WHISPERING SWEEP NOTHINGS
The Nationals won their season-high 5th straight game, 4-3 over the Rockies on Wed. night, as Ian Desmond broke a 3-3 tie with a 7th-inning solo home run…the win capped the Nationals’ 6th series sweep of the year, 4th in DC...Doug Fister al-lowed only a Michael McKenry 3-run shot (in the 2nd inning) in 7.0 innings to pock-et his 7th win...Jayson Werth’s 2-run shot in the 4th sparked the Nationals’ 20th comeback win, which Rafael Soriano ﬁnished oﬀ with his 20th save...the sweep was Washington’s ﬁrst at the Rockies’ expense since Aug. 12-14, 2005 at Coors Field.
DESMOND’S DECISIVE DINGERS
Ian Desmond’s game-winning solo home run, which snapped a 3-3 tie in the 7th inning on Wed. vs. COL, was his 7th go-ahead long ball hit in the 7th inning or later dating to the beginning of the 2012 season...among shortstops, only Jhonny Peralta (3) has more than 2 such homers in the same time span.
The Nationals moved a season-high 8 games above .500 with Wed.’s 4-3 home vic-tory over the Rockies...Washington is also 9-3 in 12 games dating to June 21.
6-3 ON THE FOURTH
As our Nation celebrates its 238th birthday, note that the Nationals own a 6-3 re-cord on July 4th (6-2 in DC, 0-1 on the road)...Washington has won 3 straight on the Nation’s birthday (W8-5 vs. MIL/2013, W9-4 vs. SFG/2012, W5-4 vs. CHI/2011).• This is the 3rd time the Nationals have hosted the Cubs on Independence Day...Washington won the ﬁrst 2 meetings (W5-4 in 2011, W6-0 in 2006 at RFK).
KEEPING SCORE ON THE SEASON
The Nationals own the NL’s best, and MLB’s 4th-best, run diﬀerential, at +50 (342 for, 292 against)...MLB’s top 5: OAK (+128), SEA (+70), LAA (+50), Washington (+50), LAD (+48).
SCORE 4 = WIN MORE
The Nationals are 38-3 when scoring 4 or more runs and, conversely, just 8-35 when limited to 3 or less runs by opposing pitchers.
NATIONALS STAFF EARNS GOLD OR SILVER IN MANY STATISTICAL CATEGORIES
Washington’s 3.04 staﬀ ERA leads MLB (SEA ranks 2nd at 3.20)...Nationals pitch-ers also rank among MLB’s top 2 in these categories: ﬁelding-independent pitching (ﬁrst, 3.12), fewest earned runs allowed (ﬁrst, 258), homers allowed/9.0 inn. (2nd, 0.61), home runs allowed (2nd, 52), SO/BB ratio (2nd, 3.21/1), runs allowed (2nd, 292), walks/9.0 inn. (2nd, 2.48) and fewest blown saves (2nd, 5).
THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN ...
At 2.46 (70 ER/255.2 IP), Washington relievers rank 2nd in MLB in bullpen ERA, sand-wiched between the Padres (ﬁrst, 2.35) and Mariners (3rd, 2.53).
Washington has committed just 3 errors in 25 games dating to June 7...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is easily the Nationals’ ﬁnest 25-game stretch of defensive excellence since the team landed in DC in 2005...before this 25-game run, the fewest errors the Nationals committed in a 25-game span was 6 (twice in 2011).
By yielding just 2 unearned runs in June, the Nationals set a new club mark for few-est unearned runs allowed in a calendar month...as the season has progressed, the Nationals’ ﬁelding percentage has risen while their error totals and unearned runs allowed have steadily declined...a closer look:
MONTH FIELDING% ERRORS UNEARNED RUNS
Mar./Apr. (28 games) .................... .975 26 19 May (26 games) ............................. .980 20 13 Since June 1 (30 games) ................ .993 8 2
DINGERS FROM THE DIAMOND DIRT
The 50 home runs hit by Washington inﬁelders (14 from 1B, 7 from 2B, 13 from 3B, 16 from SS) this season rank 2nd in MLB behind only the Blue Jays (54) inﬁeld.
