Nationals Game Notes: July 1 vs. Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds (29-51) vs. Washington Nationals (48-32)
RHP Anthony DeSclafani [2-0 1.52] | RHP Tanner Roark [7-5, 2.96]
Friday, July 1 l Game #81 / Home #37 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 6:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals said goodbye to the month of June with an offense-filled victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to five games and heading into July with a 13-4 win…The victory, in which seven of Washington’s 13 runs were driven in by SS Danny Espinosa, sealed the Nationals’ third consecutive month with 16 wins…In the month of June, the Nationals hit .276 as a team, posted a .346 on-base percentage, and a .465 slugging percentage…The Nationals scored 149 runs in the month (a 5.5 runs per game average), and allowed just 112.
- The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Friday with the second of four games against the Cincinnati Reds…Washington will welcome the Brewers early next week…With 80 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 15 of its next 19 games at home.
- At 48-32 (.600), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (50-31, .617) and the Chicago Cubs (51-27, .654).
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa delivered one of the most unique games in franchise (Nationals/Expos) and D.C.-baseball history on Thursday night as the switch-hitting infielder went 2-for-4 with his 14th home run, a grand slam (third inning, batting right-handed), and his 15th, a three-run shot (fourth inning, batting left-handed), and a career-high seven RBI.
- Espinosa is the first player in Nationals history (2005-present) and D.C.-baseball history (going back to the 1800s, per the Elias Sports Bureau), to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game…He became the first player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to accomplish the feat since Geoff Blum did it on July 5, 2001 vs. FLA.
- Via Elias, Espinosa is the first player in franchise history to club home runs from both sides of the plate with one of those home runs being a grand slam.
- Espinosa’s fourth career multi-homer game (and second career grand slam) propelled him to nine home runs in the month of June, a career-best in a calendar month for the shortstop…His previous high was 8 in May of 2011…Since June 1, Espinosa is hitting .309 with a .704 slugging percentage and a .418 on-base percentage… Espinosa has already tallied the third-highest home run total for a season in his career…Only three shortstops in MLB have hit more HR this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 16.47 at-bats: COL’s Trevor Story (19), LAD’s Corey Seager (17) & OAK’s Marcus Semien (16).
- Espinosa’s seven RBI on Thursday night were the most in a game by a Nationals player since Josh Willingham collected eight RBI on July 27, 2009 at MIL, and the most by any MLB shortstop since Miami’s Adeiny Hechavarria drove in seven on May 5, 2013.
WHAT A RELIEF
Since June 19, the Nationals’ bullpen has posted a 1.55 ERA (5 ER/29.0 IP) while striking out 33 batters and walking just three…They have converted two saves and six holds.
- A strength of the club all season, Washington relievers have allowed just one of 12 inherited runners to score since June 19 (8.3%)…That is the fourth-best percentage in MLB in that span…Only the Braves have inherited more runners (17) and allowed only one to score.