Nationals Game Notes: May 5 at Chicago

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Washington Nationals (19-8) at Chicago Cubs (20-6)
RHP Joe Ross [3-0, 0.79] | RHP Kyle Hendricks [1-2, 3.91 ERA]
Thursday, May 5 l Game #28 / Road #16 l Wrigley Field l Chicago, Ill. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 FM & Nationals Radio Network

Thanks to a six-run first inning and eventual season highs in runs (13) and hits (16), the Nationals won the rubber match yesterday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals, 13-2…2B Daniel Murphy (4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 4 R), RF Bryce Harper (2-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R) and 1B Clint Robinson (2-for-3, 3 RBI) led Washington’s offensive surge while RHP Stephen Strasburg (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 SO) earned his fifth win of the season.

  • The Nationals lead MLB with 39 runs scored in the first inning of games this season.

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in six straight games, going 12-for-25 (.480) with three doubles, two homers, eight RBI and seven runs scored…He has posted multi-hit efforts in three of the six games and has recorded at least one RBI in a career-high six straight games…On May 4 at KCR, Murphy went 4-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and four runs scored…It was his 14th career four-hit game and was the first time he recorded at least four hits and four runs scored in a game in his career

  • Murphy leads Major League Baseball with a .398 batting average and a 1.112 OPS and
    ranks among MLB hitters in on-base percentage (4th, .449) and slugging percentage (4th, .663).
  • On the season, Murphy has hit safely in 23 of his 26 games played, including 13 multi-hit efforts, tied for the most in the Major Leagues with BAL’s Manny Machado.
  • As part of his 3-for-4 effort on Monday night, Murphy notched the 1,000th hit of his career with a double in the sixth inning…According to Stats LLC., Murphy is now the 10th player to collect his 1,000th hit as a National.

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