July 30, 2014

Washington Nationals Game 138 Review: Nats patiently wait out Phillies pitchers in 9-6 win

RAMOS THREE-RUN SHOT; COREY BROWN HOMERS IN FIRST MLB AT BAT OF THE SEASON

Five wild pitches, 13 walks, four errors and a hit-by-pitch. A balk. 11 pitchers used. Three hours and 48 minutes worth of “baseball.” It was that kind of game.

The Washington Nationals, needing every single win possible as their playoff hopes dwindle, outlasted the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night with a sloppily played marathon 9-6 win to keep their wild card deficit to 7 1/2 games behind the Cincinnati Reds.

Gio Gonzalez pitched 5 2/3 innings to “earn” the win, though his effort was clouded by three walks and two wild pitches.

The Nats got the scoring started in the second off Phillies starter Ethan Martin (L, 2-4). On a 2-2 pitch, Martin hit the leadoff hitter Jayson Werth in the upper left arm. Adam LaRoche drew a one-out walk ahead of Wilson Ramos’ 10th home run of the season to put the Nats up 3-0.

Philadelphia cut into the lead in the fourth. Kevin Frandsen led off with a single and went to second on Ryan Zimmerman’s error when he couldn’t handle a grounder to his left from Carlos Ruiz. Gonzalez (W, 9-6, 3.49)  struck out Darin Ruf for the first out of the inning, but both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Cody Asche then delivered a single to center on an 0-2 pitch to plate both Frandsen and Ruiz.

But it didn’t take long for the Nats to continue their onslaught against Martin. Denard Span led off the fifth with a double and went to third on Zimmerman’s grounder to the right side of the infield. Bryce Harper drew a walk and after Werth fouled out to first, Desmond walked on the tenth pitch of his at bat. Martin then walked Adam LaRoche to force in a run.

At that point, Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg lifted Martin in favor of Justin de Fratus, but the reliever stunningly walked Ramos on four pitches to force in another run to make it 5-2 Nats. They added to that in the next inning. With one out in the sixth, Span reached on third baseman Asche’s throwing error, went to second on a balk by rookie Mauricio Robles, who was making his MLB debut, and stole third on ball four to Zimmerman. Harper then hit a slow roller to third that Asche fielded cleanly and threw Span out at home.

But Werth and Desmond both singled with two outs to drive in a pair of runs to make it 7-2 at the time.

The Phillies made some noise in the bottom of the inning. Ruf drew a one-out walk from Gonzalez and went to second on Gio’s second wild pitch of the game. After Asche lined out, John Mayberry reached on a Desmond throwing error and Ruf scored. Michael Martinez then lined a single to center to score Mayberry on a close play at the plate. Ryan Mattheus was called on to relieve and promptly gave up a single to pinch-hitter Chase Utley to plate Martinez and make it 7-5, but got Cesar Hernandez to ground out to end the frame.

In the seventh, recently recalled Corey Brown clubbed an upper-deck homer to right to increase the Nats lead to 8-5 in his first big league at bat of the season.

But the Phillies got that one back in the bottom of the eighth on Cody Asche’s one-out solo home run, his third of the season, against Tyler Clippard.

The Nats got an insurance run in the top of the ninth on quite a peculiar play. With two outs and runners on the corners, Bryce Harper struck out. But the ball got away from catcher Carlos Ruiz and went to the backstop. Span raced home from third on the wild pitch, and Zimmerman went all the way to third as Harper reached first on the play.

Rafael Soriano gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth inning, but coaxed a double-play ball from Kevin Frandsen to end the game and earn his 37th save of the season.

THE GOOD: Wilson Ramos. 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and four total RBIs. Denard Span went 3-for-6 with two runs. Werth and Desmond both with a pair of hits.

THE BAD: Anthony Rendon went 0-for-4 with 4 LOB.

THE UGLY: Seriously Phillies, where are you getting all these relievers that walk more than they strike out in the minors and why are you pitching them in Major League games.

THE STATS: 11 hits, 9 BBs, 7 Ks. 3-for-13 with RISP, 13 LOB. E: Zimmerman (20, fielding), Desmond (16, throw), Ramos (8, missed catch).

NEXT GAME: Wednesday at 7:05 pm. Jordan Zimmermann (15-8, 3.33) faces Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.94).

