May 30th: WSH-6, SF-3

Final R H E
WSH 6 14 0
SF 3 9 2
W: Gonzalez (4-1, 3.03)
L: Samardjzija (1-7, 4.63)
S: Glover (7)

HITS HITS HITS (14) – NATS Win Another in SF

Trea Turner & Daniel Murphy:  3-for-5

Michael Taylor & Jayson Werth:  2-for-4

Zimmerman, Wieters, Rendon, Gio:  1 hit each

Michael Taylor (.264) had 2 RBI, Jayson Werth (.273) walked in a run with the bases loaded, and Gio Gonzalez (.451!) had an RBI single.  

Bryce Harper (.322) was the only one in the lineup (besides relief pitchers) to not have a hit, going 0-for-5 the day after charging the mound (causing the on-field fracas).

SP Gio Gonzalez (3.03 ERA) pitched 6.1 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, striking out 6 (108 pitches, 62 strikes).  Matt Albers (1.29) pitched to 7 with 3 K’s, and Koda Glover (2.08) got the save a second day in a row (#7) facing 3 batters with 1 K (14 pitches, 8 strikes).

Up Next – in SF again at 10:15 p.m.:  Max Scherzer (5-3, 2.77 ERA, 89 K) vs. Matt Cain (3-3, 4.45 ERA, 36 K).

May 29th: WSH-3, SF-0

Final R H E
WSH 3 8 0
SF 0 8 1
W: Roark (5-2, 3.86)
L: Moore (2-6, 4.98)
S: Glover (6)

NATS Shut Out Giants; HARPER HBP Clears Benches (Ejections)

Tanner Roark (3.86 ERA) pitched 7 and combined with the 3 relievers for a 8 hit shutout of the Giants.  Roark gave up 6 hits and 1 walk (112 pitches, 71 strikes).  Oliver Perez (5.23) and Shawn Kelley (5.79) each faced 3 batters with Kelley giving up 2 hits.  Koda Glover (2.20) took the 9th innings striking out 2 of 3 batters to get the save.

Ryan Zimmerman (.374) homered , going 3-for-4 and scoring 2 runs.  Daniel Murphy (.319) had a 2 RBI night.

Ejections:  Giants reliever Hunter Strickland hit Bryce Harper with a pitch in the 8th, causing Harper to charge the mound, and clearing both benches for an on-field fracas.  Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

Former Nats Denard Span (CF – .241) and Mike Morse (PH – .194) were in the Giants lineup.

Next up – Tuesday at 10:15 PM:  Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 2.90 ERA, 54K) vs. Jeff Samardzija (1-6, 4.50 ERA, 79 K).

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May 28th: WSH-3, SD-5

Final R H E
WSH 3 8 1
SD 5 14 0
W: Yates (1-0, 3.46)
L: Ross (2-1, 6.18)
S: Maurer (6)

ROSS STRUGGLES, TAYLOR SHOWS GREAT GLOVE WORK
SP Joe Ross (6.18) struggled with command of his slider, giving up 5 runs on 12 hits (including 1 HR) and 1 walk, striking out 4.  Ross faced 25 batters (85 pitchers, 61 strikes) and had 4 groundouts and 3 flyouts.

The bullpen came through without giving up another run.  Jacob Turner (4.01) pitched innings 5 and 6 (6 batters), Blake Treinen (6.85) innings 7 and 8 (7 batters) and Enny Romero (5.32) the 9th.

NATS 3 runs:  Adam Lind had 2 RBI, scoring Trea Turner in the 1st inning on a forceout and driving in Ryan Zimmerman in the 5th. eWilmer Difo (.182) and Brian Goodwin (250) both went 2-for-4; Difo scored on Goodwin’s single in the 2nd.

Taylor glove:  In the 6th inning with 1 out, Taylor raced over to make an amazing catch covering 79 feet on the play with an opportunity time of 4.4 seconds – “a five star grab.”  This after HRs on the previous two nights.

Next up:  Monday 4:05 PM the NATS @ SF GIANTS – Tanner Roark (4-2, 4.32 ERA, 50 K’S) vs. Matt Moore (2-5, 5.28 ERA, 49 K’s).

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May 27th: WSH-3, SD-0

 

Final R H E
WSH 3 10 2
SD 0 3 1
W: Strasburg (6-1, 2.94)
L: Richard (3-6, 4.33)
S: Glover (5)

NATS First Shutout this Year – Strasburg has 15 K’s

Stephen Strasburg (2.94) pitched 7.0 innings and struck out 15 in what ended as the first NATS shutout of 2017.  Strasburg gave up 3 hits and 1 walk:  27 batters, 108 pitches (76 strikes), 5 groundouts, 1 flyout.  Game Score:  89.  Matt Albers (1.40) took the 8th (hold #4) and Koda Glover (2.35) pitched the 9th for save #5.  

Stephen Strasburg (.130) singled in the 3rd inning and scored the first  run.  Michael Taylor (.274) hit a 2-run HR (#4) in the 4th inning, scoring Anthony Rendon who went 2-for-3 on the night.

