2005 Washington Nationals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record81–81 (.500)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Major League Baseball
General manager(s)Jim Bowden
Manager(s)Frank Robinson
Local televisionMASN
WDCA (UPN 20)
WTTG (Fox 5)
(Mel Proctor, Ron Darling, Kenny Albert)
Local radioWFED
WWZZ
(Charlie Slowes, Dave Shea)
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The Washington Nationals' 2005 season was the first for the team formerly known as the Montreal Expos since moving to Washington, D. C. and 37th overall for the franchise. The team signed four key free agents during the off-season: Vinny Castilla, José Guillén, Cristian Guzmán and Esteban Loaiza. Although they recorded an 81-81 record, the Nationals nevertheless finished last for a second consecutive year although they were only nine games behind the NL East champion Atlanta Braves.

Offseason

On November 9, 2004, the Nationals traded Maicer Izturis and Juan Rivera to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for José Guillén.[1] On November 24, 2004, the Nationals traded minor-leaguer Antonio Sucre to the Pittsburgh Pirates for J. J. Davis.[2] On January 19, 2005, they signed Esteban Loaiza as a free agent.[3] On February 7, 2005, they signed Melvin Nieves, also as a free agent.[4] On February 13, 2005, the Nationals traded minor-leaguer Jerry Owens to the Chicago White Sox for Alex Escobar.[5] On February 15, 2005, they traded Alejandro Machado to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later; the Red Sox sent minor-leaguer Carlos Torres to the Nationals on March 28, 2005, to complete the trade.[6] Meanwhile, on March 22, 2005, the Nationals traded minor-leaguer A. J. Wideman to the Toronto Blue Jays for Tyrell Godwin[7] and on March 24, 2005, they traded Seth Greisinger to the Atlanta Braves as part of a conditional deal.[8]

Spring training

The Nationals held their 2005 spring training in Viera, Florida, with home games played at Space Coast Stadium.

Advertising and marketing

The Nationals' marketing slogan for the season was "Let Yourself Go." Nationals Vice President of Sales and Marketing David Cope explained that the slogan told "people to come to the game, to let themselves come out here [to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium]. But then once you're here, have fun, let loose. We don't want it to feel like stuffy old D.C. -- and it doesn't."[9]

Mascot

Screech, the Washington Nationals' bald eagle mascot, as he appeared from 2005 through 2008. A much slimmer version of Screech debuted just before the beginning of the 2009 season.
Screech, the Washington Nationals' bald eagle mascot, as he appeared from 2005 through 2008. A much slimmer version of Screech debuted just before the beginning of the 2009 season.

Screech, the mascot of the Washington Nationals, made his debut near the beginning of the 2005 season. A bald eagle who wears the home cap and jersey of the team, he was "hatched" on April 17, 2005, at the "Kids Opening Day" promotion at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium during the third home game in Nationals history, a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. A nine-year-old fourth-grade student in Washington, Glenda Gutierrez, designed the mascot and won a contest sponsored by the team, explaining that Screech was "strong and eats almost everything." The first, chubby version of Screech appeared during the team's first four seasons in Washington; just before the start of the 2009 season, the Nationals replaced him with a thin version who debuted in March 2009, explaining that Screech had "grown up" and become a "teenager."[10]

Broadcast media difficulties

The Nationals' broadcasting deal for 2005 was put together at the last minute and led to difficulties for fans attempting to follow the team on radio or television. Its two flagship radio stations – FM-104.1 WWZZ in Waldorf, Maryland, and AM-1050 WFED in Silver Spring, Maryland – had weak signals and were not audible in many of Washington′s suburbs. On television, the Nationals′ network, the new Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), was carried on DirecTv, RCN Cable, and Verizon′s fiberoptic service and WTTG Channel 5 and WDCA Channel 20 broadcast 79 games, but the Washington area′s dominant cable television provider, Comcast, refused to carry MASN during the season because of an ongoing legal battle with MASN over broadcast rights to Baltimore Orioles games. The limitation of radio and television coverage forced may Nationals fans to rely on print media and in-person attendance at games to follow the team during 2005.[11]

Regular season

The Nationals had a terrific first half, as they had a 51-32 record by July 5 and were leading the Atlanta Braves by 4.5 games. However, the team struggled in its final 79 games, going 30-49 and scoring only 299 runs (3.78 per game). They were also shut out 7 times during that span. Nevertheless, the teams was able to finish the season at .500; this was only the fourth time in 10 years that the franchise had finished at or above .500.

President George W. Bush throws out a ceremonial first pitch in 2005.
President George W. Bush throws out a ceremonial first pitch in 2005.

