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July 4 vs. Chicago Cubs

July 4 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Washington Nationals Game Notes vs. Chicago Cubs, July 4, 2014
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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.
GREAT 8
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).
 
NEVER BETTER
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).
BETTER LEATHER
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.
NATIONALS WIRE
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
 Nationals Park
 Washington, DC
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
CHICAGO CUBS
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 SERIES
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
ALLTIME 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
6/28@
D
 W3-0 Gonzalez-Beeler-Soriano 2:42 7/6DC
6/28@
N
 W7-2 Treinen-Samardzija-NONE 2:45
OPPONENT
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
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.
DISABLED LIST
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.Zimmerman
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
 
THE 25-MAN ACTIVE ROSTER
PITCHERS
 13 Jerry Blevins (BLEH-vins) .........LHP48 Ross Detwiler (DET-wiy-ler) .....LHP30 Aaron Barrett...........................RHP 36 Tyler Clippard (KLI-perd) .........RHP 58 Doug Fister (FIH-ster) .............RHP47 Gio Gonzalez (JEE-oh) ..............LHP57 Tanner Roark (ro-ARK) ............RHP 35 Craig Stammen
(STAH-mehn)
 ..RHP 29 Rafael Soriano
(soer-ee-AH-noh)
 .RHP 22 Drew Storen (STOER-in) .........RHP 37 Stephen Strasburg
 
(STRAHS-berg)
 .RHP63 Blake Treinen (TRY-nehn) .......RHP27 Jordan Zimmermann ...............RHP
CATCHERS
40 Wilson Ramos (RAH-mos)..............R/R 59 Jose Lobaton (LOH-buh-tohn) ..S/R
INFIELDERS
 20 Ian Desmond (EE-in) ..................R/R 8 Danny Espinosa
 (ehs-pi-NOH-zuh)
 ..
S/R19 Kevin Frandsen (FRAND-zen) ...R/R 25 Adam LaRoche
(lah-ROHSH)
 .....L/L 6 Anthony Rendon
 
(RHEN-dohn)
 ..R/R 11 Ryan Zimmerman ......................R/R
OUTFIELDERS
 7 Scott Hairston (HAIR-stin) ........R/R34 Bryce Harper (briys) ..................L/R 15 Nate McLouth (mik-LOWTH) ....L/R 2 Denard Span (di-NAHRD) ..........L/L 28 Jayson Werth (JAY-sin) .............R/R
 
