April 16th: WSH-6, PHI-4

Bryce harper mvp poster at stadium

Final R H E
WSH 6 11 1
PHI 4 8 1
W: Kelley (2-0, 6.75)
L: Benoit (0-1, 4.76)
S: –

Bryce Harper’s 3-run walk-off HR saved the day in dramatic fashion giving the Nats a 6-4 win over the Phillies.  It was his second HR of the day, accumulating 3 hits in 5 ABs and 5 RBI.  Adam Eaton also went 3-for-5, and Anthony Rendon 2-for-5.  Gio Gonzalez pitched 7.1 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, with 2 strikeouts.  Gonzalez made it briefly into the 8th inning, tallying 105 pitches (61 strikes), before being replaced by Koda Glover who struck out 2, and gave up 1 hit.  Blake Treinen gave up the other run on 2 hits, and 1 walk (6 batters faced).  Shawn Kelley faced 1 batter and ended up with the win.


April 15th: WSH-2, PHI-4

Washington Nationals Logo 2017

Final R H E
WSH 2 4 0
PHI 4 6 0
W: Hellickson (2-0, 1.59)
L: Blanton (0-2, 6.43)
S: Benoit (1)-

The NATS bullpen gave up a 2-run home run (10 of 12 bullpen-credited HRs this season) in the 8th inning (off Joe Blanton).  SP Tanner Roark went 7 innings, striking out 3 and allowing the other 2 runs on 4 hits.  Heisey had a home run in the 7th (off Hellickson – game tying at that point), and Rendon scored Lobaton with a single in the bottom of the third.  It was Jackie Robinson Day marking the 70th anniversary of the day Robinson broke the MLB color barrier on April 15, 1957, playing for the Dodgers; all players wore No. 42 in honor of Robinson’s jersey number.   Coming Sunday:  Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 0.69) versus Phillies SP Jerad Eickhoff (0-1, 1.98).

NATS Walk-Up Songs Yesterday (2005) and Today (2017)

WALK-UP SONGS:  Yesterday (2017) and Today (Apr 15, 2017)

Fans enjoy the walk-up songs for players at NATS Park, and the music continues to be a mix of genres and different decades.  Here is a list of songs this year (heard at NATS Park on Apr 14) and on opening day April 15, 2005 at RFK.

Apr 15, 2017

Anthony Rendon:  “Welcome to Jamrock” by Damian Marley

Adam Eaton:  “No Diggity” by Blackstreet

Daniel Murphy:  “I’m Shipping up to Boston”  by The Dropkick Murphys

Daniel Murphy:    “The River” by Jordan Feliz

Bryce Harper:  “Freakout” by Chic

Bryce Harper:  “Body like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt

Bryce Harper:    “Flower” by Moby

Adam Wieters:  “Shouting Grounds” and “The Promised Land” by Crowder

Stephen Strasburg:  “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

Chris Heisey:  “Signatures of Divine” by Needtobreathe

Ryan Zimmerman:  “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJs

Jayson Werth:  “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon

Jayson Werth:  “Game of Thrones” Theme and “Rains of Castermere”

Apr 14, 2005: 

Nick Johnson (1B):  Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like it’s Hot” and 50 Cent’s “Hate It or Love It.”

Jose Vidro (2B):  Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It.”

Jose Guillen (RF):  Some song by 50 Cent.

Ryan Church (CF):  50 Cent-Lil’Kim’s “Magic Stick” and John Fogerty’s “Fortunate Son.”

Vinny Castilla (3B):  Ciara f/Petey Pablo’s “Goodies” and 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.”

Brian Schneider (C) and Brad Wilkerson (LF):  unidentified techno.