Highlights

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 13 1
Philadelphia 0 2 1 0 4 0 1 0 x 8 14 1
W: Lieber (1-0)   L: Hernandez (0-1)   
HRs: Terrmel Sledge, Kenny Lofton Attendance: 44,080.[12]

Length of game: 3:19. Umpires: HP: Darling, 1B: Poncino, 2B: Wegner, 3B: Nauert

Season standings

National League East

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 90 72 0.556 53–28 37–44
Philadelphia Phillies 88 74 0.543 2 46–35 42–39
Florida Marlins 83 79 0.512 7 45–36 38–43
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 7 48–33 35–46
Washington Nationals 81 81 0.500 9 41–40 40–41

Record vs. opponents

2005 National League Records

Source: [1]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 3–3 5–2 2–4 11–7 2–4 3–3 13–5 2–4 1–6 3–4 3–4 10–9 7–11 2–5 2–4 8–10
Atlanta 3–3 6–1 7–3 2–4 10–8 5–1 3–3 3–3 13–6 9–10 4–3 1–5 4–2 3–3 10–9 7–8
Chicago 2–5 1–6 6–9 4–3 5–4 9–7 4–2 7–9 2–4 2–4 11–5 4–3 5–2 10–6 1–5 6–9
Cincinnati 4–2 3–7 9–6 3–3 2–4 4–12 3–4 6–10 3–3 3–4 9–7 4–2 3–5 5–11 5–1 7-8
Colorado 7–11 4–2 3–4 3–3 3–3 1–5 11–8 1–5 3–4 2–4 3–7 7–11 7–11 4–4 2–4 6–9
Florida 4–2 8–10 4–5 4–2 3–3 4–3 5–2 3–4 8–10 9–10 3–4 2–4 4–2 3–4 9–9 10–5
Houston 3–3 1–5 7–9 12–4 5–1 3-4 4–2 10–5 5–5 6–0 9–7 4–3 3–4 5–11 5–2 7–8
Los Angeles 5–13 3–3 2–4 4–3 8–11 2–5 2–4 5–1 3–3 3–3 5–2 11–7 9–10 2–5 2–4 5–13
Milwaukee 4–2 3–3 9–7 10–6 5–1 4–3 5–10 1–5 3–3 4–5 9–7 3–4 4–3 5–11 4–4 8–7
New York 6–1 6–13 4–2 3–3 4–3 10–8 5–5 3–3 3–3 11–7 3–3 4–2 3–3 2–5 11–8 5–10
Philadelphia 4-3 10–9 4–2 4–3 4–2 10–9 0–6 3–3 5–4 7–11 4–3 6–0 5–1 4–2 11–8 7–8
Pittsburgh 4–3 3–4 5–11 7–9 7–3 4–3 7–9 2–5 7–9 3–3 3–4 3–4 2–4 4–12 1–5 5–7
San Diego 9–10 5–1 3–4 2–4 11–7 4–2 3–4 7–11 4–3 2–4 0–6 4–3 12–6 4–3 5–1 7–11
San Francisco 11–7 2–4 2–5 5–3 11–7 2–4 4–3 10–9 3–4 3–3 1–5 4–2 6–12 2–4 3–3 6–12
St. Louis 5–2 3–3 6–10 11–5 4–4 4-3 11–5 5–2 11–5 5–2 2–4 12–4 3–4 4–2 4–2 10–5
Washington 4–2 9–10 5–1 1–5 4–2 9-9 2–5 4–2 4–4 8–11 8–11 5–1 1–5 3–3 2–4 12–6


Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Brad Wilkerson Center fielder
Cristian Guzmán Shortstop
José Vidro Second baseman
José Guillén Right fielder
Nick Johnson First baseman
Vinny Castilla Third baseman
Termel Sledge Left fielder
Brian Schneider Catcher
Liván Hernández Starting pitcher

Notable transactions

Draft

The 2005 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft took place on June 7 and 8. With their first pick – the fourth pick overall – the Nationals selected third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who would advance through the minor leagues quickly and join the Nationals in September. Other notable players the Nationals selected were outfielder Justin Maxwell (fourth round, 114th overall), pitcher Marco Estrada (sixth round, 174th overall), pitcher John Lannan (11th round, 324th overall), pitcher Craig Stammen (12th round, 354th overall), pitcher Ryan Buchter (33rd round, 984th overall), first baseman Tyler Moore (41st round, 1,222nd overall), and pitcher Scott Barnes (43rd round, 1,280th overall).[19] Moore and Barnes did not sign with the team.

