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Rafael Soriano | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rafael Soriano took his fourth blown save and his first loss of the year after giving up four runs in the ninth Monday against the Marlins.
This one hurts. Soriano saw his ERA jump all of the way from 1.10 to 1.96 after retiring just one of the six batters he faced. He had been scored upon just four times in 41 previous appearances this year, giving up five runs total. Jul 28 - 10:49 PM

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Rafael Soriano delivered a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Reds for his 24th save of the season.

It wasn't easy, as Soriano gave up a double and a walk, but he managed to avoid any serious damage. He struck out two batters in the frame and now owns a microscopic 1.13 ERA in 40 appearances this season to go along with a 39/13 K/BB ratio over 40 innings.
Jul 25 - 10:33 PM

Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies on Tuesday to earn his 23rd save of the season.

Soriano bounced back from blowing a save opportunity his last time out to put down the Rockies with relative ease. Soriano worked around a leadoff double to get Charlie Blackmon swinging before inducing two fly ball outs to end the game. The hiccup in his previous outing appears to have been just that, and Soriano still owns a stellar 1.15 ERA and 0.87 WHIP going forward.
Jul 23 - 12:48 AM

Rafael Soriano blew the save in the top of the ninth, but escaped with the win as the Nationals walked off against the Brewers on Sunday.

It was a rare moment of fallibility for the veteran closer. With one out, Soriano allowed a single, a walk, and then an RBI single to Rickie Weeks to tie the ballgame at 4-4. Carlos Gomez was caught stealing and Ryan Braun flied out to end the threat. Teammate Jayson Werth picked Soriano up in the bottom half of the ninth, ripping a walk-off RBI double, so Soriano escaped with the win. The 34-year-old is now 22-for-25 in save opportunities with a 1.18 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and a 36/12 K/BB ratio.
Jul 20 - 5:24 PM

Rafael Soriano tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn his 21st save of the season against the Cubs on Sunday.

Soriano needed just eight pitches to dispatch the Cubs in the ninth, inducing two ground balls and a flyout. He's now got 21 saves in 23 chances this year, owning a strong 1.03 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 32/11 K/BB ratio in 35 innings of work.
Jul 6 - 5:56 PM

Rafael Soriano narrowly escaped with his 20th save, working a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.

Soriano got into trouble after recording two quick outs, walking Michael McKenry and allowing a single to D.J. LeMahieu. But he was able to get Josh Rutledge to pop out to right field to end the contest. Soriano is now 20-for-22 in save chances with a 1.06 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, and a 32/11 K/BB ratio. It's been a fantastic season for the 34-year-old.
Jul 2 - 9:41 PM

Rafael Soriano slammed the door on the Cubs in the ninth inning on Saturday, retiring all three hitters that he faced en route to his 19th save of the season.

The 34-year-old hurler has looked completely rejuvenated this season, compiling a microscopic 1.09 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 31/10 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, while converting 19 of his 21 save opportunities.
Jun 28 - 5:03 PM

Rafael Soriano struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning for his 17th save of the season Sunday against the Braves.

Soriano's strikeouts dipped a bit last year, as the right-hander fanned 51 in 66 2/3 innings, but he's now struck out 29 batters in 31 innings so far this season. It's just one of the ways in which the 34-year-old has been fantastic this year, as he's got a 1.16 ERA and 0.87 WHIP after Sunday's outing. The closer appears to still have some good years in him yet.
Jun 22 - 4:39 PM

Rafael Soriano earned his 16th save of the season Saturday in the Nationals' defeat of the Braves.

Soriano retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, using only 14 pitches -- eight of which were strikes. He has a 1.20 ERA on the season.
Jun 21 - 10:09 PM

Rafael Soriano grabbed his 15th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Astros.

The Astros didn't put up much of a threat, mustering only a two-out single off of the right-hander, who recorded two strikeouts in the effort. Soriano is now 15-for-17 in save chances with a 1.29 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 25/10 K/BB ratio on the season.
Jun 18 - 10:58 PM

Rafael Soriano held the Astros scoreless in the ninth inning to pick up his 14th save on Tuesday.

Soriano worked around a one-out walk to nail down the win for the Nationals. The 34-year-old right-hander has been great for the Nationals, as he's converted 14 of 16 save opportunities and has a 1.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and a 23/10 K/BB ratio.
Jun 17 - 11:18 PM

Rafael Soriano allowed one run but escaped to earn his 13th victory in Tuesday's win against the Giants on Tuesday.

Soriano inherited a 2-0 lead and coughed up a leadoff Brandon Crawford triple to deep right center. Brandon Hicks' ground out to shortstop scored Crawford, but Soriano dispatched of the next two batters to escape the frame. The veteran has given up runs in each of his last two appearances, but he still sports a fine 1.44 ERA.
Jun 11 - 1:32 AM

Rafael Soriano struck out two over a perfect inning to nail down a save in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

Chase Utley grounded out to start the ninth before Soriano got Ryan Howard and John Mayberry swinging to preserve the two-run lead. Soriano was often shaky for the Nationals last season, but he's been terrific this year with a 0.78 ERA and 12 saves over 13 opportunities.
Jun 5 - 7:08 PM

Rafael Soriano threw a clean ninth inning to earn his 11th save of the season against the Pirates on Sunday.

Soriano induced three fly balls to close out the win. He's now got a 0.90 ERA -- both of his earned runs allowed on the year came in his lone blown save on May 10 -- and 1.00 WHIP in 20 innings. He's not one of the elite closers, but he's still plenty capable of getting the job done.
May 25 - 5:07 PM

Rafael Soriano tossed a perfect ninth inning to pick up his tenth save as the Nationals defeated the Mets 6-3 on Sunday.

A hiccup on May 10 against the Athletics aside, Soriano has been money for the Nationals in the ninth inning thus far. Along with 10 saves in 11 chances, Soriano has a 1.00 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and a 16/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings.
May 18 - 4:41 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Adam LaRoche
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Zach Walters
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Matt Purke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Aaron Barrett
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Erik Davis