POWER FROM THE PIVOT
The Nationals pace MLB in home runs (23) hit by middle inﬁelders (COL is 2nd with 22)...16 of these 23 middle-inﬁeld homers have been hit by shortstops (Ian Desmond 14, Zach Walters 1), 7 by second basemen (Danny Espinosa 6, Anthony Rendon 1).
WITH > WITHOUT
With Ryan Zimmerman in the starting lineup this season, the Nationals are 24-14 and average 4.8 runs per game (181 runs, 38 contests)...in 46 games sans Zimmerman, Washington has averaged of 3.5 runs a game (161 runs, 46 games) and is 22-24.
POP FROM THE TOP
Denard Span (25 doubles, 5 triples, home run) currently leads all big league leadoﬀ hitters with 31 extra-base hits...COL’s Charlie Blackmon (29) ranks 2nd.
Chicago Cubs (37-46) @ Washington Nationals (46-38)
RHP Jason Hammel (7-5, 2.98)
RHP Tanner Roark (7-5, 2.98)
Friday, July 4
Game #85 / Home #44
JULY 4 2009 -
Adam Dunn hits 300th career homer, a 7th-inning solo shot oﬀ Tommy Hanson. Washington trailed the Braves, 3-0, prior to the tricen-tennial blast, but the long ball sparked Washington to a 5-3 win. Dunn also became just the 13th player in MLB history to reach the 300-home run threshold while in his 20s.
DATE IN DC BASEBALL HISTORY
DATE OPP./SITE D.C. TIME DC TV DC RADIO NATIONALS STARTER OPPONENTS STARTER
Fri., July 4
vs. CHI 11:05 am
WUSA 9 / MASN
106.7 FM / 1500 AM RHP Tanner Roark (7-5, 2.98) RHP Jason Hammel (7-5, 2.98)
• Hammel (7-0 in 9 starts) joins only Jamie Moyer (7-0, 11 starts) as only 2 pitchers with at least 7 wins and a 1.000 winning percentage against Washington
Sat., July 5
vs. CHI 4:05 pm MASN 106.7 FM / 1500 AM LHP Gio Gonzalez (5-4, 3.93) RHP Jeﬀ Samardzija (2-7, 2.83)
• Gonzalez faces same club in back-to-back starts for the 4th time (1-2, 4.08 ERA, 3 GS in the 2nd game of those matchups/’12 vs. ATL [L], ‘11 SEA [W], ‘09 LAA[L])
Sun., July 6
vs. CHI 1:35 pm MASN 2 106.7 FM / 1500 AM RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-4, 2.95) RHP Jake Arrieta (5-1, 1.81)
• Zimmermann has not allowed a home run in DC since Apr. 9 vs. MIA (8+ starts or 49.0 innings ago)
SCHEDULE & PROBABLE PITCHERS
JULY 7 Visit to Capital Area Food Bank -
Jerry Blevins and Craig Stammen will team up with children from CAFB’s Kids Cafe to prepare healthy snacks that can be enjoyed while watching a baseball game during the Nationals’ annual visit to the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) on Mon., July 7. Since its 1998 inception, CAFB’s Kids Cafe has provided free afterschool and summer meals to low-income children in the Washington metro area. The Kids Cafe program is part of Feeding America’s nationwide eﬀort to serve over 122,000 children annually.
IN THE COMMUNITY
The Nationals/Expos have won 300+ games at the expense of only the Mets (385), Phillies (364) and Cubs (304)...Nationals President of Base-ball Operations and GM Mike Rizzo is a Chicago native and a graduate of both Holy Cross High School and the University of Illinois...Adam LaRoche’s father, Dave, pitched for the Cubs (9-7, 5.17) in 1973 and ‘74.