Roster

2005 Washington Nationals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Attendance

The Nationals drew 2,731,993 fans at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in 2005, placing them eighth in attendance for the season among the 16 National League teams.[20]

Game log

Game Log
April (13-11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 4 @ Philadelphia Phillies 4-8 Lieber (1-0) Hernández (0-1) 44,080 0-1
2 April 6 @ Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 Eischen (1-0)[21] Worrell (0-1) 23,435 1-1
3 April 7 @ Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 (10) Cordero (1-0) Cormier (0-1) 21,693 2-1
4 April 8 @ Florida Marlins 0-9 Willis (1-0) Ohka (0-1) 19,327 2-2
5 April 9 @ Florida Marlins 3-2 (10) Cordero (2-0) Alfonseca (0-1) 30,739 3-2
6 April 10 @ Florida Marlins 0-8 Beckett (2-0) Patterson (0-1) 25,089 3-3
7 April 11 @ Atlanta Braves 2-11 Hampton (1-0) Day (0-1) 16,584 3-4
8 April 12 @ Atlanta Braves 4-3 Ayala (1-0) Kolb (0-1) Cordero (1) 20,122 4-4
9 April 13 @ Atlanta Braves 11-4 Ohka (1-1) Thomson (1-1) 19,093 5-4
10 April 14 Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Hernández (1-1) Vázquez (0-2) Cordero (2) 45,596 6-4
11 April 16 Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3 Patterson (1-1) Ortiz (1-1) 34,943 7-4
12 April 17 Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 Tucker (1-0) Koplove (1-1) 35,463 8-4
13 April 18 Florida Marlins 4-9 Willis (3-0) Ohka (1-2) 24,003 8-5
14 April 19 Florida Marlins 3-6 Moehler (1-0) Hernández (1-2) 25,990 8-6
15 April 20 Atlanta Braves 2-0 Day (1-1) Ramírez (1-1) Cordero (3) 27,374 9-6
16 April 21 Atlanta Braves 1-2 Reitsma (1-0) Cordero (2-1) Kolb (5) 30,728 9-7
17 April 22 @ New York Mets 1-3 Glavine (1-2) Loaiza (0-1) Looper (2) 28,488 9-8
18 April 23 @ New York Mets 5-10 Seo (1-0) Ohka (1-3) 44,058 9-9
19 April 24 @ New York Mets 11-4 Hernández (2-2) Zambrano (1-2) 43,313 10-9
20 April 25 Philadelphia Phillies 4-5 Lidle (1-2) Day (1-2) Wagner (4) 24,956 10-10
21 April 26 Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Patterson (2-1) Lieber(4-1) Cordero (4) 23,332 11-10
22 April 27 Philadelphia Phillies 0-3 Cormier (1-1) Loaiza (0-2) Wagner (5) 27,483 11-11
23 April 29 New York Mets 5-1 Hernández (3-2) Seo (1-1) Cordero (5) 30,627 12-11
24 April 30 New York Mets 5-3 Ohka (2-3) Zambrano (1-3) Carrasco (1) 40,913 13-11
May (14-14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
25 May 1 New York Mets 3-6 Hernández (2-0) Ayala (1-1) Looper (4) 27,333 13-12
26 May 2 @ Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 Loaiza (1-2) Erickson (1-3) 34,079 14-12
27 May 3 @ Los Angeles Dodgers 2-4 Weaver (3-2) Rauch (0-1) Brazobán (9) 41,190 14-13
28 May 4 @ Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Hernández (4-2) Pérez (4-2) 33,081 15-13
29 May 6 @ San Francisco Giants 9-3 Rauch (1-1) Lowry (1-3) 40,425 16-13
30 May 7 @ San Francisco Giants 11-8 Ayala (2-1) Accardo (0-1) Cordero (6) 40,220 17-13
31 May 8 @ San Francisco Giants 3-4 (13) Christiansen (2-0) Rauch (1-2) 36,903 17-14
32 May 9 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 Hernández (5-2) Valverde (0-1) Cordero (7) 19,440 18-14
33 May 10 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 2-3 Estes (3-3) Armas (0-1) Lyon (12) 23,181 18-15
34 May 11 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 2-3 Cormier (2-0) Rauch (1-3) Lyon (13) 21,011 18-16
35 May 13 Chicago Cubs 3-6 Ohman (1-0) Ayala (2-2) Wellemeyer (1) 36,585 18-17
36 May 14 Chicago Cubs 4-3 Hernández (6-2) Zambrano (3-2) Cordero (8) 42,829 19-17
37 May 15 Chicago Cubs 5-4 Carrasco(1-0) Bartosh (0-2) Cordero (9) 44,103 20-17
38 May 16 Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Armas (1-1) Davis (4-5) Ayala (1) 26,606 21-17
39 May 17 Milwaukee Brewers 2-8 Obermueller (1-0) Vargas (0-1) 26,427 21-18