NATIONALS STARTING PITCHER
BARRETT, Aaron (RHP) #30
LAST:
Mon.vs.COL: 1.0
IP
 1
H
 1
R
 1
ER
 1
BB
 0
SO
 0
HR
True rookie...Univ. of Mississippi alum was Nationals’ 9th-rounder in 2010 Draft...struck out 12.0 batters/9.0 in minors.
Has allowed only 4 extra-base hits (all doubles) in 28.0 innings.
10.6 K/9.0 pace all NL rookies (min. 25 inn.).3-0, 4 Holds, 0 Saves, 1.93 ERA, 31/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 24 / 9
BLEVINS, Jerry (LHP) #13
LAST:
 Mon.vs.COL: 1.0
IP
 0
H
 0
R
 0
ER
 0
BB
 1
SO
 0
HR
Was acquired from OAK on Dec. 11, 2012 in exchange for OF Billy Burns...Craig Stammen’s teammate at Univ. of Dayton.Owns a .135 (7-for-52) batt. avg. against vs. lefty batters.When walking zero, ERA is 1.74...with walk(s): 13.00.2-3, 5 Holds, 0 Saves, 5.16 ERA, 36/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 15 / 0
CLIPPARD, Tyler (RHP) #36
LAST:
 Weds.vs.COL:
Hold(19)
1.0
IP
 1
H
 0
R
 0
ER
 0
BB
 2
SO
 0
HR
Paces MLB in relief K (489) since ‘pen debut, June 25, 2009...has pitched in more games (379) than any Nationals hurler.
Since April 24, has pitched scoreless relief in 28 of 29 apps.
Leads Nationals ‘pen in wins (5), holds (19) & relief K (49).5-2, 19 Holds, 1 Save, 1.95 ERA, 40/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 3 / 0
DETWILER, Ross (LHP) #48
LAST:
 Sat.@CHI:
Save (1)
 3.0
IP
 0
H
 0
R
 0
ER
 0
BB
 2
SO
 0
HR
Shifts to ‘pen...in 37 career relief apps, is 1-2 with 1 SV, 2 Holds & a 2.63 ERA (20 ER/65.1 IP)...made 50 MLB starts from ‘11-13.
His last 2 apps: 7.0 IP, SV, 2 H, BB, 4 K, .095 AVG against
.Has worked more than 1.0 inn. of relief in 13 of 22 apps.0-2, 1 Holds, 1 Save, 4.00 ERA, 22/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 0 / 0
NATIONALS BULLPEN MAP
LEFT RIGHT
#13 J.Blevins #30 A.Barrett
#48 R.Detwiler
 • #36 T.Clippard • #29 R.Soriano • #35 C.Stammen #22 D.Storen 
BULLPEN BY THE NUMBERS
Total Appearances ...................229Holds ..........................................42Saves / Save Opp. . ................22 / 27Inh. Runners / Inh. Scored ..74 / 20Batting Average Against ........ .221
1st Batters Retired / Faced
 ..174 / 229SO/BB Ratio . ..2.6/1 (236 SO/91 BB)
2014 & CAREER / Cubs
PLAYER W L S G IP ER ERA
Barrett 2014 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 0.00 Career 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 0.00Blevins 2014 0 0 0 1 0.2 3 40.50 Career 0 1 0 4 2.2 4 13.50Clippard 2014 0 0 0 1 1.0 0 0.00 Career 1 0 1 19 19.2 6 2.75Detwiler 2014 0 0 1 1 3.0 0 0.00 Career 3 1 1 5 27.0 7 2.33Fister 2014 0 0 0 1 6.0 3 4.50 Career 0 0 0 1 6.0 3 4.50Gonzalez 2014 1 0 0 1 7.0 0 0.00 Career 2 0 0 4 24.2 4 1.46Roark 2014 0 1 0 1 6.0 4 6.00 Career 1 1 0 2 7.2 6 7.04Soriano 2014 0 0 1 1 1.0 0 0.00 Career 0 1 2 5 4.1 1 2.08Stammen 2014 0 1 0 1 2.0 2 9.00 Career 1 2 0 8 18.2 7 3.38Storen 2014 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 Career 0 0 4 10 9.2 1 0.93Strasburg 2014 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 Career 0 1 0 3 20.2 5 2.18Zimmermann 2014 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 Career 1 4 0 6 37.0 23 5.59
SORIANO, Rafael (RHP) #29
LAST:
 Weds.vs.COL:
Save(20)
 1.0
IP
 1
H
 0
R
 0
ER
 1
BB
 1
SO
 0
HR
In ‘13, posted a 3.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio & saved 43
games to rank 2nd in the NL in first year with the Nationals.Has worked scoreless relief in 31 of 34 apps this year.Swing & Miss% is up this year (26.6% in ‘14, 19.2% in ‘13).1-0, 0 Holds, 20 Saves, 1.06 ERA, 34/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 0 / 0
STAMMEN, Craig (RHP) #35
LAST:
 Tues.vs.COL:
 
