Nationals Game Notes: July 5 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers (36-46) vs. Washington Nationals (50-34)
RHP Zach Davies [5-4 4.22] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [4-7, 4.81]
Tuesday, July 5 l Game #85 / Home #41 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The three-game series with the Brewers will conclude the Nationals’ longest homestand of the season to date (10 games) as well as the first-half home slate…Washington will travel to New York for four games before the All-Star break, but will open the second half with a nine-game homestand vs. Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego.

  • At 50-34 (.595), the Nationals are just the fourth team in the Major Leagues to reach the 50-win mark, securing victory No. 50 with a 12-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday… Washington possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs (52-30, .634) and the San Francisco Giants (53-32, .624).

WELL DESERVED HONOR
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa was named National League Player of the Week on Tuesday after hitting .423 (11-for-26) with two doubles, five home runs, 17 RBI, one hit by pitch, four walks and eight runs scored…It was his first Player of the Week Award and the second by a National this season (RF Bryce Harper – April 17)…Espinosa capped his week with one of the more historic series in Major League history, June 30-July 3 vs. CIN.

  • Over the course of the Nationals’ four-game set with the Reds, Espinosa hit five home runs and drove in 15 RBI (a franchise record)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since RBI became an official statistic (1920), the only other players to match Espinosa’s totals in homers and RBI in a series of no more than four games were: NYY’s Tony Lazzeri (at PHI, 1936: 6 HR, 16 RBI in 4 G), STL’s Chet Laabs (at PHI, 1942: 5 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G), and SDP’s Nate Colbert (at ATL, 1972: 6 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G).
  • Espinosa, who homered from both sides of the plate on Thursday (6/30) as well as Sunday and included a grand slam in each, is just the fifth shortstop in Major League history to hit two grand slams in the same series (via Elias)…He joins: Travis Jackson (1924, Giants at Philadelphia, 5 G series), Nomar Garciaparra (1999, Red Sox vs. Mariners, 3 G series), David Eckstein (2002, Angels vs. Blue Jays, 3 G series), and Hanley Ramirez (2009, Marlins vs. Orioles, 3 G series).
  • With the fifth multi-homer game of his career (second of 2016), Espinosa joined DET’s Victor Martinez as the only players to post multi-homer games from different sides of the plate twice this season…According to STATS, Inc., Espinosa is the first National League player to accomplish that feat since Carlos Beltran did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013…He is the only player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to do it twice in the same season.

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