Nationals Game Notes: July 3 vs. Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds (30-52) vs. Washington Nationals (49-33)
LHP John Lamb [1-4 4.60] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [10-0, 2.90]
Sunday, July 3 l Game #83 / Home #39 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 1:35 P.M.
Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
WHEN NINE ISN’T ENOUGH
The Nationals and Reds needed extra innings for the second straight night as Cincinnati defeated the Nationals, 9-4, via a five-run 10th inning…The loss was the Nationals’ first in a full week, snapping their six-game winning streak…Washington trailed for much of the game but a three-run eighth inning, keyed by SS Danny Espinosa’s two-run home run (his 16th of the season) tied things up until the 10th.
- The loss also snapped the Nationals’ nine-game home extra-innings winning streak, which dated to the 2015 season…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was 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 2015-16 Nationals became first group in the franchise annals to win nine consecutive extra-innings games at home since the 2002-03 Montreal Expos.
- The Nationals will wrap up this four-game series with the Reds Sunday afternoon and finish out this 10-game homestand with three games against the Brewers…The Nationals are currently enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 13 of its next 17 games at home.
- At 49-33 (.598), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (51-32, .614) and the Chicago Cubs (51-29, .638).
STRAS IS STILL STREAKING
RHP Stephen Strasburg returns to the Nationals’ active roster on Sunday after missing 17 games due to an upper back strain…Strasburg rejoins the Nationals with a 10-0 record and a personal 13-game winning streak that dates to Sept. 15, 2015…The 13-game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and matches RHP Stan Coveleski (5/9/1925 – 7/26/1925) & RHP Walter Johnson (7/15/1924 – 9/22/1924) for the third-longest by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.
- Strasburg will take the mound Sunday as the only remaining qualified starter in the Major Leagues not to suffer a losing decision…According to ESPN Stats and Information, Strasburg was the first National League starter to begin a season 10-0 since SDP’s RHP Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985.
NOT SHORT ON POWER
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 16th home run of the season on Saturday night, a two-run shot in the eighth inning that brought the Nationals within a run and jumpstarted their game-tying three-run rally…It was Espinosa’s 10th home run since June 1 and continued his stellar homestand at the plate (7-for-21, 3 HR, 2 2B, 11 RBI, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 6 R).
- 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 became the first player in Nationals history (2005-present) and D.C.-baseball history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game…Only three shortstops in the Major Leagues have hit more home runs this season than Espinosa: COL’s Trevor Story (19), LAD’s Corey Seager (17), and OAK’s Marcus Semien (17).