Nationals Game Notes: September 23 at Pittsburgh Pirates

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Washington Nationals (89-63) at Pittsburgh Pirates (76-76)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [11-10, 4.48] | RHP Jameson Taillon [4-4, 3.39]
Friday, September 23 l Game #153 / Road #79 l PNC Park l Pittsburgh, PA l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

CONCLUDING AT THE CONFLUENCE
After enjoying their final off day of the regular season, the Washington Nationals will wrap up their final regular season road trip of 2016 on Friday in Pittsburgh, squaring off against the Pirates for a three-game set.

  • At 89-63 (.586), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (97-55, .638).
  • The Nationals’ .551 (43-35) road winning percentage is currently the third-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.), behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593) and 2014 Nationals (45-36, .556), but they are in range of finishing their road slate better than the 2014 iteration.

BOTTLE-POPPING POTENTIAL
With 10 games remaining in the regular season, Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is down to two, meaning any combination of two Nationals wins or New York Mets losses will secure Washington’s third division crown in the last five years…If the Nationals were to defeat Pittsburgh in the series opener at PNC Park and the Mets were to fall to the Phillies at Citi Field, Washington could celebrate after Friday’s contest.

MAD MAX PUTS ‘EM BACK ON THE WINNING TRACK
RHP Max Scherzer helped Washington snap its four-game losing streak on Wednesday, allowing three earned runs on four hits in 6.2 innings of work as the Nationals topped the Marlins, 6-3…Scherzer has started nine games for the Nationals following a loss this season, and Washington is 6-3 in those games.

DYNAMIC DUO
Despite taking the hard-luck loss on Tuesday, Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (15-9) turned in his 18th outing of 7.0 innings or more, as well as his 12th start tossing at least 7.0 innings while allowing one run or fewer (the second-most such starts in the Major Leagues behind CHI LHP Jon Lester’s 13)…For Roark, whose only blemish on Tuesday was a solo home run off the bat of MIA RF Giancarlo Stanton, the 7.0 innings pushed him across the 200-inning threshold for the first time in his career (200.1 IP), topping the 198.2 regular-season innings he compiled in 2014.

  • Along with RHP Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ two right-handers have combined to throw at least 7.0 innings while allowing two runs or fewer 33 times this season…Of the 22 pitchers who’ve put together at least 10 outings of 7.0 (or more) IP with two runs allowed (or fewer), no team has a pair who’ve compiled more such starts…SFG has three in that group (Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, and Jeff Samardzija), giving them 36 of these games.

Today in Nationals’ History: Nationals play final home game at RFK Stadium

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RFK Stadium on the evening of July 24, 2006, the first home game under Lerner family ownership.

RFK Stadium on the evening of July 24, 2006, the first home game under Lerner family ownership.

September 23, 2007 – The 41-year-old RFK Stadium, one-time home to the NFL’s Washington Redskins and the American League’s Washington Senators, hosted its 1,047th and final Major League Baseball game as the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-3. On the final pitch, closer RHP Chad Cordero fittingly struck out former Phillie and current National OF Jayson Werth. When the District’s team moved to Texas to become the Rangers in 1972, the 56,000-seat facility lost baseball until the Montreal Expos arrived in D.C. to become the Nationals in 2005.

Nationals Game Notes: September 21 at Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (88-63) at Miami Marlins (76-75)
RHP Max Scherzer [17-7, 2.78] | RHP Tom Koehler [9-11, 3.96]
Wednesday, September 21 l Game #152 / Road #78 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHERE THINGS STAND
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer takes the ball on Wednesday night with an eye on halting Washington’s four-game skid…Scherzer has started eight games for the Nationals following a loss this season, and Washington is 5-3 in those games…History is on his side, too, as the Nationals have endured only three losing streaks of four games or more this year, and only one of those three went past the fourth game.

  • At 88-63 (.583), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (96-55, .636).
  • The Nationals’ current .545 (42-35) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593), and third-best in MLB.
  • With 11 games remaining in the regular season, Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is down to four, meaning any combination of four Nationals wins or Mets losses will secure Washington’s third division crown in the last five years.