1.1
IP
 0
H
 0
R
 0
ER
 2
BB
 1
SO
 0
HR
Has pitched better in relief (2.78 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 162 G) than as starter (8-11, 5.08, 4.6 K/9, 38 starts) during MLB career.In 20 apps dating to Apr. 20, ERA is 1.83 (7 ER/34.1 IP).212.2 relief inn. since beginning of 2012 season pace MLB.0-3, 3 Holds, 0 Saves, 2.74 ERA, 24/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 12 / 2
STOREN, Drew (RHP) #22
LAST:
 Mon.vs.COL: 1.0
IP
 1
H
 0
R
 0
ER
 0
BB
 0
SO
 0
HR
Owns highest career SO/BB ratio (3.15/1) among Nats reliev-ers (‘05-pres.)...selected 10th overall in ‘09 First-Year Draft.
Has tossed 6.2 consecutive scoreless inn. dating to June 7.
Is 3-1, 20 holds, 1 save, 1.18 ERA in 52 G dating to Aug. ‘13.2-1, 10 Holds, 0 Saves, 1.03 ERA, 31/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 11 / 4
NATIONALS BULLPEN
NATIONALS PITCHING – 2014
Starters: Team Rec G SV SVO Hld ERA CG INN H R ER HR BB IBB HB SO SO/9 AVG 
46-38 83 0 0 0 3.34 3 507.1 496 212 188 42 119 6 19 438 7.8 .255
 Ind Rec #PIT #P/IP RSA RS SHO WP BK SH SF 2B 3B SB CS GIDP AB 
33-27 7888 15.5 4.28 241 2 9 0 18 12 91 13 18 15 37 1943
 Bullpen: Team Rec G SV SVO Hld ERA CG INN H R ER HR BB IBB HB SO SO/9 AVG 
44-37 81 22 27 42 2.46 0 255.2 206 80 70 10 91 10 9 236 8.3 .221
 Ind Rec #PIT #P/IP RSA RS SHO WP BK SH SF 2B 3B SB CS GIDP AB 
13-11 4055 15.9 3.56 101 9 2 8 4 46 2 9 6 20 932
 Team Totals: Team Rec G SV SVO Hld ERA CG INN H R ER HR BB IBB HB SO SO/9 AVG 
46-38 84 22 27 42 3.04 3 763.0 702 292 258 52 210 16 28 674 8.0 .244
 #PIT #P/IP RSA RS SHO WP BK SH SF 2B 3B SB CS GIDP AB 
11943 15.7 4.03 342 10 18 2 26 16 137 15 27 21 57 2875
STARTING PITCHING – LAST 10 GAMES
DATE/OPP
 STARTER DEC RES INN H R ER BB SO HR RS PIT
7/2vs.COL
Fister W W4-3 7.0 7 3 3 0 5 1 4 80
7/1vs.COL
 
Strasburg W W7-1 7.2 5 1 1 1 8 1 7 111
6/30vsCOL
Zimm’nn W W7-3 6.0 7 2 2 1 5 0 6 87
6/28@CHI-N
 
