Nationals Game Notes: July 24 vs. San Diego Padres

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San Diego Padres (42-56) vs. Washington Nationals (58-40)

LHP Christian Friedrich [4-6, 4.55] | RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, 4.70]

Sunday, July 24 l Game #99 / Home #51 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.

Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME FOR ONE MORE

The Nationals and San Diego Padres will wrap up their three-game set on Sunday, the final game of Washington’s first homestand of the second half…After Sunday’s game, the team will hit the road for a 10-game, 11-day trek to Cleveland (2), San Francisco (4) and Arizona (3)…The Nationals will not return to Nationals Park until August 5, when they’ll welcome the San Francisco Giants.

  • Washington has not lost a series to the Padres since the start of the 2012 season, a streak that will require a victory on Sunday to continue.
  • The Nationals are a Major League-best 15-8 (.652) in their last 23 games, dating to June 26…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 116-72.
  • The Nationals’ 58-40 (.592) record is good for the third-best mark in the Major Leagues, behind only the Giants (58-39, .598) and the Chicago Cubs (58-38, .604).

WALKOFF WONDER

The Nationals walked-off the Padres on Saturday night, securing a 3-2 victory on a one-out, bottom of the ninth, pinch-hit triple by Stephen Drew…It was the first plate appearance for Drew since June 17 as the Nationals infielder had been felled by illness all week…The pinch-hit RBI was the sixth for Drew this season, tied for the fifth-most in the National League.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other player to end a game with an RBI-triple this season was CIN OF Jay Bruce (April 10 vs PIT)…Drew is the first to do so as a pinch-hitter since Rajai Davis did the honors for the Oakland Athletics in 2009.
  • As a group, the Nationals’ pinch hitters rank tied for first in MLB in home runs (10), and are second in MLB in slugging percentage (.580)…On the season, the Nationals have 27 pinch hits, with 17 of them going for extra bases (6 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR).

WHAT A RELIEF

The Nationals lead the Major Leagues in bullpen ERA with a 2.82 mark (LAD, 2nd: 2.94)…Since July 10, the Nationals’ relievers have allowed just 2 ER in 32.2 IP — the best mark in the Major Leagues in that stretch, by a significant margin (NYY, 2nd: 0.77).

  • In 11 games since July 8, the Nationals relievers have inherited 10 runners and have not allowed a single one to score…They join the Tampa Bay Rays (13 IR) as the only ‘pens in the Major Leagues not to let an inherited runner score in that stretch.
  • On the season, the Nationals’ ‘pen has allowed just 27 percent of inherited runners to score, the third-lowest percentage in the National League…Only the San Francisco Giants (20.9%) and the New York Mets (20.5%) have been stingier with inherited runners.

JW? YEAH, HE’S ON BASE

With a single in the third inning on Saturday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his current on-base streak to 27 games…That is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and tied for the third-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…It is also the 10th-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…During this stretch, Werth has collected 22 hits and 23 walks.

THE BEAT GOES ON, MURPHY GETS A HIT

Daniel Murphy has a hit in 10 straight games, going 14-for-36 (.389) in this stretch, with five doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI, two walks, one stolen base, and seven runs scored.

  • Murphy currently leads all National League batters in average (.349), doubles (28), and multi-hit games (39), while also leading all NL second basemen in doubles, home runs (19), RBI (71), multi-hit games, OPS (.999), and SLG (.611).
  • Murphy’s two-out, two-strike, ninth-inning, pinch-hit home run on July 17 was the fourth pinch-hit home run of his career, and his first since April 27, 2011 (playing for the New York Mets, against then-WSH RHP Tyler Clippard).

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