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Nationals Game Notes: October 13 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (NLDS Game 5)

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Los Angeles Dodgers (2-2) at Washington Nationals (2-2)
LHP Rich Hill [0-1, 8.31] | RHP Max Scherzer [0-1, 6.00]
Thursday, October 13 l Game #5 / NLDS l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 8:08 P.M.
Television: FS1 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network


The Nationals and Dodgers face off Thursday night for Game 5 of the National League Division Series with a trip to the National League Championship Series on the line…The winner of Game 5 between WSH and LAD will travel to Chicago to take on the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday at Wrigley Field.


Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy, whose 2015 Postseason performance was one for the ages, continues to come through in October…Murphy tied Game 4 with a two-run single in the seventh inning, giving him six RBI in this series and 17 career Postseason RBI in just 18 games…His 17 RBI rank second all-time in 18 Postseason games, behind only John Valentin‘s 19 from 1995-1999, and ahead of Hank Aaron (1957-69) and Jose Bautista‘s (2015-16) 16.

  • Murphy has reached base safely in all 18 career Postseason games he’s played.
  • Murphy has done a significant amount of his Postseason damage against the Dodgers, with 11 of his 17 RBI coming in the nine games he’s played vs. LAD.


Nationals LF Jayson Werth went 3-for-4 in Game 3, with a double, a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored, helping propel the Nationals to the series lead…The home run, which Statcast measured at a mere 450 feet, was Werth’s 15th career Postseason blast, tying him with Babe Ruth for 11th on the all-time list…Werth’s 15 career Postseason home runs also rank fifth among active players, and his 54 career Postseason hits rank tied for seventh.

  • The home run Werth hit Monday was his fourth Postseason longball against the Dodgers, for whom he played from 2004-05…Per the Elias Sports Bureau, no other former Dodger has hit a Postseason home run against them…The only other player to hit four Postseason homers against a former team was Vinny Castilla, who hit four against the Atlanta Braves.
  • Werth was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the game-tying seventh inning on Tuesday, after Dodgers CF Joc Pederson had been hit by a pitch with the bases loaded earlier in the game…Via Elias, it marked the first time in MLB history that multiple runs were scored by HBP in one Postseason game…There were only three previous instances in which multiple players were HBP with the bases loaded in a single Postseason: 1997, 2009 & 2011.

Nationals Game Notes: October 11 at Los Angeles Dodgers (NLDS Game 4)

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Los Angeles Dodgers (1-2) at Washington Nationals (2-1)
LHP Clayton Kershaw [1-0, 5.40] | RHP Joe Ross [0-0, -.–]
Tuesday, October 11 l Game #4 / NLDS l Dodger Stadium l Los Angeles, C.A. l 2:08 P.M. (PT)
Television: FS1 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network


The Nationals’ 8-3 victory over the Dodgers on Monday pushed them to a 2-1 series lead, and one win from clinching the first trip to the National League Championship Series in Nationals history (2005-present)…The eight runs were a Nationals Postseason record, topping their seven-run total on Oct. 12, 2012 vs. STL…Washington’s offense was keyed by 3B Anthony Rendon, whose two-run blast in the third sparked a four-run frame, LF Jayson Werth (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 R), and 1B Ryan Zimmerman (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, R).


Nationals LF Jayson Werth went 3-for-4 in Game 3, with a double, a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored, helping propel the Nationals to the series lead…The home run, which Statcast measured at a mere 450 feet, was Werth’s 15th career Postseason blast, tying him with Babe Ruth for 11th on the all-time list…Werth’s 15 career Postseason home runs also rank fifth among active players, and his 52 career Postseason hits rank ninth.

  • The home run Werth hit Monday was his fourth Postseason longball against the Dodgers, for whom he played from 2004-05…Per the Elias Sports Bureau, no other former Dodger has hit a Postseason home run against them…The only other player to hit four Postseason homers against a former team was Vinny Castilla, who hit four against the Atlanta Braves.

