Washington’s 7-6 win over the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday marked the first time in Nationals’ history that the team has seven hits that were all of the extra base variety. Bryce Harper had two homers and a double, Adam Laroche and Ian Desmond both hit home runs, and Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa added two baggers to pace the Washington attack. Back on June 29, 2006, Washington’s only hits were the six extra base safeties the Nats’ managed in an 8-4 loss at the Rogers Centre. Marlon Anderson paced the Nats’ attack on that date with two homers and a double. Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Zimmerman and Daryle Ward had doubles in the contest.
TAKE A SEAT
Craig Stammen was the unsung hero in yesterday’s win, keeping the Mets at bay during his two dominant innings of pitching in relief of struggling starter Gio Gonzalez. The five strikeouts Stammen recorded in his two innnings on the hill marked the seventh time a Nats’ reliever has had at least five strikeouts in a two inning outing. The team record is six, set back in September 2006 by Chris Schroeder against Milwaukee and equaled by Tyler Clippard on May 6, 2001 against Florida and Stammen on October 1, 2012 against the Phillies. The three other five strikeout games besides yesterday’s dominant performance by Stammen were in 2006 by Schroeder against the Phils, in 2010 by Collin Balestar against Arizona and in May 2011 by Todd Coffey against Philadelphia.
TWICE AS NICE FOR BRYCE
Bryce Harper’s two home run game marked the fourth time in his career that the phenom has homered twice in a contest. Since the beginning of 2012, only Ryan Braun (with six), Miguel Cabrera (with five) and Mark Reynolds (also with five) have more multi-homer games than Harper. Among the 13 players besides Harper with four multi-homer games are teammate Adam LaRoche and former Nationals’ slugger Adam Dunn.
A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
In his 11 career starts against the New York Mets, Washington’s Sunday starter Jordan Zimmermann has allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of them. Zimmermann has recorded 50 strikeouts and allowed only 18 walks in 60 innings against the Mets.
GOPHER BALL GURUS
WIth three round trippers allowed in yesterday’s loss to Washington, New York’s Jeremy Hefner (with seven) has taken over the top spot for most homers allowed to the Nats since the start of the 2012 season. Philly’s Kyle Kendrick is next with six allowed, with former Brave and current Angel Tommy Hansen, Cincinnati’s Mike Leake and Toronto’s Mark Buehrle next with four allowed each.
THREE IN ONE
Adam LaRoche’s three run home run brought the Nats’ back from a 5-3 deficit to the Mets yesterday, and marked the second three run blast the smooth swinging first sacker has had in his Nats’ career. His first came on June 6th of last season against the always accomdating Hefner of the Mets. Since last season, Ryan Zimmerman has the most three run homers for Washington with four. LaRoche, Jayson Werth, Danny Espinosa, Kurt Suzuki and former Nat Michael Morse have two each, with Tyler Moore, Ian Desmond and former Washington catcher Jesus Flores checking in with one apiece.
BLOW OUT THE CANDLES
Happy 36th birthday to former Nats’ right handed reliever Kip Wells, who was born on this cay back in 1977 in Houston, Texas. Wells was 0-2 with two saves for the 2009 Nats. His finest performance in a curly W hat came on May 8th of that season when he retired the Arizona Diamondbacks in order (including strikeouts of Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds) to preserve a 5-4 Washington win.