Next – Padres Sunday at 1:35 PM:  Joe Ross (2-0, 5.32 ERA, 20 K) vs. Joules Chacin (4-4, 5.74 ERA, 43 K).

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NATS: A Few Interesting Stats

A Few Interesting NATS STATS

 

NATS on STATCAST:

STATCAST – HR Distance (#1 Jake Lamb – 418 ft):

Ryan Zimmerman tied for #2 in MLB – 470 feet

Bryce Harper is the #39 name on the list – 451 feet

STATCAST – Exit Velocity (#1 Aaron Judge – 119.4 ft):

 Bryce Harper – 114.7 mph

STATCAST – Average Exit Velocity (#1 Miguel Sano 9.9 mph)

Ryan Zimmerman – 94.2 mph.

Bryce Harper – 92.8 mph

Anthony Rendon – 91.2 MPH

STATCAST – Fastest Pitches:  no NATS (#1 Joe Kelly – 102.2 MPH)

STATCAST – Average Pitch Velocity (#1 Trevor Rosenthal 99.2 mph:

Blake Treinen – 96.7 four-seam FB

Koda Glover – 96.3 mph sinker

Blake Treinen – 96.3 four-seam FB

      NATS PITCHING STATS

NATS Runs Allowed Per Game (RA/G)4.51

Most is NYM with 5.46.  Least is LAD with 3.55.  NATS are about in the middle with 4.51

TOUGH LOSSES (Ltuf) – losses in quality starts

NATS:  2.  (GIANTS have 8!)

QUALITY STARTS – starting pitcher has at least 6 innings and allowed 3 or fewer earned runs

NATS tied #1 MLB with CARDS – 30 QS.  MARLINS have fewest with 14.

QUALITY START% – percentage of starts that were QS.

NATS #2 MLB (64%) after #1 CARDS (67%).

WINS LOST (Wlst) – At the time the pitcher faced his final batter, he was in a position for a win, but the game was blown by the bullpen:

NATS Pitcher:  Gio Gonzalez – tied for #1 MLB –  4

(tied with Nate Karns/KCR & Wade Miley/BAL)

Team:  NATS tied #1 MLB with 8 (with NYM and BAL)

MOST PITCHES IN A START:

NATS Tied #1 MLB:  125

PITCHES per GAMES STARTED:

Team:  NATS tied #1 MLB:  102

NATS Pitcher:  Tanner Roark – #3/tied MLB:  106

INNINGS PITCHED per GAMES STARTED:

NATS tied #1 MLB:  6.2

GAME SCORE AVERAGE (Starting Pitchers):

Team:  NATS tied #2 MLB:  55

NATS Pitcher:  Max Scherzer:  #6 MLB with 65.0

(Thanks to baseballreference.com)

NATS the way I like it uh huh uh huh…

 

 

May 26th: WSH-5, SD-1

Final R H E
WSH 5 8 0
SD 1 3 1
W: Scherzer (5-3, 2.77)
L: Perdomo (0-2, 5.61)
S: Glover (4)

SCHERZER 13 K’s, TURNER 1ST NATS LEADOFF HR THIS YEAR

Max Scherzer (2.77) came very close to a complete game (8 and two-thirds innings) Friday night, striking out 13, giving up 1 run on 1 hit (a HR) and walking 2 (Game Score:  86).  Scherzer faced 31 batters (108 pitches, 81 strikes), and had 7 groundouts, 3 flouts. He was taken out after loading the bases in the 9th, replaced by Koda Glover (2.51) who struck out the final batter to get the save.

Trea Turner (.244) hit the first leadoff homer of the season, and also had a double.  Michael Taylor (.266)  and Bryce Harper (.340) both contributed 2-run HR’s, Taylor in the 4th and Harper in the 7th.  Matt Wieters (.288) went 2-for-4, scoring a run.  Jayson Werth (.275) stole his 4th base of the season.  Anthony Rendon (.284) took a HR break but did hit a double in the first inning.  Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy were not in the lineup, replaced by Adam Lind at 1B and Wilmer Difo at 2B.

Next – Padres Saturday at 4:05 PM (Star Wars Day):  Stephen Strasburg (5-1, 3.28 ERA, 59 K) vs. Clayton Richard (3-5, 4.31 ERA, 45 K).

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May 25th: WSH-2, SEA-4

Final R H E
WSH 2 6 0
SEA 4 9 1
W: Miranda (4-2, 4.22)
L: Turner (2-3, 4.37)
S: Diaz (8)

GIO STRUGGLES, RENDON HR #9, MURPHY DP (4-6-3)

1st MARINERS WIN IN D.C. SINCE 1969 (PILOTS-SENATORS 8-6) 

Gio Gonzalez (2.90) pitched 5.1 innings (96 pitches, 50 strikes) and was charged with 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 4 walks; he struck out 8 of 21 batters (game score:  60).  Gio was taken out in the 5th with 1 out and replaced by Jacob Turner (4.37) who gave up a 3-run HR to Nelson Cruz and got the loss.  Turner faced 8 batters (4 hits, 1 walk, charged with 2 runs) and was followed by a relief crew which did not give up any more runs:  Matt Grace (1 batter), Blake Treinen (2 batters), Matt Albers (6 batters), and Oliver Perez (1 batter).

