DOWN EARLY, BUT NEVER OUT
Washington battled back from an early 3-0 deﬁcit to top Philadelphia, 5-3...the Na-tionals used a 3-run 8th inning to pull away from the Phillies...Adam LaRoche plated his 5th game-winning run (T4th in MLB/NL) in the 8th inning with an RBI-single, scoring Anthony Rendon...Tyler Moore clubbed his 2nd home run of the season, a solo shot o Cli Lee in the 3rd inning...it was Washington’s 9th come-from-behind victory of the season.
Collectively, the Nationals oense ranks among National League leaders in average (3rd, .260), on-base percentage (3rd, .329), slugging percentage (3rd, .415) and OPS (3rd, .744)
Despite signiﬁcant injuries to Wilson Ramos, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper (they have combined to play in just 33 of 87 games), Washington currently ranks 3rd in NL/10th in MLB having scored 4.52 runs per game...only the Rockies (5.61) and Marlins (4.72) have scored more runs per contest among clubs in the Senior Circuit.
START ME UP
Over their last 13 games, Nationals starting pitchers have posted a 1.89 ERA (17 ER/81.0 IP), the best mark in MLB during that stretch...they have fanned 83 batters, tied for the best mark MLB and have allowed just 71 hits, fewest in MLB.
Nationals pitchers currently lead MLB in strikeouts (278) and strikeouts/9.0 (9.53).• Stephen Strasburg’s 14.03 SO/9.0 was the highest for a qualiﬁed pitcher in March/April since CHI’s Kerry Wood in 2001 (14.28).• The last time a DC team paced MLB in strikeouts was 1919 (AL Nationals, 536).
Matt LeCroy’s bullpen currently ranks 3rd in MLB/3rd in NL in bullpen ERA (2.08) and 5th in MLB/4th in NL strikeouts (104)...Tyler Clippard paces the ‘pen with 20 strikeouts, good for 8th in MLB/5th in NL.
SORI, NOT SORI
Nationals’ closer Rafael Soriano is in the midst of the longest scoreless innings stretch of his career, as well as Nationals history (2005-pres.)...the veteran has tossed 23.0 consecutive scoreless innings (23 app.) dating to Aug. 27, 2013...it is the longest active streak in MLB.
7th (OR LATER) HEAVEN
From the 7th inning and beyond, the Nationals are outscoring their opponents 60-25...the 60 runs scored are 2nd in MLB/ﬁrst in NL while the 25 runs allowed are good 3rd fewest in MLB.
The Nationals, in 7 games since getting 3-hit in back-to-back losses to the Angels last week (Mon. and Tue.), are hitting .301 (91-for-302) with 27 extra-base hits (17 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs) and 21 walks the last 8 games.
SCORE 4 = WIN MORE
The Nationals are 14-1 when scoring 4 or more runs and, conversely, just 3-11 when limited to 3 or less runs by opposing pitchers.
SECOND AT SECOND
Thanks to the duo of Danny Espinosa (21 starts) and Anthony Rendon (8 starts), Nationals second basemen currently rank 2nd in MLB/2nd in NL with a .827 OPS (PHI is ﬁrst at .924)...this stands in stark contrast to last season, when Washington’s con-tingent of second baggers combined on a .670 OPS that ranked 22nd in baseball.
MEET MATT WILLIAMS
Matt Williams, 48, was named the 5th ﬁeld manager of the Nationals on Oct. 31, 2013...the managerial position is the ﬁrst of his career...joins the Nationals organiza-tion after spending the previous 4 seasons on Kirk Gibson’s coaching sta in ARI...Williams hit .268 (1878-for-7000) with 338 2B, 378 HR, 1218 RBI and 997 runs in 1866 games spanning 17 decorated seasons with ARI (‘98-03), CLE (1997) and SFG (‘87-96)...Williams was a 5-time All-Star (‘90, ‘94-96, ‘99) and a 4-time recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove (‘91, ‘93-94, ‘97) and Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger (‘90, ‘93-94, ‘97) awards...his 359 career homers as a third baseman ranks 5th on the all-time list (Mike Schmidt 509, Eddie Matthews 486, Chipper Jones 389, Graig Nettles 368). • Williams reached the postseason on 6 occasions, won 3 pennants and claimed a World Championship (2001 Diamondbacks)...in all, played in 51 postseason games/18 World Series contests...sports previous managerial experience gained with the Salt River Rafters (AFL division title, ‘12) and the Double-A Mobile Bay-Bears (skippered ﬁnal 5 weeks of ‘07 after Brett Butler suered a mild stroke)...Williams’ baseball DNA traces back to his grandfather, outﬁelder Bert Griﬃ th, who was a member of the 1924 World Champion AL Nationals...born in Bishop, CA and a native of Carson City, NV, Williams is an alum of UNLV.
Washington Nationals (17-12) @ Philadelphia Phillies (13-14)
RHP Tanner Roark [2-0, 2.76] | RHP A.J. Burnett (1-1, 2.15)
Saturday, May 3
Game #30 / Road #13
Citizens Bank Park
MAY 3 2006
– Major League Baseball ofﬁcially sells the Nationals to group led by Theodore N. Lerner, a Maryland-based real estate developer. In 2002, the 29 other big league owners collectively purchased the Montreal Expos franchise for $120 million, and then moved the failing franchise to Washington, D.C. in time for the 2005 season.