Nationals Game Notes: October 10 at Los Angeles Dodgers (NLDS Game 3)

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Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1) at Washington Nationals (1-1)

RHP Kenta Maeda [16-11, 3.48] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [11-11, 4.57]

Monday, October 10 l Game #3 / NLDS Dodger Stadium Los Angeles, C.A. 1:08 P.M. (PT)

Television: FS1 Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network


The Nationals and Dodgers split the first two games of this NLDS with the Dodgers securing the victory in Game 1 before Washington rebounded to take Game 2…Theirs is the only NLDS series this Postseason in which each team has won at least one game.

  • With Saturday’s rainout, the clubs traveled to LA overnight to open Game 3 at Dodger Stadium at 1:08 p.m. PT on Monday…Game 4 is slated for 2:08 p.m. PT on Tuesday. 


With the Nationals trailing, 2-0, in the fourth inning on Sunday, C Jose Lobaton crushed a three-run home run to left field to put Washington up, 3-2 — a lead from which they never looked back…It was the second career Postseason home run for Lobaton, who hit a walk-off homer for the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of the 2013 ALDS against Boston and has now left the yard with two of his three career Postseason knocks.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lobaton is just the second catcher in MLB Postseason history to hit a lead-assuming home run with his team trailing by at least two runs…He joins Jim Hegan, who hit a three-run homer in Game 5 of the 1948 World Series for Cleveland, turning a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead…Cleveland won the title in six games.


The 2016 Nationals have several members of their roster who are no strangers to the Postseason — and multiple who are also no strangers to Postseason success:

  • 2B Daniel Murphy: The 2015 National League Championship Series MVP, Murphy almost single-handedly led the New York Mets to the World Series last season…In 16 career Postseason games, Murphy has hit .359 (23-for-64) with two doubles, seven home runs, 13 RBI, eight walks, 14 runs scored, and a .719 slugging percentage…Murphy’s otherworldly 2015 Postseason included a Major League record six consecutive games with a home run.
  • LF Jayson Werth: The elder statesman of the 2016 Nationals, Werth has played in 55 career playoff games spanning eight different seasons…In helping lead the Philadelphia Phillies to back-to-back World Series appearances (including the 2008 title) in 2008-2009, Werth hit .292 with seven doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 18 walks, 17 RBI and 22 runs scored…Werth’s career in Washington is not without its own Postseason highlights, though, as his iconic walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS is one of the most celebrated moments in Nationals history…On the whole, Werth’s 14 career Postseason home runs rank fifth-most among all active Major Leaguers.

Nationals Game Notes: October 9 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (NLDS Game 2)

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Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) at Washington Nationals (0-1)
LHP Rich Hill [12-5, 2.12] | RHP Tanner Roark [16-10, 2.83]
Sunday, October 9 l Game #2 / NLDS l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:08 P.M.
Television: FS1 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network


In the 12th season since baseball returned to Washington, D.C., the Washington Nationals were crowned National League East champions for the third time in the last five years…The 2016 Nationals did so with an average of 15.8 wins per month and a 95-67 (.586) final regular-season record, the second-best mark in the NL (Cubs: 103-58, .640) and tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in Major League Baseball…Since 2012, Washington’s three division titles are tied for the second-most in MLB behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (5).

  • The 2016 Nationals made themselves comfortable in first place, where they resided for 179 days this season (152 of 162 game days)…Washington took over sole possession of first place on May 29 and did not relinquish it for the remainder of the season.


In securing the 2016 NL East Crown, the Nationals earned the sixth postseason berth in 83 seasons of Major League Baseball in the nation’s capital (2016, 2014, 2012, 1933, 1925, 1924)…The Nationals claimed the NL East title in 2014 and 2012, while the AL Nationals/Senators won the World Championship in 1924 and claimed American League flags in 1933 and 1925…This year’s division title is the franchise’s (WSH/MON) third in 47 NL seasons (2012, 2014), although the 1981 (30-23, .566 post-ASB) and 1994 Montreal Expos (74-40, .649) finished atop the NL East in seasons affected by labor stoppages…The Nationals hope to snap D.C.’s 83-year World Series drought (1933) and its 92-year MLB World Championship wait.


Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark earned his career-high 16th win in his final start of the regular season, tossing 5.2 innings of three-hit, one-run ball as Washington topped Miami, 2-1, on October 1.

  • Roark has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven outings dating to 8/29…Has posted a 2.16 ERA (10 ER/41.2 IP) and a .189 batting average against during this stretch.
  • At 210.0 IP, Roark eclipsed the 200.0 IP mark this season for the first time in his career.
  • Ranked in the National League in wins (T5th, 16), HR/9.0 IP (6th, 0.73), H/9.0 IP (9th, 7.41), and ERA (6th, 2.83).
  • Threw 7.0 (or more) shutout innings nine times this season, the most such outings in MLB…CHI RHP Jake Arrieta was second with eight.
  • Left-handed batters hit just .214 / .315 / .302 against Roark in 2016…Among right-handed pitchers with at least 400 left-handed batters faced (essentially, all right-handed starting pitchers), Roark’s .302 opponent slugging percentage led the National League, and his .214 batting average against was good for sixth.
  • Roark has not allowed an extra-base hit to a left-handed batter since 9/9 vs. PHI, a double by CF Odubel Herrera in the first inning.

From the Desk of Mark D. Lerner: Postseason Excitement

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National League Division Series Game One

Dear Nats fans,

As we make our final preparations for Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers this Friday, I wanted to take a few minutes to express the gratitude my family and I have for all of the hardworking members of our organization, our great fans and this wonderful community.

For the third time in five years, our Nationals are the National League East Division Champions! This is an incredible feat, and my family and I are so proud of Mike Rizzo, Dusty Baker and their staffs, and our players. The 2016 season has been an exhilarating one, and we look forward to playing deep into the month of October as we seek to bring a World Series Championship back to D.C.

We would not be here without our fans and our surrounding community. Since our journey began in 2006, you have been alongside us every step of the way, and we could not be more grateful for your support.

We do this all for you. Since we were selected as stewards of the organization in 2006, an honor we have never taken lightly, we have worked tirelessly to make this organization one that our city can be proud of. From the food to the entertainment, and of course the product on the field, we always strive to ensure attending a game at Nationals Park is a first-class experience.

I hope to see you here, packing Nationals Park on Friday and Saturday, and cheering us on! We are encouraging fans to plan ahead, arrive early and enjoy special discounts on food and merchandise. Don’t forget to wear your red and make signs to show your support. Trust me – our players really appreciate it when you are loud and proud. It does not go unnoticed, in fact, it makes a huge difference.

So I want you to stand up and cheer when we get two strikes on a Dodgers’ batter. Stand up and cheer for our players by name. Stand up for the entire game if that’s what it takes!

I believe we have the best fans in baseball, and I look forward to seeing you here this weekend.

Keep checking back here, at the Curly W Live blog, as we will keep you up-to-date with all of the essential information you’ll need for the Postseason.

Thanks again for your support. Go Nats!

Best regards,



Nationals kick off 2016 Postseason Festivities

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For the third time in five years, the Washington Nationals are headed to the Postseason! The Nationals announced today several initiatives to help build excitement for the return of October baseball to Washington, D.C., including a Postseason Ticket Scavenger Hunt throughout the city.

Various buildings and businesses throughout the area will support the Nationals leading up to the 2016 Postseason by lighting up red or displaying their Nationals pride. Participating buildings include the Newseum, the Capital Wheel, Arena Stage, 9:30 Club Tower and the National Geographic Museum.

In addition to buildings and businesses displaying support for the team, the Nationals are encouraging fans to wear red for all NLDS games at Nationals Park, an initiative the club is calling #RedAllOver.

Nationals fans are also invited to participate in the following activities around the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia region throughout the week leading up to the beginning of the NLDS:


  • Postseason Kickoff Party: The Nationals will host a Postseason Kickoff Party at the Capital Wheel at National Harbor, Md., tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. The wheel will be lit up with a Curly W and there will be exciting activities for fans, including a Wiffle Ball home run derby, Racing Presidents photo ops, a DJ, tailgate games, giveaways and a trivia contest. The Racing Presidents will also stage a special race down the pier!


