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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 survived a shaky ninth inning Friday against the Pirates for his 29th save of the season.
After entering the top of the ninth inning with a two-run lead, Soriano gave up a leadoff single to Starling Marte before retiring the next two batters. However, Pedro Alvarez delivered an RBI single to make it a one-run game. Chris Stewart then singled to right to bring the tying run to third base, but Soriano managed to get Josh Harrison to foul out to the catcher to end it. Soriano has pitched in three straight games, so he'll almost certainly be rested on Saturday. Tyler Clippard has also pitched the last three days, so Drew Storen could be used in a save opportunity. Aug 15 - 11:33 PM

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Rafael Soriano earned his 28th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Soriano struggled in Wednesday's outing, allowing a run but still earning the save, so Thursday's effort was heartening for Nats fans. The veteran is now 28-for-32 in save chances with a 1.90 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and a 45/14 K/BB ratio.
Aug 14 - 10:16 PM

Rafael Soriano escaped a tense ninth inning, in which he allowed a run, to pick up his 27th save as the Nationals narrowly defeated the Mets on Wednesday.

Soriano gave up a lead-off home run to Travis d'Arnaud and allowed the tying run to reach third base before getting back-to-back ground outs to end the contest. Soriano is now 27-for-31 with a 1.94 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and a 45/14 K/BB ratio this season.
Aug 13 - 10:23 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Adam LaRoche
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Danny Espinosa
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Anthony Rendon
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
3Michael Taylor
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Matt Purke
7Taylor Jordan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Matt Thornton
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Erik Davis