teams behind only Atlanta (24-3, .889).

GOOD WOOD, SLICK LEATHER

Ian Desmond has hit safely in eight straight games at a .333 clip (10-for-30) with three doubles, two homers, three RBI, a walk and four runs scored. Defensively, Desmond has played 39 consecutive errorless games (155 total chances) since last committing an error on April 21 against the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Highlights: 6.4.13

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6.4.13 – Nationals 3, Mets 2

Stat of the Game: Steve Lombardozzi delivered Washington’s first walk-off win of the season, capping a two-run ninth with a game-winning sacrifice fly.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Ian Desmond extended his hitting streak to eight games with his eighth home run, then doubled in the ninth to move the winning run to third base.

It Was Over When: Lombardozzi’s fly ball forced Mets left fielder Mike Baxter deep enough on his heels to allow Adam LaRoche to race home from third with the winning run.

What to Watch for: 6.4.13

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New York Mets (22-32) vs. Washington Nationals (28-29)

RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.74) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-3, 2.37) 

After coming off a series loss in Atlanta, the Nationals look to turn things around at home with their most consistent starter on the mound. Jordan Zimmermann has paced the Nats pitching staff with a solid start this season and has not lost at home in his last 17 Nationals Park outings, dating back to May 17, 2012 vs. Pittsburgh. Jayson Werth returns to the lineup after over a month on the Disabled List with a hamstring injury and is joined by call-ups Anthony Rendon and Ian Krol. In nine games with High-A Potomac, Werth went 9-for-16 with two walks, a double and two home runs.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Werth RF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Bernadina LF

7. Lombardozzi 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Zimmermann RHP

FIRST BLOOD

The Nationals are 21-5 when scoring first in ‘13 and their corresponding .808 winning percentage ranks second among National League entries behind only the Braves (24-3, .889).

‘TWAS A MERRY MAY

Despite barely sleeping in their own beds (18 of 28 road contests in May) and being burdened by an overpopulated Disabled List, the Nationals somehow went 15-13 in May. The Nationals winning May was especially impressive considering the weighted winning percentage of the their nine opponents on the month was .517 (using records at close of play on May 31). Dating to September of 2011, the Nationals have played winning baseball in eight of their last nine months.

GOOD WOOD, SLICK LEATHER

Ian Desmond has hit safely in seven straight games, notching a .308 clip (8-for-26) with a walk, two doubles, a homer, three runs scored and 2 RBI over that stretch. Defensively, Desmond has played 38 consecutive errorless games (153 total chances) since last committing an error on April 21 at New York.

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