Nationals Game Notes: August 25 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles (70-56) at Washington Nationals (73-53)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez [5-10, 6.94] | RHP Max Scherzer [13-7, 3.05]
Thursday, August 25 l Game #127 / Home #61 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

TREA OF LIGHT
For the second consecutive game Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner recorded a career-high four hits and, in doing so, tied a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) with hits in eight straight plate appearances…Turner went 4-for-4 on Tuesday in Baltimore and followed that with four consecutive hits on Wednesday night, tying the record with a single in the seventh inning…Turner matched the feats of Hall of Famer Andre Dawson (June 4-7, 1983) and Washington’s Dimitri Young (May 31-June 1, 2007) for the record long streak.

  • In 14 games dating to August 10, Turner is hitting .406 (26-for-64) with five doubles, two triples, two homers, eight RBI, two walks, six stolen bases and 17 runs scored.
  • In Tuesday night’s game, Turner initially stole two bases, but both calls were overturned via replay review…Nevertheless, in just 37 games this season, Turner is tied for third among MLB rookies with 14 stolen bases.
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) and is tied for third in stolen bases (14).

NEW ADDITION
The Nationals acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski and cash from the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in exchange for Minor League INF Max Schrock…Rzepczynski comes to the Nationals with a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in 56 appearances out of Oakland’s bullpen this season…He ranks second in the Major Leagues with a 70.5 percent ground-ball rate.

  • Over the course of his career, Rzepczynski has held left-handed batters to a .225 batting average, a .295 on-base percentage and a .302 slugging percentage…Of the 714 left-handed batters he’s faced in his career, Rzepczynski has allowed just eight HR.

STATUS CHECK
At 73-53 (.584), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (81-45, .643).

  • Washington also ranks second in MLB with a +135 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+217).
  • With Wednesday night’s loss, the Nationals have lost four straight games for the first time since their seven-game losing streak from June 18-25…Washington has lost four or more consecutive games only three times this season.

LEADING MAN
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.347), slugging percentage (.611), OPS (1.001), multi-hit games (49) and ranks among NL hitters in doubles (2nd, 36), RBI (2nd, 95), extra base hits (T2nd, 65), hits (3rd, 155) and on-base percentage (7th, .391) among many other categories.

  • Murphy is tied for first in Major League Baseball with 29 go-ahead RBI and 16 game-winning RBI.
  • Murphy has recorded a franchise record (WSH/MON) 22 RBI in 17 Interleague games this season…The previous high of 16 was held by 1B Adam Dunn in 2010.
  • With 95 RBI this season, Murphy is five RBI short of becoming the sixth player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to post a 100 RBI season…The last player to do it was 1B Adam Laroche (100 RBI in 2012).

Nationals Game Notes: August 24 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles (69-56) at Washington Nationals (73-52)
LHP Wade Miley [7-10, 5.58] | RHP Tanner Roark [13-6, 2.87]
Wednesday, August 24 l Game #126 / Home #60 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME, SWEET HOME
The Nationals return home to continue this week’s Interleague series with the Baltimore Orioles before welcoming the Colorado Rockies to Nationals Park for a three-game series beginning on Friday.

  • Starting with Wednesday’s contest against Baltimore, the Nationals will play 15 of their next 21 games at Nationals Park…Of their remaining 36 regular season games, 21 will at home and 15 will be on the road.

LEADING MAN
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in slugging percentage (.604), OPS (.993), multi-hit games (48) and ranks among NL hitters in batting average (2nd, .344), doubles (2nd, 36), RBI (2nd, 90), extra base hits (T2nd, 64), hits (3rd, 152) and on-base percentage (9th, .388) among many other categories.

  • Murphy paces Major League Baseball with 29 go-ahead RBI and is tied for first with 16 game-winning RBI.
  • Murphy has recorded a franchise record (WSH/MON) 17 RBI in 17 Interleague games this season…The previous high of 16 was held by 1B Adam Dunn in 2010.

TREA OF LIGHT
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner recorded a career-high four hits in Washington’s 8-1 loss to Baltimore on Tuesday night…That effort snapped a two-game hitless streak…In 13 games dating to August 10, Turner is hitting 22-for-59 (.373) with five doubles, two triples, two homers, eight RBI, two walks, six stolen bases and 16 runs scored.

