Nationals Game Notes: April 15 at Philadelphia

Washington Nationals (7-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-5)
RHP Joe Ross [1-0, 1.29] | RHP Jeremy Hellickson [1-0, 1.54]
Friday, April 15 l Game #9 / Road #3 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, PA
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

4152016lineupIT MAY NOT BE HOW YOU START, BUT…
The Nationals completed a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 6-2 victory on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, improving to 7-1 on the season…The 2016 Nationals are the first team to start a season 7-1 since baseball returned to the District in 2005.

  • The 7-1 start is the best in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history since the 1974 Expos started the season with the same record.
  • The only other D.C. team to start a season 7-1 was the 1951 Washington Senators.

AIN’T 1 0 0 GRAND?
Nationals RF Bryce Harper entered Thursday’s contest having hit 99 career home runs — but not a single one of them had been a grand slam…With a vicious third-inning swing on a bases-loaded 1-0 pitch from RHP Julio Teheran, Harper changed that, and became the first player in Major League history whose 100th career home run and first career grand slam came on the same swing.

  • At 23 years, 181 days old, Harper became the eighth-youngest player in MLB history to reach the 100-homer mark.
  • Harper joined Ryan Zimmerman (200) and Ian Desmond (110) as the only players in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to eclipse the 100-HR milestone while wearing a Nationals uniform.
  • In addition, on Sunday vs. MIA, Harper became the sixth player in Nationals history to record 100 doubles, joining: Ryan Zimmerman (321), Ian Desmond (185), Jayson Werth (124), Danny Espinosa (115) and Nick Johnson (105).
  • Harper, Zimmerman and Desmond are the only players to hit the 100-100 mark while with the Nationals.

CAN’T TOUCH THIS
This weekend’s series in Philadelphia will pit the two lowest-ERA starting pitching staffs in MLB against one another…The Nationals’ starting staff has worked to a 2.33 ERA through the first eight games of the season, averaging 6.1 IP per starter…In 10 games, the Phillies’ starting staff has posted a 2.14 ERA and is also averaging 6.1 IP per starter.

Learn more about tonight’s match-up, including plenty of pitcher and hitter notes in today’s game notes:

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