40 May 18 Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 Majewski (1-0) Capuano (3-3) 29,216 22-18
41 May 19 Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Hernández (7-2) Santos (1-4) Cordero (10) 30,968 23-18
42 May 20 Toronto Blue Jays 1-6 Lilly (2-4) Vargas (0-2) Walker (1) 17,465 23-19
43 May 21 Toronto Blue Jays 0-7 Halladay (7-2) Armas (1-2) 24,518 23-20
44 May 22 Toronto Blue Jays 9-2 Ohka (3-3) Towers (5-2) 28,408 24-20
45 May 23 @ Cincinnati Reds 3-5 Milton (3-5) Loaiza (1-3) Weathers (1) 17,630 24-21
46 May 24 @ Cincinnati Reds 3-4 (15) Keisler (1-0) Ayala (2-3) 36,539 24-22
47 May 25 @ Cincinnati Reds 3-12 Belisle (2-4) Vargass (0-3) 20,497 24-23
48 May 27 @ St. Louis Cardinals 3-6 Morris (5-0) Armas (1-3) Isringhausen (13) 47,383 24-24
49 May 28 @ St. Louis Cardinals 1-3 Suppan (4-5) Loaiza (1-4) Isringhausen (14) 49,123 24-25
50 May 29 @ St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Hernández (8-2) Carpenter (7-3) Cordero (11) 47,012 25-25
51 May 30 Atlanta Braves 3-2 Ohka (4-3) Davies (2-1) Cordero (12) 39,705 26-25
52 May 31 Atlanta Braves 5-4 Ayala (3-3) Colón (0-2) Cordero (13) 29,512 27-25
June (20-6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
53 June 1 Atlanta Braves 4-5 Smoltz (4-2) Carrasco (1-1) Reitsma (2) 28,280 27-26
54 June 2 Atlanta Braves 8-6 Carrasco (2-1) Kolb (1-5) Cordero (14) 29,225 28-26
55 June 3 Florida Marlins 3-2 (11) Ayala (4-3) Bump (0-3) 29,439 29-26
56 June 4 Florida Marlins 7-3 Kim (1-0) Leiter (2-6) 33,198 30-26
57 June 5 Florida Marlins 6-3 Ayala (5-3) Riedling (2-1) Cordero (15) 40,995 31-26
58 June 7 Oakland Athletics 2-1 Armas (2-3) Zito (2-7) Cordero (16) 26,879 32-26
59 June 8 Oakland Athletics 7-2 Loaiza (2-4) Glynn (0-2) 28,749 33-26
60 June 9 Oakland Athletics 4-3 Hernández (9-2) Blanton (1-6) Cordero (17) 26,672 34-26
61 June 10 Seattle Mariners 9-3 Ayala (6-3) Hasegawa (1-2) 28,707 35-26
62 June 11 Seattle Mariners 2-1 Patterson (3-1) Putz (1-2) Cordero (18) 39,108 36-26
63 June 12 Seattle Mariners 3-2 Armas (3-3) Franklin (2-8) Cordero (19) 37,170 37-26
64 June 13 @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1-11 Byrd (6-5) Loaiza (2-5) 40,790 37-27
65 June 14 @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6-3 Majewski (2-0) Shields (5-4) Cordero (20) 43,874 38-27
66 June 15 @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1-0 Drese (5-6) Colón (8-4) Cordero (21) 43,505 39-27
67 June 17 @ Texas Rangers 1-8 Rogers (9-2) Patterson (3-2) 33,653 39-28
68 June 18 @ Texas Rangers 4-7 Rodríguez (2-0) Armas (3-4) 48,663 39-29
69 June 19 @ Texas Rangers 8-2 Hughes (1-0) Wilson (0-1) 34,474 40-29
70 June 20 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Hernández (10-2) Redman (4-5) Cordero (22) 21,893 41-29
71 June 21 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 4-11 Pérez (6-5) Drese (5-7) 26,006 41-30
72 June 22 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Carrasco (3-1) Gonzalez (0-3) Cordero (23) 24,064 42-30
73 June 24 Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 Loaiza (3-5) Towers (5-7) Cordero (24) 36,689 43-30
74 June 25 Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Hernández (11-2) Lilly (5-8) Cordero (25) 39,881 44-30
75 June 26 Toronto Blue Jays 5-9 Speier (1-1) Ayala (6-4) Batista (14) 33,557 44-31
76 June 28 Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Drese (6-7) Fogg (4-4) Cordero (26) 35,828 45-31
77 June 29 Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Ayala (7-4) Torres (2-3) Cordero (27) 31,213 46-31
78 June 30 Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 Loaiza (4-5) Wells (5-8) Cordero (28) 37,361 47-31
July (9-18)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
79 July 1 @ Chicago Cubs 4-3 Hernández (12-2) Prior (5-2) Carrasco (2) 38,973 48-31
80 July 2 @ Chicago Cubs 4-2 Armas (4-4) Williams (1-3) Cordero (29) 40,488 49-31
