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August 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

August 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Washington Nationals Game Notes vs. Pittsburgh, Aug. 15, 2014
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2 x 2 = NATIONALS WIN = SERIES SWEEP = WINNING ROADTRIP
Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper each hit 2-run homers on Thu. and Washington won its 11th straight at Citi Field, 4-1....MLB’s longest current road winning streak by one team over another is held by the Nationals, and it established a new stan-dard for consecutive road victories over the Mets...Stephen Strasburg (8 SO, one unearned run, 7.0 strong innings) secured his first road win since June 9 at SFG...the Nationals finished their 2-city roadtrip with a 4-2 mark (1-2 at ATL, 3-0 at NYM).
TOP HEAVY
The Nationals (66-53, .555) lead the NL East by 6.0 games over the 2nd-place Braves...in the race for the NL’s top record, 5 clubs are within 5.5 games of the Dodgers (70-53, .569): Washington (-2.0), MIL (-2.5), STL (-4.5), PIT (-5.0), SFG (-5.5).
DAYS OF RESIDENCY
Utilizing win percentage, the Nationals have spent 66 days in first place, including 55 days with sole possession of the NL East’s top spot, this year (per Elias Sports).
PATENT THAT LEATHER
Matt Williams’ Nationals have posted a .991 fielding percentage (2nd in MLB) and played errorless baseball in 45 of 60 games (75%) dating to June 7...the Nationals’ monthly error totals: Mar./Apr. (26), May (20), June (8), July (10), Aug. (6).
LOOK MOM, NO DEFENSE
Steve McCatty’s pitching staff has fared quite well in regards to baseball’s 3 true outcomes (walks, home runs, strikeouts), none of which are affected by defense:
 CATEGORY NATIONALS TEAM TOTAL MLB RANKING
 Walks Allowed ..................................277 first Strikeouts .........................................974 9th Home Runs Allowed ..........................77 first SO / BB Ratio ...................................3.52 / 1 first BB / 9.0 Inn. ......................................2.31 first HR / 9.0 Inn. .....................................0.64 first
ABSOLUTE ZERO
The Nationals’ 13th shutouts this season have matched their single-season team mark (2005 - present) set initially during the ‘12 NL East Championship campaign.
KEEPING SCORE ON THE SEASON
The Nationals lead the NL (tied 2nd in MLB) in run differential at +89 (499 for, 410 against)...MLB’s top 4: OAK (+168), Washington (+89), SEA (+89), LAA (+86).
SCORE 4 = WIN MORE
The Nationals are 56-7 when scoring 4 or more runs and, conversely, just 10-46 when limited to 3 or less runs by opposing pitchers.
STOP THIEF!
Nationals catchers rank 2nd in MLB having gunned down 23 of 68 (33.8%) would-be basestealers this year (pitcher caught stealings excluded)...only the Cardinals (20 of 59, 33.9%) have been superior than Washington...in ‘13, the Nationals ranked 29th throwing out 14 percent (15 of 110) of would-be basestealers.
NIFTY 50 ON THE HORIZON
With 48 in the bag, Bryce Harper (21 years, 304 days old) is closing in on his 50th ca-reer home run...a closer look at the youngest
active
 players to hit their 50th career long ball (special thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau):
RK PLAYER DATE OF 50TH HR AGE (50TH HR)
 1. Giancarlo Stanton ................Aug. 16, 2011 at COL 21 years, 281 days 2. Alex Rodriguez ....................June 5, 1997 at DET 21 years, 313 days 3. Mike Trout ...........................July 7, 2013 vs. BOS 21 years, 334 days 4. Miguel Cabrera .....................May 3, 2005 at ATL 22 years, 15 days Bryce Harper ......................(48 career home runs) 21 years, 304 days
20 - 20 - 20 VISION
Ian Desmond is one of just 9 shortstops the last 40 years (1974 - present) to hit at least 20 home runs (exclusively as a shortstop) in at least 3 consecutive seasons:
 
SHORTSTOP YEARS SHORTSTOP YEARS SHORTSTOP YEARS 
Rich Aurilia ..........1999-01 J.J. Hardy ..............2011-13 Alex Rodriguez ..1996-02 
Ian Desmond
 .......
2012-14
 Hanley Ramirez ...2007-10 Miguel Tejada .....1999-06 
Nomar Garciaparra
 ..
1997-99 Cal Ripken Jr........1982-91 Troy Tulowitzki ....2009-11
THAT ‘70s SHOW
In the last 3 seasons (2012 - 14), Ian Desmond has accounted for three of MLB’s seven 70-RBI campaigns registered by shortstops...a closer look:
 RK SHORTSTOP (YEAR) RBI RK SHORTSTOP (YEAR) RBI
 1. Troy Tulowitzki (2013) ..............82
T5. Ian Desmond (2012)
 ...............
73
 