  • In Tuesday night’s game, Turner initially stole two bases, but both calls were overturned via replay review…Nevertheless, in just 36 games this season, Turner is tied for third among MLB rookies with 14 stolen bases.
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) and is tied for third in stolen bases (14).

Nationals Game Notes: August 23 at Baltimore Orioles

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Washington Nationals (73-51) at Baltimore Orioles (68-56)
RHP Reynaldo Lopez [2-1, 4.37] | RHP Kevin Gausman [4-10, 4.11]
Tuesday, August 23 l Game #125 / Road #66 l Oriole Park at Camden Yards l Baltimore, M.D. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

EDGED OUT
The Nationals opened their four-game home-and-home series with a 4-3 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday night, edged in the one-run game by the O’s despite a strong outing from spot starter RHP A.J. Cole, as well as home runs from 3B Anthony Rendon and SS Danny Espinosa…Washington is just over halfway through a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that began on Aug. 12…Thus far, the Nationals are 6-5 with BAL (3 games), COL (3 games) and PHI (3 games) remaining before their next scheduled off day (Sept. 1).

  • At 73-51 (.589), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (79-45, .637)…The Nationals and Cubs are the only 70-win teams in the NL…Reaching the 70-win mark in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals earned No. 70 in game No. 113.
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +144 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+212).
  • The Nationals have lost back-to-back games for just the 14th time all season…Washington has only lost three or more consecutive games four times all year, and not since June 25.

INFIELD POP
The Nationals’ offense on Monday night was provided almost exclusively by their infield with 2B Daniel Murphy’s RBI-single driving in CF Trea Turner with the game’s first run, and then 3B Anthony Rendon and SS Danny Espinosa providing the power with solo home runs in the fourth and seventh innings, respectively…For Rendon, it was his 16th home run of the season, and for Espinosa his 19th.

  • The Nationals’ infielders (1B, 2B, SS, 3B) have combined to club 79 home runs this season, the third-most among all infield groups in the National League (eighth-most in the Major Leagues)…With Murphy and Espinosa primarily up the middle, the Nationals’ pivot players lead the Major Leagues with 40 combined home runs.
  • The home run, part of a 1-for-3 evening for Rendon that included a walk, pushed his average to .333 (38-for-114) with 12 doubles, seven homers, 25 RBI, 12 walks, three stolen bases, 21 runs scored, and just 16 strikeouts in 130 plate appearances since July 16…Rendon leads all NL 3B in doubles (30), ahead of CHI’s Kris Bryant (29).

HELLO, MR. HARPER
Nationals RF Bryce Harper has driven in runs in seven of his last nine games and reached base in all nine (.500 OBP).

  • Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup on Aug. 14, Harper is now 12-for-33 (.364) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, nine walks, eight runs scored and two stolen bases.
  • His 11 RBI are tied for fifth in the National League in this stretch, behind only Kris Bryant & Ryan Braun (12), Joey Votto (13), and Adrian Gonzalez (15).

RETURN OF THE Z-MAN
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman returned from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (left wrist contusion) and wasted no time making his presence felt…Zimmerman homered on the first pitch he saw, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

  • Saturday marked Zimmerman’s third three-plus hit game of the season (also May 4 at KC (three hits) and May 28 vs. STL (four hits)).
  • Going 1-for-4 with a double on Monday, Zimmerman is now 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, a home run, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored since his return to the active roster.
  • In 23 career games, Zimmerman is a .307 hitter at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, (27-for-88) with five doubles, a triple, five home runs, and 14 RBI to go with nine walks and just 10 strikeouts in 97 plate appearances.

Frank Howard to be inducted into Nationals Ring of Honor on Friday, August 26

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The Washington Nationals will induct former Washington Senators outfielder Frank Howard into the Ring of Honor at Nationals Park Friday, August 26, before the Nationals play the Colorado Rockies.

“Frank Howard was the favorite player of so many Washington Senators fans until the team moved to Texas after the 1971 season,” said Mark D. Lerner, Vice Chairman and Principal Owner of the Washington Nationals. “Inducting Frank into the Nationals Ring of Honor will be a personal thrill for my entire family and me. We are excited to honor him for all he has contributed to the game of baseball and to celebrate his 80th birthday, which was on August 8th.”

Frank Howard hit 237 of his 382 career home runs during his seven-year tenure with the Washington Senators from 1965-71. No player representing Washington D.C. has hit more home runs than Howard’s 237. Current National Ryan Zimmerman is second on the list with 213. Howard represented the Senators in four All-Star Games (1968-71) and led the American League in home runs twice, clubbing 44 homers in both 1968 and 1970.