81 July 3 @ Chicago Cubs 5-4 (12) Eischen (2-0) Mitre (2-4) 40,006 50-31
82 July 4 New York Mets 2-5 Hernández (4-2) Kim (1-1) Looper (18) 44,331 50-32
83 July 5 New York Mets 3-2 Loaiza (5-5) Martínez (9-3) Cordero (30) 35,087 51-32
84 July 6 New York Mets 3-5 Glavine (6-7) Hernández (12-3) Looper (19) 38,148 51-33
85 July 7 New York Mets 2-3 (11) Bell (1-3) Ayala (7-5) Looper (20) 44,492 51-34
86 July 8 @ Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 Drese (7-7) Tejeda (3-2) Cordero (31) 44,688 52-34
87 July 9 @ Philadelphia Phillies 0-1 Wagner (2-1) Carrasco (3-2) 33,365 52-35
88 July 10 @ Philadelphia Phillies 4-5 (12) Cormier (3-2) Kim (1-2) 34,124 52-36
All–Star Break (July 11–13)
89 July 14 @ Milwaukee Brewers 2-4 Wise (3-2) Majewski (2-1) Turnbow (18) 30,611 52-37
90 July 15 @ Milwaukee Brewers 3-4 (10) Santana (2-3) Ayala (7-6) 40,690 52-38
91 July 16 @ Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Loaiza (6-5) Bottalico (2-2) Cordero (32) 45,079 53-38
92 July 17 @ Milwaukee Brewers 3-5 Ohka (6-4) Drese (7-8) Turnbow (19) 23,543 53-39
93 July 18 Colorado Rockies 4-5 Acevedo (1-0) Cordero (2-2) Fuentes (13) 30,165 53-40
94 July 19 Colorado Rockies 4-0 Patterson (4-2) Chacón (1-6) Cordero (33) 30,655 54-40
95 July 20 Colorado Rockies 2-3 Jennings (6-9) Hernández (12-4) Fuentes (14) 32,381 54-41
96 July 21 Houston Astros 2-3 Oswalt (13-8) Loaiza (6-6) Lidge (22) 36,840 54-42
97 July 22 Houston Astros 1-14 Clemens (8-4) Drese (7-9) 38,019 54-43
98 July 23 Houston Astros 4-2 Armas (5-4) Backe (8-7) Cordero (34) 42,680 55-43
99 July 24 Houston Astros 1-4 (14) Springer (3-3) Carrasco (3-3) Lidge (23) 39,203 55-44
100 July 26 @ Atlanta Braves 2-3 (10) Reitsma (3-2) Stanton (1-3) 43,308 55-45
101 July 27 @ Atlanta Braves 3-4 Kolb (3-6) Majewski (2-2) Reitsma (11) 40,625 55-46
102 July 28 @ Atlanta Braves 4-5 Sosa (6-1) Drese (7-10) Reitsma (12) 40,269 55-47
103 July 29 @ Florida Marlins 3-4 Beckett (10-6) Armas (5-5) Jones (19) 29,322 55-48
104 July 30 @ Florida Marlins 0-3 Burnett (8-6) Patterson (4-3) Jones (20) 25,308 55-49
105 July 31 @ Florida Marlins 4-2 Hernández (13-4) Moehler (6-8) Cordero (35) 30,397 56-49
August (13-15)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
106 August 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 4-5 Weaver (9-8) Loaiza (6-7) Brazobán (21) 36,277 56-50
107 August 3 Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Armas (6-5) Houlton (4-5) Cordero (36) 36,552 57-50
108 August 4 Los Angeles Dodgers 7-0 Patterson (5-3) Penny (5-7) 35,484 58-50
109 August 5 San Diego Padres 5-6 Linebrink (5-1) Cordero (2-3) Hoffman (28) 34,492 58-51
110 August 6 San Diego Padres 2-3 Astacio (3-10) Drese (7-11) Hoffman (29) 38,076 58-52
111 August 7 San Diego Padres 0-3 Peavy (10-4) Loaiza (6-8) 36,440 58-53
112 August 9 @ Houston Astros 6-5 Patterson (6-3) Astacio (2-5) Cordero (37) 34,255 59-53
113 August 10 @ Houston Astros 6-7 Rodríguez (7-5) Hernández (13-5) Lidge (28) 34,309 59-54
114 August 11 @ Houston Astros 3-6 Pettitte (10-8) Drese (7-12) 35,036 59-55
115 August 12 @ Colorado Rockies 4-2 Loaiza (7-8) Wright (6-13) Cordero (38) 28,598 60-55
116 August 13 @ Colorado Rockies 8-0 Armas (7-5) Kim (3-9) 31,447 61-55
117 August 14 @ Colorado Rockies 9-2 Patterson (7-3) Acevedo (2-3) 24,552 62-55
118 August 15 @ Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Hernández (14-5) Myers (10-6) 40,627 63-55
August 16 @ Philadelphia Phillies Postponed (rain) Rescheduled for August 18 as part of a double header
119 August 17 @ Philadelphia Phillies 3-4 Lieber (12-10) Loaiza (7-9) Wagner (28) 33,450 63-56
120 August 18 (1) @ Philadelphia Phillies 1-2 Padilla (6-11) Armas (7-6) Wagner (29) 30,046 63-57
121 August 18 (2) @ Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Ayala (8-6) Urbina (4-4) Cordero (39) 34,492 64-57
122 August 19 @ New York Mets 0-1 Seo (5-1) Patterson (7-4) Looper (24) 38,196 64-58