2. Ian Desmond (2013)
 .................
80
 T5. Alexei Ramirez (2012) ............73 3. Starlin Castro (2012) .................78
7. Ian Desmond (2014)
 ..............
72
 4. J.J. Hardy (2013) .......................76
NATIONALS WIRE
Pittsburgh Pirates (64-57) @ Washington Nationals (66-53)
RHP Charlie Morton (5-1, 3.62)
|
RHP Tanner Roark (11-7, 2.86)
Friday, August 15
 Game #120 / Road #59
 Nationals Park
 Washington, DC
August 15
(6-2 all-time on this date)
 2006 -
Pedro Astacio went the distance, scattering 2 hits, as the Nationals blanked ATL, 5-0, at RFK. Astacio was brilliant, allowing only a pair of singles (Adam LaRoche, Brian McCann) to become the 2nd-oldest pitcher to throw a shutout in franchise history (38 year-old Woody Fryman in 1978 was the oldest). The shutout was the 12th (and last) of Astacio’s career, and his 31st (and last) complete game. Bernie Castro’s 2-out RBI bunt single in the 2nd inning provided all the offense Astacio would require.
DATE IN DC BASEBALL HISTORY
DATE OPP./SITE D.C. TIME DC TV DC RADIO NATIONALS STARTER OPPONENTS STARTER
Fri., Aug. 15
 vs. PIT 7:05 pm MASN 106.7 FM / 1500 AM RHP Tanner Roark (11-7, 2.86) RHP Charlie Morton (5-1, 3.62)
Roark, who faces the Pirates for the first time, has allowed one or less earned run in 13 of 20 starts dating to Apr. 21.
Sat., Aug. 16
 vs. PIT 7:05 pm
WUSA-9 / MASN
 106.7 FM / 1500 AM LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 4.00) LHP Jeff Locke (4-3, 3.98)
Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 3.28 ERA in 4 career starts against the Pirates and his clubs are a perfect 4-0 (3-0 as a National, 1-0 as an Athletic)
Sun., Aug. 17
 vs. PIT 5:05 pm MASN2 106.7 FM / 1500 AM RHP Doug Fister (12-3, 2.34) RHP Edinson Volquez (10-7, 3.67)
Fister got the nod and earned the win with 7.0 scoreless innings in Washington’s lone victory (W5-2, May 25) during 4-game visit to PNC Park in late May.
SCHEDULE & PROBABLE PITCHERS
August 15 IAVA Night -
The Nationals will honor local military veterans as part of the annual Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Night, presented by Miller High Life. Miller will host more than 200 veterans and their families to a pregame BBQ where several Nationals players will be on hand for photos and autographs. Select veterans will participate in pregame ceremonies. Nationals players and coaches will also wear the team’s patriotic uniforms featuring the Stars and Stripes Curly “W.”
IN THE COMMUNITY
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
The Nationals and Pirates match up 7 times this year...the Nationals/Expos franchise has faced the Pirates more often (9 times, but none since 1999) on Opening Day than any other team...Nationals Assistant GM Bryan Minniti spent 9 seasons with PIT before joining the Nation-als in Nov. 2009...Minniti began his tenure with PIT as a Baseball Ops intern in ‘01 and eventually worked his way up to Director of Base-ball Operations (‘08-09)...in the late 1930’s and early 40’s, the Negro League’s Homestead Grays played their home games at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, but at the same time, scheduled games in DC at their al-ternate home, Griffi th Stadium...Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle graduated from Merritt Island High School, which is located just 10 miles from the Nationals’ Spring Training Complex in Viera, FL.
THE SERIES
The Nationals last won a season series from the Pirates by going 5-1 in 2010...since 2005, Washington is 13-11 in one-run games against PIT...17 of the last 22 games in the Nationals-Pirates series have been decided by 2 runs or less (Washington is 6-11 in those tight contests)...the Na-tionals are 16-for-93 (.172) with RISP their last 13 games at PNC Park.
2014 / BY THE NUMBERS
2014 W-L .............................1-3 (0-0 in DC, 1-3 in Pittsburgh)Streak ..........................................................................Won 1Aggregate Score / 2014 ...................Nationals 11, Pirates 12Home Runs Hit / 2014 ........................Nationals 2, Pirates 3
ALLTIME SERIES / BY THE NUMBERS
W-L / Nationals ..............................................................32-31W-L / Franchise (Nationals + Expos) .........................281-311W-L / Nationals Park (2008-present) ...........................12-10
2014 AGAINST THE PIRATES
DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG
 
DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG
5/22@ L1-3 Volquez-Treinen-Melancon 3:13 8/15DC5/23@ L3-4 Morton-Zimmermann-Grilli 3:13 8/16DC5/24@ L2-3 Hughes-Strasburg-Melancon 2:59 8/17DC5/25@ W5-2 Fister-Liriano-Soriano 3;08
OPPONENT
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
7/31 ....Acquired INF Asdrubal Cabrera and cash considerations from CLE in exchange for SS Zach Walters...recalled RHP Blake Treinen from Syracuse.8/1 .....Placed INF Asdrubal Cabrera on 25-Man active roster upon reporting...optioned RHP Aaron Barrett to Syracuse.8/4 .....Placed OF Nate McLouth on the 15-Day DL (right shoulder inflammation) retro-active to Aug. 2...recalled OF Steven Souza Jr. from Syracuse.8/6 .....Optioned C Sandy Leon to Syracuse...reinstated C Wilson Ramos from the Tem-porarily Inactive List (Paternity Leave).8/10 ...Placed OF Steven Souza Jr on the 15-Day DL (right shoulder strain)...recalled OF Michael Taylor from Syracuse.
DISABLED LIST
PLAYER INJURY 15/60 DL PLACED / RETRO REINSTATED #GAMES
E.Davis R Elbow Sprain 60 Feb. 13 119R.Ohlendorf R Lumbar Strain 60 Mar. 26 119
R.Zimmerman
 R Hamstring Strain 15 July 23 21M.Purke L Elbow 60 July 25 20N.McLouth R Shoulder Inflamm. 15 Aug. 4 / Aug. 2 12T.Jordan R Elbow Strain 60 Aug. 5 9D.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 57E.Perez L Toe Fracture 60 May 16 July 25 59
 
THE 25-MAN ACTIVE ROSTER
PITCHERS
 13 Jerry Blevins (BLEH-vins) .........LHP48 Ross Detwiler (DET-wiy-ler) .....LHP 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)
 .RHP46 Matt Thornton (THOERN-tin).......LHP27 Jordan Zimmermann ...............RHP
CATCHERS
40 Wilson Ramos (RAH-mos) .........R/R 59 Jose Lobaton (LOH-buh-tohn) ..S/R
INFIELDERS
 3 Asdrubal Cabrera
(AZ-droo-buhl)
 ..S/R20 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 
OUTFIELDERS
 7 Scott Hairston (HAIR-stin) ........R/R34 Bryce Harper (briys) ..................L/R 2 Denard Span (di-NAHRD) ..........L/L 18 Michael Taylor ...........................R/R 28 Jayson Werth (JAY-sin) .............R/R
 
NATIONALS STARTING PITCHER
BLEVINS, Jerry (LHP)
#13
LAST:
 Sun.@ATL: 2.0
IP
 2
H
 1
R
 1
ER
 1
BB
 5
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 .130 (10-for-77, 0 HR) batt. avg. against vs. LH batters.
When walking zero, ERA is 2.81...with walk(s): 11.45.2-3, 6 Holds, 0 Saves, 5.02 ERA, 50/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 28 / 3
CLIPPARD, Tyler (RHP) #36
LAST:
 Thu.@NYM:
Hold(27)
 
1.0
IP
 0
H
 0
R
 0
ER
 0
BB
 2
SO
 0
HR
2-time All-Star...leads MLB in relief K (507) since ‘pen debut, 6/25/09...pitched in more games (394) than any WSH pitcher.
In 12 apps since July 20, is 1-0, 0.00 (8 holds, 3 hits, 1 BB, 14 K).
Since April 24, has posted scoreless relief in 42 of 44 apps.
7-2, 26 Holds, 1 Save, 1.59 ERA, 54/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 3 / 0
DETWILER, Ross (LHP) #48
LAST:
 Tue.@NYM: 2.0
IP
 2
H
 1
R
 1
ER
 0
BB
 0
SO
 0
HR
Shifts to ‘pen...in 50 career relief apps, is 2-2 with 1 SV, 3 H & 2.51 ERA (23 ER/82.1 IP)...made 50 MLB starts from ‘11-13.
Is 1-0, 1 save & a 1.95 ERA in 27.2 inn. (20 apps.) since May 28.
Limiting LH batters to .226 batt. avg. against & .273 OBP.1-2, 1 Holds, 1 Save, 3.42 ERA, 35/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 5 / 1
SORIANO, Rafael (RHP) #29
LAST:
 Thu.@NYM:
 SV(28)
 
