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Drew Storen notched saves No. 39 and 40 yesterday in Philadelphia.
In sweeping the Phillies -- winning 4-3 in 10 innings in the opener, then 3-0 in the nightcap -- the Nats pulled off one of their most impressive feats of the season. True, Philadelphia played few regulars in the first game and might not have been as motivated as usual since they've already clinched the NL East and the home-field advantage in the playoffs.
But Cliff Lee sure didn't appear to be going easy on the Nationals last night, and Drew Storen did retire Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino in the bottom of the ninth.
So let's give the Nats their due credit here and run through some of the most impressive aspects of yesterday's sweep by the numbers...
1 -- At-bat for Ryan Zimmerman in the opener, the only one he needed to drive in the winning run with a pinch-hit, RBI single.
2 -- Batters faced (and retired) by Henry Rodriguez in the eighth inning of the nightcap. Rodriguez entered with a man on and one out and promptly struck out Carlos Ruiz and got Ross Gload to ground
out to kill the Phillies' potential rally.
3 -- Home runs Danny Espinosa has hit off Cliff Lee in only 10 career at-bats against the lefty. He's also got seven hits in those 10 at-bats.
4 -- Hits allowed by Tommy Milone over six scoreless innings in yesterday's opener, all singles.
5 -- Innings in which Ross Detwiler threw 10 or fewer pitches last night, a stunning display of efficiency.
6 -- Nats pitchers used in the opener.
7 -- Consecutive scoreless innings of relief by Tom Gorzelanny.
8 -- Times the Nats have beaten the Phillies in 16 head-to-head matchups this season. No other opponent has beaten them more than six times in 2011.
9 -- Batters Lee struck out in a losing effort.
10 -- Innings it took for the Nats to win the opener, their 12th extra-inning victory of the season. They won only three games in extra innings last year.
11 -- Pitchers who have started a game for the Nationals in 2011: John Lannan (31), Livan Hernandez (29), Jordan Zimmermann (26), Jason Marquis (20), Tom Gorzelanny (15), Chien-Ming Wang (10), Ross Detwiler (9), Yunesky Maya (5), Tommy Milone (4), Stephen Strasburg (3) and Brad Peacock (1).
12 -- Points Danny Espinosa has raised his batting average (from .226 to .238) by going 14-for-33 over his last eight games.
13 -- Homers by Wilson Ramos, most in a single-season by a Nationals catcher.
14 -- 100-strikeout seasons by big-league relievers since 2006. Tyler Clippard and Carlos Marmol are the only relievers to have done it twice during that span.
15 -- Players 25 and younger who have appeared in a game this season for the Nationals.
16 -- Games John Lannan has started in his career against the Phillies entering tonight's matchup. His record in those games is 1-12.
17 -- Days it had been since Ivan Rodriguez last appeared in a game, even though he's been on the active roster the entire time.
18 -- Batters Doug Slaten has faced since returning from the DL. Nine have successfully reached base.
19 -- Homers by Jayson Werth, his lowest total since 2007.
20 -- Homers by Danny Espinosa, the third-most ever by a rookie second baseman (Dan Uggla hit 27 in 2006, Alexei Ramirez hit 21 in 2008).
34 -- Points Ian Desmond has raised his batting average (from .215 to .249) since July 5. He's hit .289 during that span.
40 -- Saves notched by Drew Storen; he's only the seventh pitcher ever to record a 40-save season by age 24.
74 -- Games won by the Nationals this season, the second-highest total for the franchise since arriving in Washington.