The Nationals and Cubs will play 7 games this season in just 6 days, thanks to last Sat.’s rare scheduled doubleheader...the Nationals are 16-9 overall against the Cubs dating to the 2011 season...Washington is 10-7 at Wrigley since 2010 and 11 of those 17 contests have been de-cided by 2 runs or less (the Nationals are 6-5 in these tight games)...the Nationals (‘05-pres.) are 13-8 in one-run games against CHI, includ-ing a 7-4 mark at in DC...the 2 clubs square oﬀ for a 3rd time on Inde-pendence Day in DC (only the Mets have played in DC on the Nation’s birthday even twice)...Washington won the previous two meetings on July 4th: W5-4 in 2011/Nationals Park, W6-0 in 2007/RFK.
2014 / BY THE NUMBERS
2014 W-L ................................2-2 (0-0 in DC, 2-2 in Chicago)Streak ..........................................................................Won 2Aggregate Score / 2014 ......................Nationals 15, Cubs 14Home Runs Hit / 2014 ...........................Nationals 3, Cubs 0
ALLTIME SERIES / BY THE NUMBERS
W-L / Nationals .............................................................33-30W-L / Franchise (Nationals + Expos) ....................304-278-1W-L / Nationals Park (2008-present) ............................10-11
2014 AGAINST THE CUBS
DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG
DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG
6/26@ L3-5 Ramirez-Stammen-Rondon 2:41 7/4DC6/27@ L2-7 Hammel-Roark-NONE 2:49 7/5DC
W3-0 Gonzalez-Beeler-Soriano 2:42 7/6DC
W7-2 Treinen-Samardzija-NONE 2:45
6/11 ....Placed C Wilson Ramos on the 15-Day DL (right hamstring strain)...recalled C Sandy Leon from Syracuse.6/13....Optioned RHP Blake Treinen to Syracuse...recalled LHP Xavier Cedeno from Syracuse.6/17 ....Optioned LHP Xavier Cedeno to Syracuse.6/18 ...Recalled from rehab and reinstated LHP Gio Gonzalez from the 15-Day DL.6/25 ...Selected RHP Taylor Hill from Syracuse...returned from rehab, reinstated and optioned INF/OF Jeﬀ Kobernus to Syracuse...designed 1B Greg Dobbs for as-signment...released RHP Christian Garcia for assignment.6/26 ...Optioned C Sandy Leon to Syracuse...returned from rehab and reinstated C Wil-son Ramos.6/28 ...Optioned RHP Taylor Hill to Syracuse...recalled LHP Xavier Cedeno from Syra-cuse...recalled RHP Blake Treinen from Syracuse to serve as 26th player for doubleheader at Wrigley Field.6/30 ...Optioned LHP Xavier Cedeno to Syracuse...recalled from rehab and reinstated OF Bryce Harper from the 15-Day DL.
PLAYER INJURY 15/60 DL PLACED / RETRO REINSTATED #GAMES
E.Davis R Elbow Sprain 60 Feb. 13 84R.Ohlendorf R Lumbar Strain 60 Mar. 26 84E.Perez L Toe Fracture 60 May 16 44D.Span Concussion 7 Apr. 12 Apr. 19 7S.Hairston L Oblique Strain 15 Apr. 6 May 5 26W.Ramos L Hamate Fracture 15 Apr. 2 / Apr. 1 May 7 32 D.Fister R Lat Strain 15 Mar. 29 / Mar. 23 May 9 34A.LaRoche R Quad Strain 15 May 11 / May 10 May 25 14
R Thumb Fracture 15 Apr. 13 June 3 44G.Gonzalez L Shoulder Inﬂam. 15 May 18 June 18 27J.Kobernus L Hand Fracture 60 Apr. 12 June 25 66W.Ramos R Hamstring Strain 15 June 11 June 26 14B.Harper L Thumb Sprain 15 Apr. 27 / Apr. 26 June 30 57