Nationals Game Notes: June 29 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-36) vs. Washington Nationals (46-32)
RHP Logan Verrett [3-4, 4.14] | RHP Max Scherzer [8-5, 3.52]
Wednesday, June 29 l Game #79 / Home #35 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

CAN’T RAIN ON THEIR PARADE
The Nationals dodged the raindrops in two separate delays to earn their third straight victory with a 5-0 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night…Washington’s longest homestand of the season enjoyed the addition of top prospect RHP Lucas Giolito, who made his Major League debut on Tuesday night with four scoreless innings of work before the rain returned…The Nationals’ bullpen took it from there, with RHP Yusmeiro Petit, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Sammy Solis, and RHP Shawn Kelley combining on five scoreless frames to seal the W.

  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Wednesday with the finale vs. NYM…Washington will welcome the Reds this weekend and the Brewers early next week…With 78 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 17 of its next 21 games at home.
  • At 46-32 (.590), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-30, .620) and the Chicago Cubs (50-26, .658).

NO FLIES ON HIM
Despite rain delaying the start of his Major League career by 55 minutes, and cutting it short after four innings of work, the Nationals welcomed arguably the best prospect in baseball (Ranked No. 1 by MLB.com and ESPN.com) to the big leagues on Tuesday night as RHP Lucas Giolito made his Major League debut…The promising 21-year-old allowed just one hit and walked two in four scoreless frames, adding the first strikeout of his career on a 3-2 pitch to Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera….Giolito became the first pitcher in Major League history to start his MLB debut and finish with a line of 4.0 IP, 0 R.

  • Giolito is the 13th pitcher drafted and developed by the Nationals (2005-present) to start a game for Washington…He joins: RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Taylor Hill, RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP John Lannan, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP Craig Stammen, RHP Stephen Strasburg, and RHP Jordan Zimmermann…He is the first player from Washington’s 2012 draft class to make it to the Major Leagues.

SUMMER HEAT
The Nationals bats are starting to sizzle in the summer heat…As a team, Washington has posted a National League-best .277 batting average since June 1, and a .797 on-base plus slugging percentage, the second-best mark in the NL (1st: COL, .833).

  • Leading the way is C Wilson Ramos who went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run on Tuesday night to extend his current hitting streak to 11 games…Ramos is hitting .373 since June began, with five doubles, six homers, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored.
  • Closely behind Ramos is Nationals SS Danny Espinosa, who matched a career high with three walks on Tuesday night…With 13 home runs, Espinosa has already tallied the third-highest home run total for a season in his career, matching his output from the entire 2015 season, and only seven behind the career-best 21 he hit in his rookie season (2011)…Only three shortstops in MLB have hit more HR this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 18.54 at-bats: COL SS Trevor Story (19), LAD SS Corey Seager (16), and OAK SS Marcus Semien (15)…Since June 8, Espinosa is hitting .333 (19-for-57) with three doubles, five homers, 11 RBI, five HBP, nine walks, two stolen bases and 15 runs.
  • Add fellow infielder 3B Anthony Rendon to the “heating up” list as well…Rendon, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI-triple on Tuesday, has reached base safely in his last eight games, hitting .345 with a .394 OBP and .483 SLG in that stretch…In his last four games, Rendon is 7-for-15 (.467) with one BB, one 2B, one 3B, four RBI, one SB and four runs scored.
  • And who could overlook LF Jayson Werth, who is hitting .348 (23-for-66) since June 7, with six doubles, one homer, 12 RBI, 18 walks and 12 runs scored…He has posted a .482 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage in those 18 games…Since his pinch-hit grand slam against STL on May 29, Werth ranks sixth among NL hitters in on-base percentage (.430), third in walks (18), and 13th in batting average (.318).

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