Treinen W W7-2 5.0 4 2 2 1 3 1 6 78
6/28@CHI-D
 
Gonzalez W W3-0 7.0 2 0 0 2 7 0 1 99
6/27@CHI
 
Roark L L2-7 6.0 10 4 4 1 2 0 2 101
6/26@CHI
 
Fister L3-5 6.0 7 3 3 0 1 0 3 102
6/25@MIL
 
Strasburg L L2-9 4.2 8 7 7 3 2 2 2 90
6/24@MIL
 
Zimm’nn — W4-2 6.0 6 2 2 2 9 0 1 96
6/23@MIL
 
Gonzalez W W3-0 6.0 3 0 0 4 5 0 3 114
BULLPEN – LAST 10 GAMES
DATE/OPP RES DECISIONS #REL INN H R ER BB SO HR
7/2 vs. COL W4-3 H, SV 2 2.0 2 0 0 1 3 07/1 vs. COL W7-1 1 1.1 0 0 0 2 1 06/30vs.COL W7-3 3 3.0 2 1 1 1 1 06/28@CHI-N W7-2 SV 2 4.0 2 0 0 0 3 06/28@CHI-D W3-0 H, SV 2 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 06/27@CHI L2-7 3 2.0 3 3 3 2 2 06/26@CHI L3-5 L 1 2.0 2 2 2 1 1 06/25@MIL L2-9 1 3.1 5 2 2 1 1 06/24@MIL W4-2 W, SV 7 10.0 4 0 0 5 6 06/23@MIL W3-0 2 H, SV 3 3.0 0 0 0 0 5 0
CATCHER’S DEFENSE
CATCHER GS W-L CCS SBA CS% PB CATCHER ERA
S.Leon
2014 16 9-7 4 7 57% 1 3.27 (52 ER/143.0 IP) Career 25 16-9 5 14 35% 4 3.09 (78 ER/227.1 IP)
J.Lobaton
2014 39 23-16 6 24 27% 1 2.84 (114 ER/360.2 IP) Career 179 101-78 25 155 16% 3 3.42 (635 ER/1673.1 IP)
W.Ramos
2014 29 14-15 8 16 50% 2 3.02 (87 ER/259.1 IP) Career 257 140-117 42 161 29% 13 3.45 (876 ER/2287.2 IP)
ROARK, Tanner (RHP) #57
Faces the Northsiders for the 2nd time in as many starts.
• AGAINST THE CUBS:
 Wilmington, IL native (267 miles southwest of Wrigley Field) and Univ. of Illinois alumhas twice faced the Cubs, both within the Friendly Confines...first appearances came in relief, on Aug. 21 of last sea-son...allowed 2 runs in 1.2 inn. in relief of R.Ohlendorf...earned the win in Washington’s 11-6 victory...allowed 4 singles, walked none, fanned 3...first and only start against the Cubs is chronicled below (
LAST START
).
• LAST START:
 Has personal 4-start win streak snapped in Fri.’s 7-2 setback at CHI...allowed 4 runs on career-high 10 hits in 6.0 innings (Cubs went 4-for-10 with RISP while in the game)...walked one, struck out 2, did not allow a homer for a 5th straight start...threw 101 pitches.• During brief career, has faced 318 right-handed hitters and allowed just one home run (G.Stanton, May 26 in DC).In 21 career starts, is 10-6 with a 2.69 ERA (39 ER/130.2 IP).• Has 14 quality starts in 21 starting assignments...has worked 6.0+ innings 15 times...has allowed 3 or less earned runs 17 times, 2 ER or less on 15 occasions, and one ER or less run 11 times.Leads the Nationals staff having induced 8 double play ground balls...team-high 4 wins in June tied for 3rd in the NL.• Was originally TEX’s 25th-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft...pitched collegiately at Univ. of Illinois...in spring of 2008, before being drafted, pitched in 3 games for the Southern Illinois Miners (independent Frontier League).
CAREER STATISTICS
Year Team Lg W L SV SVO G GS CG INN H R ER HR BB SO WHIP FIP ERA
2013 Wsh NL 7 1 0 0 14 5 0 53.2 38 11 9 1 11 40 0.91 2.47 1.512014 Wsh NL 7 5 0 0 16 16 1 99.2 91 34 33 7 24 74 1.15 3.35 2.98Totals 14 6 0 0 30 21 1 153.1 129 45 42 8 35 114 1.07 3.04 2.47
 
2014 STARTS
D OPP RES W L ERA INN H R ER HR BB SO RS PIT
4/3 @NYM W8-2 1 0 3.00 6.0 6 2 2 0 3 5 7 954/11 @ATL L6-7 0 0 5.91 4.2 5 5 5 1 1 3 4 864/16 @MIA W6-3 0 0 5.29 6.1 7 3 3 1 2 5 3 984/21 vs.LAA L2-4 0 0 3.80 6.2 7 0 0 0 2 5 1 1054/26 vs.SDP W4-0 1 0 2.76 9.0 3 0 0 0 1 8 4 1055/3 vs.PHI L2-7 0 1 4.17 4.0 7 7 7 2 1 5 0 855/10 @Oak L3-4 0 0 3.65 7.2 2 1 1 1 0 5 3 955/16 vs.NYM W5-2 1 0 3.65 5.0 4 2 2 0 2 4 5 875/21 vs.CIN L1-2 0 1 3.42 6.0 6 2 1 0 3 2 1 885/26 vs.MIA L2-3 0 1 3.47 7.0 5 3 3 1 1 4 2 956/1 vs.TEX L0-1 0 1 3.25 7.0 7 1 1 1 2 4 0 1046/6 @SDP W6-0 1 0 2.91 8.0 3 0 0 0 0 11 6 107 6/11 @SFG W6-2 1 0 2.92 6.0 7 2 2 0 0 4 4 956/17 vs.HOU W6-5 1 0 2.85 5.0 7 1 1 0 2 4 4 956/22 vs.ATL W4-1 1 0 2.79 5.2 4 1 1 0 3 3 3 966/27 @CHI L2-7 0 1 2.98 6.0 10 4 4 0 1 2 2 101
2014 SPLITS
CATEGORY W L G INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Home 4 3 8 51.0 43 10 9 2 16 34 1.59vs.Chi 0 1 1 6.0 10 4 4 0 1 2 6.00Wrigley Field 0 1 1 6.0 10 4 4 0 1 2 6.00
CAREER SPLITS
CATEGORY W L G INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Home 7 3 15 70.1 53 12 10 2 22 48 1.28vs.Chi 1 1 2 7.2 14 6 6 0 1 5 7.04Wrigley Field 1 1 2 7.2 14 6 6 0 1 5 7.04
 
