Nats Rally To Sweep Giants
by Al Galdi
Jul 06, 2012 -- 9:06am

Nationals beat San Francisco 6-5 on Thursday night (July 5, 2012).

1.    The Nats improved to 48-32 overall and 23-14 at home.
     a.    The Nats improved to 34-28 since their 14-4 start.

     b.    The Nats now are a season-best 16 games above .500.
     c.    The Nats won for the seventh time in nine games.
     d.    The Nats improved to 3-0 on their six-game homestand.
     e.    The Nats completed a three-game sweep.

2.    The Nats now have an MLB-best seven walk-off wins this season and an MLB-best 19 walk-off wins over the last two seasons.

3.    The Nats totaled 12 hits, went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and overcame a 5-1 seventh-inning deficit.

     a.    First baseman Adam LaRoche had a walk-off RBI fielder’s choice as the Giants failed to turn a double play and two singles.
     b.    19-year-old rookie center fielder Bryce Harper had an RBI single and the game-winning run in the ninth inning and an RBI double in the seventh inning.
          i.    Harper leads the Nats with four triples, now is second in runs with 42, now is second among qualified Nats with an .836 OPS and is third in walks with 26.
          ii.   Harper finished third in the National League’s Final Vote, which was won by St. Louis third baseman David Freese.  Atlanta center fielder Michael Bourn came in second.
     c.    Shortstop Ian Desmond had a solo homer (15) in the seventh inning, a single, a walk and a stolen base.
          i.    Desmond now leads all MLB shortstops with 15 homers, 24 doubles, a .502 slugging percentage and 48 RBI.
     d.    Second baseman Danny Espinosa blasted a solo homer (7) in the seventh inning, going back-to-back with Desmond.
     e.    Rookie left fielder Steve Lombardozzi had two singles.

4.    Closer Tyler Clippard tossed a perfect ninth inning, recording two strikeouts.

5.    Reliever Henry Rodriguez tossed a scoreless eighth inning.

6.    Negatives from the win:

     a.    Starter Ross Detwiler allowed three runs in five innings on 11 hits and two walks versus five strikeouts on 90 pitches.
          i.    Detwiler now has a 3.43 ERA over 18 games (12 starts).
     b.    Reliever Craig Stammen allowed two runs in two innings.
     c.    Catcher Jesus Flores went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and 0-for-1 on runners trying to steal.
     d.    Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-4 with a walk.

7.    Injury/absence/roster update:

     a.    Reliever Chien-Ming Wang (right hip strain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     b.    Right fielder Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on May 7 and was expected to miss 10-12 weeks.
     c.    Outfielder Xavier Nady (right wrist tendinitis) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     d.    Reliever Drew Storen (right elbow) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on April 11 to remove a small bone fragment from his right elbow and is expected to return sometime around the All-Star break.
     e.    Catcher Wilson Ramos (torn right ACL and meniscus) is on the 60-day disabled list and is done for the season.
     f.     Catcher Sandy Leon (high right ankle sprain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     g.    Catcher Carlos Maldonado (lower back strain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     h.    Infielder Chad Tracy (right groin tear) is on the 15-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on May 31 and was expected to miss six to eight weeks if not the rest of the season.
     i.     Reliever Cole Kimball (right shoulder surgery) is on the 60-day disabled list.
     j.     First baseman Chris Marrero (torn left hamstring) is on the 60-day disabled list.



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