Nats add five more with September roster expansion

The Washington Nationals added five more players to their active roster with September roster expansion, selecting SS Zach Walters from AAA-Syracuse and recalling OFs Corey Brown, Jeff Kobernus and Eury Perez and LHP Xavier Cedeno from Syracuse. All but Walters have been on the big league roster at some point in their tenure in the Nats system. Walters will make his MLB debut with his first appearance.

Walters hit .253/.286/.517  with 29 home runs and 77 RBIs in his first full season in AAA this year. The International League All-Star tied for first in the league in homers and led the league in extra-base hits.

Cedeno has been recalled by the Nats on three occasions so far this season, pitching a grand total of 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout. He’s 2-0 with four saves and a 1.31 ERA and 1.136 WHIP for Syracuse.

Brown, 27, hit .254/.326/.473  with Syracuse with 26 doubles, 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in 107 games. Kobernus, 25, hit .318/.366/.388  with one home run and 42 steals in AAA. Perez, 23, hit .300/.336/.442 with seven home runs and 23 stolen bases in 96 games for Syracuse.

NATS/CHIEFS: Syracuse Chiefs Opening Day Roster, April 4

Today, April 4 is the opening day for the Syracuse Chiefs, Washington Nationals Triple-A Affiliate.

Syracuse Chiefs Press Release HeaderCHIEFS ANNOUNCE PRELIMINARY 2013 OPENING DAY ROSTER
12 players from last year’s team to return

Syracuse, NY—The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce their preliminary roster for the 2013 season. Syracuse, led by second-year manager Tony Beasley, will begin its season on Thursday, April 4, at 7:05 at Lehigh Valley, with its home opener on Friday, April 12 at 2:05 vs. the IronPigs.

Syracuse’s active Opening Day roster features 16 former major leaguers and seven players on the Nationals’ 40-man roster. The Chiefs also return 12 players from last year’s Syracuse squad and 15 former Chiefs in total.

The Chiefs’ opening day staff will consist of 13 pitchers, five of whom spent time in Syracuse last season. Yunesky Maya (11-10, 3.88 ERA in 28 starts with the Chiefs in 2012), Tanner Roark (6-17, 4.39 ERA in 26 starts) and Ryan Perry (1-1, 4.50 ERA in 11 relief appearances) are slated to hold three of the spots in Syracuse’s rotation. Maya returns for his fourth season with Syracuse, with Roark and Perry as second-year Chiefs.

The other two spots in Syracuse’s season-opening rotation will be held by right-hander Ross Ohlendorf and left-hander Danny Rosenbaum. Ohlendorf, a veteran of 108 major league games with the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres, is in his first year with the Nationals’ organization. Rosenbaum, recently returned from Colorado after being selected in the 2012 Rule V draft, will begin his fifth professional season in the Nationals’ organization. He sported a 3.94 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg in 26 starts last season.

The bullpen will feature returning right-handers Erik Davis and Jeff Mandel, with Mandel also entering fourth Syracuse season and Davis his second. Right-hander Ryan Tatusko also rejoins the team for the second time after spending the entire 2012 season in Harrisburg, where he sported a 3.50 ERA.

Two other former Chiefs join the bullpen – left-hander J.C. Romero and right-hander Jeremy Accardo. Romero, a veteran of 680 major-league games, pitched in five games for the Chiefs in 2011. Accardo, who’s pitched 262 games in the majors, tossed five games for the Chiefs in 2008, the final year of Syracuse’s affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The remaining three spots in the bullpen are filled out by two former major leaguers – left-hander Fernando Abad (Houston) and right-hander Mike Crotta (Pittsburgh) – and left-hander Patrick McCoy, who finished 7-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 50 games for Double-A Harrisburg last season.

Offensively, both Chiefs catchers return from last year’s squad. Jhonatan Solano rejoins Syracuse for the fourth time after a season in which he made his major league debut (.312 batting average in 12 games with Washington), while veteran Carlos Maldonado also returns to Syracuse for the fourth time. The two have combined to play in 306 career games with Syracuse.

