Nationals Game Notes: August 10 vs. Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland Indians (63-47) at Washington Nationals (66-46)
RHP Josh Tomlin [11-4, 3.81] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [7-9, 4.13]
Wednesday, August 10 l Game #113 / Home #56 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SIZING THINGS UP
As the Nationals close out their series with the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, they will finish their fourth series in the last five against a fellow first-place club…All four of those series have been against either the Indians or the San Francisco Giants, who Washington defeated in two of three over the weekend.

  • The Nationals dropped the opener of this two-game set to Cleveland on Tuesday night, 3-1, and will look to today’s season series finale to even things up.
  • Despite the loss, at 66-46 (.589), the Nationals continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (70-41, .631).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +133 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+186).

LOOKIN’ FINE AT 39
Nationals LF Jayson Werth was 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run on Tuesday night, making it his 39th consecutive game reaching base…At 39, Werth owns the longest active on-base streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 34 hits (11 2B, 4 HR), 29 walks and has posted a .377 on-base percentage.

EVERYONE WAS THINKING IT…
By the time Nationals RHP Max Scherzer climbed the mound for the seventh inning on Tuesday night, he found himself in an all-too-familiar position: with his opponent hitless…Scherzer’s bid for a third career no-no was ultimately broken up in that seventh inning, but it marked the eighth time in his 57 career starts in a Nationals uniform that Scherzer has carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning — that’s 14 percent of all starts he’s made since signing with WSH in Jan., 2015 — and the most in MLB the last two seasons…CLE RHP Corey Kluber, who has carried six no-hit bids into the sixth inning in the last two years, is second in that time span.

  • A strikeout of CLE C Roberto Perez in the third inning was Scherzer’s 200th strikeout of the season…The MLB leader in strikeouts with 208, Scherzer became the first pitcher in the big leagues to strike out 200 batters this season…This is Scherzer’s fifth consecutive season with 200+ strikeouts, making him one of four active pitchers with a streak at least that long…Via the Elias Sports Bureau, he joined SEA RHP Felix Hernandez (2009-14), LAD LHP Clayton Kershaw (2010-15), and DET RHP Justin Verlander (2009-13) on that list.
  • Tuesday’s game was also Scherzer’s 10th of the season in which he recorded 10 or more strikeouts…With 11 10+ strikeout games in 2015, Scherzer is the only active pitcher with at least 10 games of 10+ strikeouts in back-to-back seasons…According to Elias, The last pitchers to do that were Randy Johnson (1997-2002) and Curt Schilling (2001-02).

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