Nationals Game Notes: June 12 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies (29-33) vs. Washington Nationals (38-24)
LHP Adam Morgan [1-5, 6.70] | RHP Joe Ross [5-4, 2.92]
Sunday, June 12 l Game #63 / Home #29 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN 2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
Thanks to Saturday’s 8-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, the Nationals have won nine of their last 12 games…During this stretch, dating to May 29,Washington has averaged 6.7 runs per game and has outscored opponents, 80-48…The 80 runs scored leads the National League and ranks third in Major League Baseball behind Seattle (84) and Baltimore (82).
- With yesterday’s win, the Nationals are 38-24, matching their best record through 62 games in team history (2005-pres.) and franchise history (Nationals/Expos)… The 2012 Nationals, 1994 Expos and 1979 Expos were also 38-24…Only the 1994 and 1979 Expos improved to 39-24.
- At 38-24 (.613), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (42-18, .700) and are tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in Major League Baseball.
HOME RUN STREAK SNAPPED
From May 26 to June 10, the Nationals homered in a team record (2005-pres.) 14 consecutive games…It was the second-longest streak in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history behind the 16 game run the 1999 Expos put together from May 18-June 5 of that season…The 14-game streak was the second longest home-run streak in Major League Baseball this season (BOS – 22 games – 4/29-5/22).
HIT THE BALL…
The Nationals, as a team, lead the National League in home runs (85) and are fifth in the NL in runs scored (287)…They also rank tied for fifth in walks (215) and their 472 strikeouts are the third-fewest in the National League.
- At +75, the Nationals rank second in the National League in run differential behind the Chicago Cubs (+151) and third in MLB behind the Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles (+88).
…AND PITCH IT
Washington’s pitching staff leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts (591) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings with 9.50…The Nationals staff also ranks among MLB leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.22), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3rd, 3.40), WHIP (3rd, 1.14) and hits per nine innings (3rd, 7.48).