Nationals Game Notes: August 22 at Baltimore Orioles

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Washington Nationals (73-50) at Baltimore Orioles (67-56)
RHP A.J. Cole [0-0, -.–] | RHP Dylan Bundy [6-4, 3.66]
Monday, August 22 l Game #124 / Road #65 l Oriole Park at Camden Yards l Baltimore, M.D. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

As the Nationals’ current three-city road trip reaches its final leg, opening a two-game set in Baltimore on Monday night, Washington is halfway through a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that began on Aug. 12…Thus far, the Nationals are 6-4 with BAL (4 games), COL (3 games) and PHI (3 games) remaining before their next scheduled off day (Sept. 1).

  • At 73-50 (.593), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (78-45, .634)…The Nationals and Cubs are the only 70-win teams in the NL…Reaching the 70-win mark in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals earned No. 70 in game No. 113.
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +145 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+208).
  • The Nationals are 4-3 on their current nine-game trip, with an average game time of 3 hours, 29 minutes and a total of 4 hours, 25 minutes in rain delays.

Going 2-for-5 with three RBI on Sunday afternoon and clubbing his 22nd home run of the season (a three-run shot in the third inning), Nationals RF Bryce Harper drove in at least one run for the seventh time in his last eight games.

  • Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup on Aug. 14, Harper is now 12-for-30 (.400) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, eight walks, and two stolen bases.
  • His 11 RBI are tied for the most in the National League in this stretch, and are tied for the second-most in the Major Leagues, behind only BOS OF Mookie Betts’ 13.

The Nationals’ bench continued its strong season on Sunday with Nationals OF Chris Heisey getting the start in left field and posting two hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth…That came on the heels of two strong games (Thursday & Friday) from 1B Clint Robinson, who went 3-for-7 with two RBI, three walks and three runs scored, including the game-winning RBI on Friday night.

  • The Nationals’ are second in the Major Leagues with 11 pinch-hit home runs this season, and second in the NL in slugging percentage (.536)…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 1B Ryan Zimmerman returned from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (left wrist contusion) and wasted no time making his presence felt…Zimmerman homered on the first pitch he saw, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

  • Saturday marked Zimmerman’s third three-plus hit game of the season (also May 4 at KC (three hits) and May 28 vs. STL (four hits)).
  • Going 1-for-4 with a walk on Sunday afternoon, Zimmerman is now 4-for-8 (.500) with a home run, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored since his return to the active roster.

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