Nationals Game Notes: June 17 at San Diego Padres
Washington Nationals (42-25) at San Diego Padres (27-41)
RHP Joe Ross [5-4, 3.01] | LHP Christian Friedrich [3-1, 2.12]
Friday, June 17 l Game #68 / Road #36 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 7:40 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals opened their current three-city, 10-game, 11-day road trip with an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night…RHP Tanner Roark picked up his sixth win of the season while LF Jayson Werth, RF Bryce Harper and C Wilson Ramos registered multi-hit games…Harper, Ramos and 3B Anthony Rendon all homered in the contest…RHP Shawn Kelley picked up his second save in as many chances this season.
- Washington has now won six of its last seven, nine of its last 11, and 13 of its last 17 games, playing at a .765 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.2 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 105-6.
- At 42-25 (.627), the Nationals have posted their best record through 67 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 42-25 record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.
Nationals RF Bryce Harper sent his 14th home run careening off the facade of Petco Park’s Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field in the third inning on Thursday night…C Wilson Ramos followed with a missile of his own to right field, his 11th of 2016 and the Nationals’ ninth set of back-to-back blasts this season — second most in MLB this year (Baltimore, 10).
- According to STATS, LLC., the nine sets of back-to-back home runs are tied with the 2012 Nationals for the most in a single season in team history (2005-present)…It is the third time in franchise history a Nationals or Expos team has hit nine or more back-to-back homers in a season with the 2016 & 2012 Nationals joining the 1999 Expos, who did it 10 times.
- For a full list of the Nationals’ 2016 back-to-back home runs, visit the Home Run Log on page 3 of the game notes.
GET OUT AND VOTE
The next round of National League All-Star balloting updates aren’t expected until Wednesday, but Washington boasts several position players building strong cases for consideration:
- 2B Daniel Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.359)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T3rd, 28), OPS (2nd, .994), and hits (3rd, 88) while his .402 on-base percentage is 10th in MLB and sixth in the National League.
- C Wilson Ramos clubbed his 11th home run of the season on Thursday night…Ramos has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games, posting a .392(18-for-46) average with two doubles, five homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 13 runs scored during that span….Finally qualifying for MLB league leaders (3.1 PA/Team Game) Ramos is curently fifth in MLB in batting average (.339) and leads all Major League catchers average (.339), on-base percentage (.388), slugging percentage (.568) and fewest strikeouts (26)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 38 RBI and his 11 home runs are tied for first with KCR’s Salvador Perez…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
- RF Bryce Harper was second among all NL outfielders in voting as of the most recent update (June 15) with 1,451,270 fan votes to date…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is tied for first in MLB in walks (56) and also ranks in NL in on-base percentage (5th, .409) and OPS (10th, .911)…His 12 go-ahead RBI rank tied for third in MLB.