Nationals Game Notes: June 16 at San Diego Padres

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Washington Nationals (41-25) at San Diego Padres (27-40)
RHP Tanner Roark [5-4, 2.93] | RHP Erik Johnson [0-1, 9.64]
Thursday, June 16 l Game #67 / Road #35 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

The Nationals and Cubs’ Wednesday afternoon rubber match turned into quite the back-and-forth affair as a 1-1 tie through seven-and-a-half innings turned into a 5-4, 12-inning walk-off Nationals victory…LF Jayson Werth’s two-out single off the wall in left center field scored CF Michael A. Taylor for the win…Taylor had scored SS Danny Espinosa (who was hit by a pitch and stole second base) to tie the game with a base hit one batter earlier…The Nationals came back from one-run deficits three different times in sealing the series victory over the Cubs.

  • Washington has now won five of its last six, eight of its last 10, and 12 of its last 16 games, playing at a .750 clip since May 29…They have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.1 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 97-61.
  • At 41-25 (.621), the Nationals have posted their best record through 66 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history.
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind only the Cubs (44-20, .688)…Washington’s 41-25 record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

LF Jayson Werth’s walk-off single on Wednesday was his second walk-off hit in the last four games as the Nationals’ elder statesman also connected for a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth against the Phillies on Sunday…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the shortest span of days between two walk-off RBIs for any player this season…Two players played the hero within a four-day span last year: Starlin Castro and Martin Prado…Wednesday’s win was the Nationals’ fourth walk-off win of the season.

  • Since his pinch-hit grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29, Werth is hitting .340 with a .443 on-base percentage and a .640 slugging percentage…In that span he has clubbed three doubles and four homers, walked 10 times and scored 10 runs while two of his 17 RBI drove in the game-winning run and three knocked home go-ahead tallies.

As a group, the Nationals’ pinch hitters rank second in MLB/NL in home runs (9), and third in MLB (second in the NL) in slugging percentage (.662)…On the season, the Nationals have 19 pinch hits, with 12 of them going for extra bases (3 2B, 9 HR)…The nine pinch-hit home runs hit by the Nationals this season are already a single-season Nationals record (2005-pres.).

  • Stephen Drew’s pinch-hit home run to give the Nationals the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Wednesday was his third pinch-hit home run of the season and pulled him into a tie with Chris Heisey for the most on the team, as well as the most in a career Nationals history (2005-present).
  • On 5/13 vs. MIA, WSH hit two pinch-hit homers hit in the same game (Drew & Heisey) for the first time in team history (2005-pres.)…According to STATS, Inc., 7/13/73 vs. ATL was the only other time in franchise history that happened (Jim Lyttle and Hal Breeden).

Since June 1st, the Washington Nationals offense ranks among National League clubs in slugging percentage (1st, .472), OPS (1st, .817), on-base percentage (1st, .344), batting average (2nd, .282), and runs scored (2nd, 78)…Their 92 strikeouts as a team are the second-fewest in the NL over this stretch.

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