123 August 20 @ New York Mets 8-9 (10) Hernández (6-5) Majewski (2-3) 51,785 64-59
124 August 21 @ New York Mets 7-4 (10) Loaiza (8-9) Benson (9-5) 42,412 65-59
125 August 23 Cincinnati Reds 2-6 Hudson (5-6) Armas (7-7) 35,656 65-60
126 August 24 Cincinnati Reds 5-3 Patterson (8-4) Ortiz (8-9) Cordero (40) 32,641 66-60
127 August 25 Cincinnati Reds 3-5 Claussen (9-8) Hernández (14-6) Weathers (11) 40,762 66-61
128 August 26 St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Loaiza (9-9) Suppan (12-10) Cordero (41) 37,885 67-61
129 August 27 St. Louis Cardinals 0-6 Marquis (10-13) White (0-1) 44,254 67-62
130 August 28 St. Louis Cardinals 0-6 Thompson (2-0) Halama (1-2) 41,130 67-63
August 29 @ Atlanta Braves Postponed (rain) Rescheduled for August 31 as part of a double header
131 August 30 @ Atlanta Braves 3-2 Bergmann (1-0) Sosa (9-3) Cordero (42) 20,001 68-63
132 August 31 (1) @ Atlanta Braves 3-5 Ramírez (11-8) Loaiza (9-10) Farnsworth (8) 25,555
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68-64
133 August 31 (2) @ Atlanta Braves 4-3 Stanton (2-3) Reitsma (3-5) Cordero (43) 69-64
September (12-15)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
134 September 1 @ Atlanta Braves 7-8 (10) Davies (7-3) Ayala (8-7) 19,053 69-65
135 September 2 Philadelphia Phillies 1-7 Padilla (8-12) Halama (1-3) 28,939 69-66
136 September 3 Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 (12) Carrasco (4-3) López (0-1) 30,561 70-66
137 September 4 Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Loaiza (10-10) Floyd (1-2) 32,251 71-66
138 September 5 Florida Marlins 5-2 Hernández (15-6) Vargas (5-3) 32,150 72-66
139 September 6 Florida Marlins 2-4 Valdez (2-1) Rasner (0-1) Jones (35) 24.936 72-67
140 September 7 Florida Marlins 1-12 Willis (20-8) Halama (1-4) 25,702 72-68
141 September 8 Florida Marlins 4-8 Beckett (13-8) Patterson (8-5) 27,625 72-69
142 September 9 Atlanta Braves 8-6 Majewski (3-3) Foster (4-2) Cordero (44) 36,295 73-69
143 September 10 Atlanta Braves 0-4 Sosa (11-3) Hernández (15-7) 44,083 73-70
144 September 11 Atlanta Braves 7-9 McBride (1-0) Cordero (2-4) Farnsworth (12) 31,384 73-71
145 September 13 @ New York Mets 4-2 Majewski (4-3) Glavine (10-13) Cordero (45) 34,143 74-71
146 September 14 @ New York Mets 6-3 Loaiza (11-10) Benson (9-8) Cordero (46) 24,049 75-71
147 September 15 @ New York Mets 6-5 (10) Bergmann (2-0) Hernández (6-6) Majewski (1) 21,441 76-71
148 September 16 @ San Diego Padres 5-1 Patterson (9-5) Peavy (12-7) 38,480 77-71
149 September 17 @ San Diego Padres 5-8 (12) Linebrink (7-1) Rauch (1-4) 37,707 77-72
150 September 18 @ San Diego Padres 1-2 Otsuka (2-6) Eischen (2-1) 38,054 77-73
151 September 20 San Francisco Giants 3-4 Taschner (2-0) Hernández (15-8) Benítez (17) 32,403 77-74
152 September 21 San Francisco Giants 1-5 Hennessey (5-8) Patterson (9-6) Benítez (18) 32,076 77-75
153 September 22 San Francisco Giants 2-0 Rauch (2-4) Tomko (7-15) Cordero (47) 29,807 78-75
154 September 23 New York Mets 2-5 (10) Hernández (8-6) Majewski (4-4) Heilman (2) 30,194 78-76
155 September 24 New York Mets 2-5 Glavine (12-13) Hernández (15-9) Hernández (2) 32,467 78-77
156 September 25 New York Mets 5-6 Padilla (2-1) Hughes (1-1) Heilman (3) 29,967 78-78
157 September 26 @ Florida Marlins 4-0 Carrasco (5-3) Vargas (5-5) 11,467 79-78
158 September 27 @ Florida Marlins 11-1 Stanton (3-3) Willis (22-10) 11,507 80-78
159 September 28 @ Florida Marlins 11-7 Loaiza (12-10) Moehler (6-12) 11,961 81-78
160 September 30 Philadelphia Phillies 3-4 Lidle (13-11) Hernández (15-10) Wagner (37) 30,375 81-79
October (0-2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
161 October 1 Philadelphia Phillies 4-8 Myers (13-8) Patterson (9-7) 32,903 81-80
162 October 2 Philadelphia Phillies 3-9 Lieber (17-13) Carrasco (5-4) Wagner (38) 36,491 81-81