1.0
IP
 0
H
 0
R
 0
ER
 0
BB
 0
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 42 of 48 apps this year.
Became 46th member of 200-save club on July 27 at CIN.
2-1, 0 Holds, 27 Saves, 1.94 ERA, 47/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 2 / 2
NATIONALS BULLPEN MAP
LEFT RIGHT
#13 J.Blevins #36 T.Clippard
#48 R.Detwiler
 • #29 R.Soriano
#46
M.Thornton
 • #35 C.Stammen • #22 D.Storen
BULLPEN BY THE NUMBERS
Total Appearances ...................326Holds ..........................................57Saves / Save Opp. . ................31 / 41Inh. Runners / Inh. Scored .. 117 / 36Batting Average Against ....... .235
1st Batters Retired / Faced
 ..239 / 323SO/BB Ratio . ..
2.9/1 (326 SO/111 BB)
2014 & CAREER / Pirates
PLAYER W L S G IP ER ERA
Blevins 2014 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 0.00 Career 0 0 0 3 1.2 0 0.00Clippard 2014 0 0 0 1 1.0 0 0.00 Career 2 0 1 18 26.1 8 2.73Detwiler 2014 0 0 0 1 1.0 1 9.00 Career 0 2 0 4 17.0 9 4.76Fister 2014 1 0 0 1 5.1 1 1.69 Career 1 1 0 3 18.1 3 1.47Gonzalez 2014 0 0 0 0 0.0 0  Career 2 0 0 4 24.2 9 3.28Roark 2014 0 0 0 0 0.0 0  Career 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 Soriano 2014 0 0 1 1 1.0 0 0.00 Career 0 1 3 10 9.2 7 6.52Stammen 2014 0 0 0 1 2.0 1 4.50 Career 0 1 0 8 19.2 13 5.95Storen 2014 0 0 0 2 1.2 0 0.00 Career 2 0 3 11 10.0 3 2.70Strasburg 2014 0 1 0 1 7.0 3 3.86 Career 2 2 0 5 35.0 11 2.83Thornton 2014 0 0 0 2 1.0 1 9.00 Career 0 0 0 8 5.2 1 1.59Zimmermann 2014 0 1 0 1 6.0 4 6.00 Career 0 2 0 2 12.0 8 6.00
STAMMEN, Craig (RHP) #35
LAST:
 Sun.@ATL:
 
1.1
IP
 1
H
 0
R
 0
ER
 0
BB
 1
SO
 0
HR
Has pitched better in relief (3.01 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 172 G) than as starter (8-11, 5.08, 4.6 K/9, 38 starts) during MLB career.
Earned win, Aug. 7 vs. NYM, with 3.0 scoreless inn. of relief.
229.2 relief inn. since beginning of 2012 season pace MLB.2-4, 3 Holds, 0 Saves, 3.77 ERA, 35/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 17 / 4
STOREN, Drew (RHP) #22
LAST:
 Wed.@NYM:
Hold(15)
 
