MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - INSIDE PITCH
In a season that has not gone well for the team, right fielder Jayson Werth is putting together his best season with the Nationals.
On Saturday, Werth reached 1,000 hits in his career on a game-changing two-run homer that gave the Nationals a 6-4 lead. Down 4-0 in the second, the Nationals came back to win, 8-5.
"Definitely a milestone," Werth said. "When you set out however many years ago that was one of the things, a benchmark, on the list of things you want to accomplish. It was good."
It was his 316th hit as a National, 507 of those hits came with the Phillies. So was it special to hit the 1,000-hit plateau against his former team?
"Not really," Werth said. "You will take accomplishments like that as you can get them. I spent a lot of time with the guys over there, got a lot of memories. A lot of those hits along the way came in Philly and came with those guys. I am sure they weren't as happy to see it as I was but at the same time, I am glad they were there to share it."
Following the two-run shot that gave the Nationals their first lead, Werth was given a curtain call by the Nationals Park faithful, who were not as enthusiastic in 2011 when Werth struggled to a .232 with 160 strikeouts in 150 games in his first season for D.C.
"Any time you gain respect from the fans and from the city, it is definitely a good thing,' Werth said. "I know that first season was tough for everybody, more so for myself than anyone else. Last year with the injury, it has been a tough road. I am excited about the future here in Washington and I am glad the city and the fans can see what I am all about. I feel like the best is yet to come."
If the Nationals make any type of run back into the playoff hunt and earn a postseason berth, Werth's red hot July and August will be one big reason why they returned to the race.
MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won three
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Tuesday -- Giants (Madison Bumgarner, 11-7, 2.75) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez, 7-5, 3.52)
--RHP Stephen Strasburg got the start on Sunday at home against the Phillies. He gave up a single on the first pitch of the game to Jimmy Rollins but then did not allow another hit until the fourth. Strasburg went the distance for his first major league complete game as he threw a four-hit shutout in the 6-0 victory. "What a great job," said manager Davey Johnson. "He was still throwing hard at the end." Strasburg threw 99 pitches -- he had gone eight innings in three previous starts this year. "It is a good feeling," he said of his first big-league complete game, as he had 10 strikeouts with one walk. "You are drained as the game goes along." Said his catcher, Wilson Ramos: "I was very excited for him. He threw the ball very good."
--RHP Ross Ohlendorf made a rehab appearance on Saturday and gave up five hits and one run in three innings. He got the loss for Syracuse against Pawtucket. He went on the disabled list (right shoulder) on Aug. 4.
--LHP Gio Gonzalez will get the start at home Tuesday against the Giants. He is 2-2, 2.87 in his career against the Giants.
--2B Steve Lombardozzi got the start at second for Anthony Rendon, who got the day off. Lombardozzi has not been able to break into the starting lineup the past two years. First he backed up Danny Espinosa -- now at Syracuse -- and now backs up Rendon. Lombardozzi has a single in the second and reached on a fielder's choice in the fourth and had a single in the fifth. He has his third hit in the seventh and upped his average to .260.
--RF Jayson Werth, who had his 1,000th hit Saturday, has an RBI single in the first and had a single in the fifth against his former team. He had three hits before he was replaced late in the game by Roger Bernadina in right field. Manager Davey Johnson said Werth tweaked his right knee on a slide into home. "He should be okay for Tuesday," said Johnson, whose team has off Monday. "He has been a shining example of how we need to hit." The manager said Werth prides himself on taking pitches but has also pounds the ball on first-pitch offerings at times. Werth is hitting .328 and was the NL player of the month for July and leads the majors in batting average since July 1.
--2B Anthony Rendon told the Washington Post his forearm is "fine" even though he was kept out of the lineup Sunday. Rendon is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It is different doing it at the big league level. You are drained as the game goes along. It is a good feeling. But there is a long way to go." -- RHP Stephen Strasburg,
who had 10 strikeouts in a 6-0 shutout victory over the Phillies Sunday.
MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Ross Ohlendorf (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 1. Manager Davey Johnson reported Ohlendorf looked good throwing in side sessions Aug. 6 and Aug. 8. He made a rehab appearance Aug. 10 and will have one more rehab start. If everything checks out, he hopes to be activated by Aug. 16.
--LHP Ross Detwiler (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 4, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 6. A specialist discovered a disk problem during an examination in Los Angeles on July 24. Detwiler received an injection to help with the problem, but it is possible he won't return this season.
--RHP Christian Garcia (partial tear in forearm tendon) was hurt Feb. 21. He went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on May 31, and he moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Syracuse on June 8. His rehab was shut down June 14 due to shoulder soreness. He returned to rehab games for Syracuse in July before injuring his hamstring. There is no timetable for his return.
RHP Stephen Strasburg
LHP Gio Gonzalez
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
RHP Dan Haren
RHP Taylor Jordan
RHP Rafael Soriano (closer)
RHP Ryan Mattheus
RHP Tyler Clippard
RHP Craig Stammen
LHP Fernando Abad
LHP Ian Krol
RHP Tanner Roark
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Anthony Rendon
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
INF Chad Tracy
INF Steve Lombardozzi
LF Bryce Harper
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
OF Roger Bernadina
OF Scott Hairston