Nationals Game Notes: May 2 at Kansas City

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Washington Nationals (17-7) at Kansas City Royals (13-11)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [1-1, 1.42] | RHP Edinson Volquez [3-1, 3.34]
Monday, May 2 l Game #25 / Road #13 l Kauffman Stadium l Kansas City, MO l 7:15 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 99.1 FM & Nationals Radio Network

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SWEEPING CHANGE
The Nationals topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1, yesterday afternoon and, in doing so, completed their first sweep of the Cardinals in St. Louis in team history (2005-pres.)…In addition, it was the Nationals’ first series win against the Cardinals in St. Louis since May 2007…Washington outscored St. Louis, 17-6, while clubbing six home runs during the three-game set.

  • RHP Max Scherzer (7.0 IP, 4 H, 9 SO) earned the win Sunday afternoon and has now recorded at least one win against 29 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams…He has never beaten his former club, the Detroit Tigers, who visit Washington next week.
  • OF Matt den Dekker put the Nationals ahead, 1-0, in the sixth inning with an RBI-single…The Nationals tacked on in the seventh inning with back-to-back home runs by 1B Clint Robinson and SS Danny Espinosa.

I PLAY THE ROAD
Washington continues its 10-game, three-city trip today in Kansas City as the Nationals begin a three-game set against the defending World Series Champions.

  • Washington’s current road trip took them from St. Louis, across the state to Kansas City before they Nationals will head to Chicago on Thursday for a four-game series with the Cubs.
  • This is the first of two 10-game road trips for Washington in 2016…The Nationals will travel to San Diego (4 G), Los Angeles (3 G) and Milwaukee (3 G) from June 16-26.

BEST (NATIONALS) START EVER
At 17-7 (.708), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball (Chicago Cubs, 17-6, .739), and the are in the midst of the best start in Nationals history (2005-pres.) through 24 games.

  • The 17-7 record is the best start in Nationals history (2005-pres.) through the first 24 games and it matches the best record in Nationals/Expos history…The 1979 Expos also went 17-7…The 1932 Senators boast the best record for a D.C.-based team through the first 24 games at 19-5.

CLOSING IN ON No. 1,000
2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 20 of his 23 games played, including 11 multi-hit efforts, tied for second in the National League.

  • Murphy ranks third in Major League Baseball in batting average (.365) and ninth in on-base percentage (.426).
  • With 998, Murphy is just two hits shy of reaching the 1,000 hit mark…According to Stats LLC., he will become the 10th player to collect his 1,000th hit as a member of the Washington Nationals, joining:

PLAYER        DATE
1. Jose Guillen         9/9/2005
2. Alfonso Soriano      6/29/2006
3. Cristian Guzman      6/1/2007
4. Aaron Boone          6/25/2008
5. Adam Dunn             5/26/2009
6. Adam LaRoche         5/16/2012
7. Ryan Zimmerman       6/26/2012
8. Jayson Werth         8/10/2013
9. Denard Span          9/5/2014

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