Syracuse’s infield is split between three returning Chiefs and three newcomers. First baseman Chris Marrero, shortstop Zach Walters, and third baseman Carlos Rivero – a postseason International League All-Star last season – will rejoin the Chiefs after spending time in Washington’s major league camp this spring. Infielder Jeff Kobernus, who led stole 42 bases for Double-A Harrisburg to lead the 2012 Eastern League, will join them for his Triple-A debut. Former major leaguers Mike Costanzo (Cincinnati) and Will Rhymes (Detroit, Tampa Bay) round out the six-man group.

In the outfield, postseason International League All-Star Corey Brown will return to Syracuse for the third time. Brown led all Chiefs players in 2012 with 25 home runs and also appeared in 19 major league games for Washington. He’ll be joined by 22-year-old Eury Perez, the youngest Chief on the Opening Day roster. Converted pitcher Micah Owings, who’s appeared in 174 major league games, and former Canadian Olympic outfielder Jimmy Van Ostrand will both join the Chiefs for the first time.

Tickets for all Syracuse Chiefs home games are on sale now and can be purchased online at SyracuseChiefs.com, by calling 315-474-7833, or in person at the Chiefs ticket office. Full- and partial-season ticket plans are also available through each of the same three methods.

Washington Nationals trim spring roster to 33

With Opening Day just two weeks away, and manager Davey Johnson’s preference to play his starters heavily in the next-to-last week of Spring Training, the Washington Nationals sent out much of their Major League-ready backup talent to the minors before taking on the Detroit Tigers at Space Coast Stadium Monday morning.

The Nats today optioned right-handed pitchers Erik Davis, Yunesky Maya and Ryan Perry, catcher Jhonatan Solano, infielder Chris Marrero and outfielder Corey Brown to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Additionally, the Nationals re-assigned right-handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf and infielder Zach Walters to minor league camp.

Along with sending these players down, the Nats also granted catcher Chris Snyder his unconditional release. Snyder had an opt-out in his contract and is expected to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

The Snyder move signals that the team is comfortable with Wilson Ramos to open the season on the active roster. Ramos missed much of last season with two surgeries to his knee.

Washington Nationals Spring Training: Anthony Rendon hits fourth homer of spring in Nats’ 9-7 win over Astros

It may not be time yet to finalize your bet on when Anthony Rendon could join the Washington Nationals’ roster – but the 22-year-old gives cause to get excited about what the Nats have in store in the months ahead.

In Wednesday’s second split-squad game the Nats “B Team” had tied the Houston Astros, 5-5, by the time Rendon came to bat in the eighth inning off left-hander Dallas Keuchel with two outs. Rendon fell behind in the count, 0-2, after two called strikes, but rocketed the third pitch into right field for a two-run shot that scored Micah Owings and put the Nationals back in front 7-5. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals 2013 Season Preview: The Outfield

This week, District Sports Page will take a look at the players that should comprise the 2013 roster of the Washington Nationals. Following a record-setting season last year that saw the Nats finish first in the N.L. East and advance to the playoffs for the first time since the relocation, GM Mike Rizzo has tweaked the roster a bit and expectations have never been higher for the organization, which is expected to be a legitimate World Series contender this season.

On Monday we broke down Nationals’ starters and Tuesday we evaluated the bullpen. Today, we provide a glimpse at Davey Johnson’s outfield.

PROJECTED OPENING DAY OUTFIELD: LF – Bryce Harper, CF – Denard Span, RF – Jayson Werth; Bench: Roger Bernadina, Tyler Moore. First callups: Corey Brown, Eury Perez [Read more...]

NATS: 2013 NatsFest Details

Washington Nationals fans should check the website for updated information as all player appearances and activities are subject to change.

Ryan Zimmerman and fan at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman and fan at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals fan at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals fan at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo answering fan questions at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo answering fan questions at 2010 NatsFest (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

WASHINGTON NATIONALS ANNOUNCE 2013 NATSFEST DETAILS

Event to take place Saturday, January 26 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at
Washington Convention Center

The Washington Nationals today released new details about 2013 NatsFest, taking place for the first time at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

More than 25 Nationals players and prospects are expected to attend the fun-filled baseball festival, including but not limited to*: Corey Brown, Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Christian Garcia, Gio Gonzalez, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Nathan Karns, Steve Lombardozzi, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Moore, Michael Morse, Ryan Perry, Anthony Rendon, Will Rhymes, Matt Skole, Drew Storen, Kurt Suzuki, Chad Tracy, Jayson Werth and Jordan Zimmermann.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Mark Lerner, one of the team’s Principal Owners, as well as team broadcasters Bob Carpenter, F.P. Santangelo, Charlie Slowes and Phil Wood will also be in attendance. In addition, Nationals fans will have the first opportunity to meet two of the team’s latest additions, Dan Haren and Denard Span. Please note that all autograph vouchers are SOLD OUT; autograph voucher holders are encouraged to visit nationals.com/natsfest for important information.