  • Postseason Ticket Scavenger Hunt: Fans who tune in to the Nationals Snapchat channel beginning today will have the chance to find Postseason tickets around the city. Through Thursday, October 6, the Nationals will reveal clues as to the whereabouts of the tickets on the team’s Snapchat channel (username: ‘nationals’). Hint: all locations begin with the letter ‘W.’


  • Postseason Pep Rally: The Nationals and 106.7 The Fan are partnering for a Postseason Pep Rally on Wednesday at the 106.7 studios, located at 1015 Half St. SE. The event, which will include a panel discussion and a preview of the NLDS, will be hosted by 106.7’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier, and will take place from noon to 2:00 p.m. Nationals broadcasters and special guests are scheduled to participate. For more information, visit 


  • Racing Presidents Mega Market Visit: The Racing Presidents will visit the Mega Market at Welburn Square in Ballston, Va., on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with the Racing Presidents, and there will be giveaways, games and contests! 

Game times for the NLDS have not been established by the league, but will be shared with fans as soon as they are available.

From the Desk of Mark Lerner: An Unforgettable Journey

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My intent was to post my own blog on the eve of hosting Game One of the NLCS. But the offseason came rather quickly, and in an especially cruel fashion.

I want to sincerely thank Nationals fans near and wide for their support during what was in so many ways a DREAM season. Your words and notes of support meant so much, not only to me, but my family.

Jayson Werth’s Game Four walk-off punctuated a thrilling season.

The roars heard in conjunction with Jayson Werth’s Game Four homer and the record crowd (45,966) for Game Five will long be remembered in these parts, but the 2012 season was so much more.

We, of course, began our journey together in the Grapefruit League. We survived an opener at Wrigley Field that appropriate for the Windy City. We Took Back The Park from the Phillies. We swept a series at venerable Fenway Park. We won The Pine Tar series from Joe Maddon’s Rays. We witnessed The Shark defy gravity in Houston.

We watched D.C.’s favorite teenager come of age right before our eyes. We watched our primary off-season acquisition exceed every expectation by winning 21 games and do it all with a smile. We watched our Opening Day starter win 15 games and provide us with the cushion needed to hold off Chipper’s 94-win Braves. And yes, in early September, we shut him down for all what we firmly believe to be the right reasons.

We won the NL East, arguably the toughest division in baseball.

We ended D.C.’s 79-year postseason drought.

Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo guided the Nationals to the NL East title.

We posted MLB’s best record.

We won 100 games.

We made a ton of history.

And, just as importantly, made a fleet of memories to keep us warm this offseason.

I want to acknowledge the efforts of Mike Rizzo, Davey Johnson, our coaching staff and especially the players themselves. What a fantastic season from top to bottom!

Setting aside the outcome of the World Series for a moment, I can honestly say that there is not one franchise in our game that I would swap futures with.

The 2013 season will not be without its own unique challenges. We are quite aware that there are no guarantees in this game. But I like where we are standing as a ballclub.

Let’s talk again soon, perhaps during MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville in early December.

Thanks again for an unforgettable journey…


October #NATITUDE Contest Winners

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Amidst the madness of the postseason, you may have missed our October #NATITUDE Twitter contest that ran throughout the NLDS. If you did, have no fear, we will have plenty more opportunities to win great prizes throughout the offseason and into next year through our various social media platforms. However, we’re here today to crown our winners, who will each receive a Nationals 2012 Postseason Prize Pack as well as tickets and on-field recognition prior to a 2013 Nationals home game.

First up is the Local Business category. While many DMV-area businesses ignited their NATITUDE with food and drink specials or decorations, this particular confection – inspired by Jayson Werth’s Game Four walk-off homer – caught many an eye around the District for its creativity and originality. Well done!

On the topic of Werth’s heroics, Nats fans may have saved the best meme of the year for last, as they began to interpret their own ideas of the iconic photo of Werth jumping into a sea of teammates at home plate. With a hat tip to @b_hartland for creating the Tumblr account that housed many of the finished products, this submission from @ampetersen99 was just one of his many creations the morning after Game Four and takes home our winner from the Fan category.