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Player stats

Batting

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Complete offensive statistics are available here.

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
C Brian Schneider 116 369 38 99 20 1 10 44 .268 1
1B Nick Johnson 131 453 66 131 35 3 15 74 .289 4
2B José Vidro 87 309 38 85 21 2 7 32 .275 0
SS Cristian Guzmán 142 456 39 100 19 6 4 31 .219 7
3B Vinny Castilla 142 494 53 125 36 1 12 66 .253 4
LF Marlon Byrd 74 216 20 57 15 2 2 26 .264 5
CF Brad Wilkerson 148 565 76 140 42 7 11 57 .248 8
RF José Guillén 148 551 81 156 32 2 24 76 .283 1
MI Jamey Carroll 113 303 44 76 8 1 0 22 .251 3
OF Ryan Church 102 268 41 77 15 3 9 42 .287 3
CF Preston Wilson 68 253 34 66 14 1 10 43 .261 3
C Gary Bennett 68 199 11 44 7 0 1 21 .221 0
IF Carlos Baerga 93 158 18 40 7 0 2 19 .253 0
2B Junior Spivey 28 77 15 17 7 0 2 7 .221 2
UT Tony Blanco 56 62 7 11 3 0 1 7 .177 1
3B Ryan Zimmerman 20 58 6 23 10 0 0 6 .397 0
UT Wil Cordero 29 51 2 6 2 0 0 2 .118 0
MI Deivi Cruz 20 51 2 13 1 0 0 1 .255 0
OF Brandon Watson 25 40 8 7 1 1 1 5 .175 0
OF Termel Sledge 20 37 7 9 0 1 1 8 .243 2
UT Jeffrey Hammonds 13 32 3 7 1 0 0 1 .219 0
OF J. J. Davis 14 26 0 6 0 0 0 2 .231 1
OF Matthew Cepicky 11 25 1 6 3 0 0 3 .240 0
IF Rick Short 11 15 4 6 2 0 2 4 .400 0
CF Endy Chávez 7 9 2 2 1 0 0 1 .222 0
IF Brendan Harris 4 9 1 3 1 0 1 3 .333 0
RF Kenny Kelly 17 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 .250 1
C Keith Osik 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
PH Tyrell Godwin 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
2B Henry Mateo 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Liván Hernández 35 82 7 20 2 1 2 7 .244 0
P Esteban Loaiza 34 74 3 12 2 0 0 4 .162 0
P John Patterson 31 59 2 6 3 0 0 0 .102 0
P Tony Armas, Jr. 19 32 1 4 0 0 0 1 .125 0
P Ryan Drese 12 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 .071 0
P Tomo Ohka 11 16 1 4 0 0 0 0 .250 0
P Héctor Carrasco 64 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Zach Day 12 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 .125 0
P Jon Rauch 15 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 .143 0
P Gary Majewski 79 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Sun-woo Kim 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P John Halama 10 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 .200 0
P Jason Bergmann 15 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0
P Luis Ayala 68 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0
P Joey Eischen 58 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0
P Claudio Vargas 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 0
P Matt White 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Mike Stanton 30 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Joe Horgan 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Chad Cordero 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Antonio Osuna 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P T. J. Tucker 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Travis Hughes 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P C. J. Nitkowski 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Darrell Rasner 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 162 5426 639 1367 311 32 117 615 .252 45

Pitching

Note: Pos = Position; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Complete pitching statistics are available here.

