Nationals Game Notes: May 27 vs. St. Louis Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals (24-24) vs. Washington Nationals (29-19)
LHP Jaime Garcia [3-4, 3.59] | RHP Max Scherzer [5-3, 3.80]
Friday, May 27 l Game #49 / Home # 24 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

A LANDMARK VICTORY
The Nationals topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, on Thursday night, the 1,700th victory of Dusty Baker’s managerial career…Baker is the 17th all-time winningest manager in MLB history, and the second active manager, behind only San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy (1,732 victories)…Baker is 69 wins behind Jim Leyland for the 15th spot on the list.

  • The victory, which matched career win No. 1 for Baker as his 1993 San Francisco Giants topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, on April 6, 1993, was Washington’s fifth straight over STL…The five-game winning streak over the Cardinals matches a Nationals record (2005-present) vs. STL (also June 14, 2011-Aug. 31, 2012).

AT THE HOT CORNER
Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 Thursday night, continuing his scorching hot stretch…In 16 games dating to May 10, Rendon 20-for-56 (.357) with five doubles, one triple, one home run, nine RBI, 11 walks, two stolen bases and nine runs scored…He has posted eight multi-hit efforts over that stretch.

INHERITANCE TAX
Nationals relievers have posted a miniscule 0.84 ERA (4 ER/42.2 IP) since May 9 (17 games)…In that stretch, the Nationals’ ‘pen has struck out 9.49 batters per nine innings, posted a 4.09 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and surrendered just five extra base hits (4 2B, 1 HR)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: MIL, 1.70)

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (22 IR, 0 IRS)…No other team that’s inherited 10 or more runners in that span has kept all of them from scoring…Only the Brewers (8 IR, 0 IRS) relievers have joined the Nationals in keeping all of their runners inherited since May 9 from crossing the plate.

IT STARTS WITH THE STARTERS
Nationals RHP Joe Ross picked up his fourth win of the season on Thursday night, holding STL to one run over 7.0 IP…Ross, whose lone run allowed came on a solo home run by Aldemys Diaz in the fourth inning, struck out four, allowed six hits and walked one batter.

  • The Nationals’ pitching staff, as a whole, leads MLB with 449 strikeouts and ranks second in MLB with a 2.82 ERA…The staff also ranks in MLB in opp. slugging percentage (3rd, .347), opp. OPS (3rd, .636), WHIP (3rd, 1.12), hits/9.0 innings (3rd, 7.40), opp. average (3rd, .224), and opp. OBP (3rd, .289).

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