DATE IN DC BASEBALL HISTORY
DATE OPP./SITE D.C. TIME DC TV DC RADIO NATIONALS STARTER OPPONENTS STARTERSat., May 3 at PHI 7:05 pm MASN
106.7 FM / 1500 AM
RHP Tanner Roark (2-0, 2.76) RHP A.J. Burnett (1-1, 2.15)
• Roark, one relief app. (8/10/13) toes the rubber for his ﬁrst career start vs. PHI. Burnett’s ﬁrst start vs. the WSH/MON franchise: 9/23/99 (W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, ER, 6 K)
Sun., May 4 at PHI 3:05 pm MASN
106.7 FM / 1500 AM
LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 3.25) LHP Cole Hamels (0-2, 6.75)
• A former Phillies farmhand, Gonzalez is 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 8 career starts against PHI (Washington has won 6 of the 8 matchups)
SCHEDULE & PROBABLE PITCHERS
May 6 Federal Workforce Day -
In celebration of Public Service Recognition Week the Nationals will work with the Partnership for Public Service to coordinate a special tribute to public servants in attendance.
- Nationals center ﬁelder Denard Span will host “Span’s Fans” before the team takes the ﬁeld. In its second year, Span’s Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an evening of Nationals baseball. The group will enjoy a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
IN THE COMMUNITY
4/6 .....Placed OF Scott Hairston on the 15-Day DL with a left oblique strain...recalled 1B/OF Tyler Moore from Syracuse.4/12 ....Selected RHP Blake Treinen and recalled OF Steven Souza Jr., from Triple-A Syracuse...optioned RHP Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse...placed OF Denard Span on the 7-Day DL (concussion)...recalled INF/OF Je Kobernus from Triple-A Syracuse and placed him on the 60-Day DL (left hand fracture).4/13 ....Placed 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-Day DL (right thumb fracture)...recalled INF Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse.4/18 ...Optioned RHP Blake Treinen to Syracuse...recalled LHP Xavier Cedeno from Syracuse.4/19 ...Optioned OF Steven Souza Jr. to Syracuse...recalled from rehab and reinstated OF Denard Span from the 7-Day DL.4/22 ...Optioned LHP Xavier Cedeno to Syracuse...recalled RHP Aaron Barrett from Syracuse.4/27 ...Placed OF Bryce Harper on the 15-Day DL (left thumb sprain), retro to April 26...recalled OF Steven Souza Jr. from Syracuse.4/28 ...Optioned RHP Taylor Jordan to Triple-A Syracuse...recalled RHP Ryan Mattheus from Syracuse.
PLAYER INJURY 15/60 DL PLACED / RETRO REINSTATED #GAMES
E.Davis R Elbow Sprain 60 Feb. 13 29R.Ohlendorf R Lumbar Strain 60 Mar. 26 29D.Fister R Lat Strain 15 Mar. 29 / Mar. 23 29W.Ramos L Hamate Fracture 15 Apr. 2 / Apr. 1 28S.Hairston L Oblique Strain 15 Apr. 6 24 J.Kobernus L Hand Fracture 60 Apr. 12 19
R Thumb Fracture 15 Apr. 13 18B.Harper L Thumb Sprain 15 Apr. 27 / Apr. 26 5D.Span Concussion 7 Apr. 12 Apr. 19 7
Kevin Frandsen (2012-13) and Jayson Werth (2007-10) are current Na-tionals who have played on both sides of this rivalry....meanwhile, 2 current Phillies sport Nationals pedigree (Marlon Byrd 2005-06, Wil Nieves 2008-10)...in 4 seasons with PHI, Werth hit .282 with 99 doubles, 95 homers, 300 RBI and 60 stolen bags and one World Championship ring (2008)...he is also PHI’s all-time leader with 13 postseason homers.
The Nationals and Phillies, as NL East foes, square o 19 times this year, with 10 of those games being contested in DC...between tonight and Sept. 7, the Nationals play a total of 114 games and 18 of those will be against the Phillies (17%)...Washington is 30-19 (.612) in the series’ last 49 games dating to May 31, 2011...in that same span, the Nationals have outscored the Phillies by 52 runs (210-158).
2014 / BY THE NUMBERS
2014 W-L .........................1-0 (0-0 in DC, 1-0 in Philadelphia)Streak (since ‘13) .........................................................Won 2Aggregate Score / 2014 .....................Nationals 5, Phillies 3Home Runs Hit / 2014 .........................Nationals 1, Phillies 1
ALLTIME SERIES / BY THE NUMBERS
W-L / Nationals .............................................................70-96W-L / Franchise (Nationals + Expos) ....................361-400-2W-L / Nationals Park (2008-present) ..........................26-28W-L / Citizens Bank Park / CBP as Nationals ....35-59 / 32-52
2014 AGAINST THE PHILLIES
DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG
5/2@ W5-3 Blevins-Adams-Soriano 3:11 7/31DC5/3@ 8/1DC5/4@ 8/2DC6/3DC 8/3DC6/4DC 8/25@6/5DC 8/26@7/11@ 8/27@7/12@ 9/5DC7/13@ 9/6DC 9/7DC