Pos Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
SP Liván Hernández 15 10 3.98 35 35 0 246.1 116 109 84 147
SP Esteban Loaiza 12 10 3.77 34 34 0 217.0 93 91 55 173
SP John Patterson 9 7 3.13 31 31 0 198.1 61 56 45 59
SP Tony Armas, Jr. 7 7 4.97 19 19 0 101.1 57 56 54 59
SP Ryan Drese 3 6 4.98 11 11 0 59.2 38 33 22 26
CL Chad Cordero 2 4 1.82 74 0 47 74.1 24 15 17 61
RP Héctor Carrasco 5 4 2.04 64 5 2 88.1 23 20 38 75
RP Gary Majewski 4 4 2.93 79 0 1 86.0 32 28 37 50
RP Luis Ayala 8 7 2.66 68 0 1 71.0 23 21 14 40
RP Joey Eischen 2 1 3.22 57 0 0 36.1 14 13 19 30
Tomo Ohka 4 3 3.33 10 9 0 54.0 23 20 27 17
Zach Day 1 2 6.75 12 5 0 36.0 29 27 25 16
Jon Rauch 2 4 3.60 15 1 0 30.0 12 12 11 23
Sun-woo Kim 1 2 6.14 12 2 0 29.1 20 20 8 17
Mike Stanton 2 1 3.58 30 0 0 27.2 13 11 9 14
John Halama 0 3 4.64 10 3 0 21.1 11 11 8 11
Jason Bergmann 2 0 2.75 15 1 0 19.2 6 6 11 21
Travis Hughes 1 1 5.54 14 0 0 13.0 8 8 8 8
Claudio Vargas 0 3 9.24 4 4 0 12.2 15 13 7 5
T. J. Tucker 1 0 6.39 13 0 0 12.2 9 9 2 5
Darrell Rasner 0 1 3.68 5 1 0 7.1 3 3 2 4
Joe Horgan 0 0 21.00 8 0 0 6.0 15 14 4 5
Matt White 0 1 9.00 1 1 0 4.0 4 4 3 3
C. J. Nitkowski 0 0 8.10 7 0 0 3.1 3 3 2 2
Antonio Osuna 0 0 42.43 4 0 0 2.1 11 11 7 0
Totals 81 81 3.87 162 162 51 1458.0 673 627 539 997

Team leaders

Batting

Stat Player Total
Avg. Nick Johnson .289
HR Preston Wilson
José Guillén
25 (10 with Nationals)
24
RBI Preston Wilson
José Guillén
90 (43 with Nationals)
76
R José Guillén 81
H José Guillén 156
SB Brad Wilkerson 8

Pitching

Stat Player Total
W Liván Hernández 15
L Liván Hernández
Esteban Loaiza
10
ERA John Patterson 3.13
SO John Patterson 185
SV Chad Cordero 47
IP Liván Hernández 246.1

Awards and honors

Nationals among league leaders

Batting

Stat Player Total NL Rank MLB Rank
OBP Nick Johnson .408 6 8 (tie)
2B Brad Wilkerson 42 7 (tie) 11 (tie)
3B Brad Wilkerson 7 7 (tie) 12 (tie)

Pitching

Stat Player Total NL Rank MLB Rank
SV Chad Cordero 47 1 1
HLD Gary Majewski
Luis Ayala
23
5
6 (tie)
10 (tie)
12 (tie)
W Liván Hernández 15 9 (tie) 16 (tie)

All-Stars

Annual awards

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA New Orleans Zephyrs Pacific Coast League Tim Foli
AA Harrisburg Senators Eastern League Keith Bodie
A Potomac Nationals Carolina League Bob Henley
A Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League Randy Knorr
A-Short Season Vermont Expos New York–Penn League José Alguacil and Bobby Williams
Rookie GCL Nationals Gulf Coast League Wendell Kim

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Notes

  1. ^ On July 6, 2019, the Nationals wore 1969 Montreal Expo throwback uniforms for a game against the Kansas City Royals.
  2. ^ The two games on August 31 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.

References

  1. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  2. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Pittsburgh Pirates
  3. ^ Esteban Loaiza Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/n/nieveme01.shtml
  5. ^ Trades between Washington Nationals & Chicago White Sox
  6. ^ Trades between Washington Nationals & Boston Red Sox
  7. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Toronto Blue Jays
  8. ^ Trades between Washington Nationals & Atlanta Braves
  9. ^ Svrluga, Barry, "For Nats, What Counts Is Turnstiles," washingtonpost.com, May 2, 2005.
  10. ^ Steinberg, Dan, "About Screech's Unveiling", washingtonpost.com, March 2, 2009.
  11. ^ Anonymous, "Second season of uncertainty," washingtontimes.com, February 18, 2006
  12. ^ Box Score of Game played on Monday, April 4, 2005 at Citizens Bank Park
  13. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/b/byrdma01.shtml
  14. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Milwaukee Brewers
  15. ^ a b Mike Stanton Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  16. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Colorado Rockies
  17. ^ Kenny Kelly Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  18. ^ a b baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & San Francisco Giants
  19. ^ baseball-reference.com 2005 Washington Nationals Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  20. ^ baseball-reference.com 2005 Washington Nationals
  21. ^ Box Score of Game played on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at Citizens Bank Park
  22. ^ 2005 Washington Nationals Schedule by Baseball Almanac
  23. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  24. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=willia001bob