Nationals Game Notes: August 25 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles (70-56) at Washington Nationals (73-53)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez [5-10, 6.94] | RHP Max Scherzer [13-7, 3.05]
Thursday, August 25 l Game #127 / Home #61 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

For the second consecutive game Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner recorded a career-high four hits and, in doing so, tied a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) with hits in eight straight plate appearances…Turner went 4-for-4 on Tuesday in Baltimore and followed that with four consecutive hits on Wednesday night, tying the record with a single in the seventh inning…Turner matched the feats of Hall of Famer Andre Dawson (June 4-7, 1983) and Washington’s Dimitri Young (May 31-June 1, 2007) for the record long streak.

  • In 14 games dating to August 10, Turner is hitting .406 (26-for-64) with five doubles, two triples, two homers, eight RBI, two walks, six stolen bases and 17 runs scored.
  • In Tuesday night’s game, Turner initially stole two bases, but both calls were overturned via replay review…Nevertheless, in just 37 games this season, Turner is tied for third among MLB rookies with 14 stolen bases.
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) and is tied for third in stolen bases (14).

The Nationals acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski and cash from the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in exchange for Minor League INF Max Schrock…Rzepczynski comes to the Nationals with a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in 56 appearances out of Oakland’s bullpen this season…He ranks second in the Major Leagues with a 70.5 percent ground-ball rate.

  • Over the course of his career, Rzepczynski has held left-handed batters to a .225 batting average, a .295 on-base percentage and a .302 slugging percentage…Of the 714 left-handed batters he’s faced in his career, Rzepczynski has allowed just eight HR.

At 73-53 (.584), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (81-45, .643).

  • Washington also ranks second in MLB with a +135 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+217).
  • With Wednesday night’s loss, the Nationals have lost four straight games for the first time since their seven-game losing streak from June 18-25…Washington has lost four or more consecutive games only three times this season.

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.347), slugging percentage (.611), OPS (1.001), multi-hit games (49) and ranks among NL hitters in doubles (2nd, 36), RBI (2nd, 95), extra base hits (T2nd, 65), hits (3rd, 155) and on-base percentage (7th, .391) among many other categories.

  • Murphy is tied for first in Major League Baseball with 29 go-ahead RBI and 16 game-winning RBI.
  • Murphy has recorded a franchise record (WSH/MON) 22 RBI in 17 Interleague games this season…The previous high of 16 was held by 1B Adam Dunn in 2010.
  • With 95 RBI this season, Murphy is five RBI short of becoming the sixth player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to post a 100 RBI season…The last player to do it was 1B Adam Laroche (100 RBI in 2012).

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