Cristian Guzman (SS):  a G-Unit song

(Check out NATS music on the MLB Ballpark App)

April 14th: WSH-3, PHI-2

Final R H E
WSH 3 9 0
PHI 2 6 0
W: Kelley (1-0, 7.20)
L: Gomez (1-1, 11.81)
S: –

The NATS win in extra innings (bottom of the 10th) on Daniel Murphy’s walk-off double, launching Bryce Harper’s speeding-around-from-1st winning run.  After the game, Murphy commented that he was glad that he had the hitting (not running from 1st) portion of the equation.  Anthony Rendon contributed earlier, tying things up with an RBI double (classic Tony 2-Bags).  Stephen Strasburg struck out eight over 7 innings, giving up two runs (one HR and an RBI single).  Strasburg’s game score was 64 to Phillies’ SP Aaron Nola’s 61.  Koda Glover and Blake Treinen did their part in the 8th and 9th, and Shawn Kelley took it for the win in the 10th with 2 strikeouts.



NATS Day Off

During the NATS Day off, let’s catch up – did you know that:

–On the day that Max Scherzer lost (Wednesday, Apr 12) – but had 10 strikeouts versus the Cardinals – two other pitchers did the exact same thing:  Danny Salazar (Indians) and John Lackey (Cubs).  Three pitchers lose with ten strikeouts on the same day; a long time since that happened.

–Daniel Murphy came close to hitting for the cycle this week, but Will Myers (Padres) actually did it, the first cycle of 2017, on April 10th in a Padres win against the Rockies.

–Speaking of the Padres, Clayton Kershaw’s (Dodgers) salary is more than the whole payroll of the San Diego Padres.

–And, how about Yoenis Cespedes (Mets)?  3 HRs in one game on Apr 11 – now the first Mets player to do it twice!

–Weird MLB Player Contracts for 2017:  Rougned Odor (Rangers) agreed to terms on a six year extension ($49.5 million) which included receiving 2 horses as part of the deal (he already has 4 horses in Venezuela).

Snapshot of First Place Teams as of Today:

NL – Mets, Reds, Diamondbacks.

AL – Orioles, Tigers, Astros.

Which teams have the best records in MLB:

Reds (7-2, .778 pct)

Orioles (5-2, .714 pct)

Diamondbacks (7-3, .700 pct)

Which Teams have the worst records in MLB:

Blue Jays (1-7, .125 pct)

Mariners (2-8, .200 pct)

Braves (2-6, .250 pct)

Royals (2-6, .250 pct)

NATS #1’s in MLB:

Player Batting Average:  Daniel Murphy (.450)

Team Batting Average:  .300

Team OBP:  .371

Team Slugging:  .497

Team OPS:  .867

April 12th: WSH-1, STL-6

Final R H E
WSH 1 8 2
STL 6 8 0
W: Leake (1-1, 0.60)
L: Scherzer (1-1, 2.13)
S: –

Max Scherzer pitched 6 innings, striking out 10 for the loss against the Cardinals,  He gave up 4 hits (3 runs) over 26 batters, with a total of 104 pitches (69 strikes), including 3 wild pitches (unusual for Scherzer).  Scherzer did not give up any home runs.  After Scherzer, Enny Romero and Shawn Kelley pitched 1 inning each without giving up a run, then Koda Glover, Sammy Solis and Joe Blanton each gave up 1 run to close things off.  Game Scores:  Scherzer 65, Mike Leake 81 (7 IP, 7 SO, 4 Hits, no runs).

Offense:  Adam Eaton and Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4.  Wilmer Difo scored the single run on Adam Eaton’s single in the bottom of the 8th.  Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper struck out twice.  Adam Lind had a pinch hit single.

Errors:  Wilmer Difo (fielding) and Anthony Rendon (throw).


April 11th: WSH-8, STL-3

Final R H E
WSH 8 11 1
STL 3 7 2
W: Gonzalez (1-0.0.69)
L: Lynn (0-1, 5.23)
S: –

Daniel Murphy had a 4-for-5 night, including one of the three HR on the night (Jayson Werth and Matt Wieters provided the other two).  It looked promising for Murphy to hit that triple for the cycle but ended up with another 2b, with 9 total bases.  Harper walked 3 times, had 1 hit and scored 2 runs.  Gio Gonzalez had 7 innings, striking out 6, and giving up 2 runs on 6 hits.  Joe Blanton relieved in the 8th (1 run), and Treinen closed off giving just 1 walk.  Team LOB was 9.  Ryan Zimmerman had one fielding error