During his time in Washington, teammates, media and fans alike marveled at Howard’s tape-measure home runs, many of which taunted cavernous D.C. Stadium’s dimensions, earning him the nicknames “The Capital Punisher,” “The Washington Monument,” and “Hondo.”

We look forward to welcoming him to Nationals Park on Friday!

Nationals Game Notes: August 22 at Baltimore Orioles

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Washington Nationals (73-50) at Baltimore Orioles (67-56)
RHP A.J. Cole [0-0, -.–] | RHP Dylan Bundy [6-4, 3.66]
Monday, August 22 l Game #124 / Road #65 l Oriole Park at Camden Yards l Baltimore, M.D. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HALFWAY HOME
As the Nationals’ current three-city road trip reaches its final leg, opening a two-game set in Baltimore on Monday night, Washington is halfway through a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that began on Aug. 12…Thus far, the Nationals are 6-4 with BAL (4 games), COL (3 games) and PHI (3 games) remaining before their next scheduled off day (Sept. 1).

  • At 73-50 (.593), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (78-45, .634)…The Nationals and Cubs are the only 70-win teams in the NL…Reaching the 70-win mark in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals earned No. 70 in game No. 113.
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +145 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+208).
  • The Nationals are 4-3 on their current nine-game trip, with an average game time of 3 hours, 29 minutes and a total of 4 hours, 25 minutes in rain delays.

HELLO, MR. HARPER
Going 2-for-5 with three RBI on Sunday afternoon and clubbing his 22nd home run of the season (a three-run shot in the third inning), Nationals RF Bryce Harper drove in at least one run for the seventh time in his last eight games.

  • Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup on Aug. 14, Harper is now 12-for-30 (.400) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, eight walks, and two stolen bases.
  • His 11 RBI are tied for the most in the National League in this stretch, and are tied for the second-most in the Major Leagues, behind only BOS OF Mookie Betts’ 13.

BUMP FROM THE BENCH
The Nationals’ bench continued its strong season on Sunday with Nationals OF Chris Heisey getting the start in left field and posting two hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth…That came on the heels of two strong games (Thursday & Friday) from 1B Clint Robinson, who went 3-for-7 with two RBI, three walks and three runs scored, including the game-winning RBI on Friday night.

  • The Nationals’ are second in the Major Leagues with 11 pinch-hit home runs this season, and second in the NL in slugging percentage (.536)…On the season, the Nationals have 33 pinch hits, with 19 of them going for extra bases (7 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR)…The 11 pinch-hit home runs hit by Washington are already a single-season Nationals record (2005-pres.).
  • Five of WSH’s 11 pinch-hit HRs this season have tied the game or given WSH the lead.
  • Stephen Drew & Heisey are tied for the most WSH pinch-hit home runs (3), as well as the most in a career Nationals history (2005-present)…They are also second in MLB.

WELCOME BACK, ZIM
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman returned from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (left wrist contusion) and wasted no time making his presence felt…Zimmerman homered on the first pitch he saw, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

  • Saturday marked Zimmerman’s third three-plus hit game of the season (also May 4 at KC (three hits) and May 28 vs. STL (four hits)).
  • Going 1-for-4 with a walk on Sunday afternoon, Zimmerman is now 4-for-8 (.500) with a home run, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored since his return to the active roster.

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches Update: an array of amenities

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With the opening of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches approaching next year, Curly W Live will be giving fans updates on the progress of the 160-acre property. Be on the lookout for highlights and special features about the new facility, and other important information fans should know about the Nationals’ new home in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Today’s post previews the array of exciting amenities that will be found at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

First, the walk-around concourse will allow fans to move throughout the ballpark while always being able to have an eye on the field.

An assortment of concessions and portable stands will offer many tempting food and drink options. At the Left Field Bar, fans 21 and older will be able to enjoy a beverage and view the games on televisions.

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will feature a premier seating section just beyond the first base dugout. This section will offer 68 seats with food and drink service, a great place to kick back and enjoy the games!

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The new park will also feature six suites and two party decks, located on the third level. Both fans and businesses can rent the suites, filled with Florida-style indoor and outdoor furniture. The suites will include tri-fold doors, which when opened, mimic the feeling of walking out onto your private patio. The Party Decks will offer an all-you-can-eat menu, a personal bar and scenic view of the complex.

