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Nationals Game Notes — Aug. 22 vs. San Francisco

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Game No. 127: Washington Nationals (73-53) vs. San Francisco Giants (67-59) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (12-3, 2.20 ERA) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (8-9, 3.03)
Both Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister (9th, 1.61/1) and San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Hudson (2.33/1) rank among the top 10 among current National League pitchers in ground ball-to-fly ball ratio.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM  and also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN and MLBNetwork
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals are on a 10-game winning streak, which is tied for the longest streak in team history. Of the 10 consecutive victories, seven have been of the one-run variety, five were comeback wins, and five were walk-off wins. During the 10-gamer, Washington has outscored its opponents, 46-23, and is batting .275 with 10 homers, but the keys have been pitching (1.82 team ERA, 1.34 ERA from starting staff) and defense (seven errorless games).

Here are the lineups for today’s match-up:

NATIONALS (73-53)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
3 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
58 Doug Fister (L) RHP

GIANTS (67-59)

16 Angel Pagan (S) CF
8 Hunter Pence RF
28 Buster Posey C
48 Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
38 Michael Morse LF
12 Joe Panik (L) 2B
45 Travis Ishikawa (L) 1B
35 Brandon Crawford (L) SS
17 Tim Hudson RHP

Here are today’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals Game Notes — June 11 at San Francisco Giants

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Game #64: Washington Nationals (34-29) at San Francisco Giants (42-23) | 7:15 p.m. (PT); 10:15 p.m. (ET) | AT&T Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (4-4, 2.91 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Cain (1-3, 3.52 ERA)
In four career games (three starts) against National League West foes, Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark is 3-0 and has not allowed an earned run in 26.0 innings (12 H, 2 BB, 23 SO, 2 UER) 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2
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Of note:

The Nationals have posted wins on back-to-back days at AT&T Park for the first time since July 31-Aug. 1, 2006. The Nationals are 2-0-1 in series play against the Giants dating to 2011. The two clubs split six games last year, with both clubs winning two of three in their home ballparks. The Nationals, who have taken the first two games of this four-game set, have won series at AT&T Park on three occasions: 2 of 3 in 2005, ‘06, ‘12.

Roster move:

Before tonight’s game, the Washington Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day Disabled List with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain and recalled catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Syracuse.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s match-up:

NATIONALS (34-29)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
57 Tanner Roark RHP

GIANTS (42-23)

16 Angel Pagan (S) CF
8 Hunter Pence RF
28 Buster Posey C
38 Michael Morse 1B
35 Brandon Crawford (L) SS
14 Brandon Hicks 2B
7 Gregor Blanco (L) LF
13 Joaquin Aria 3B
18 Matt Cain RHP

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals Game Notes — June 10 at San Francisco Giants

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Game #63: Washington Nationals (33-29) at San Francisco Giants (42-22) | 7:15 p.m. (PT); 10:15 p.m. (ET) | AT&T Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Doug Fister (4-1, 3.19 ERA) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (8-3, 2.86 ERA)
As Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister aims to become the first Nationals starter to earn a win in five consecutive starts since Gio Gonzalez turned the trick, May 5-27, 2012, he faces a re-match of Game 2 of the 2012 World Series. Fister opposed San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner that night and pitched well, though the Detroit Tigers fell, 2-0. Fister was also hit in the head with a line drive in that game but was, fortunately, unhurt. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

Dating to June 4, the Nationals have made Major League history by becoming the first team in the modern era whose starters have walked zero and struck out 47 in a 6-game span.

Here’s a closer look at the individual performances the last 6 contests, during which Washington is 5-1:

DATE PIT IP H R ER BB SO
6/4v.PHI Strasburg 7.0 7 4 2 0 11
6/5v.PHI Fister 7.0 4 2 2 0 5
6/6@SDP Roark 8.0 3 0 0 0 11
6/7@SDP Treinen 6.0 5 2 2 0 1
6/8@SDP Zimm’nn 9.0 2 0 0 0 12
6/9@SFG Strasburg 6.0 4 1 1 0 7

In their last seven games, the Nationals starting pitching staff has piked up 51 strikeouts and one walk.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s match-up:

NATIONALS (33-29)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
58 Doug Fister RHP

GIANTS (42-22)

16 Angel Pagan (S) CF
8 Hunter Pence RF
28 Buster Posey C
48 Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
38 Michael Morse 1B
7 Gregor Blanco (L) LF
35 Brandon Crawford (L) SS
14 Brandon Hicks 2B
40 Madison Bumgarner LHP

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals Game Notes — June 9 at San Francisco Giants

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Game #62: Washington Nationals (32-29) at San Francisco Giants (42-21) | 7:15 p.m. (PT); 10:15 p.m. (ET) | AT&T Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-4, 3.10 ERA) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (4-2, 3.39 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg enters Monday night’s game having won consecutive starts for first time since posting four wins in as many outings from Aug. 5-21, 2012 (44 starts in-between back-to-back wins).
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

With their victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals moved into a three-way tie for the top spot in the National League East with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins. The Nationals currently have a piece of first place for the first time since May 7, when they were tied with the Marlins atop the NL East.