April 10th: WSH- 14, STL-6

Final R H E
WSH 14 19 4
STL 6 10 1
W: Roark (2-0.4.09)
L: Wainwright (0-2, 7.00)
S: –

bryce harper vs st louis cardinals

ROARK lasted 5 innings on Monday vs the visiting CARDS, giving up 5 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, with 3 SO (104 pitches-70 strikes),  putting up a game score of 44 to Adam Wainwright’s 23.   Matt Albers made his debut with the NATS, coming up from AAA with Jeremy Guthrie’s departure, and pitched 2 innings (1 hit and 2 SO). Shawn Kelley closed things off facing 5 batters  (17 pitches/12 strikes), giving up 2 hits and 1 earned run.

Bryce Harper went 4-for-4, with 3 RBI, and Adam Eaton contributed 3 RBI.  Eaton and Drew offered up the first sac flies of the Nats season, Roark contributed a sac bunt.

Four errors by the Nats:  Ryan Zimmerman (fielding), Anthony Rendon (throw),  Daniel Murphy (fielding) and Stephen Drew (fielding).







April 9th: WSH-3, PHIL-4

Final R H E
WSH 3 4 0
PHI 4 7 0
W: Gomez (1-0.15.00)
L: Glover (0-1, 3.38)
S: –

Stephen Strasburg struck out 8 in 7 innings (28 batters), and Ryan Zimmerman had a 3-run game-tying HR in the 9th but Phillies 2B Cesar Hernandez scored Daniel Nava with a walk-off single to left field to win the game.  Strasburg had a 68 game score to the Phillies’ Jeremy Helickson’s 68, throwing 105 pitches (69 strikes) with 5 hits, 3 earned runs, and 3 walks.   Adam Lind and Matt Wieters had doubles, but the NATS left 7 on base.

The NATS return home to take on the CARDS starting Monday, Apr 10 (Tanner ROARK vs Adam WAINWRIGHT) at 7:05 p.m.


April 8th: WSH-3, PHI-7

Final R H E
WSH 3 10 2
PHI 17 15 0
W: Nola (1-0.4.50)
L: Guthrie (0-1, 135.00)
S: –

No where to go but up from here.  Jeremy Guthrie:

  • 0.2 IP
  • 10 Earned Runs – 6 Hits – 4 Walks
  • 12 Batters Faced
  • 47 Pitches (25 strikes)
  • -6 Game Score (that’s negative six)

Since 1913, there have been 10 starts where the SP got 3 outs or fewer and allowed 10 or more earned runs.  Surprise, Jeremy Guthrie is on that last (May 25, 2015 – Royals vs Yankees), when he gave up 11 runs in the first, so this was sort of an improvement.  He is one of FIVE Royals who have this distinction.  Other teams on the list, which the Nationals now join, are the Pirates, Reds, Astros, Diamondbacks, and Twins.

How about that Game Score of -6?  Remember Game Score was devised by Bill James and expands on the Quality Start concept.  The formula starts at 50:  1 pt for each out recorded, 2 for each inning completed after the 4th, 1 for each SO, minus 2 for each H, minus 4 for each ER, minus 2 for each unearned run, minus 1 for each walk.

The highest game score (9 innings) belongs to Kerry Wood (1998 famous 20-strikeout game) with 105.  The highest game score for a no-hitter belongs to NAT MAX SCHERZER (Oct 3, 2015) with 104.

The worst game score belongs to Allan Travers (Tigers) with -52 in 1912; he allowed 24 runs in his start.  Since 1957, the lowest is -21 by Mike Oquist (Athletics) who allowed 14 earned runs in 5 innings.

Other Apr 8 game notes:  Enny Romero gave up 4 runs, Joe Blanton 4 and Shawn Kelley 1.  Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 and now has a .524 BA.  Jayson Werth was 2-for-3, with 2 RBI.  Anthony Rendon had 2 total bases, and Ryan Zimmerman had 1 RBI.  The NATS had their first 2 errors:  Murphy (fielding) and Wilmer Difo (throw).