DYNAMIC DUO
Despite taking the hard-luck loss on Tuesday, Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (15-9) turned in his 18th outing of 7.0 innings or more, as well as his 12th start tossing at least 7.0 innings while allowing one run or fewer (the second-most such starts in the Major Leagues behind CHI LHP Jon Lester’s 13)…For Roark, whose only blemish on Tuesday was a solo home run off the bat of MIA RF Giancarlo Stanton, the 7.0 innings pushed him across the 200-inning threshold for the first time in his career (200.1 IP), topping the 198.2 regular-season innings he compiled in 2014.

  • Along with RHP Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ two right-handers have combined to throw at least 7.0 innings while allowing two runs or fewer 33 times this season…Of the 22 pitchers who’ve put together outings of 7.0 (or more) IP with two runs allowed (or fewer), no team has a pair that has compiled more such starts…SFG has three pitchers in that group (Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, and Jeff Samardzija), giving them 36 of these games.

FINDING HIS WAY INTO NATIONALS HISTORY
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy’s season-long 14 game hitting streak came to an end on Monday as he flew out to the warning track as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning…During the streak, Murphy hit .415 (22-for-53) with nine doubles, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • With a double in the third inning on Saturday, Murphy tied two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season records: with 184 hits, Murphy tied Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (2014) and with 47 doubles, he tied Ryan Zimmerman’s record (2006).
  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • Murphy leads the National League in slugging percentage (.596), OPS (.987), doubles (47), and multi-hit games (T1st, 56)….He ranks second among NL hitters in batting average (.347), extra-base hits (T2nd, 77) and RBI (T2nd, 104).

Nationals Game Notes: September 20 at Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (88-62) at Miami Marlins (75-75)
RHP Tanner Roark [15-8, 2.75] | RHP Jose Fernandez [15-8, 2.99]
Tuesday, September 20 l Game #151 / Road #77 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

PUTTING ON THE BRAKES
The Nationals will send RHP Tanner Roark to the mound on Tuesday night looking to halt their three-game skid…Washington has been quite adept in these situations this season: the Nationals have endured only three losing streaks of four games or more this year, and only two of those three went past the fourth game.

  • At 88-62 (.587), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (95-55, .633).
  • The Nationals’ current .553 (42-34) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593), and third-best in MLB.
  • With 12 games remaining in the regular season, Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is down to five, meaning any combination of five Nationals wins or Mets losses will secure the crown.

RO-ARK DE TRIOMPHE
Speaking of Tuesday’s starter, RHP Tanner Roark returns to the mound seeking his career-best 16th victory of the season…Roark earned his 15th win on Wednesday, matching a career-high (2014)…He tossed 7.0 shutout innings over the Mets, marking his ninth outing of 7.0 (or more) shutout innings — the most such starts in Major League Baseball and most in a single season in Nationals history (2005-pres.)…Over his last four starts, Roark has recorded a 1.08 ERA (3 ER/25.0 IP) with a 2-1 record.

  • Roark’s 15 wins rank him tied for the fifth-most in the National League, and his 2.75 ERA is the fifth-best mark in the Major Leagues…Teammate RHP Max Scherzer ranks sixth in MLB with a 2.78 ERA.

TURN-ING THE TABLES
Since the All-Star break, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner leads the National League in total bases (147), and triples (T1st, 7)…He ranks second in stolen bases (27), third in hits (88), fourth in batting average (.348), tied for fifth in runs (48), and seventh in slugging percentage (.581).

  • Turner has made himself quite at home at the ballpark that bears his name, Turner Field…In his 10 career games at the soon-to-be previous home of the Braves, Turner hit .390 (16-for-41) with two doubles, one triple, five home runs, 10 RBI, four stolen bases, three walks, and 13 runs scored…Vs. ATL this year, Turner hit .475 (28-for-59) with five doubles, two triples, six HR, 16 RBI, seven stolen bases and 20 runs scored.
  • Turner stole his 27th base of the season on Saturday in his 59th game, making him just the 10th player in Major League history to steal 27 or more bases in a season, playing 60 games or fewer…Turner is the first to do it since 1991 (Ced Landrum, CHC, 27 SB).
  • His four-hit game on Friday made MLB history for a rookie: Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie in modern MLB history with at least four hits, four runs scored, a home run, and two stolen bases in one game was the Giants’ Art Devlin (1904).
  • Now batting .350 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 260 at-bats since Ichiro Suzuki hit .350 for SEA in 2001 (per Baseball Reference)…Since 1960 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .350 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003.