2014 & CAREER / Cubs
PLAYER AB H HR RBI AVG
Desmond 2014 15 1 0 0 .067 Career 106 28 4 14 .264Espinosa 2014 7 0 0 0 .000 Career 73 19 3 9 .260Frandsen 2014 8 3 0 1 .375 Career 61 15 2 6 .246Hairston 2014 2 0 0 0 .000 Career 84 16 3 8 .190Harper 2014 0 0 0 0  Career 32 12 2 2 .375LaRoche 2014 15 5 2 4 .333 Career 272 76 22 49 .279Lobaton 2014 4 0 0 0 .000 Career 4 0 0 0 .000McLouth 2014 7 4 0 0 .571 Career 172 51 9 21 .297Ramos 2014 10 4 1 1 .400 Career 54 16 2 7 .296Rendon 2014 16 7 0 3 .438 Career 31 9 0 4 .290Span 2014 11 4 0 2 .364 Career 42 11 0 5 .262Werth 2014 11 2 0 1 .182 Career 169 40 8 32 .237Zimmerman 2014 14 2 0 1 .143 Career 200 59 8 27 .295
NATIONALS WHEN ...
Leading after 7 ................................36-3Tied after 7 .........................................5-4Trailing after 7 ...................................5-31Leading after 8 ................................39-2Tied after 8 ........................................4-3Trailing after 8 .................................3-33In Extra Innings ..................................2-7When Scoring in 1st inn. ..................22-5Opponent Scores in 1st inn. .............8-12Scoring First ....................................32-12Opponent scores First ....................14-26Series Opener ..................................15-12Series Finale ....................................17-10Overall series W-L-T ......................14-9-4Home series W-L-T ..........................7-4-3Road series W-L-T ............................7-5-1Series sweeps ....................................6-4Home sweeps .....................................4-1Road sweeps .....................................2-3In March/April .................................16-12In May ..............................................11-15In June .............................................17-11In July .................................................2-0In August ...........................................0-0In September/October ......................0-0Pre All-Star break ...........................46-38Post All-Star break .............................0-0Uniform/home whites ....................19-12Uniform/road greys .........................16-11Uniform/red alternates ...................11-14Uniform/blue stars & stripes ..............0-1Last at-bat W-L ..................................8-7Sudden Death W-L ............................2-3# Come-from-behind wins ..................20When Homering .............................31-20When Playing Error Free ...............29-18When Starter goes 7.0+ inn. ..........17-10
 
