ONCE IS CHANCE, TWICE IS COINCIDENCE, ... 23 TIMES IS ZIMMER-IFIC
Ryan Zimmerman’s 2-out RBI single plated Denard Span (2 doubles) with the win-ning run as the Nationals nipped the Cubs, 2-1, on Sun. afternoon in DC…Zimmer-man’s heroic hit was the 23rd of his career to come in the 8th inning or later (2nd this season)...Washington improved to 6-2 in rubber games that decide the out-come of 3-game series…with the win, the Nationals also claimed the season series from the Cubs (4 games to 3), remained undefeated (4-0-2) in their last 6 series, and rose to a season-high 9 games above .500...Jordan Zimmerman ﬁred 6.0 scoreless innings, lowered his ERA to 1.26 since June 1 and departed in line for the win, but came away with a no-decision.
Washington has played errorless baseball in 11 straight games dating to June 25...this is the longest such streak recorded by any team in MLB this season...the 11-game run of defensive perfection is the 2nd-longest recorded by the Nationals since landing in DC in 2005...in 2011, from June 2-15, Washington played a Nationals (‘05-pres.) record 13 consecutive games without an error.
The Nationals have made just 3 errors in 28 games dating to June 7 yielded just 2 unearned runs in June to set a new club mark for fewest 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 declined:
MONTH FIELDING% ERRORS UNEARNED RUNS
Mar./Apr. (28 games) .................... .975 26 19 May (26 games) ............................. .980 20 13 Since June 1 (33 games) ................ .994 8 2
5 WEEKS OF GOOD BASEBALL
Washington’s 23-12 (.657) record dating to May 30 is tied for the 2nd-best in MLB with PIT...only behind the Athletics (23-11, .676) have been superior...in this 5-plus week span, the Nationals have outscored their opponents by 58 runs (156 to 98).
The Nationals, in 7 games dating to the nightcap of last Sat.’s twinbill at Wrigley Field, are 27-for-72 (.375) with 10 doubles and one home run (Jayson Werth, 2-run shot in the 4th inning, Wed. vs. COL) with runners in scoring position.
KEEPING SCORE ON THE SEASON
The Nationals own the NL’s 2nd-best (MLB’s 5th-best) run diﬀerential at +59 (359 for, 300 against)...MLB’s top 5: OAK (+135), LAA (+71), SEA (+64), LAD (+62), Washington (+59).
SCORE 4 = WIN MORE
The Nationals are 39-3 when scoring 4 or more runs and, conversely, just 9-36 when limited to 3 or less runs by opposing pitchers.
NATIONALS STAFF EARNS GOLD OR SILVER IN MANY STATISTICAL CATEGORIES
Washington’s 3.03 staﬀ ERA leads MLB (OAK is 2nd at 3.15)...Nationals pitchers also rank among MLB’s top 2 in these categories: ﬁelding-independent pitching (ﬁrst, 3.12), fewest earned runs allowed (ﬁrst, 266), BB/9.0 inn. (ﬁrst, 2.46), fewest walks (ﬁrst, 216), homers allowed (tied ﬁrst, 53), homers allowed/9.0 inn. (2nd, 0.60), runs allowed (2nd, 300), SO/BB ratio (2nd, 3.21/1), fewest blown saves (2nd, 6).
THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN ...
At 2.55 (74 ER/261.2 IP), Washington relievers rank 3rd in MLB in bullpen ERA behind only the Mariners (ﬁrst, 2.47) and Padres (2nd, 2.48).
Nationals catchers, with a little help from Steve McCatty’s pitching staﬀ, currently rank 2nd in MLB having gunned down 19 of 47 (40.4%) would-be basestealers this year (pitcher caught stealings excluded)...in all of MLB, only the Cardinals (47.4%, 18 of 38) have posted a higher percentage this season than Washington...in ‘13, the Nationals ranked 29th throwing out 14 percent (15 of 110) of would-be basestealers.
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 26-15 and average 4.8 runs per game (198 runs, 41 contests)...in 46 games sans Zimmerman, Washington has averaged of 3.5 runs a game (161 runs, 46 games) and is 22-24.
