Chicago at Washington

W: J. Hammel (8-5) L: T. Roark (7-6)
HR: CHC - J. Ruggiano (4)   WAS - J. Werth (8)

Ruggiano homers again, helps Cubs cool off Nationals wire reports

WASHINGTON -- Jason Hammel earned another victory for the Chicago Cubs, and that part of his Friday afternoon was very satisfying.

However, Hammel was frustrated about being taken out early. He pitched six-plus innings, and Justin Ruggiano homered for the second straight game, leading the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Just hours later, Hammel and fellow Chicago right-hander Jeff Samardzija were key parts of a trade agreement between the Cubs and Oakland Athletics.

The teams reached agreement on a deal that would send Samardzija and Hammel to Oakland for three top-line prospects in a surprising trade by baseball's top team two people with knowledge of the deal said Friday night.

The people, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was still pending, said the A's will send top prospect Addison Russell, outfielder Billy McKinney and pitcher Dan Straily to the Cubs. An official announcement will likely not happen until Saturday.

The trade is a rare move under general manager Billy Beane in which Oakland -- one of baseball's most frugal franchises -- parted with talented young prospects for proven players to chase a World Series title. The A's are a major league-best 53-33 after beating Toronto 1-0 in 12 innings Friday.

Hammel's outing on Friday was cut short, for unknown reasons. Samardzija had been scheduled to start against Washington on Saturday.

Chicago was leading 4-1 when Hammel was pulled after Anthony Rendon hit his 92nd pitch for a leadoff double.

"I would have liked to have stayed out there in the seventh," Hammel said. "I have no idea why I came out of the game. I honestly believe you learn how to pitch when you get to 100 pitches. If you're not allowed to reach that, I think that's hurting you more than helping."

Hammel has gone over 100 pitches in eight of his 17 starts, including his previous two outings.

"All I can say is it's frustrating, especially when you feel good," he said. "Quite honestly there's no reason for me to go back out there if I'm just going to give up the runner and then (get) pulled."

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of the move: "Go ahead and make a change there and not let him get into a situation."

Neil Ramirez then struck out Ian Desmond before Wilson Ramos singled home Rendon to make it 4-2. Ramirez retired the next two batters to limit the damage.

The Cubs broke it open in the ninth when Ruggiano singled in Darwin Barney, and Starlin Castro added a two-run single.

Ruggiano connected for a solo shot against Tanner Roark (7-6) in the third inning. He has seven RBI in his last two games and is batting .444 (12 for 27) in his last seven games overall.

"Hitters go through this every now and then," he said. "You get hot, seeing the ball well. I've been doing some things mechanically to stay on top of what I want to do at the plate. It's good though, I don't want to lose it."

Chris Coghlan had two hits and scored three times as the Cubs had 14 hits in their fourth consecutive victory.

Hammel was charged with two runs in his second consecutive victory against Washington. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings in a 7-2 victory over Roark and the Nationals on June 27 in his previous start.

Hammel, who also had an RBI single in his latest victory, improved to 8-0 with a 3.11 ERA in 10 career starts against Washington.

The first two Nationals reached in the fifth, but Hammel recovered from a 3-0 count to fan Roark attempting to bunt.

"That was huge," he said. "I couldn't find the strike zone. I was overthrowing."

Denard Span then grounded into a fielder's choice, and Bryce Harper struck out.

Jayson Werth homered in his second straight game and added a double for the Nationals, who had won five in a row.

Roark was charged with four runs and nine hits in seven innings in his second straight loss after a personal four-game winning streak.

"They did what they did last time -- base-hit me," he said. "Got beat."


Werth is 6 for 10 with two homers, three doubles and six RBIs in his last three games. ... Chicago's Nate Schierholtz, running from first on a pitch in the fourth, took a step past second base on John Baker's fly out to center. When he didn't retouch second on his way back to first, the Nationals appealed and Schierholtz was called out. ... The last time starters with identical records and ERAs with at least 15 starts squared off was August 15, 1974, when Jim Kaat of the White Sox opposed Baltimore's Mike Cuellar. Both pitchers then were 13-9 with a 3.54 ERA.

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Flag-waving George Washington leads the Presidents across the finish line in the July 4 race at Nationals Park.  (USATSI)
Flag-waving George Washington leads the Presidents across the finish line in the July 4 race at Nationals Park. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

J. Ruggiano
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

J. Werth
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Chris Coghlan, LF4320112 .219
Justin Ruggiano, CF5232011 .271
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5001013 .276
Starlin Castro, SS5022010 .290
Luis Valbuena, 3B5000023 .262
Nate Schierholtz, RF4120001 .212
John Baker, C3010100 .184
Darwin Barney, 2B4120003 .220
Jason Hammel, P3011001 .143
   Neil Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Strop, P0000000 .000
   a-Mike Olt, PH0000000 .150
   b-Ryan Sweeney, PH1010000 .214
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.000
a-announced for Strop in the 9th
b-doubled for Olt in the 9th
2B - Chris Coghlan (5, Roark), Starlin Castro (26, Detwiler), Ryan Sweeney (5, Barrett)
HR - Justin Ruggiano (4, Roark)
RBI - Justin Ruggiano 2 (17), Anthony Rizzo (45), Starlin Castro 2 (50), Jason Hammel (3)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro 2 (14), Jason Hammel (3)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Castro-Barney-Rizzo
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Jason Hammel (W,8-5) 6522271 2.98
Neil Ramirez (H,8) 1100020 1.19
Pedro Strop (H,10) 1100010 2.83
Brian Schlitter 1000000 2.56
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 92-54, Neil Ramirez 12-8, Pedro Strop 16-12, Brian Schlitter 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 7-3, Pedro Strop 1-1, Brian Schlitter 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 24, Neil Ramirez 4, Pedro Strop 4, Brian Schlitter 3
Washington Nationals
Denard Span, CF4010002 .266
Bryce Harper, LF4000023 .276
Jayson Werth, RF3121100 .276
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000022 .297
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010012 .253
Anthony Rendon, 2B4110012 .280
Ian Desmond, SS4010021 .236
Wilson Ramos, C3011100 .274
Tanner Roark, P2000012 .143
   a-Nate McLouth, PH1000011 .195
   Ross Detwiler, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Barrett, P0000000 .000
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Roark in the 7th
2B - Denard Span (26, Hammel), Jayson Werth (17, Strop), Anthony Rendon (18, Hammel)
HR - Jayson Werth (8, Hammel)
RBI - Jayson Werth (41), Wilson Ramos (14)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth (16)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Denard Span 1
DP - Desmond-LaRoche, Desmond-LaRoche-Span-Roark-Desmond
Washington Nationals
Tanner Roark (L,7-6) 7944151 3.12
Ross Detwiler 1.1211000 4.10
Aaron Barrett 0222100 2.57
Jerry Blevins 0.2100010 5.04
IBB - Coghlan by Aaron Barrett
Pitches-Strikes - Tanner Roark 87-61, Ross Detwiler 28-23, Aaron Barrett 11-4, Jerry Blevins 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tanner Roark 3-11, Ross Detwiler 3-1, Jerry Blevins 1-0
Batters Faced - Tanner Roark 29, Ross Detwiler 6, Aaron Barrett 3, Jerry Blevins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41274
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Paul Schrieber