DESMOND, Ian (SS), #20 .236 15 HR 51 RBI 9 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, R
HOMESTAND:
 4-11, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, SB
Longest-tenured member of the organization (drafted/signed, June ‘04) & last continuous franchise player with Expos DNA.7th. inn solo blast propelled WSH to the 4-3 win Wed., vs. COL...is 5-for-15 with 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R and one SB in last 4 G.
Leads MLB SS with 51 RBI & 15 HR ranks 2nd (T.Tulowitzki, 18)...82 HR rank 2nd on Nationals all-time list (R.Zimmerman, 182).
RISP:
.283 (26-92), 3 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 7/2/14 vs. COL (Belisle)
CAREER HOMERS:
 82
ESPINOSA, Danny (INF), #8 .217 6 HR 17 RBI 6 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
0-0 (def. replacement)
HOMESTAND:
 DNP
Switch-hitter is one of MLB’s top defenders...is a true 20-HR, 20-SB threat (hit 21 homers in ‘11, swiped 20 bases in ‘12).Before hitless (0-for-18) roadtrip, was on a 5-game, 7-for-17 (.412) tear...8 HBP are tied for 6th in NL. Has more HR (53) than any Nationals switch hitter (C.Guzman, 23)...led Washington in games in 2011 (158) and 2012 (160).
RISP:
.086 (5-58), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 5/12/14 at ARI (Reed)
CAREER HOMERS:
 53
FRANDSEN, Kevin (INF/OF), #19 .237 1 HR 8 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
0-1 (PH)
HOMESTAND:
 0-2, HBP
Signed as free agent with Nationals, March 26...led MLB with 14 pinch hits in ‘13...also ranked 3rd with 10 pinch RBI.Has started 26 games, yet team-high 7 pinch hits are tied for 9th in MLB...hit GW pinch-hit solo HR in 9th inn., May 12 at ARI. 26 starts this year have been at
4 different positions: left field (11 starts), second base (7) third base (6), and first base (2).
RISP:
.161 (5-31), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 5/12/14 at ARI (Reed)
CAREER HOMERS:
 15
HAIRSTON, Scott (OF), #7 .303 1 HR 5 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
DNP
HOMESTAND:
 0-1
Is MLB’s active leader with 13 career pinch home runs (Jason Giambi is 2nd with 11, Greg Dobbs is 3rd with 10).Is 9-for-31 (.290) with 2 doubles, a HR, 5 RBI, 3 runs scored and two walks since reinstatement from Disabled List on May 5.Has 5 RBI in last 17 games/18 at-bats dating to May 16...played along side M.Williams in ARI’s big league camp in Spring ‘03.
RISP:
.091 (1-11), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 5/31/14 vs. TEX (Baker)
CAREER HOMERS:
 106
HARPER, Bryce (OF), #34 .287 1 HR 10 RBI 1 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
1-3, 2B, R
HOMESTAND:
 3-11, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 R
2012 NL Rookie of the Year...in 2013, as a 20-year-old, became youngest NL player to ever start an All-Star Game.Dating to prior to his DL stint, is 8-for-22 with 2 2B, 3B, 5 RBI in last 6 G ...went 9-for-14 with 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI in 5 rehab games.Missed 57 G after injuring left thumb, Apr. 25 vs. SDP, while sliding into 3B on triple...had surgery on Apr. 29 (Dr. T.Graham).
RISP:
.333 (7-21), 1 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 4/9/14 vs. MIA (Hand)
CAREER HOMERS:
 43
LaROCHE, Adam (1B), #25 .302 12 HR 44 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
0-3
HOMESTAND:
 2-11, HR, RBI, R
One of 3 active players to hit 25+ HR for 4 teams (‘06 ATL, ‘08 PIT, ‘10 ARI, ‘12 WSH)…the other 2: A.Beltre & A.Soriano.Is 18-for-56 (.321) with 4 HR & 10 RBI in 15 G dating to June 18...3-run HR provided the offense in 3-0 win at MIL, June 23. Ranks among NL leaders in OBP (4th, .408), OPS (7th, .906), walks (T10th, 44), and batting average (12th, .302).
RISP:
.293 (17-58), 3 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 6/30/14 vs. COL (Scahill)
CAREER HOMERS:
 229
LOBATON, Jose (C), #59 .203 2 HR 10 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
0-3
HOMESTAND:
 0-3P
Acquired from TBR with LH Felipe Rivero & OF Drew Vettleson in exchange for RHP Nathan Karns, Feb. 13.In last 4 starts, has posted a 0.87 (5 ER/52.0 IP) catcher’s ERA...mired in a 9-game, 1-for-29 (.034) rut at the plate.When starting, Washington is 13-5 since May 14...started 3 games in ‘13 ALDS vs. BOS & hit game-ending homer in Game 3.
