Nationals Game Notes: August 20 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (72-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-78)
RHP Max Scherzer [12-7, 2.95] | RHP Tyrell Jenkins [2-3, 4.89]
Saturday, August 20 l Game #122 / Road #63 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 outlasted the Braves, 7-6, on Friday night mixing defensive gems with miscues…1B Clint Robinson played the savior with an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning that scored PR Pedro Severino to break a 6-6 tie…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 10-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 24-6 against Atlanta and is outscoring the Braves 172-92.

  • At 72-49 (.595), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (77-44, .636)…The Nationals, Cubs, Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians 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 +144 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+208).
  • The Nationals’ current three-city trip will continue on Saturday night with the third of four in Atlanta before moving on to Baltimore on Monday.

With two outs and the Nationals up, 1-0, in the bottom of the fourth, Nationals CF Ben Revere kept the game scoreless with a home-run-robbing, leaping catch at the right center field wall to steal a longball from Braves 1B Freddie Freeman.

  • According to MLB’s Statcast data, Revere’s first step on the catch came 0.43 seconds after the ball was hit, he reached 19.7 mph at his maximum speed, covering 116.9 feet of ground in the outfield with a 97.5 percent route efficiency…Additionally, with the outfield wall measuring eight feet, four inches high at Turner Field, the 5-foot-9 Revere had to leap more than two-and-a-half feet higher than his own height to secure the ball and rob the homer.

For the first time since June 19, Nationals LF Jayson Werth played in a game and did not reach base once…Werth’s 0-for-5 on Friday evening halted his career-best on-base streak at 46 games, tying Rusty Staub for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and solidifying his Nationals record (2005-present).

  • Since 1913, only 26 National League players have ever posted an on-base streak of 46 games or more…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 confined in one season, Staub’s spanned multiple seasons, from 1969-70.
  • During the 46-game stretch, Werth collected 43 hits (14 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.382 OBP).

Nationals RHP Tanner Roark did not factor into the decision on Friday, but with 6.1 innings of work and just three earned runs allowed, Roark lowered his career ERA vs. ATL to 1.95 (16 ER/74.0 IP)…Among active MLB pitchers with at least 10 starts against the Braves, Roark possesses the lowest ERA, topping a list that includes: NYM RHP Bartolo Colon (2.35), DET RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2.55) and SFG LHP Madison Bumgarner (2.60)…Roark’s 1.95 ERA vs. ATL is his lowest vs. any opponent against whom he’s made four starts or more.

Nationals closer Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth on Friday night to secure his 35th save of the season, his eighth scoreless outing (of nine) since he was acquired by Washington on July 30…Melancon, who ranks tied for second in the National League in saves, has retired 26 of the 31 batters he’s faced in a Nationals uniform, and has not issued a single walk.

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