Additionally, congratulations are in order for Jordan Zimmermann, who won the NL Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday afternoon. Zimmermann’s zero-walk, 12-strikeout shutout at Petco Park on Sunday capped a stellar six-day, two-start stretch (2-0, 17.0 scoreless innings, 1 BB, 16 SO). Both of Zimmermann’s starts last week resulted in shutout victories for the Nationals (W7-0 on Tue. vs. PHI, W6-0 on Sun. at SDP). Zimmermann becomes just the second Nationals pitcher to earn an NL Pitcher of the Week citation, joining Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 2.19 ERA, 2 GS) who earned the award for the period ending June 13, 2010, following his initial two big league starts. Before today, the most-recent Nationals player to be named NL Player of the Week was Ryan Zimmerman (.444, 4 home runs, 7 RBI for period ending July 16-22, 2012).

Here are the lineups for tonight’s match-up:

NATIONALS (32-29)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
19 Kevin Frandsen 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

GIANTS (42-21)

7 Gregor Blanco (L) CF
8 Hunter Pence RF
28 Buster Posey C
48 Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
38 Michael Morse 1B
10 Tyler Colvin (L) LF
35 Brandon Crawford (L) SS
14 Brandon Hicks 2B
32 Ryan Vogelsong RHP

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Getting to Know Matt Williams

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by Noah Frank

When the Nationals arrived in Phoenix at the end of September for their final series of the 2013 season, already mathematically eliminated from postseason contention, the focus among the press corps had shifted. It was Davey Johnson’s final series as Nationals Manager, and both he and President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo recapped the season while looking ahead to 2014.

President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, left, and new Manager Matt Williams shared a smile during Williams' introductory press conference.

President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, left, and new Manager Matt Williams shared a smile during Williams’ introductory press conference.

At the same time, in the other dugout, Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson fielded questions about his third base coach, Matt Williams, who was one of the men rumored as a possible candidate for the Nationals’ impending vacancy.

“I think he’d be great,” Gibson said. “He was obviously a good player. We’ve worked closely together since I’ve been a manager. He’s got a good mind for it.”

Gibson has managed the Arizona Diamondbacks the past three-and-a-half seasons, leading them to the 2011 NL West title. Williams was at Gibson’s side throughout his tenure in the desert, moving from first base coach to third base coach upon Gibson’s ascension to the managerial role.

“We’re similar,” Gibson continued. “He’s a fierce competitor. He understands the game. We break it down. He’s a tireless worker and believes in heavy preparation. Never gives in.”

Gibson also noted Williams’ success as a manager in the Arizona Fall League, a training ground for managers as well as players. Williams led the Salt River Rafters to a 17-13 mark in 2012, strong enough for the East Division title. Those Nationals fans that pay attention to the AFL may remember that Washington prospects – including Brian Goodwin, Anthony Rendon and Matt Skole – played on that Salt River squad. That managing experience and first-hand knowledge of players within the organization, along with his shared history with Rizzo in Arizona, no doubt helped Williams’ candidacy.

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There is another side to Williams, though, one which I was able to witness in person as he spoke at a Minor League hot stove dinner hosted by the Fresno Grizzlies (the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate) in February of 2011. Williams was set to appear as the guest of honor, alongside fellow Giants legend Will Clark, following San Francisco’s first-ever World Series title. But Clark was held up by bad weather, and Williams instead shared the stage that night with Sergio Romo – then a young reliever who’d not yet ascended to the Giants’ closer role.

The two entertained the crowd throughout the evening, leading into the live auction, benefiting the Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund.

Following the press conference, Williams answered additional questions in the media huddle.

Following the press conference, Williams answered additional questions in the media huddle.

That auction culminated with a feverish bidding war over the grand prize: a weekend trip to see the Giants in Spring Training. When the auctioneer had reached a tipping point, and one bidder could go no further, Williams unexpectedly stood up and politely interrupted him, asking if he could speak for a moment. He asked the gentleman who had been outbid if he would still be willing to pay for the package at the price he had last offered. When assured that he was, Williams then turned to the dinner organizers to see if two such grand prizes could be procured. When it was determined that they could, Williams turned back to the two bidders to see if each would be agreeable purchasing their respective packages.

