Nationals Game Notes: June 5 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-23) at Cincinnati Reds (21-35)
RHP Tanner Roark [4-4, 2.70] | RHP Jon Moscot [0-2, 4.02]
Sunday, June 5 l Game #57 / Road #31 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 1:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

The Nationals and Reds will wrap up this three-game series Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, with the Nationals looking to avoid their second road sweep of 2016…The Reds won a rain-delayed contest, 6-3, on Saturday to hand the Nationals just their fourth series loss of the season.

  • At 33-23 (.589), the Nationals are tied for the fourth-best record in MLB, behind only the Chicago Cubs (39-15, .722), San Francisco Giants (35-23, .603) and Texas Rangers (33-22, .600).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-12 (.600) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Cubs (17-8, .680) and Giants (19-12, .613) for the best mark in the NL.
  • Cincinnati is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season…After Sunday’s finale, Washington will pack up and head to Chicago for an off day on Monday before opening a three-game set at the White Sox on Tuesday evening.

With a strikeout of Dan Straily in the fifth inning on Saturday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg became the first pitcher in Nationals history (2005-present) to tally 1,000 strikeouts with Washington…LHP Gio Gonzalez struck out his 1,000th batter in a Nationals uniform, but 511 of his first 1K were with the Oakland Athletics…Strasburg is the 40th active pitcher to notch 1,000 strikeouts in his career, the 488th in baseball history.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg reached the 1,000 strikeout mark in the fifth-fewest innings in Major League history:

1. Billy Wagner 757.2 IP
2. Octavio Dotel 820.1 IP
3. Francisco Rodriguez 827.1 IP
4. Kerry Wood 853.0 IP
5. Stephen Strasburg 855.0 IP
6. Chris Sale 872.0 IP
7. Tim Lincecum 896.1 IP

  • While taking a no-decision on Saturday, Strasburg kept intact his franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12-game winning streak, dating to Sept. 15, 2015…The record, which is among starting pitchers, surpassed the 11-game winning streaks of RHP Livan Hernandez (4/4-7/1/05) and RHP Dennis Martinez (5/9-7/29/89).
  • In addition, Strasburg’s 9-0 record to start a season topped the 1997 8-0 start of Hall of Fame RHP Pedro Martinez (4/15-5/23/97) for a new franchise record (Nationals/Expos).

Nationals C Wilson Ramos went 1-for-3 with a double and a run on Saturday, improving his batting average to .342 through the season’s first 56 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.386), slugging percentage (.546), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.
  • Through June 3, Ramos’ batting average is 30 points higher than the next closest catcher (min. 150 PA) in all of MLB: MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy (.312).

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