Today in Nationals’ History: Washington clinches first trip to MLB playoffs since 1933

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September 20, 2012 – RHP Drew Storen struck out the side in order in the ninth to close out the Nationals’ 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and secured D.C.’s first postseason baseball berth since 1933. LHP Ross Detwiler earned his 10th win, allowing just one run on three hits in 6.0 stellar innings as INF Ryan Zimmerman posted the game-winning RBI via a third-inning double. After the game, the Nationals celebrated their first postseason berth with a private Champagne toast.

The Nationals’ magic number to clinch the 2016 NL East crown currently sits at 5.

Nationals Game Notes: September 19 at Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (88-61) at Miami Marlins (74-75)
RHP A.J. Cole [1-2, 4.71] | LHP Wei-Yin Chen [5-4, 4.99]
Monday, September 19 l Game #150 / Road #76 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HELLO AGAIN, OLD FRIEND
The Nationals continue their three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip as they open a three-game set at Marlins Park on Monday night…The Nationals and Marlins have already met 13 times this season, but haven’t played one another since May 22…The two teams will meet for six games before the regular season concludes…At 88-61 (.591), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (94-55, .631).

  • The Nationals’ current .560 (42-33) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593), and third-best in MLB.
  • Posting a 15-4 record against the Atlanta Braves this season, to whom the Nationals’ fell in a rain-shortened affair on Sunday, Washington tied its best season series record in club history (2005-pres.)…WSH has won 29 games against the Braves since the start of the 2015 season, the most one team has defeated an Atlanta-era club in a two-season span.
  • Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is six, meaning any combination of six Nationals wins and Mets losses will secure the crown.

LEAVING HIS MARK
Perhaps if he’d played there more, the talk about Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner and his strong performances at the field that bears his name would be louder, but in the time he had at Turner Field, Trea made his opportunities count…In his 10 career games at the soon-to-be previous home of the Braves, Turner hit .390 (16-for-41) with two doubles, one triple, five home runs, 10 RBI, four stolen bases, three walks, and 13 runs scored…Vs. ATL this year, Turner hit .475 (28-for-59) with five doubles, two triples, six HR, 16 RBI, seven stolen bases and 20 runs scored.

  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads the National League in total bases (147), hits (T1st, 88), and triples (T1st, 7)…He ranks second in stolen bases (27), tied for third in runs (48), fourth in batting average (.353), and sixth in slugging percentage (.590).
  • Turner stole his 27th base of the season on Saturday in his 59th game, making him just the 10th player in Major League history to steal 27 or more bases in a season, playing 60 games or fewer…Turner is the first to do it since 1991 (Ced Landrum, CHC, 27 SB).
  • His four-hit game on Friday made MLB history for a rookie: Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie in modern MLB history with at least four hits, four runs scored, a home run, and two stolen bases in one game was the Giants’ Art Devlin (1904).
  • Now batting .355 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 260 plate appearances since George Watkins hit .373 for STL in 1930 (per Baseball Reference)…Since 1970 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .355 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003.

FINDING HIS WAY INTO NATIONALS HISTORY
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 14 straight games (matching his career-high) dating to Sept. 2…During this streak, Murphy is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with nine doubles, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • With a double in the third inning on Saturday, Murphy tied two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season records: with 184 hits, tied Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (2014) and with 47 doubles, he tied Ryan Zimmerman’s record (2006).
  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (T1st, .348)…He leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.991), doubles (47), multi-hit games (56), and extra-base hits (T1st, 77)….He ranks among NL hitters in hits (2nd, 184), and RBI (2nd, 104).

Nationals Game Notes: September 18 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (88-60) at Atlanta Braves (57-91) 

RHP Joe Ross [7-4, 3.49] | RHP Matt Wisler [6-12, 5.00]

Sunday, September 18 l Game #149 / Road #75 l Turner Field l Atlanta, GA l 1:35 P.M.

Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SERIES-LY SPEAKING

The Nationals and Braves will play the rubber match of their final series of the season on Sunday with Washington seeking its 13th road series win of the season and 26th overall series victory…The Nationals, who hold a 15-3 advantage in the season series against Atlanta, will play their final game at Turner Field Sunday afternoon…At 88-60 (.595), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (94-54, .634)…The Nationals rank second in the National League with a +153 run differential.

