Nationals Game Notes: April 23 vs. Minnesota
Minnesota Twins (5-12) vs. Washington Nationals (12-4)
RHP Phil Hughes [1-2, 4.42] | RHP Tanner Roark [1-2, 3.71]
Saturday, April 23 l Game #17 / Home #8 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
ABOUT LAST NIGHT
Behind multi-hit efforts from C Jose Lobaton (2-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI, BB, R), 2B Daniel Murphy (2-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R), SS Danny Espinosa (2-for-3, RBI, R, HBP) and LF Jayson Werth’s third home run of the year (and stellar defense), the Nationals topped the Twins, 8-4, in the first game of the weekend set.
- LHP Gio Gonzalez earned his first win of the season, allowing two earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and just one walk in 6.0 innings of work…Gonzalez has worked to a 1.42 ERA (3 ER/19.0 IP) through his first three starts, his best start since he posted a 0.47 ERA (1 ER/19.0 IP) through his first three starts in 2011, when he was with OAK.
At 12-4 (.750), the Nationals have the second-best record in baseball and their 12-4 start matches the best start in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…The 2012 Nationals were 12-4 through the first 16 games of the season, as were the 1981 Expos.
- The 12-4 start matches the best start of any D.C.-based club…The 1913 and 1932 Washington Senators both started 11-4.
With two hits Friday night against MIN, 2B Daniel Murphy has now hit safely in 14 of 16 games played, including nine multi-hit efforts…He has also reached base safely in 31 of his 64 plate appearances (.484 OBP).
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murphy is the second player in Nationals/Expos history to have nine multi-hit performances in his first 16 games with the franchise…C Ivan Rodriguez posted nine games with at least two hits in his first 16 appearances with the Nationals in 2010.
- From April 7-20, Murphy posted a 12-game hitting streak, matching the longest single-season hitting streak of Murphy’s career, a 12-game run from Sept. 18-Oct. 3, 2015…Murphy does own a 14-game streak, which stretched from the end of the 2013 season (Sept. 19) to the start of 2014 (April 4).
- Murphy leads MLB with a .411 batting average while his .483 OBP is good for third in MLB (and the NL) and his .679 slugging percentage ranks fourth in MLB (third in the NL).