Nationals Game Notes: June 14 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs (43-19) vs. Washington Nationals (40-24)
RHP John Lackey [7-2, 2.63] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-5, 3.93]
Tuesday, June 14 l Game #65 / Home #31 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

The Nationals have won four in a row, seven of their last eight, and 11 of their last 14 games, playing at a .786 clip since May 29, and have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.4 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 89-53…The Nationals’ 89 runs scored in this span are tied for the National League lead with the Cincinnati Reds, and tied for second in Major League Baseball behind only the Baltimore Orioles (91).

  • At 40-24 (.625), the Nationals have posted their best record through 64 games in club
    history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1994 & 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues this season, behind only the visiting Chicago Cubs (43-19, .694).

Nationals SS Danny Espinosa continued his power surge on Sunday afternoon, sending his 11th home run of the season to left center field in the second inning…Espinosa has now hit eight home runs in his last 16 games (dating to May 26), the second-most in Major League Baseball in that span, behind only Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez and Reds OF Adam Duvall (9)…Eight of Espinosa’s last 16 hits have been home runs.

  • 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).

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