Nationals Game Notes: July 28 at San Francisco Giants
Washington Nationals (59-42) at San Francisco Giants (59-42)
RHP Tanner Roark [9-6, 3.05] | RHP Johnny Cueto [13-2, 2.53]
Thursday, July 28 l Game #102 / Road #51 l AT&T Park l San Francisco, Calif. l 7:15 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals and Giants square off this weekend in a battle of first-place clubs starting Thursday night at AT&T Park…Not only do these clubs lead their respective divisions, Washington (59-42, .584) and San Francisco (59-42, .584) are tied with each other for the second-best record in the National League…They trail the Chicago Cubs (60-40, .600).
- Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +111 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+153).
STRAS GETS BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN
After having his 13-game winning streak snapped in his previous outing, RHP Stephen Strasburg tossed 7.0 innings of three-hit, shutout ball on Wednesday at CLE, to earn his 14th win of the season…CF Trea Turner went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI and 2B Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer to help the Nationals top the Indians, 4-1.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg is the first pitcher in Nationals/Expos history, to win at least 14 of his first 15 decisions in a season…Prior to this season, 13 pitchers won at least 14 of their first 15 decisions of a season in the Cy Young Award era (since 1956).
THE STREAK IS EXTENDED…TWICE
Prior to Wednesday’s contest against Cleveland, the official scorer at Progressive Field announced that 2B Daniel Murphy’s hard-hit ball past 3B Juan Uribe in the first inning on Tuesday (originally ruled an error) was indeed a hit…That ruling extended Murphy’s hitting streak to 12 games…In the sixth inning on Wednesday, Murphy clubbed his 20th home run of the season, extending his streak to 13 games…It is his longest hitting streak of the season and is one game shy of the longest of his career (Sept. 19, 2013 – April 5, 2014)
- During the streak, Murphy is 20-for-48 (.417) with eight doubles, six home runs, 19 RBI, two walks, one stolen base, and 11 runs scored.
- Murphy leads the National League in average (.354), slugging percentage (.624), OPS (1.014), hits (130), doubles (31), and multi-hit games (41).
- In addition to those categories, Murphy leads all NL second basemen in home runs (20), RBI (75) and extra base hits (55).