We look forward to welcoming fans to our new home for spring training, and hope you will enjoy seeing all of its new features!

Today in Nationals’ History: Stephen Strasburg officially signs with the Washington Nationals

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August 17, 2009 – The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with RHP Stephen Strasburg, the number one overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from San Diego State University. Strasburg signed the contract at Nationals Park and greeted more than 1,000 fans in a public press conference held near third base.

Nationals Game Notes: August 17 at Colorado Rockies

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Washington Nationals (70-48) at Colorado Rockies (57-63)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-3, 3.07] | RHP Jon Gray [8-5, 4.26]
Wednesday, August 17 l Game #119 / Road #60 l Coors Field l Denver, CO l 1:10 P.M. (MT)
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Nationals and Rockies will meet for a rubber match Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field before Washington will head to Atlanta to open a four-game divisional set…The Rockies topped the Nationals, 6-2, in a rain-interrupted affair on Tuesday night.

  • At 70-48 (.593), the Nationals’ record is the second-best mark in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (75-43, .636)…The Nationals join the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers as the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113.
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +139 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+201).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 156), runs scored (4th, 558), and walks (4th, 407)…Washington’s 888 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

ALONE AT THE TOP
With a single to center field in the third inning on Tuesday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 44 games, setting a new Nationals record (2005-present) for the longest on-base streak in club history…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009.

  • Werth is now chasing Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…His 44-game run ties Tim Raines for the second-longest streak in franchise history, however, the streaks put together by both Staub and Raines spanned multiple seasons — Raines from 1985-86, Staub from 1969-70.
  • This is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season and the longest since CIN 1B Joey Votto reached base in 48 straight games from Aug. 11-Oct. 2, 2015.
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 41 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 31 walks (.384 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last 10 games on Monday night and is hitting .308 with a .668 slugging percentage in that stretch.

HOT CORNER HEAT
Since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .323 (30-for-93) with 10 doubles, six homers, 21 RBI, nine walks, three stolen bases and 13 runs scored…He has struck out just 13 times in 105 plate appearances over this stretch.

  • Rendon went 3-for-4 with a double on Tuesday, his 28th two-bagger of the season…Rendon is now tied with CHI 3B Kris Bryant for the most doubles from the hot corner in the NL.

LEADING MAN
With an RBI-single in the fifth inning on Monday, 2B Daniel Murphy drove in his 87th run of the season, extending his career high…Over his last five games, Murphy is 7-for-18 (.389) with two multi-hit games, three extra-base hits, and six RBI.

  • Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.611), OPS (.999), doubles (T1st, 34), multi-hit games (46), go-ahead RBI (27), and game-winning RBI (T1st, 16)…Murphy also ranks among NL hitters in hits (2nd, 146), extra base hits (2nd, 61), and RBI (2nd, 87).

Nationals Game Notes: August 16 at Colorado Rockies

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Washington Nationals (70-47) at Colorado Rockies (56-63)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [8-9, 4.24] | RHP Chad Bettis [10-6, 5.27]
Tuesday, August 16 l Game #118 / Road #59 l Coors Field l Denver, CO l 6:40 P.M. (MT)
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SWEET SEVENTY
The Nationals opened this three-city, nine-game road trip on Monday night with a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field…The win was Washington’s 70th of the season, joining the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers as the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113.

  • At 70-47 (.598), the Nationals’ record is the second-best mark in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (73-43, .629).
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +143 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+194).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 156), runs scored (4th, 556), and walks (4th, 405)…Washington’s 883 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

MOVE OVER, ZIM
With a walk in his first at-bat on Monday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 43 games, forging his way into Nationals history…Werth now joins 1B Ryan Zimmerman as co-owners of the longest on-base streaks in Nationals history (2005-present) as Zimmerman reached base in 43 consecutive games from 4/8-5/25/09.

  • Werth is now chasing Tim Raines (44) and Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…However, the streaks put together by both Staub and Raines spanned multiple seasons — Raines from 1985-86, Staub from 1969-70.
  • This is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season and the longest since CIN 1B Joey Votto reached base in 48 straight games from Aug. 11-Oct. 2, 2015.
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 40 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 31 walks (.384 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last nine games on Monday night and is hitting .314 with a .714 slugging percentage in that stretch.

