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9.8.13 – Nationals 6, Marlins 4
Stat of the Game: Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos each collected three of the four legs of the cycle, coming up a home run and a triple shy, respectively.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Ryan Zimmerman homered for the third time in two games, giving him an even 20 for the season.
It Was Over When: Rafael Soriano tossed a 1-2-3 ninth frame for his 39th save of the season.
Washington Nationals (72-69) vs. Miami Marlins (53-87)
RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.85) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (3-5, 3.13)
If you had suggested, back in April, that a Nationals starter might throw six scoreless frames of four-hit ball in Miami in September, nobody would be surprised. If you called that starter out by name, and that name was Tanner Roark, the response would have been largely uniform.
But Roark, who has been one of the brightest spots on the Nationals staff since making his Major League debut on August 7, did exactly that Saturday night. In his first Major League start he worked ahead in the count and got quick outs, just as he had done in his nine previous outings out of the bullpen. When it was all said and done, he had lowered his ERA over his first 28.2 innings as a National to a head-turning 0.94.
When asked if Roark’s performance had earned him another turn in the rotation, Davey Johnson was quick to reply with one of his classic quips.
“He’ll make his next start,” said the Nats skipper. “I’m not that stupid.”
Roark’s dominance has been even more noticeable due to his ability to pitch ahead of batters and stay in the strike zone, leading to quick innings. On Saturday night, he needed just 71 pitches for his six frames, or 11.83 per inning pitched.
“Since he’s come up, everything he’s done has been impressive,” said Ryan Zimmerman, the offensive star of the contest, who homered in his first two at-bats and also turned in a couple defensive gems.
As for Roark himself, he carried the same quietly confident demeanor he has shown ever since entering the Nationals clubhouse back in August. And while even he has taken pause at how well the results have turned out, he’s just rolling with the punches.
“Yeah, I’m a little surprised,” he admitted of the early returns of his Major League career. “But I don’t want to change anything … Just keep attacking, going after guys. Make them swing.”
1. Denard Span CF
2. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
3. Jayson Werth RF
4. Adam LaRoche 1B
5. Ian Desmond SS
6. Wilson Ramos C
7. Tyler Moore LF
8. Anthony Rendon 2B
9. Stephen Strasburg RHP
AT HOME ON THE ROAD
Ryan Zimmerman blasted a pair of home runs Saturday night, marking his second multi-homer game this season and the 12th of his career. Both of his multi-home run games in 2013 have come on the road, the other being a three-homer affair in Baltimore on May 29. Interestingly, 15 of Zimmerman’s 19 home runs this season (78.9%) have come away from Nationals Park, compared to 76 of his 153 career homers prior to this year (49.7%).
WERTH A LOOK
Jayson Werth collected three hits last night – his ninth three-hit performance this season – raising his batting average to .321 for the year. That currently ranks fifth in the National League, trailing only Andrew McCutchen (.322), Yadier Molina (.323), Michael Cuddyer (.328), and Chris Johnson (.332).
Denard Span extended his hit streak to a career-high 18 games with a first-inning single and finished his night 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Span has batted at a .411 (30-for-73) clip over the streak, raising his batting average from .258 to .279. The outfielder’s 18-game streak is the longest active streak in MLB and the longest by a National this season.
9.7.13 – Nationals 9, Marlins 2
Stat of the Game: Tanner Roark delivered six scoreless frames in his first start to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Ryan Zimmerman delivered his 12th career multi-home run game and turned in a pair of defensive gems in the field.
It Was Over When: The Nationals bounced Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi after three frames, scoring five times.
Washington Nationals (71-68) vs. Miami Marlins (52-86)
RHP Dan Haren (8-12, 5.02) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (10-6, 2.33)
The Nationals have won three-of-four, six-of-nine and 11 of their last 15 games as they head to Miami for a three-game weekend series against the Marlins beginning tonight. Washington will draw reigning back-to-back NL Rookie of the Month winner Jose Fernandez in the opener and will counter with Dan Haren, who is 4-1 with a save and a 3.30 ERA in his last eight outings (seven starts).
1. Corey Brown CF
2. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
3. Bryce Harper LF
4. Jayson Werth RF
5. Adam LaRoche 1B
6. Ian Desmond SS
7. Wilson Ramos C
8. Steve Lombardozzi 2B
9. Dan Haren RHP
‘MANN OF THE HOUR
Jordan Zimmermann earned his 16th win of the season, tied for the most in the National League, Wednesday night as Washington topped Philadelphia, 3-2, to claim the series victory. The right-hander allowed two earned runs on seven hits while striking out five with just one walk in 7.0 innings of work. He also gave himself the chance to earn the victory by keeping the game tied with a tremendous defensive play, ending the Phillies half of the seventh.
