Nationals Game Notes: July 2 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Cincinnati Reds (29-52) vs. Washington Nationals (49-32) 

RHP Dan Straily [4-5 4.38] | RHP Joe Ross [7-4, 3.30]

Saturday, July 2 l Game #82 / Home #38 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:15 P.M.

Television: FOX l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

EXTRA! EXTRA! 

The Nationals and Reds were one of eight teams to play extra innings on Friday, dueling in a 2-2 tie until the 14th inning when CF Ben Revere doubled home SS Danny Espinosa to give the Nationals the walk-off win, 3-2…The victory, which extended the Nationals’ current winning streak to six games, was Washington’s fifth walk-off win of the season.

  • The win was the Nationals’ ninth consecutive extra-innings victory at Nationals Park (dating to the start of the 2015 season)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest home winning streak in extra-inning games for any Major League team since the Arizona Diamondbacks also won nine straight extra-inning affairs at Chase Field from 2013-14…The last time any team in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) won nine straight extra-inning home games was the 2002-03 Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium (also nine straight).
  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Saturday with the third of four games against the Cincinnati Reds…Washington will welcome the Brewers early next week…The Nationals are currently enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 14 of its next 18 games at home.
  • At 49-32 (.605), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (51-31, .622) and the Chicago Cubs (51-28, .646).

HALFWAY HOME

The Nationals played their 81st game of the season on Friday night, marking the occasion with their sixth consecutive victory…At the season’s mathematical halfway point, here’s where the 2016 Nationals rank in the franchise annals:

  • Washington’s 49 victories in its first 81 games are the second-most in club history (2005-pres.), topped only by the 2005 Nationals, who went 50-31 in the season’s “first half.”
  • These Nationals have also well out-homered every club in franchise history, posting 107 home runs in the season’s first 81 games…Here’s how they stack up:

SEASON HR GAME NO. 81 

2016 107 July 1

2000 98 July 6

2012 88 July 6

1997 85 July 1

2006 85 June 30

BULLETPROOF BULLPEN

The Nationals bullpen turned in five scoreless frames on Friday night, pushing their ERA as a group since June 19 to a minuscule 1.25 (5 ER/36.0 IP), the best mark in the National League (2nd in MLB)…They’ve struck out 39 batters and walked just three in that span.

  • 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 third-best percentage in MLB in that span, however, HOU & CLE (T1st 0%) have only inherited three and eight runners, respectively, in this stretch.

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