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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 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

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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

Rafael Soriano worked around a pair of walks in the ninth inning to pick up his ninth save as the Nationals defeated the Mets 5-2 on Friday.

Soriano got two quick outs, but walked Juan Lagares and Eric Young, Jr. to bring the tying run to the plate in Daniel Murphy. Murphy hit a deep fly ball to right field, but Jayson Werth leaped and snagged the ball for the final out of the ball game. Soriano is now 9-for-10 in save opportunities with a 1.06 ERA and a 15/7 K/BB ratio in 17 innings.
May 16 - 10:32 PM

Rafael Soriano was a little shaky in earning his eighth save Monday in a 6-5 win against the Diamondbacks, allowing two hits in a scoreless inning.

It's not a surprise that he was a little off his game, as Soriano wasn't expecting to pitch. Washington trailed for most of the contest but surged to a 6-5 lead with two runs in the top of the ninth inning, extending the game with a save opportunity for the veteran closer. Soriano allowed a single, but erased it with a double play. Then Gerardo Parra blasted a ground-rule double to left before Soriano induced a Martin Prado groundout to end the affair. Soriano is 8-for-9 in save conversions with a 1.20 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
May 13 - 12:57 AM

Rafael Soriano took his first blown save of the year after giving up two runs in the ninth Saturday against the A's.

The tying run scored in odd fashion, with Soriano cutting off a throw from left field that had a legitimate chance of getting Josh Donaldson at the plate. What's worse is that Soriano shouldn't have been in any such position to do so; he spaced on his responsibility to back up home plate at the play. The off night on the mound is no big deal -- Soriano hadn't so much as allowed a run in his previous 13 innings this year -- but we wonder what Matt Williams will say and/or do now. Soriano's crime was certainly worse than the one that got Bryce Harper benched.
May 11 - 12:08 AM

Rafael Soriano collected his seventh save of the year Wednesday in the Nationals' 3-2 win over the Dodgers.

Soriano struck out Juan Uribe and Matt Kemp in a perfect ninth inning to preserve the Nats' one-run lead. Soriano has a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 13 innings this season, and he is 7-for-7 in save opportunities.
May 7 - 5:59 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Adam LaRoche
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
3Eury Perez
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Aaron Barrett
8Xavier Cedeno
9Ross Ohlendorf
10Erik Davis