Via a 10-8 mark in 2007, the Nationals/Expos franchise has won only one season series from Miami since 1998. That streak can end with just a single win among the final six matchups between the two teams. Washington is 6-0 against the Fish at Nationals Park and 9-3 overall. Ryan Zimmerman’s 19 career homers against the Marlins are the most he’s hit against any other club (Atlanta – 17).
Dating to August 9, the Nationals rank among the National League leaders in OPS (first, .805), on-base percentage (first, .366), home runs (second, 27), walks (second, 98), and slugging percentage (second, .440). Washington has posted double-digit hit totals in 10 of the last 15 games.
Washington Nationals (69-68) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (63-75)
LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-6, 3.56) vs. RHP Ethan Martin (2-3, 6.39)
Washington completed its round of September call-ups by bringing five more players up from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. In addition to recalling left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeno, infielder/outfielder Jeff Kobernus and outfielders Corey Brown and Eury Perez, the Nationals also selected the contract of infielder Zach Walters. The Cheyenne, Wyoming native – who will turn 24 on Thursday – makes his first-ever appearance in the Major Leagues.
Manager Davey Johnson hinted that Walters might be one of the additions to the roster when the topic was broached last week. Johnson has liked Walters since Spring Training, when the switch-hitter received an invitation to Major League camp. The organization asked him to focus on hitting for more power this season, and after Walters delivered a couple of home runs in the spring – including a walk-off shot – he took that change in approach with him to the regular season.
“I’d never really thought about hitting for power,” said Walters. “But when Davey says to do something, you’d better do it twice.”
The adjustments paid off, as Walters led all players in the organization by blasting 29 home runs, after hitting just 25 through his first three professional seasons combined. He added 32 doubles and five triples to that total, sending 54 percent of his hits for extra bases and improving on his previous career-best slugging percentage by 60 points.
“I liked him in the spring,” said Johnson of the young infielder, who played mostly shortstop this year. “He went out and expressed that talent.”
Walters also has a sense of humor, which he revealed when joking about the role that Johnson may have outlined for him for the month of September.
“Powerade mixes…probably blue tonight,” he quipped. “Guys like their seeds in alphabetical order.”
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. Wilson Ramos C
8. Anthony Rendon 2B
9. Gio Gonzalez LHP
GO GO GIO
The Nationals have won both times Gio Gonzalez has taken the hill against Philadelphia this season, including a 7-3 win in Philadelphia on July 10. Gonzalez is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA (3 ER/14.0 IP) with four walks and 16 strikeouts in those two outings.
Ryan Zimmerman blasted his 16th home run of the season last night, 12 of which have come away from Nationals Park. Zimmerman has hit multiple home runs at three visiting parks – Camden Yards (3), Petco Park (2) and Citizens Bank Park (2).
BACK IN FAMILIAR TERRITORY
Even with his 0-for-4 last night, Jayson Werth is batting .415/.468/.707 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 11 games vs. the Phillies this season. Three of those four home runs have come at Citizens Bank Park, the only ballpark outside of Washington in which Werth has homered more than once this season.
The videos below are supplemental bonus footage of some of Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off home runs, featured in the Mr. Walk-Off cover article in Issue 11 of Inside Pitch. For the full story, be sure to pick up a copy this homestand at the the ballpark.
6.18.06 vs. New York Yankees
3.30.08 vs. Atlanta Braves
9.6.09 vs. Florida Marlins
7.6.10 vs. San Diego Padres
7.31.10 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
8.19.11 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
7.26.13 vs. New York Mets
8.22.13 – Nationals 5, Cubs 4 (13 innings)
Stat of the Game: Steve Lombardozzi hit his first career home run from the right side of the plate, a solo shot in the 7th inning.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the top of the 1st, which gave the Nats their fifth player with 15 or more home runs this season (Adam LaRoche 18, Jayson Werth 18, Ian Desmond 17 and Bryce Harper 17).
It Was Over When: Drew Storen stuck his glove in front of a Dioner Navarro liner, deflecting it into a game-ending 1-4-6-3 double play.
8.21.13 – Nationals 11, Cubs 6
Stat of the Game: Scott Hairston‘s pinch-hit, three-run home run gave him his first roundtripper and first RBI in a Nationals uniform.
Under-the-Radar Performance: For the third time in five Major League appearances, Tanner Roark earned the win in relief.
It Was Over When: The Nationals added two more runs on Denard Span‘s RBI-triple and Ryan Zimmerman‘s RBI-single in the eighth.