Finally, we have our School category winner. Despite their mascot being the Cardinals, the National Presbyterian School ignited their NATITUDE for Washington’s playoff run in a school-wide display of support (click on the “Showing our NATITUDE” gallery).

Thanks to all who participated, and keep your eyes open for our Halloween NATITUDE contest, coming soon!

What to Watch For: NLDS Game 3

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St. Louis Cardinals (1-1) vs. Washington Nationals (1-1)

RHP Chris Carpenter (0-2, 3.71) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (7-7, 3.92)

The Nationals split their two road games to begin this best-of-five series against the Cardinals, as they return to D.C. today in what amount to a three-game home series to determine who advances to the NLCS. Former Cardinal Edwin Jackson, who defeated the Phillies in Game 4 of last year’s NLDS, will oppose Chris Carpenter in the first MLB Postseason contest in D.C. in 79 years.


From Nationals manager Davey Johnson, on Hall-of-Famer and former Nationals Manager Frank Robinson, who will throw out today’s ceremonial first pitch:

“He’s just an outstanding example of a true professional.”


1. Werth RF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Morse LF

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Jackson RHP


Exactly 88 years ago, on Oct. 10, 1924, the AL Nationals defeated the New York Giants, 4-3 in 12 innings, to win Game 7 and DC’s lone baseball World Championship. Fittingly, Walter Johnson earned the win with 4.0 scoreless innings of relief. With the score tied in the 12th, the AL Nationals plated the decisive fourth run (which was unearned due to a pair of errors) via an Earl McNeely one-out, RBI-double. The game was played in front of 31,667 at Griffith Stadium.


Edwin Jackson won his final start of the regular season to give him 10 victories for the year, marking his fifth straight double-digit win season. In Jackson’s lone start against the Cardinals in Washington this season on August 30, he allowed one unearned run on just four hits while striking out 10 over 8.0 dominant innings of work in an 8-1 Nationals victory.


The Nationals have won five-of-nine from the Cardinals in the season series, which did not begin until the Nationals 131st game of the season, August 30 in D.C. Thus, nine of Washington’s last 35 contests have come against the Cardinals. The Nationals are 8-1 at home against the Cardinals dating to August 28, 2010. Overall, the Nationals are 16-11 in their last 27 games against the Cards.


Your Guide To NLDS Game 3

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The 2012 Postseason lands in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. We’re here to prepare you as best we can for Game 3 of the National League Division Series, with first pitch at 1:07 p.m. local time at Nationals Park.

Remember, while Wednesday is Game 3 of the NLDS, it is Postseason Home Game 1 for those of us here in D.C. Therefore your ticket should look like this:

If you don’t already have tickets to the game, there will be a very limited amount of standing room only tickets available beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, ONLY at the Nationals Park Box Office. 

Make sure you wear your Nationals red to the ballpark! While you’re at it, post a photo of you, your business or your school Igniting Your October #NATITUDE and post it to Twitter for a chance to win 2013 Nationals tickets and a Postseason Prize Pack!

All gates will open at 10:30 a.m., 2.5 hours before first pitch. There will be 40,000+ postseason giveaway items for every game of the NLDS. Giveaways will be available at all gates, so feel free to enter through any park entrance.

Face-painting, balloon art, caricatures, and more will be available at the Family Fun Area near the Center Field Gate once gates are open until the start of the game. Plus, live music will take place at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk once gates are open until the start of the game.

And, of course, the game itself features Edwin Jackson and the Nationals taking on Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals with the best-of-five series tied at a game apiece. More on all that right here.

While you’re at the game, don’t forget to stop behind Section 113, where we’ll have unique memorabilia from the Nationals first-ever postseason games last weekend in St. Louis.

Series Information:

Game 4: Thursday, 4:07 p.m. (moves to 5:07 p.m. if Detroit beats Oakland Tuesday night)

Game 5 (if necessary): Friday, 8:37 p.m.

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