Anthony Rendon (.283) went 2-for-4, including his solo HR.  Daniel Murphy (.316) saved further damage fielding a sharp grounder and making a flash throw to get the 4-6-3 double play in the 7th.

Mariners Manager Scott Servais was ejected by HP umpire Adam Hamari in the 6th when he argued a strikeout looking call on Guillermo Heredia.

 

Anthony Rendon hit his 4th HR (a solo) in the past 3 games in the 5th inning (#9), and Jayson Werth drove in the 2nd NATS run (also in the 5th) with an RBI sharp grounder to center, scoring Jose Lobaton.

Next – Friday, 26 May at 7:05 PM – Padres @ NATS:  Max Scherzer (4-3, 3.02 ERA, 76 K) vs. Luis Perdomo (0-1, 5.79 ERA, 36 K).

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May 24th: WSH-5, SEA-1

Final R H E
WSH 5 7 0
SEA 1 9 1
W: Roark (4-2, 4.32)
L: Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38)
S: –

ROARK SOLID, RENDON 3-RUN HR, HEISEY ON THE DL

Anthony Rendon (277) hit a 3-run HR (his 8th) in the first inning.  Ryan Zimmerman (.371) scored Trea Turner (.242) in the 1st on a sac fly, and Trea Turner had an RBI single in the 2nd scoring Michael Taylor (.275).

SP Tanner Roark (4.32 ERA) pitched 7 inning giving up 1 run on 8 hits and no walks, striking out 7.  Roark had a SP game score of 71, best his previous high of 66 (top this year is Max Scherzer with 78).  Roark faced 28 batters, had a total of 102 pitches (67 strikes), 9 groundouts and 0 flyouts.  Relievers Enny Romero (3 batters), Shawn Kelley (1 batter) and Koda Glover (3 batters) gave up 1 hit, no walks, not runs with 1 K (Glover).

Chris Heisey experienced an injury (right biceps rupture) during batting practice and was placed on the 10-day DL; Brian Goodwin was called up from AAA/Syracuse.

Other NATS on the DL:  Joe Blanton (shoulder), Stephen Drew (leg), Sammy Solis (elbow), and Adam Eaton (knee – out for the season).

Coming up – Mariners on Thursday, 12:05 PM:  Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 2.86 ERA, 46 K) vs Ariel Miranda (3-2, 4.28 ERA, 47 K).

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May 23rd: WSH-10, SEA-1

Final R H E
WSH 10 15 0
SEA 1 5 0
W: Ross (2-0, 5.32)
L: Bergman (1-2, 6.30)
S: –

BRAVO RENDON: TONY HAS A 2-BAGGER PLUS 2 HRs, 10 TBs

The NATS had 15 hits, 10 RBI, 2 walks and scored 8 runs in the 4th inning.  Anthony Rendon (.278) went 3-for-4, including 2 HRs and a double (10 total bases), had 5 RBI, and scored 3 runs.  The NATS had 3 HRS in the 4th inning:  Rendon’s 2nd, Jayson Werth (.286) and Bryce Harper (.346).

Trea Turner (.241) joined the barrage in the 4th inning scoring Matt Wieters (.285) on his triple. Ryan Zimmerman (.372) went 3-for-4 and scored 2 runs, and Michael Taylor (.276) had a 2-for-4 evening.

SP Joe Ross (5.32) pitched 8.0 innings giving up only 1 run on 5 hits (including 1 HR) and no walks, striking out 6 of 27 batters (101 pitches, 68 strikes).  Representing the only NATS relief pitcher for the game (unusual), Matt Grace (4.05) took the 9th inning, putting up zeroes across the board facing 3 batters.

Next up Wednesday, May 24 at 7:05 PM:  Tanner Roark (3-2, 4.73 ERA, 42 K) vs. Sam Gaviglio (0-0, 1.29 ERA, 6 K).   Promotion:  Max Scherzer Snow Globe. 

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May 21st: WSH-3, ATL-3

Final R H E
WSH 3 7 0
ATL 2 6 2
W: Strasburg (5-1, 3.28)
L: Garcia (1-3, 4.07)
S: Glover (3)

CLOSE ONE:  STRASBOURG DOMINANT AND GLOVER GETS SAVE

Stephen Strasburg (3.28) pitched 7.2 strong innings striking out 11 of 29 batters faced, giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 1 walk (118 pitches, 86 strikes).  Koda Glover (2.77) gave up 1 hit and struck out 1, facing 4, and induced a pop-up to 1st to end the game and get the save.  

Daniel Murphy hit HR #9 in the 2nd inning, going 2-for-4 with 5 total bases.  Wilmer Difo (.200) hit a triple in the 1st, and scored a run in the 3rd.  Michael Taylor (.266) stole 2B in the 2nd inning, and Stephen Strasburg  put down a sacrifice bunt in the 7th.  Bryce Harper (.349) got RBI #37.

Next up – home Tuesday versus the Mariners:  NATS SP is TBD vs Christian Bergman (1-1, 2.25 ERA, 12 K).

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