0.2
IP
0
H
 0
R
0
ER
0
BB
 1
SO
 0
HR
Owns highest career SO/BB ratio (3.06/1) among Nats reliev-ers (‘05-pres.)...selected 10th overall in ‘09 First-Year Draft.July 30@MIA, earned first save since Aug. 22, 2013 at CHI.
Is 3-1, 25 holds, 2 saves, 1.56 ERA in 66 G dating to Aug. ‘13.
2-1, 15 Holds, 1 Save, 1.64 ERA, 45/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 19 / 8
THORNTON, Matt (LHP) #46
LAST:
 Sat.@ATL: 1.0
IP
 1
H
 0
R
 0
ER
 0
BB
 0
SO
 0
HR
Acquired on waiver claim from NYY, Aug 5...in 11 seasons, is 32-45 with 182 Hlds, 23 SV & a 3.48 ERA in 655 games/1 start.
Vs. LHB, career batt. avg. against & opponents’ OBP: .233, .297.
Leads all MLB lefthanded relievers with 412 K since 2008.0-3, 12 Holds, 0 Saves, 2.30 ERA, 49/0 G/GS
IR / IS:
 45 / 15
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
 66-53 119 0 0 0 3.20 3 728.0 696 287 259 60 166 7 23 648 8.0 .251
 Ind Rec #PIT #P/IP RSA RS SHO WP BK SH SF 2B 3B SB CS GIDP AB
 47-40 11301 15.5 4.46 361 2 11 0 28 14 125 17 29 20 52 2771
 Bullpen: Team Rec G SV SVO Hld ERA CG INN H R ER HR BB IBB HB SO SO/9 AVG
 64-52 116 31 41 57 2.82 0 351.2 307 123 110 17 111 14 13 326 8.3 .235
 Ind Rec #PIT #P/IP RSA RS SHO WP BK SH SF 2B 3B SB CS GIDP AB
 19-13 5629 16.0 3.53 138 16 2 13 9 61 3 16 8 24 1304
 Team Totals: Team Rec G SV SVO Hld ERA CG INN H R ER HR BB IBB HB SO SO/9 AVG
 66-53 119 31 41 57 3.08 3 1079.2 1003 410 369 77 277 21 36 974 8.1 .246
 #PIT #P/IP RSA RS SHO WP BK SH SF 2B 3B SB CS GIDP AB
 16930 15.7 4.16 499 13 27 2 41 23 186 20 45 28 76 4075
STARTING PITCHING – LAST 10 GAMES
DATE/OPP
 STARTER DEC RES INN H R ER BB SO HR RS PIT
8/14@NYM
 
Strasburg W W4-2 7.0 3 1 0 2 8 0 4 101
8/13@NYM
 
Zimm’nn W W3-2 6.1 5 1 0 0 4 0 2 87
8/12@NYM
 
Fister W W7-1 7.0 7 0 0 0 3 0 7 107
8/10@ATL
 
Gonzalez L L1-3 4.2 6 2 2 4 8 1 1 111
8/9@ATL
 
Roark W4-1 7.0 6 1 1 3 6 0 1 110
8/8@ATL
 
Strasburg L L6-7 5.0 7 7 7 2 9 4 4 89
8/7vs.NYM
Zimm’nn W5-3 6.1 7 3 3 0 5 0 3 91
8/6vs.NYM
Fister W W7-1 7.1 6 1 0 0 7 0 6 101
8/5vs.NYM
Gonzalez L L1-6 6.0 6 4 4 2 6 0 1 89
8/4vs.BAL
Roark L L3-7 6.1 7 5 5 1 3 2 3 90
BULLPEN – LAST 10 GAMES
DATE/OPP RES DECISIONS #REL INN H R ER BB SO HR
8/14@NYM W4-1 H, SV 2 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 08/13@NYM W3-2 2 H, SV 3 2.2 4 1 1 0 2 18/12@NYM W7-1 1 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 08/10@ATL L1-3 2 3.1 3 1 1 1 6 08/9@ATL W4-1 W, SV 4 4.0 3 0 0 2 3 08/8@ATL L6-7 2 3.0 2 0 0 1 3 08/7vs.NYM W5-3 W 6 6.2 2 0 0 2 5 08/6vs.NYM W7-1 2 1.2 2 0 0 0 1 08/5vs.NYM L1-6 2 3.0 5 2 2 2 2 08/4vs.BAL L3-7 3 2.2 7 2 2 0 2 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 48 30-18 7 29 24% 1 2.87 (142 ER/445.2 IP) Career 188 108-80 26 162 16% 3 3.36 (657 ER/1758.1 IP)
W.Ramos
2014 55 27-28 12 32 38% 3 3.20 (172 ER/483.0 IP) Career 284 153-131 46 177 26% 14 3.44 (961 ER/2511.1 IP)
ROARK, Tanner (RHP) #57
Gets 24th start of ‘14 as the Nationals begin a 3-gamer vs. PIT.
AGAINST THE PIRATES:
 Has never faced the Pirates.
• LAST START:
 Pitched brilliantly, yet without a decision, in Sat.’s 4-1 win at ATL in 11 innings...despite game’s first pitch being delayed 3 hours, 41 minutes by rain (first pitch was latest in MLB this season: 10:51pm), threw career-high 110 pitches in 7.0 innings, allowin one run on 6 hits and 3 walks...struck out 6...wiggled out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam with minimal damage (one run)...W.Ramos’ RBI single in the 11th snapped a 1-1 deadlock...game end-ed at 2:29 am (latest game in Nationals history).
Rank among NL leaders: WHIP (5th, 1.09), baserunners/9.0 (5th, 10.22), and opponents’ one-base% (5th, .283) & OPS (6th, .625), slugging% (7th, .342) & BAA (8th, .233).
In little more than a year in the big leagues, is 18-8, 2.50 in 37 games/28 starts...is 14-8, 2.66 ERA in 28 career starts.In 23 starts, has benefitted from 26 first-inning runs.• Has worked at least 6.0 innings 22 times in 28 career starts...has allowed 3 or less earned runs 22 times, 2 ER or less on 20 occasions, and one ER or less run 16 times...has 19 quality starts in 28 career starting assignments (68%).Leads Nationals starting pitchers with 12 GIDPs induced (12), a .233 batting average against and a .625 OPS against. 18 wins since MLB debut (Aug. 7, 2013) are tied for 4th in MLB...in that same span, 2.50 ERA among those to throw at least 200.0 inn. ranks 3rd in MLB behind only Greinke (2.39) & Lester (2.42).
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 11 7 0 0 23 23 1 148.0 129 48 47 11 33 112 1.09 3.40 2.86Totals 18 8 0 0 37 28 1 201.2 167 59 56 12 44 152 1.05 3.14 2.50
 