Baltimore Orioles (48-40) @ Washington Nationals (48-39)
RHP Chris Tillam (7-4, 4.21)
RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.53)
Monday, July 7
Game #88 / Home #47
JULY 7 2007 -
The Brewers hit 4 solo home runs, but Austin Kearns’ 2-run double in the 5th inning broke a 2-2 tie and the Nationals held oﬀ MIL, 5-4. For the 2nd time while representing DC, the Nationals were outhomered by at least 4, but won the game (also Sept. 11, 2006 at ARI). In the 9th inning, Chad Cordero retired both J.J. Hardy and Ryan Braun with the potential tying run in scoring position to close out the one-run victory.
DATE IN DC BASEBALL HISTORY
DATE OPP./SITE D.C. TIME DC TV DC RADIO NATIONALS STARTER OPPONENTS STARTER
Mon., July 7
vs. BAL 7:05 pm MASN 106.7 FM / 1500 AM RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.53) RHP Chris Tillman (7-4, 4.21)
• Strasburg has fanned 12.8/9.0 inn. in 10 career interleague starts, during which he is 6-3, 2.39 ERA (has allowed 2 or less earned runs in 9 of 10 starts vs. AL)
Tue., July 8
vs. BAL 7:05 pm MASN 106.7 FM / 1500 AM RHP Doug Fister (7-2, 2.93) RHP Bud Norris (7-5, 3.62)
• Fister (51-52 career record) hopes to reach .500 for the ﬁrst time since career record was 6-6 in May 2010
Wed., July 9
at BAL 7:05 pm MASN 2 106.7 FM / 1500 AM RHP Tanner Roark (7-6, 3.12) LHP Wei-Yin Chen (8-3, 4.12)
• Despite no-decision, Roark was fantastic on ﬁrst interleague start of career on May 10, 2014 at OAK (1 ER allowed on 2 hits, zero walks in 7.2 inn.)
Thu., July 10
at BAL 7:05 pm
WUSA 9 / MASN 2
106.7 FM / 1500 AM LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.52) RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-8, 4.52)
• In 36.0 career innings against the Orioles, spanning 6 starts, Gonzalez has allowed just one home run: M.Weiters solo shot, Aug. 15, 2011 at O.co Coliseum
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
By debuting with their current clubs earlier this season, Nate McLouth and Steve Lombardozzi became the 21st and 22nd players to play for both the Nationals and Orioles (for the complete list entering the 2014 season, see page 140 of the Nationals Media Guide)...the 2 clubs have also shared 2 managers (F. Robinson, D.Johnson) and 3 coaches...Buck Showalter managed Matt Williams for 2-plus seasons while skipper-ing the Diamondbacks...together, they helped ARI claim the NL West Championship in its 2nd season and become earliest expansion club to win a division title...the D-Backs’ 35-win increase from 1998 (65 victo-ries) to 1999 (100) remains the largest one-year jump in MLB history.
Since MLB returned to DC in 2005, the O’s lead Battle of the Beltways series, 26-20, and the annual season series (Washington is 1-4-3), which began in 2006...the 2 clubs did not play in 2005...Washington’s lone season-series win came by winning 4 of 6 matchups in 2007...29 of the series’ 46 games since 2006 have been decided by 2 runs or less, in-cluding 19 one-run contests (Washington is 5-14 in contests decided by the minimum).
2014 / BY THE NUMBERS
2014 W-L ............................0-0 (0-0 in DC, 0-0 in Baltimore)Streak ..........................................................................Lost 2Aggregate Score / 2014 ....................Nationals 0, Orioles 0Home Runs Hit / 2014 .......................Nationals 0, Orioles 0
ALLTIME SERIES / BY THE NUMBERS
W-L / Nationals .............................................................20-26W-L / Franchise (Nationals + Expos) ...........................29-32W-L / Nationals Park (2008-present) ..............................9-8
2014 AGAINST THE ORIOLES
DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG
DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG
7/7DC 7/9@ 7/8DC 7/10@
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 87R.Ohlendorf R Lumbar Strain 60 Mar. 26 87E.Perez L Toe Fracture 60 May 16 47D.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