  • The Nationals’ current .568 (42-32) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593) and tied for the second-best in MLB (STL is first at 44-30, .595).
  • The Nationals have won 13 of their last 18, and since Aug. 29, Washington is tied with the New York Mets for the best record in the Major Leagues (13-5, .722).
  • Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is six, meaning any combination of six Nationals wins and Mets losses will secure the crown.

SO THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT ‘TURNER’ FIELD

Nationals CF Trea Turner continued his torrid pace and his ridiculous stretch against ATL, going 3-for-4 on Saturday with the second multi-homer game of his career…He finished his 31st mult-hit game of the year with two HR, two RBI, two runs, a walk and a stolen base.

  • Turner stole his 27th base of the season on Saturday in his 59th game, making him just the 10th player in Major League history to steal 27 or more bases in a season, playing 60 games or fewer…Turner is the first to do it since 1991 (Ced Landrum, CHC, 27 SB).
  • Turner is now a career .395 hitter at the field that bears his name, with two doubles, five homers, 10 RBI, four stolen bases and 12 runs scored in nine games…His four HR at Turner Field this season tie the most hit here by a Nationals/Expos player in a single season (Jose Guillen, 2005)…Against the Braves this season (12G), Turner has dominated: .482 (27-for-56), five doubles, one triple, six HR, 16 RBI, seven stolen bases, 19 runs scored.
  • Among rookies who played at least 11 games vs. ATL in their first season,Turner’s six home runs rank T3rd all-time with Gary Carter (1975, MON) and Del Bissonette (1928, BRO).
  • His four-hit game on Friday made MLB history for a rookie: Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie in modern MLB history with at least four hits, four runs scored, a home run, and two stolen bases in one game was the Giants’ Art Devlin (1904).
  • Now batting .356 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 260 plate appearances since George Watkins hit .373 for STL in 1930 (per Baseball Reference)…Since 1970 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .356 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003.

ABOUT TO MAKE HISTORY

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 14 straight games dating to Sept. 2…During this streak, Murphy is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with nine doubles, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • With a double in the third inning on Saturday, Murphy tied two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season recors: with 184 hits, tied Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (2014) and with 47 doubles, he tied Ryan Zimmerman’s record (2006).
  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • Murphy leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.991), doubles (47), multi-hit games (56), and extra-base hits (T1st, 77)….He ranks among NL hitters in average (.348), hits (2nd, 184), and RBI (2nd, 104).

Nationals Game Notes: September 17 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (88-59) at Atlanta Braves (56-91) 

LHP Gio Gonzalez [11-9, 4.27] | RHP Josh Collmenter [1-0, 4.84]

Saturday, September 17 l Game #148 / Road #74 l Turner Field l Atlanta, GA l 1:05 P.M.

Television: FOX l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

(TREA) TURNER FIELD?

The Nationals’ series-opening 7-2 victory over the Braves on Friday night was a well-rounded win with multiple contributors, perhaps none bigger than Nationals CF Trea Turner, who went 4-for-5 with a home run (9), a double, two stolen bases, a career-best four runs scored and two RBI…Just the sixth four-hit, four-run game in Nationals history (2005-pres.), Turner’s output on Friday also made Major League history for a rookie: Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie in modern MLB history with at least four hits, four runs scored, a home run, and two stolen bases in one game was the Giants’ Art Devlin (1904), who went 4-for-4 with a homer, four runs scored, and two stolen bases in an 18-3 win over Philadelphia.

  • Turner stole his 25th and 26th bases of the season on Friday, giving him the fourth-most stolen bases in a season in Nationals history…He passed Ian Desmond (25, 2011)…Turner’s 26 stolen bases are now tied for 11th in MLB this season and 2nd among all rookies, despite the fact that Friday was just his 58th game of the season (30th multi-hit game).
  • Trea Turner is now a career .353 hitter at the field that bears his name, with two doubles, three homers, eight RBI, three stolen bases and 10 runs scored in eight games…Against the Braves this season (11G), Turner has dominated: .462 (24-for-52), five doubles, one triple, four HR, 14 RBI, six stolen bases, 17 runs scored.
  • Now batting .349 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 240 at bats since Ichiro Suzuki hit .350 in 2001…Since 1970 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .349 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003…A few of the names behind Turner on this list: Joe Mauer, Don Mattingly, Robinson Cano, and Miguel Cabrera.

KNOCKING DAYS OFF THE CALENDAR

At 88-59 (.599), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (94-53, .639)…The Nationals rank second in the National League with a +157 run differential.