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 1017/4 vs.CHI L2-7 0 1 3.12 7.0 9 4 4 1 1 5 2 877/13 @PHI W10-3 1 0 3.01 7.0 4 1 1 0 0 6 8 1047/19 vs.MIL W8-3 1 0 2.91 7.0 6 1 1 0 1 5 8 1127/25 @CIN W4-1 1 0 2.82 7.0 3 1 1 0 1 6 4 947/30 vs.MIA W4-3 1 0 2.74 7.0 3 1 1 1 2 7 4 1128/4 vs.BAL L3-7 0 1 2.94 6.1 7 5 5 2 1 3 3 908/9 @ATL W4-1 0 0 2.86 7.0 6 1 1 0 3 6 1 110
2014 SPLITS
CATEGORY W L G INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Home 5 5 11 71.1 65 20 19 5 19 47 2.40vs. PIT 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PNC Park 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CAREER SPLITS
CATEGORY W L G INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Home 8 5 18 90.2 75 22 20 5 25 61 1.99vs. PIT 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PNC Park 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
2014 & CAREER / Pirates
PLAYER AB H HR RBI AVG
Cabrera 2014 0 0 0 0  Career 23 8 1 1 .348Desmond 2014 14 5 2 4 .357 Career 106 22 3 9 .208Espinosa 2014 7 0 0 0 .000 Career 78 20 3 9 .256Frandsen 2014 5 2 0 0 .400 Career 30 10 0 4 .333Hairston 2014 1 0 0 1 .000 Career 116 28 7 16 .241Harper 2014 0 0 0 0  Career 40 10 1 2 .250LaRoche 2014 4 1 0 0 .250 Career 118 41 8 27 .347Lobaton 2014 4 0 0 0 .000 Career 4 0 0 0 .000Ramos 2014 12 4 0 1 .333 Career 64 21 3 9 .328Rendon 2014 14 2 0 1 .143 Career 26 4 0 1 .154Span 2014 18 4 0 0 .222 Career 54 12 1 3 .222Taylor 2014 0 0 0 0  Career 0 0 0 0 Werth 2014 14 3 0 0 .214 Career 146 35 8 26 .240
NATIONALS WHEN ...
Leading after 7 ................................52-4Tied after 7 .........................................9-5Trailing after 7 ..................................5-44Leading after 8 ................................56-3Tied after 8 ........................................7-4Trailing after 8 .................................3-46In Extra Innings ..................................5-8When Scoring in 1st inn. ...................31-8Opponent Scores in 1st inn. ............9-18Scoring First ...................................50-16Opponent scores First ....................16-37Series Opener .................................18-21Series Finale ....................................25-14Overall series W-L-T ......................21-12-5Home series W-L-T ........................10-6-3Road series W-L-T ...........................11-7-2Series sweeps ....................................7-5Home sweeps ....................................4-2Road sweeps .....................................3-3In March/April .................................16-12In May ..............................................11-15In June .............................................17-11In July ..............................................14-10In August ...........................................8-5In September/October ......................0-0Pre All-Star break ............................51-42Post All-Star break ...........................15-11Uniform/home whites .....................21-17Uniform/road greys ........................24-18Uniform/red alternates ..................21-16Uniform/blue stars & stripes .............0-2Last at-bat W-L .................................13-9Sudden Death W-L ............................4-4# Come-from-behind wins ..................23When Homering ............................44-27When Playing Error Free ...............42-28When Starter goes 7.0+ inn. ..........30-17
CABRERA, Asdrubal (INF), #3 .248 10 HR 44 RBI 7 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
0-3, R, 2 BB
ROADTRIP:
 6-18, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 4 BB
A 2-time All-Star...represented CLE in the 2011 and ‘12 All-Star games...won the 2011 AL Silver Slugger (.273, 25 HR, 92 RBI).Solo HR provide the needed cushion in Wed.’s 3-2 win at NYM...with 10, has posted 4th straight double-digit homer season.Has reached base safely in 8 straight games, going 9-for-29 (.310) with 2 doubles, a homer, 3 RBI, 6 walks & a .417 on-base%.
