Nationals Game Notes: August 28 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Colorado Rockies (61-68) vs. Washington Nationals (75-54)

RHP Chad Bettis [10-7, 5.29] | RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, 4.91]

Sunday, August 28 l Game #130 / Home #64 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.

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

RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD

The Nationals and Rockies face off in the rubber game of this three-game weekend set…Following the game, Washington will travel to Philadelphia where the Nationals will begin a three-game series with the Phillies on Monday night.

  • On September 1st, the Nationals will enjoy their first off day since August 11, concluding a stretch of 20 games in 20 days…Following the day off, Washington will visit the New York Mets for a three-game series before returning to D.C.

ROSTER MOVE

The Nationals recalled RHP Lucas Giolito on Sunday and optioned INF Wilmer Difo to Double-A Harrisburg. Giolito will start Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies…Giolito, 22, returns to the Nationals to start the fourth Major League game of his career.

TREA OF LIGHT

Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner leads in batting average (.341) while ranking in the top five in slugging percentage (5th, .532) and on-base percentage (5th, .363)…He leads all rookies with six triples and ranks third among all rookies with 17 stolen bases.

  • With one more stolen base, Turner will tie Bryce Harper (18 in 2012) for the most stolen bases in a rookie season in Nationals history (2005-present).
  • Turner has reached base safely in 17 straight games, hitting safely in 15 of the 17…During this stretch, he is hitting .405 (32-for-79) with five doubles, two triples, two homers, eight RBI, two walks, nine stolen bases and 20 runs scored.
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB in triples (6), while ranking among hitters in stolen bases (3rd, 17), hits (T6th, 56), and runs scored (T7th, 33).
  • 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 75-54 (.581), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (82-46, .641).

  • Washington also ranks second in MLB with a +137 run differential, behind the Cubs (+218).
  • Since August 10, the Nationals lead Major League Baseball in runs scored (105) and batting average (.292) while ranking third in on-base percentage (.352) and sixth in slugging percentage (.479).

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