SEE TREA STEAL
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner stole his 11th and 12th bases of the season on Monday night, his 28th Major League game this season…Trea’s 12 stolen bases already rank fourth-most among all rookies, and all those ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…Turner, who finished a double shy of the cycle on Saturday, led off Saturday night’s win over the Braves with his fifth triple of the season — tied for the most among MLB rookies…In his last five games, Turner is 10-for-24 (.416) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI, four stolen bases and eight runs scored.

  • Turner is hitting .333 (28-for-84) with five doubles, three triples, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks, nine stolen bases and 18 runs scored in his last 19 games (since July 24).
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (5) & ranks third in SB (12).
  • Among players with at least 10 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only four who hasn’t been caught more than once.

BUFFALO ON THE BASES
Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in nine of his last 10 and 23 of his last 28 games played, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 21.

  • Ramos extended his new career high for HR in a season with a solo shot on Monday night, tying the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning…Ramos’ 19 home runs are the seventh-most by a catcher in a single season in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) with only Gary Carter (who hit 20+ six times) ahead of him.
  • Ramos ranks fourth among Major League hitters (3rd in NL) in batting average (.331) and ninth in the National League in average with runners in scoring position (.347).
  • In addition to batting average, Ramos leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.379), SLG (.546) and RBI (66), and he is tied for first (with TEX’s Jonathan Lucroy) in home runs with 19.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.

HE’S BAAAACK
Nationals RF Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and an RBI on Monday, his fourth three-hit game of the season and the second time this season he’s reached base five times…Harper drove in the game-winning run on Monday, his 10th GW RBI this season.

  • Since returning to the lineup on Sunday after missing five games due to injury, Harper is 4-for-6 (.667) with three doubles, three walks, two RBI and two runs scored.
  • Harper is tied (with CIN’s Joey Votto) for the MLB lead in walks with 85.

Nationals Game Notes: August 15 at Colorado Rockies

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Washington Nationals (69-47) at Colorado Rockies (56-62)
RHP Max Scherzer [12-7, 2.80] | LHP Jorge De La Rosa [7-7, 5.25]
Monday, August 15 l Game #117 / Road #58 l Coors Field l Denver, CO l 6:40 P.M. (MT)
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HEADING WEST
After enjoying three off days on their just-concluded eight-game homestand, the Nationals head west to Colorado to open a three-city, nine-game road trip and continue their stretch of 20 games in 20 days…They’ll start this trip Monday night in Denver for the first of three against COL and continue on to ATL (4G) before concluding in BAL (2G) to open the Beltway Series.

  • At 69-47 (.595), the Nationals’ nice record is good for the second-best mark in Major League Baseball…Washington trails only the Chicago Cubs (73-43, .629).
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +142 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+194).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 154), runs scored (4th, 551), and walks (5th, 399)…Washington’s 875 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

MAYBE HE SHOULD SPELL IT ‘TREY’
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner posted his 12th multi-hit game of the season (out of 27 total games) on Sunday with a double and a single, continuing his torrid stretch…Turner, who finished a double shy of the cycle on Saturday night, led off Saturday night’s win over the Braves with his fifth triple of the season — tied for the most among MLB rookies…In his last four games, Turner is 9-for-19 (.474) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last rookie to hit a leadoff triple and then homer in his next plate appearance was PIT Al Martin, against the Rockies on June 9, 1993.
  • Turner is hitting .342 (27-for-79) with five doubles, three triples, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks, seven stolen bases and 17 runs scored in his last 18 games (since July 24).
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (5) & ranks T4th in SB (10).
  • Among players with at least 10 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only four who hasn’t been caught more than once.

YEP, JW’S ON BASE
With a single in the sixth inning on Saturday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth has reached base safely in a career-high 42 straight games…It is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), now just one game behind 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 38 hits (13 2B, 5 HR) & 30 walks (.378 OBP).

SEVEN STRONG. AGAIN.
Shining in the Nationals’ 9-1 victory over the Braves on Sunday was RHP Tanner Roark, who tossed 7.0 innings and allowed just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three…Roark, who has started five of the Nationals’ eight shutouts this season, improved to 13-6 with a 2.81 ERA in the win — the 10th-lowest ERA in the Major Leagues.

  • Sunday’s outing was the 15th time (in 24 starts this season) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (16) and CWS LHP Chris Sale (16) have pitched at least 7.0 innings more often than Roark this season.
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