RISP:
.194 (20-103), 2 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 8/13/14 at NYM (Familia)
CAREER HOMERS:
 83
DESMOND, Ian (SS), #20 .247 20 HR 72 RBI 14 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
2-3, R, BB, SB
ROADTRIP:
 6-23, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 SB
Longest-tenured member of the organization (drafted/signed, June ‘04) & last continuous franchise player with Expos DNA.Is 6-for-14 with 2 homers, 3 RBI and 5 runs scored the last 4 games.
..72 RBI are tied for 4th in the NL.38 hits with RISP rank 4th in NL
...87 HR rank 2nd on Nationals’ all-time list (R.Zimmerman, 182).
RISP:
.275 (38-138), 4 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 8/12/14 at NYM (Montero)
CAREER HOMERS:
 87
ESPINOSA, Danny (INF), #8 .217 7 HR 25 RBI 7 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
DNP
ROADTRIP:
 0-5
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).Is 1-for-10 with HR, 3 RBI his last 5 games after going 9-for-28 (.321) with 3 2B, a 3B, 5 RBI in his previous 9 games (July 21-31).Has more HR (54) than any Nationals switch hitter (C.Guzman, 23)...led Washington in games in 2011 (158) and 2012 (160).
RISP:
.130 (9-69), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 8/6/14 vs. NYM (Niese)
CAREER HOMERS:
 54
FRANDSEN, Kevin (INF/OF), #19 .233 1 HR 12 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
0-1 (PH)
ROADTRIP:
 2-12, 2B, 3 RBI, R
Signed as free agent with Nationals, March 26...led MLB with 14 pinch hits in ‘13...also ranked 3rd with 10 pinch RBI.• Sac
fly in 7th inning snapped 1-1 tie and rendered GWRBI in Wed.’s 3-2 victory at NYM...leads the Nationals with 8 pinch hits. 31 starts this year have been at 4 different positions: left field (13 starts), second base (9) third base (6), and first base (3).
RISP:
.222 (8-36), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 5/12/14 at ARI (Reed)
CAREER HOMERS:
 15
HAIRSTON, Scott (OF), #7 .228 1 HR 5 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
DNP
ROADTRIP:
 0-3, HBP
Is MLB’s active leader with 13 career pinch home runs (Jason Giambi is 2nd with 11, Greg Dobbs is 3rd with 10).Pinch double to leadoff the 8th inn. sparked Washington’s decisive 3-run outburst in 4-3 win at MIA, July 30.Has posted double-digit HR total in 6 of last 7 years...played along side M.Williams in ARI’s big league camp in Spring ‘03.
RISP:
.059 (1-17), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 5/31/14 vs. TEX (Baker)
CAREER HOMERS:
 106
HARPER, Bryce (OF), #34 .255 6 HR 19 RBI 1 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
1-4, HR, 2 RBI, R
ROADTRIP:
 6-22, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB
2012 NL Rookie of the Year...in 2013, as a 20-year-old, became youngest NL player to ever start an All-Star Game.Has 3 homers the last 8 games, all against the Mets, including a pair of game-winning blasts: Tue. in Flushing & Aug. 7 in DC.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:
.191 (9-47), 1 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 8/14/14 at NYM (Gee)
CAREER HOMERS:
 48
LaROCHE, Adam (1B), #25 .273 17 HR 60 RBI 2 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB
ROADTRIP:
 5-21, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, SB
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 15-for-47 (.319) with 5 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 9 BB & 12 runs scored in August...1.109 OPS in Aug. ranks 3rd in NL. Ranks among NL leaders in walk ratio (first, 6.97 PA/BB), RBI ratio (6th, 5.85 AB/RBI) and walks (6th, 62).
RISP:
.253 (25-99), 4 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 8/14/14 at NYM (Gee)
CAREER HOMERS:
 234
LOBA
 