RISP:
.125 (4-32), 1 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 5/31/14 vs. TEX (Tepesch)
CAREER HOMERS:
 11
McLOUTH, Nate (OF), #15 .197 1 HR 7 RBI 4 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
DNP
HOMESTAND:
 0-0
Lends professional left-handed bat, defensive excellence (Gold Glover) & experience at all 3 outfield slots to Nationals roster.Posted 4 hits in Sat.’s DH sweep at CHI...lifted a GW pinch-hit sac fly to cap scoring in 6-5 comeback win, June 18 vs. HOU.May 28 vs. MIA, posted 4 hits & walk to reach base 5 times in a single game for 2nd time in career (also July 22, 2013 at KCR).
RISP:
.143 (3-21), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 4/27/14 vs. SDP (Benoit)
CAREER HOMERS:
 101
RAMOS, Wilson (C), #40 .273 2 HR 13 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
DNP
HOMESTAND:
 2-8, RBI
One of MLB’s top offensive catchers...behind the plate, advanced catch-and-throw skills blend well with soft hands.Is 6-for-18 with HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB since return from DL, June 26...solo home run sparked a 7-2 win in Sat.’s nightcap at CHI.Has missed 47 games during 2 DL stints in 2014...hit 16 homers (Nationals record for catchers) in just 287 at-bats in 2013.
RISP:
.333 (8-24), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 6/28/14 at CHI/Nite (Samardzija)
CAREER HOMERS:
 37
RENDON, Anthony (INF), #6 .280 12 HR 48 RBI 7 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
1-4, R, SB
HOMESTAND:
 3-12, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 4 R, SB
Played in just 79 minor-league games since being tabbed with 6th-overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.Has hit safely in 7 straight games (10-for-28, 2 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, 7 R)...leads the Nationals and is T5th in the NL in runs (56).12 HR in ‘14 have already trumped last year’s total (7) as a rookie...is 27-for-78 (.346) with a .947 OPS vs. LHP in 2014.
RISP:
.263 (21-80), 2 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 6/24/14 at MIL (Smith)
CAREER HOMERS:
 19
SPAN, Denard (CF), #2 .266 1 HR 19 RBI 13 SB
LAST GAME / Tue.vs.COL:
1-4
HOMESTAND:
 2-10, 3 BB, 2 R
Ranks 2nd among active/current center fielders (min. 600 games) in zone rating (.899) & putouts/9.0 (2.73).
Has reached safely in 12 of 15 G (17 H, 7 BB)...ranks among NL leaders in 2B (T3rd, 25), 3B (T4th, 5) & multi-hit games (T8th, 28).
When reaching base safely 2+ times, Washington is 25-11...has made just one error as a National (228 G, 218 GS, 571 TC).
RISP:
.259 (15-58), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 5/21/14 vs. CIN (Simon)
CAREER HOMERS:
 28
WERTH, Jayson (OF), #28 .272 7 HR 40 RBI 5 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
2-4, HR, 2 RBI, R
HOMESTAND:
 4-10, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 4 R
Only player in ‘13 to rank among NL’s top 5 in slugging% (3rd, .532), OPS (3rd, .931), batting avg. (5th, .318) & OBP (5th, .398).Is 4-for-7 with 2 doubles, a homer, 5 RBI, 2 walks and 3 runs scored in last 2 games...his .357 OBP is 2nd on the club.Dating to ‘12 season, is hitting .300 with .849 OPS...owns 2nd-best stolen-base% (119 SB-17 CS, 87.5%) among active players.
RISP:
.303 (23-76), 2 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 7/2/14 vs. COL (Matzek)
CAREER HOMERS:
 177
ZIMMERMAN, Ryan (3B/LF), #11 .254 3 HR 21 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Wed.vs.COL:
0-2, BB
HOMESTAND:
 5-9, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 R
Was first draft selection of the Nationals (June 2005)...via 2 contract extensions, remains under contract thru at least 2019.First career extra-inn. HR was game-winning 2-run shot in the 16th inn. that capped the scoring in June 24 4-2 victory at MIL.Is 10-for-33 (.303) with 4 2B, a HR, 5 RBI & 6 BB June 24...Washington is 19-10 since return his return from the DL.
RISP:
.225 (9-40), 1 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 6/24/14 at MIL (Fiers)
CAREER HOMERS:
 182
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