Nationals Game Notes: April 19 at Miami
Washington Nationals (9-3) at Miami Marlins (4-7)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [2-0, 1.98] | LHP Adam Conley [0-0, 3.86]
Tuesday, April 19 l Game #13 / Road #7 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals suffered just their third defeat of the 2016 season on Monday night in Miami, falling 6-1 and moving their record to 9-3…RF Bryce Harper drove in Washington’s lone run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning…The RBI was Harper’s 16th of the season, tied for the Major League lead (with COL 3B Nolan Arenado).
- Owners of the second-best record in the Major Leagues (.750 winning percentage), the Nationals’ fast start has placed them into the record books: The 9-1 start was not only the best in Nationals history (2005-present), but it’s also the best in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history, and the best in D.C. baseball history…The 1974 Montreal Expos began the season 9-2 and the 1951 Washington Senators began 9-3…Both teams had held the previous best for the the franchise and D.C. baseball at 7-2.
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy went 1-for-4 on Monday night to push his hitting streak to 10 games… Murphy has reached base safely in 24 of his 48 plate appearances this season with 17 hits (3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR), eight RBI and seven walks…He has hit safely in 11 of the 12 games the Nationals have played.
- Murphy leads the Major Leagues with a .415 batting average, is tied for second with a .500 on-base percentage, and ranks fourth with a .732 slugging percentage.
POP FROM THE TOP
Nationals OF Michael A. Taylor has reached base safely in six of his last eight games (seven starts), and went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored on Monday night in Miami…Taylor also has three multi-hit games in his last seven starts.
- Taylor launched his third career leadoff home run on Friday night when he sent Jeremy Hellickson’s second pitch of the game into the left field seats…It was the first game-opening home run for the Nationals this season and keyed a five-run first inning from which Washington did not look back.