TON, Jose (C), #59 .209 2 HR 11 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
0-3, BB
ROADTRIP:
 0-3, BB
Acquired from TBR with LH Felipe Rivero & OF Drew Vettleson in exchange for RHP Nathan Karns, Feb. 13.When starting, Washington is 12-2 dating to June 21...in those 14 starts, has posted a 1.72 (26 ER/136.0 IP) catcher’s ERA. Has hit safely in 8 of his last 9 starts...started 3 games in ‘13 ALDS vs. BOS and hit game-winning home run in Game 3.
RISP:
.158 (6-38), 1 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 5/31/14 vs. TEX (Tepesch)
CAREER HOMERS:
 11
RAMOS, Wilson (C), #40 .294 5 HR 28 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
DNP
ROADTRIP:
 6-21, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
One of MLB’s top offensive catchers...behind the plate, advanced catch-and-throw skills blend well with soft hands.
Is hitting .319 with 4 HR & 17 RBI in 31 games since DL return, June 26...bags-full single broke tie in Sat.’s 11-inn., 4-1 win at ATL.
Homered in last game before (Apr. 4 vs. BAL) and first game after (Aug. 8 at ATL) daughter Antonella’s Aug. 5 birth.
RISP:
.333 (17-51), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 8/8/14 at ATL (Varvaro)
CAREER HOMERS:
 40
RENDON, Anthony (INF), #6 .275 16 HR 66 RBI 12 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
1-5
ROADTRIP:
 6-26, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, BB
Played in just 79 minor-league games since being tabbed with 6th-overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
82 runs rank 2nd in MLB (B.Dozier, 84)...52 XBH (31 2B, 5 3B, 16 HR) rank 3rd among NL infielders (Goldschmidt 59, Freeman 54)
.
Has safely in 6 straight games (6-for-26)...is hitting .320 against southpaws, but 13 of 16 HR have come vs. righthanders.
RISP:
.274 (32-117), 4 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 8/12/14 at NYM (Montero)
CAREER HOMERS:
 23
SPAN, Denard (CF), #2 .299 1 HR 25 RBI 23 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
0-5
ROADTRIP:
 7-25, 2 2B, 3B, R
Ranks 2nd among active and current center fielders (min. 700 games) in zone rating (.902) & putouts/9.0 (2.74).
Went 0-for-11 during 3-gamer at NYM...prior to visit to Citi Field, posted 14-game hit streak (25-for-58, .431), July 28-Aug. 10.
When reaching base safely 2+ times, Washington is 38-21...has made just one error as a National (263 G, 252 GS, 668 TC).
RISP:
.259 (22-85), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 5/21/14 vs. CIN (Simon)
CAREER HOMERS:
 28
TAYLOR, Michael (OF), #18 .200 1 HR 2 RBI 0 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
0-2, 2 BB
ROADTRIP:
 2-10, HR, 2 RBI, R, 2 BB
Drafted (6th round, ‘09) as a SS...converted to CF in ‘11...is the Nationals’ No. 7 prospect and Best Athlete per
Baseball America
.Posted 2 hits, a homer (off C.Torres, 6th inn.) & 2 RBI in MLB debut, Tue. at NYM
...
owns reputation as elite defender in CF.In 102 games (98 Harrisburg, 4 Syracuse) this year, combined to hit .315 with 20 doubles, 22 HR, 63 RBI, 35 stolen bases.
RISP:
.000 (0-3), 0 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 8/12/14 at NYM (Torres)
CAREER HOMERS:
 1
WERTH, Jayson (OF), #28 .279 12 HR 63 RBI 5 SB
LAST GAME / Thu.@NYM:
DNP
ROADTRIP:
 0-1, 4 BB
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).Went 0-for-1 with 4 walks during just completed 4-2 roadtrip...started only one game, however, due to sore right shoulder. Hit .337 (28-for-83) with 11 2B, 6 HR, 24 RBI & 1.132 OPS in July and was named NL Player of the Month for 2nd straight July.
RISP:
.314 (33-105), 4 HR
 LAST HOMER:
 7/13/14 at PHI (Kendrick)
CAREER HOMERS:
 182
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