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Rubber match vs. the O’s

Orioles (14-30):

1.    Corey Patterson – LF

2.    Nick Markakis – RF

3.    Miguel Tejada – 3B

4.    Ty Wigginton – 2B

5.    Luke Scott – 1B

6.    Adam Jones – CF

7.    Matt Wieters – C

8.    Julio Lugo – SS

9.    Kevin Millwood – SP (0-4, 3.65 ERA)

* Adam Jones’ inside-the-park home run yesterday was the second in Nationals Park history and the second in four days in the stadium. The Nationals took both games in which opponents hit an inside-the-park home run, however.

 Nationals (22-22):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Roger Bernadina – RF

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      John Lannan – SP (1-2, 6.02 ERA)

* Trailing 6-3 in the sixth inning, the Nationals plated four runs in the sixth frame to defeat the Orioles, 7-6, yesterday. Washington is 20-0 when leading after eight innings this season.

* Matt Capps tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn his MLB-leading 16th save in as many opportunities.

Nats look to even up “Battle of the Beltways” series

Orioles (14-29):

1.    Corey Patterson – LF

2.    Nick Markakis – RF

3.    Miguel Tejada – 3B

4.    Luke Scott – 1B

5.    Ty Wigginton – 2B

6.    Matt Wieters – C

7.    Adam Jones – CF

8.    Cesar Izturis – SS

9.    Brad Bergesen – SP (3-3, 5.45 ERA)

* Last night, catcher Craig Tatum went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Tatum started the season 1-17, but has tallied five hits in his last seven at bats.

 Nationals (21-22):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – SS

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Roger Bernadina – RF

9.      Craig Stammen – SP (1-2, 5.86 ERA)

* With last night’s loss, the Nationals fell to under .500 for the first time since April 15 at Philadelphia when they owned a 4-5 record.

* Miguel Bautista tossed 4.0 scoreless innings after relieving Scott Olsen in the fourth inning last night. He also collected his first hit since August 9, 2006 vs. San Francisco.


The best of the Battle of the Beltways

Following the Expos move to the Nation’s Capital in 2005, the Battle of the Beltway became an annual six-game series in 2006. Tonight will be the decisive game 25–comparable to game seven of the World Series–all tied up at 12 apiece. The Nats are 21-21 on the season and are 12-12 against the O’s.


The Battle of the Beltway has provided a handful of suspenseful and magical games in the past four seasons. There have been nine one-run games, two walk-off wins and four extra-inning games.


Top-Five Games:

5. 6/13/07: Nats 9 – O’s 6–Former O’s outfielder Jay Payton drove in the tying RBI in the bottom of the ninth but the Nats loaded the bases with two-outs in the top of the 11th. Felipe Lopez was the hero when he tripled to right. The O’s were retired in order to end the game.


4. 5/20/07: Nats 4 – O’s 3–Former O’s pitcher Erik Bedard kept the Nats bats at bay for seven innings allowing just one run and striking out 12. But when Baltimore turned the game over to the bullpen in the bottom of the 8th, the Nats bats heated up and scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to win 4-3.


3. 5/18/08: Nats 2 – O’s 1–It was a pitching battle between John Lannan and Jeremy Guthrie. Lannan picked up the win going 7.1 innings allowing one run on four hits. Not to be outdone, Guthrie went 7.0 innings allowing one run on five hits. The difference was Ryan Zimmerman’s RBI double in the top of the 8th.


2. 6/24/06: Nats 2 – O’s 3–The game was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth at Camden Yards and former Nats Closer Chad Cordero was one strike away from sending the game into extra-innings. The Birds had different plans. With runners on first and second, Catcher Ramon Hernandez hit the 3-2 pitch to left and the O’s celebrated at home plate.


062908-331 ronnie belliard c.JPG1. 6/29/08: Nats 3 – O’s 2–
There wasn’t much offense in the first 11 innings. The O’s and Nats entered the 12th tied 1-1. Adam Jones drove in Nick Markakis to give the O’s a 2-1 lead but the fireworks belonged to the Nats. In the bottom of the 12th, O’s closer George Sherrill walked Dmitri Young and Ronnie Belliard hit a 1-2 pitch with two outs into the left field seats for the comeback victory.

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Nats-O’s game 1

Tonight’s game marks the start of Interleague Play for the Nationals. Since its 2005 move, the team is considerably better against AL opponents, owning a .478 winning percentage, than against their own league mates, to which the percentage drops to .422. However, Washington still has not won an Interleague season since 2006, when the team went 12-6.


Ryan Zimmerman is one home run shy of 100 career home runs. He will be just the second player from the 2005 draft class, behind only Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, to reach the century plateau.


Orioles (13-29):

1.    Corey Patterson – LF

2.    Ty Wigginton – 2B

3.    Nick Markakis – RF

4.    Miguel Tejada – 3B

5.    Luke Scott – 1B

6.    Adam Jones – CF

7.    Craig Tatum – C

8.    Cesar Izturis – SS

9.    David Hernandez – SP (0-5, 5.84 ERA)

* The O’s fell to Texas, 13-7, last night, and were out-hit 15-20 in a slugfest. That goes down as the most combined hits by two teams in a Major League game this season.

 Nationals (21-21):

1.      Willie Harris – RF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Roger Bernadina – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Scott Olsen – SP (2-1, 3.15 ERA)

* The Nationals are slated to face a trio of O’s right-handers this weekend in David Hernandez, Brad Bergesen, and Kevin Millwood. The good news is that the Nationals own a .533 winning percentage (16-14) this season when facing right-handed starters, up significantly from last season’s .380 winning percentage (49-80).

* Despite the Mets’ three-run opening inning last night, the Nationals have scored the game’s first run an NL-best 28 times in 42 games this season.

Trivia Time:

Which Nationals outfielder got his start in the Baltimore Orioles organization?

A.    Nyjer Morgan

B.     Mike Morse

C.     Josh Willingham

D.    Willie Harris


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