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Jason Hammel (CHC)
He got his third victory without a loss in 4 starts and lowered his ERA to 0.75. He is the second Chicago Cubs pitcher since 1920 with the lowest ERA in the first four starts of his season.
Hammel along with Jake Arrieta (4-0 record and 0.87 ERA) form the only two pitchers of a club in MLB history to be undefeated with at least 3 wins and an ERA under 1.00 in the first 20 games of a team's campaign.
Hammel, Arrieta, and his partner John Lackey, have started the season with a 3-0 record, making this the first time this happens in franchise history.
Extra: The Washington Nationals triumphed after being down twice in the game (innings 9 and 15), in a contest which tied the franchise record for most frames played (16 innings). It is the second time in team history in which they open the scoring on a home run by their first batter (Matt den Dekker) and leave their opponent on the field also with a longball (Chris Heisey); they had tied the game in the ninth with another homer (Bryce Harper). The Nationals have scored 25 runs in the first inning, more than any club in any frame.
Dusty Baker, the Nationals' manager, who reached his 1,685th win as a manager (MLB Rank # 17), had never won a game in which his team was losing in the ninth inning, and then again in extra innings.