Nationals Game Notes: June 1 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals (32-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (26-26)
RHP Max Scherzer [5-4, 4.05] | LHP Adam Morgan [1-3, 6.67]
Wednesday, June 1 l Game #54 / Road # 28 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
Behind strong pitching from RHP Joe Ross (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and four homers (OF Jayson Werth, 2B Daniel Murphy, SS Danny Espinosa and PH Stephen Drew), the Nationals won their third straight game and sealed the series victory on Tuesday night with a 5-1 defeat of the Phillies…The win pushed Washington to 7-1-1 this season in road series play thus far, the only series loss coming at the Chicago Cubs (May 5-8).
- The Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season, matching the final regular-season trip of the year, to ATL, MIA & PIT.
- The Nationals have played to a 17-10 (.630) record on the road thus far this season, tied with San Francisco for the second-best mark in the NL, behind only Chicago (17-8, .680).
INTO THE FRANCHISE ANNALS
Going 2-for-4 (with a home run and an infield single) Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy collected his 46th and 47th hits in May on Tuesday night, tying the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for his in a single calendar month…Murphy, who had already set the Nationals record (2005-present) for hits in a month by soaring past the previous high of 40, joined OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994) as the record holders.
- Murphy finished the month of May with his MLB-best 26th multi-hit game, bringing his totals for the month (29 games) to 47-for-113 (.416), with eight doubles, seven HR, 32 singles, 23 RBI, two walks, 17 runs scored and 14 multi-hit games.
- The 47 hits, a career high in a single month for Murphy (40, July 2011), are also the most recorded by any National League player in any calendar month since Melky Cabrera piled up 51 hits for the San Francisco Giants in May, 2012.
- Murphy currently leads Major League Baseball in multi-hit games (26), batting average (.397) and hits (77)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (2nd, 1.062), slugging percentage (2nd, .634), on-base percentage (3rd, .428) and doubles (T11th, 15).
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last qualified player in his first season with a new team who possessed as high a batting average through May as Murphy was Roberto Alomar for the 1996 Baltimore Orioles (.397).
- Having played in 51 of the Nationals’ 53 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half of the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 27 of his last 31 games (including 10 straight), going 50-for-121 (.413) with eight doubles, seven HR, 25 RBI and 19 runs scored.
LET’S TALK HOMERS
The Nationals’ rode a variety of home runs to the win on Tuesday night…OF Jayson Werth kicked things off with a first-inning blast…2B Daniel Murphy gave the Nationals the lead with a sixth-inning shot to right field…And in the ninth, SS Danny Espinosa crushed a two-run jack to right for some key insurance, his sixth of the season, while PH Stephen Drew immediately followed with an inside-the-parker.
- Werth’s was his 10th home run at Citizens Bank Park as a member of the Nationals, his 62nd there in his career.
- With nine HR through the season’s first two months, Murphy is on pace to demolish his previous career high of 14 longballs in a season (2015).
- Espinosa and Drew produced the fifth set of back-to-back HR for the Nationals this year.
- Drew’s pinch-hit inside-the-park home run (clocked at 17 seconds around the bases) was the second ITPHR for Washington this season, joining 1B Ryan Zimmerman (5/15 vs. MIA)…Via Elias, the Nationals are the first team with two ITPHRs in the same month since the Rockies did it in June, 2014 (both by Brandon Barnes)…It was the fourth ITPHR in Nationals history and Washington’s eighth pinch-hit home run of 2016, already matching the team record (2005-present) for PH HR in a season (2006).