Nationals Game Notes: May 22 vs. Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (26-17) at Miami Marlins (22-20)

RHP Max Scherzer [4-3, 4.01] | LHP Adam Conley [3-2, 3.40]

Sunday, May 22 l Game #44 / Road #25 l Marlins Park l Miami, F.L. l 1:10 P.M.

Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD

The Nationals will wrap up this six-game, two-city road trip Sunday afternoon with a rubber match in Miami and head home to open a seven-game homestand that will feature the New York Mets (three games) and St. Louis Cardinals (four games).

  • Washington reached the approximate quarter pole of the season this week, and have matched the best start in Nationals history (2005-present) through 43 games…The 2012 Nationals also went 26-17.

MR. MULTI-FACETED

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 Saturday night, his Major League-leading 21st multi-hit game of this season…Having played in 42 of the Nationals’ 43 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half of the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 18 of his last 22 games, going 35-for-86 (.407) with seven doubles, four homers, 18 RBI and 14 runs scored.

  • Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.390), multi-hit games (21), and hits (62)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (2nd, 1.037), slugging percentage (6th, .616), doubles (T8th, 14), and on-base percentage (7th, .421).

PRACTICALLY PERFECT

Since May 9, the Nationals bullpen has posted a 0.57 ERA (2 ER/31.1 IP), 9.77 strikeouts per nine innings, a 3.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has surrendered just four extra base hits (4 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 1.72).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (20 IR, 0 IRS)…Since May 9, no team in MLB has inherited as many runners without allowing one to score.

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