Before heading to Nationals Park to prepare for Tuesday’s game, Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman had some important business across town. Through a partnership with Hope for Henry, the two infielders spent some time at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, lifting the spirits of pediatric cancer patients undergoing treatment.
“A lot of these kids are fighting battles that we’ve never even had to think about,” he explained. “It’s pretty amazing to see what they go through.”
Desmond is one of the club’s most community-minded players, but made his first hospital visit. He was overwhelmed by the positive attitudes from the children and families he encountered.
“To be able to see kids, parents and family members in such positive spirits when things are stacked against them, it’s awesome,” he said. “It’s encouraging and motivating, and it’s just a blessing to be able to be here and interact with them.”
Laurie Strongin founded Hope For Henry after her eldest son lost his battle with cancer. Every week, Hope For Henry hosts in-hospital parties and events that help promote comfort, care and recovery for the patients and their families. For Laurie, professional athletes taking a genuine interest in children struggling with unimaginable circumstances is what she envisioned when she started the foundation 10 years ago.
“This is our second event with the Washington Nationals and it is a total delight to work with them,” Strongin said. “The players make the kids so happy. (It’s great) for them to meet their heroes while they’re in the hospital and really have a chance to visit with them.”
Hope For Henry provided pizza and cupcakes along with baseballs, baseball cards and wristbands that Ryan and Ian gave to the kids. Each child also had their picture taken by a Hope for Henry photographer, who printed the photos on-site so they could be autographed by the players before the visit was over.
Considering their circumstances, the children were all in remarkably high spirits, none more so than three-year-old Jakyle. Wearing his Nationals jersey, Jakyle was overcome with exuberance when Zimmerman and Desmond walked in. This particular moment had a lasting effect for both Nationals.
“He’s only three years old and has been through more than a lot of people have been through in their whole lives,” said Zimmerman. “For him to have some fun and jump around and go crazy, it’s humbling.”
For more information about Hope For Henry, visit http://www.hopeforhenry.org.
Several times each season when Stephen Strasburg takes the hill and cruises through two or three innings without allowing a hit, the press box begins to buzz.
“He’s got no-hit stuff tonight.”
“I know it’s early, but…”
Any such talk was wiped away on Strasburg’s very first pitch of Sunday’s game, as Jimmy Rollins lobbed a broken-bat floater into right field for a leadoff single. But the Phillies would manage just three more singles and a walk the rest of the way, as Strasburg completed his first-ever shutout in a 6-0 Nationals victory.
Impressively, he combined the dominant power pitching that he burst onto the scene with in his first big league start, with the more pitch-to-contact-heavy approach he has implemented this season. Despite striking out 10 Philadelphia batters, the 25-year-old needed just 99 pitches and faced just 29 batters, two over the minimum.
“It’s something you try to do every time out,” said Strasburg of his performance. “Try to get more outs with less pitches.”
He fanned seven different Philadelphia starters, with only Chase Utley and Erik Kratz bucking the trend. Instead, those two combined to make seven outs in just five at-bats, as Utley twice grounded into double plays.
Perhaps most impressively, Strasburg did all of this after enduring an early scare, when he stumbled a bit off the mound after spiking a changeup past the ankles of Domonic Brown. The trainers went out to check on the right-hander, and both Strasburg and Davey Johnson would later confirm that he had tweaked his groin on the delivery.
Ironically, it was something that only happened in the first place – and that he would only feel afterwards – as a result of flying too far open to his glove side, a mechanical glitch that he has worked to rein in all season. Perhaps the added awareness helped Strasburg stay on a better line to home plate, as he would go on to strike out seven of the next 10 batters he faced following a walk to Brown, his lone free pass of the afternoon.
“If he didn’t fly open, it didn’t bother him,” said Johnson after the game. “Obviously it didn’t bother him.”
The masterful performance overshadowed other story lines, like the fact that the 6-0 victory gave the Nationals their first-ever home sweep over their division rivals. Former Phillie Jayson Werth also collected his second straight three-hit game, and is following his NL Player of the Month Award in July with a .571/.647/.821 slash line thus far in August. The Nationals showed aggressiveness on the basepaths, with Ian Desmond scoring from second base on a fielder’s choice, coming all the way home after the ball trickled away from Kratz following Utley’s bounced throw home on a force attempt. And there was terrific defense, capped by Ryan Zimmerman’s diving snare of Kevin Frandsen’s liner to end the game, which, of course, brought the storyline full circle, back to Strasburg’s shutout.
“You expect more of those from him, with his talent,” concluded Johnson.
Strasburg’s next scheduled start will come against the Braves in Atlanta this weekend.