Nationals Game Notes: June 18 at San Diego Padres

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Washington Nationals (43-25) at San Diego Padres (27-42)
RHP Max Scherzer [8-4, 3.40] | RHP Colin Rea [3-3, 5.37]
Saturday, June 18 l Game #69 / Road #37 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

The Nationals won their third straight on Friday night, topping the San Diego Padres, 7-5, to improve to 2-0 on their current three-city, 10-game trek…RHP Joe Ross took home the win with six innings of three-run ball…1B Ryan Zimmerman and 2B Daniel Murphy clubbed home runs while LF Jayson Werth, RF Bryce Harper, and Murphy all collected multi-hit games..RHP Yusmeiro Petit picked up the second save of his career with a scoreless ninth.

  • Washington has now won seven of its last eight, 10 of its last 12, and 14 of its last 18 games, playing at a .778 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 6.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.2 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 112-71.
  • At 43-25 (.632), the Nationals have posted their best record through 68 games in club history (2005-pres.), as well as franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind only the Cubs (45-20, .692)…Washington’s 43-25 record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy picked up his National League-best 29th multi-hit game of the season on Friday night with a double and a home run off SDP LHP Christian Friedrich…The home run was Murphy’s 12th of the year, but it was his first against a left-handed pitcher this season…Against left-handed pitching this season, Murphy is hitting .333…With his two hits on Friday night, Murphy is now batting an even .400 (62-for-155) (vs. RHP & LHP) in Nationals victories this year.

  • As a team, the Nationals are batting .271 against left-handed pitching this season, and their 22 home runs off southpaws are fifth-most in the National League.
  • Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.361)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T2nd, 29), OPS (2nd, .1.010), and hits (3rd, 90) while his .404 on-base percentage is 11th in MLB and eighth in the National League.

Nationals LF Jayson Werth went 2-for-5 and scored a run on Friday night, his third consecutive multi-hit game…Since his pinch-hit grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29, Werth is hitting .350 with a .437 on-base percentage and a .600 slugging percentage…In that span he has clubbed three doubles and four homers, walked 10 times and scored 13 runs while two of his 17 RBI drove in the game-winning run and three knocked home go-ahead tallies.

  • Werth’s walk-off single on Wednesday was his second walk-off hit in 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…Wednesday’s win was the Nationals’ fourth walk-off win of the season.

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