Nationals Game Notes: August 18 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (70-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-76)
RHP Reynaldo Lopez [1-1, 5.74] | RHP Rob Whalen [1-1, 7.31]
Thursday, August 18 l Game #120 / Road #61 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

The Nationals will open the second leg of their nine-game, three-city trip with the first of four games in Atlanta on Thursday night…Washington dropped the series finale in Denver on Wednesday, 12-10, just its sixth road series loss of the season…The Rockies sealed the series, in part, with a seven-run first inning — the 12th time that one team scored at least seven first-inning runs in a regular-season game at Coors Field…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most seven-run first innings at any MLB park since Coors Field opened in 1995…Fenway Park & Kauffman Stadium are T2nd with nine each over that 22-season span.

  • At 70-49 (.588), the Nationals boast the third-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (76-43, .639) and Texas Rangers (72-50, .590)…The Nationals, Cubs, and Rangers as the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +137 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+206).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 159), runs scored (4th, 568), and walks (4th, 411)…Washington’s 896 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

With a walk in the third inning on Wednesday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 45 games, extending the Nationals record (2005-present) for the longest on-base streak in club history…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009.

  • Werth is now chasing Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…His 45-game run tops that of Tim Raines’ for the second-longest streak in franchise history, however, the streaks put together by both Staub and Raines spanned multiple seasons — Raines from 1985-86, Staub from 1969-70.
  • This is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season and the longest since CIN 1B Joey Votto reached base in 48 straight games from Aug. 11-Oct. 2, 2015.
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 41 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.379 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last 11 games on Monday night.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker summoned Pedro Severino (PH), Wilmer Difo (PH) and Chris Heisey (def. replacement) off the bench on Wednesday, and the trio combined to go 3-for-3 with two home runs (Severino & Heisey), three RBI and two runs scored…Severino’s homer, the first of his MLB career, was also a pinch-hit home run — making him the fourth player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to collect his first homer as a pinch hitter (per STATS, LLC)…He joined Jeff Kobernus (6/18/13 at PHI), Kory Casto (6/15/08 at SEA), & Justin Maxwell (9/11/07 at FLA).

  • As a group, the Nationals’ are second in the Major Leagues with 11 pinch-hit home runs this season, and fourth in slugging percentage (.551)…On the season, the Nationals have 33 pinch hits, with 19 of them going for extra bases (7 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR)…The 11 pinch-hit home runs hit by Washington are already a single-season Nationals record (2005-pres.).
  • Five of WSH’s 11 pinch-hit HRs this season have tied the game or given WSH the lead.
  • Stephen Drew & Heisey are tied for the most WSH pinch-hit home runs (3), as well as the most in a career Nationals history (2005-present)…They are also second in MLB.

Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner collected his sixth triple of the season (in his 30th game) on Wednesday, part of a 2-for-4 afternoon with a double, RBI and two runs scored…Turner’s six triples are already tied for the eighth-most in the Major Leagues and lead all MLB rookies.

  • Turner’s 12 stolen bases also rank fourth among all rookies, and all ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…In his last seven games, Turner is 13-for-33 (.382) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, three RBI, four stolen bases and 10 runs scored.
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (12).
  • Among players with at least 12 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only three who hasn’t been caught more than once.

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