Nationals Game Notes: July 16 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates (46-44) vs. Washington Nationals (55-36)

RHP Gerrit Cole [5-4, 2.77] | RHP Tanner Roark [8-5, 3.01]

Saturday, July 16 l Game #92 / Home #44 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

LIKE THEY NEVER LEFT

The Washington Nationals opened the second “half” of the 2016 season on Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Nationals’ fourth straight win — dating to before the All-Star break…The Nationals seemed to pick up right where they left off, as their 54 wins before the break were the most in team history (2005-present) and matched the 1994 Expos for the most in franchise history tallied before the Midsummer Classic.

  • With win No. 1 of the second half secured, the Nationals’ 55-36 (.604) record is good for the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (54-35, .607) and San Francisco Giants (57-34, .626).

STRASBURG SHINES IN LUCKY NO. 13

Nationals All-Star RHP Stephen Strasburg tossed 8.0 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball on Friday night to secure his 13th victory of the season and run his record to 13-0 this season…Strasburg’s streaks continue to forge his way into history:

  • Strasburg is the eighth starting pitcher in Major League history to begin a season 13-0, and the first since teammate RHP Max Scherzer opened the 2013 season 13-0 for the Detroit Tigers…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scherzer and Strasburg are the first set of teammates (at any point in their careers) to begin a season 13-0 since Hall of Famers “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity and Rube Marquard…McGinnity went 14-0 for the New York Giants in 1904, while Marquard started 19-0 for the Giants in 1912 (18-0 as a starting pitcher)…While Strasburg and Scherzer figure to remain teammates for quite some time, McGinnity and Marquard were teammates only briefly with NYG in 1908.
  • Strasburg’s personal winning streak now sits at 16 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015), a franchise best (Nationals Expos)…The streak trails only that of RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31) for the longest by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.
  • Strasburg is also just the third National League starting pitcher ever to open a season with a 13-0 record, first since Marquard’s in 1912…He also now owns the sixth-longest streak to open a season in MLB history, tied with Scherzer & LHP Ron Guidry (1978)…Via Elias:

Rk Name Year Streak

1 Rube Marquard (NYG) 1912 18

T2 Dave McNally (BAL) 1969 15

T2 Johnny Allen (CLE) 1937 15

T2 Jim McCormick (CHC) 1886 15

5 Roger Clemens (BOS) 1986 14

T6 Max Scherzer (DET) 2013 13

T6 Ron Guidry (NYY) 1978 13

T6 Stephen Strasburg (WSH) 2016 13

BUMP FROM THE BENCH

Nationals 1B Clint Robinson stepped into the starting lineup on Friday evening and went 2-for-4, including the game-tying RBI…Meanwhile, CF Michael A. Taylor got the start in the outfield and added a two-run homer to give the Nationals’ some cushion in the seventh.

  • For Robinson, the RBI-single marked the seventh time in his last nine starts that he has contributed an RBI, and in 20 starts this season he has collected 17 RBI.
  • Taylor has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 starting assignments, going 28-for-99 (.283) in that stretch with eight doubles, four homers, nine RBI, six walks, six stolen bases and 16 runs.

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