Nationals Game Notes: August 19 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (71-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-77)
RHP Tanner Roark [13-6, 2.81] | RHP Julio Teheran [3-9, 2.81]
Friday, August 19 l Game #121 / Road #62 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:35 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

The Nationals opened this four-game set with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night with an 8-3 victory in their first trip back to Turner Field since Opening Day…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 9-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 23-6 against Atlanta and outscoring the Braves 165-86.

  • At 71-49 (.592), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (77-43, .642)…The Nationals, Cubs, and Rangers are 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 +143 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+209).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 159), runs scored (4th, 576), and walks (4th, 418)…Washington’s 903 strikeouts as a club are the second-fewest in the National League.
  • The Nationals’ current three-city trip will continue on Friday night with the second of four in Atlanta before moving on to Baltimore on Monday.

With an RBI-double in the fifth inning on Thursday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 46 games, tying Rusty Staub for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and extending his Nationals record (2005-present).

  • Werth is now chasing CIN 1B Joey Votto, who reached base in 48 consecutive games to close the 2015 season (Aug. 11-Oct. 2) and is the most recent NL player with a streak longer than Werth’s…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009, for the Nationals (2005-pres.) record.
  • While Werth’s streak, which began on June 20 at LAD, is currently confined in one season, Staub’s spanned multiple seasons, from 1969-70.
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 43 hits (14 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.382 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last 12 games on Monday and is slugging .630 in that stretch.

Nationals rookie RHP Reynaldo Lopez struck out 11 Braves over 7.0 innings of work on Thursday, the fourth Major League start of his career…Lopez is just the fourth rookie pitcher in Nationals history to post a double-digit strikeout game and is now tied for second in Nationals history (2005-present) for the most strikeouts in a game by a rookie pitcher…He joins LHP John Lannan (April 17, 2008) and RHP Joe Ross (June 19, 2015) with 11, trailing only RHP Stephen Strasburg’s 14 strikeouts on June 8, 2010.

  • Lopez is the 11th rookie pitcher to strikeout at least 11 Braves in a game since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966, the first since NYM RHP Jacob deGrom struck out 11 on 7/8/14.

Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner stole his 13th base of the season on Thursday night, in his 31st Major League game of the year…All of Turner’s 13 steals have come since the All-Star break, the third-most stolen bases in MLB in that span (CIN’s Billy Hamilton is first with 30).

  • Turner’s 13 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 14-for-37 (.378) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, four RBI, five stolen bases and 11 runs scored.
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (13).
  • Among players with at least 12 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only three who hasn’t been caught more than once.
  • Turner’s six triples are already tied for the ninth-most in MLB and lead all rookies.

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