Nationals Game Notes: August 27 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Colorado Rockies (60-68) vs. Washington Nationals (75-53)

LHP Jorge De La Rosa [8-7, 5.07] | RHP A.J. Cole [0-1, 5.14]

Saturday, August 27 l Game #129 / Home #63 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:05 P.M.

Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

MILESTONES ALL AROUND

LHP Gio Gonzalez earned his 100th career win in Friday night’s 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies…He reached the milestone with 6.0 innings of work, allowing two earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts and a walk…Gonzalez joined RHP Max Scherzer (6/26/15 at PHI), RHP Jason Marquis (5/10/11 at ATL) and RHP Livan Hernandez (5/9/05 at ARI) as the only pitchers to record their 100th career wins as members of the Washington Nationals.

  • Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy also reached a personal milestone on Friday crushing a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to drive home the 500th RBI of his career.

TREA OF LIGHT

Among MLB rookies with at least 175 plate appearances, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner leads in batting average (.341) while ranking in the top five in slugging percentage (5th, .539) and on-base percentage (5th, .364)…He leads all rookies with six triples and ranks third among all rookies with 16 stolen bases.

  • Turner has hit safely in 14 of his 16 games dating to August 10…During this stretch, he is hitting .411 (30-for-73) with five doubles, two triples, two homers, eight RBI, two walks, eight stolen bases and 20 runs scored.
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB in triples (6), while ranking among hitters in runs scored (T3rd, 33), stolen bases (T3rd, 16), and hits (6th, 54).
  • Turner leads MLB with 26 runs scored this month…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that matches the franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, tying Bryce Harper (26, September 2012)…Only Turner, Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman (26, July 2012) have scored at least 26 runs in a month since 2005.

STATUS CHECK

At 75-53 (.586), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (82-45, .646).

  • Washington also ranks second in MLB with a +142 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+219).
  • Since August 10, the Nationals lead Major League Baseball in runs scored (101) and batting average (.294) while ranking second in on-base percentage (.354) and fifth in slugging percentage (.491).

LEADING MAN

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.615), OPS (1.005), extra base hits (1st, 67), multi-hit games (49) and ranks among NL hitters in doubles (T1st, 37), RBI (2nd, 98), hits (3rd, 157) and on-base percentage (7th, .390) among many other categories.

  • Murphy leads Major League Baseball with 30 go-ahead RBI and is tied for first in MLB with 16 game-winning RBI.
  • With 98 RBI this season, Murphy is two 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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