The maneuver paid off. Thanks to his ability to think on his feet, Williams helped secure double the donation for the Community Fund.

I relate this story not to suggest anything about Williams’ ability to think on his feet as the next manager of the Nationals. Rather, it underscores his presence of mind to help a good cause, revealing the human side of a man taking on a role where that can all too often be lost.

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On the final day of this past Nationals season, after saying my goodbyes and offering well-wishes in the clubhouse following the game, I shuffled out to the elevators to the players’ parking lot at Chase Field. As I stepped through the metal doors, thoughts of another season of baseball the last thing on my mind, one other familiar person stood in front of me, ready to leave the park.

And so, we silently rode the elevator together – Williams and I – before departing on our own paths to Washington.

Highlights: 8.15.13

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8.15.13 – Giants 4, Nationals 3

Stat of the Game: Dan Haren continued his run of solid starts since his return from the disabled list, allowing a single run on three hits over six innings.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Jayson Werth collected two more hits and is now batting .331 for the season.

It Was Over When: Down to their last strike, the Giants flipped the script with a three-run home run to snap Washington’s five-game winning streak.

What to Watch for: 8.15.13

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San Francisco Giants (52-67) vs. Washington Nationals (59-60)

 RHP Ryan Vogelsong (2-4, 6.71) vs. RHP Dan Haren (7-11, 4.99)

The Nationals finish up their series against the Giants and their nine-game homestand this afternoon, as they aim to bring their record to an even .500. Jordan Zimmermann won his career-high 14th game of the season thanks to Denard Span, who sealed the victory with a game-saving catch. With Dan Haren on the mound, the Nats look to extend their five game win streak and go for their second straight series sweep.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

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. Dan Haren RHP

SWEEP POSSIBILTIES

The Nationals will attempt to complete their third-ever sweep of the Giants in this afternoon’s series finale. Washington swept a home series from San Francisco in both 2012 (3-0) and 2006 (3-0). The Nationals have also won seven straight home games over the Giants. Washington has likewise won seven consecutive home games over the Marlins and Cardinals, but never reached the threshold of eight straight victories in D.C. over a single opponent.

SEVENTEEN AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN

The Nationals are the only team in the National League with four players with 17 or more home runs. Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper, Adam LaRoche, and Jayson Werth all share the team lead with 17 each. Only two other Major League teams – Toronto and Los Angeles (AL) – have as many as four players with 17 or more home runs.

SUMMER’S SCORCHER

Jayson Werth leads Major League Baseball in batting average dating to the beginning of both July and August. Since July 1st, Werth has hit .413. Detroit’s Victor Martinez has the next best average hitting .381 in that span. Since August first Werth is hitting .528 with Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen in a distant second at .474.

Spanning The Ages

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Denard Span has maintained since his arrival in the Nation’s Capital that he takes more pride in his defense than his offense. He has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the year, taking extra bases away from Joey Votto and Zack Cozart of the Reds, Carlos Ruiz and Darin Ruf of the Phillies, Jason Kubel of the Diamondbacks, and others.

Perhaps it’s because of all those other plays that we’ve seen over the course of his first season in a Nationals uniform, but when the ball left Hunter Pence’s bat with two on and two out in the top of the ninth Wednesday night, there was a sense of confidence that Span would find a way to track it down. Track it down he did, notching the catch of the year for Washington and securing the fifth straight win for the Nationals.

Like a walk-off home run, the game-saving grab stands out above other tremendous defensive plays more because of its situational importance than the shear athleticism involved. Because of the situation and the location of Span’s catch, it was most obviously evocative of Roger Bernadina’s game-saver in Houston last season. But where does Span’s snag rank among the top game-saving catches in franchise history? We’re letting you decide from among our favorites. Watch them below, then vote in the poll at the bottom of the post.

Span Saves The Day: 8.14.13

The Shark’s Disappearing Act: 8.8.12

Willie Harris Leaves Them Loaded: 4.10.10

Highlights: 8.14.13

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8.14.13 – Nationals 6, Giants 5

Stat of the Game: Ian Desmond‘s 17th home run of the season – the longest of the year at Nationals Park (448 feet) – put him into a four-way tie for the team lead.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Jordan Zimmermann notched his National League-leading 14th win, extending his career high.

It Was Over When: Denard Span tracked down Hunter Pence’s deep liner in the left-center field gap to save the day, stranding the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base.

What to Watch for: 8.14.13

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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)

NATIONALS LINEUP:

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).

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