Nationals Game Notes: August 3 at Arizona Diamondbacks
Washington Nationals (63-44) at Arizona Diamondbacks (43-64)
RHP Max Scherzer [11-6, 2.85] | RHP Zack Godley [3-1, 5.63]
Wednesday, August 3 l Game #108 / Road #57 l Chase Field l Phoenix, AZ l 12:40 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
For the second consecutive night the Nationals posted a double-digit run total, topping the Arizona Diamondbacks, 10-4…Washington recorded 15 hits, marking the first time since April 28-29, 2015 vs. ATL that the club recorded at least 15 hits in back-to-back games…LF Jayson Werth (3-for-5, HR, RBI, R) and 2B Wilmer Difo (3-for-5, RBI, R) led the way on offense.
- With the win, the Nationals (63-44, .589) boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (65-41, .613).
- Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +131 run differential, also behind only the Cubs (+170).
- A win Wednesday afternoon at Arizona would secure Washington’s fourth road sweep of the season, first since May 30-June 1 at Philadelphia.
MURPH KEEPS ON HITTING
2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 16 of the 18 games he’s played since July 7…During this current stretch, Murphy is hitting .413 (64-for-63) with nine doubles, one triple, six homers, 23 RBI, five walks, one stolen base and 15 runs scored.
- Murphy leads the National League in average (.356), slugging percentage (.623), OPS (1.018), hits (136), doubles (32), extra-base hits (57) and multi-hit games (43).
- In addition to those categories, Murphy leads all NL 2B in HR (20), RBI (79) and XBH (57).
ROAMING AROUND THE BASES
Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games, including multi-hit efforts in six of his last 12 contests.
- With 16 home runs this season, Ramos has matched his career high of 16 in 2013…His 27 walks this season are the second-most in his career behind his 38 in 2011.
- Ramos ranks among National League hitters in batting average (2nd, .331) and average with Runners In Scoring Position (7th, .351).
- He leads all MLB catchers in on-base percentage (.381), slugging percentage (.536) and RBI (59)…He is tied for first among NL catchers (T2nd in MLB) with 16 home runs.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.