Open to fans of all ages from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., NatsFest will offer a variety of activities including:
o Q & A sessions with players and coaches on topics including ‘Preparing for Games’ and ‘Life on the Road’

o Opportunities to take photos with players and team mascots

o A special Jr. Nats Kids Forum featuring Player Story Times and Kids Press Conferences

o The chance to learn about the team’s innovative virtual ticketing system

o Games, interactive events and surprises

The event will also feature:
o Live broadcast by 106.7 The Fan, the team’s official flagship radio station

o Opportunities to purchase the latest Nationals merchandise as well as game-used and autographed memorabilia

o Batting cages, inflatable games and 2012 trophy display

o D.J. Stylus Chris spinning music throughout the day

o Concessions for purchase

NatsFest will also offer fans the first opportunity to purchase individual and group tickets to see the Nationals take on the New York Yankees in a special preseason exhibition game on Friday, March 29 at 2:05 p.m. Tickets for NatsFest are currently on sale for Season Plan Holders at $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12, and for the general public at $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12 and can be purchased at nationals.com/natsfest.

Fans planning to utilize Metro’s Red Line to attend NatsFest are encouraged to add at least 20 minutes to their planned travel time due to scheduled weekend track maintenance. For directions and parking, visit the Convention Center website at www.dcconvention.com.

*All player appearances are subject to change

NATS: Happy Birthday, Corey Brown

HAPPY 27th BIRTHDAY COREY BROWN!

Washington Nationals Outfielder Corey Brown was born on 11/26/1985 in Tampa, Florida.

Follow Corey Brown on Twitter (@C_Brown813) and be sure to wish #10 a Happy 27th Birthday.

Corey Brown, Ross Detwiler and John Lannan – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Outfielder Corey Brown at Nationals Park in September 2011 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

PHOTOS: 2012 Washington Nationals Rookies

Thankfully, Nats pitcher Gio Gonzalez tweeted photos of the Washington Nationals rookies! After Sunday’s game, the tradition continued of dressing up the rookies in costumes to leave Nationals Park and take the train up to New York (Nats face the Mets tomorrow through Wednesday).

Last year it was Smurfs.

Meet the Nats Super Seven “Olympians” that didn’t quite make the cut for London.

Left to Right: Tyler Moore, Corey Brown, Eury Perez, Sandy Leon, Christian Garcia, Steve Lombardozzi with Bryce Harper in front as the flag bearer. Good work by the veterans.

Washington Nationals Rookies 2012 in clubhouse before heading to NYC, 9/9/2012 (Photo tweeted by Gio Gonzalez)

Washington Nationals Rookies 2012 by train before heading to NYC, 9/9/2012 (Photo tweeted by Gio Gonzalez)

 

 

Washington Nationals Game 139 Review: After two and a half hour rain delay, Nats complete comeback to beat Marlins 7-6

Just when you think you’ve seen it all at a baseball game, it shows you something else.

After a 2:33 rain delay in the middle of the ninth inning, the Washington Nationals erased everything that had happened prior. Trailing all day, entering the bottom of the ninth by one run, Jayson Werth led off the inning against Marlins closer Heath Bell with a blast to the Red Porch seats to tie the game at six, wiping out four and a half hours of a Miami Marlins lead, sending the game into extra innings.

Then, after Drew Storen struck out the side in the top of the tenth, Corey Brown drove in Ian Desmond with a sacrifice fly to give the Nats one of their most improbable wins of the season. The 7-6 victory keeps the Nats at least 6 1/2 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves, who were in a rain delay leading the New York Mets 8-2 at the time of this post. [Read more...]

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