  • The Nationals’ current .575 (42-31) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593) and second-best in MLB…The 42 road wins thus far are third-most in WSH history behind 2012 (48) and 2014 (45).
  • The Nationals have won 13 of their last 17, and since Aug. 29, Washington boasts the best record in MLB (13-4, .765).
  • Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is six, meaning any combination of six WSH wins and NYM losses will secure the crown.

SWEET SEVENTEEN FOR SCHERZER

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer picked up his 17th win of the season on Friday, tying him with CHI RHP Jake Arrieta and LHP Jon Lester for the most in the National League…It also marked the 18th time this season Scherzer has throwing 7.0 (or more) innings while allowing two earned runs or fewer — far and away the most such outings in MLB…Scherzer is just the 11th pitcher since 1966 to go 4-0 in a season vs. ATL

CLOSING IN ON THE RECORD BOOKS

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 13 straight games dating to Sept. 2…During this streak, Murphy is hitting .429 (21-for-49) with eight doubles, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • Murphy is approaching two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season records…With 183 hits, he is just one shy of tying Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (184, 2014)…Additionally, his 46 doubles are one behind Ryan Zimmerman’s record of 47 (2006).
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.349), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.599), OPS (.992), doubles (46), multi-hit games (56), and extra-base hits (T1st, 76)….He ranks among NL hitters in hits (2nd, 183), and RBI (2nd, 104).

Nationals Game Notes: September 16 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (87-59) at Atlanta Braves (56-90)
RHP Max Scherzer [16-7, 2.78] | RHP John Gant [1-3, 4.40]
Friday, September 16 l Game #147 / Road #73 l Turner Field l Atlanta, GA l 7:35 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ONE LAST TREK
Washington embarks on its final road trip of the 2016 regular season, a nine-game swing that begins this weekend in Atlanta…The 11-day trip will take them from Atlanta to Miami for three games, before finishing up the 2016 regular-season road slate with a three-game weekend series in Pittsburgh.

  • The Nationals’ current .569 (41-31) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593)…The 41 road wins thus far are third-most in WSH history behind the 2012 Nationals (48) and the 2014 Nationals (45).

WHERE THINGS STAND
At 87-59 (.596), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (93-53, .637)…Washington ranks second in the National League with a +152 run differential.

  • The Nationals have won 12 of their last 16 and since August 29, boast the best record in Major League Baseball (12-4, .750).
  • Entering play on Friday, Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is seven.

RO-ARK DE TRIOMPHE
RHP Tanner Roark earned his 15th win of the season on Wednesday, matching a career-high (2014)…He tossed 7.0 shutout innings over the Mets, marking his ninth outing of 7.0 (or more) shutout innings — the most such starts in Major League Baseball and most in a single season in Nationals history (2005-pres.)…Over his last four starts, Roark has recorded a 1.08 ERA (3 ER/25.0 IP) with a 2-1 record.

STREAKS ON STREAKS
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 12 straight games dating to Sept. 2…During the streak, Murphy is hitting .422 (19-for-45) with seven doubles, four RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • With a single on Wednesday vs. NYM, Murphy recorded at least one hit in all 19 games against his former club in 2016…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 19-game streak matched the longest single-season hitting streak by a player versus one team in the divisional play era (since 1969)…Derek Lee had a 19-game hitting streak for the Cubs against the Cardinals in 2004 and Jose Altuve had a 19-game streak versus the A’s in 2014.

MORE MURPHY
2B Daniel Murphy is approaching two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season records…With 181 hits, he is just three shy of tying Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (184, 2014)…Additionally, his 45 doubles are two shy of Ryan Zimmerman’s record of 47 (2006).

  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.348), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.991), doubles (45) and multi-hit games (55)…He ranks among NL hitters in hits (2nd, 181), RBI (2nd, 102) and extra-base hits (T2nd, 75).

Today in Nationals’ History: Washington Nationals clinch 2014 NL East title

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September 16, 2014 – With a 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, the Washington Nationals clinched the 2014 National League East Division title. INF Ian Desmond’s mammoth two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning provided the Nationals all the cushion they would need to claim their second NL East title in three years. RHP Tanner Roark struck out four over 7.0 shutout innings, while RHP Drew Storen threw seven pitches, all strikes, to close the game out for his seventh save of the season.