Nationals Game Notes: August 29 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Washington Nationals (75-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-70)

RHP Tanner Roark [13-7, 2.99] | RHP Jake Thompson [1-3, 9.78]

Monday, August 29 l Game #131 / Road #67 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.

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

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

After a brief, five-game homestand, the Nationals head back out on the road for a seven-day, six-game road trip to Philadelphia and New York…In something of a rarity, the Nationals’ current road trip will feature exclusively night games with three evening contests here in Philadelphia, two 7:10 p.m. games in New York and an 8:08 p.m. start on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on Sept. 4 at Citi Field.

  • On Sept. 1, the Nationals will enjoy their first off day since Aug. 11, concluding a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, during which they are currently 8-9.
  • At 75-55 (.577), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (82-47, .636)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +135 run differential, behind the Cubs (+217).
  • Since August 10, the Nationals lead Major League Baseball in runs scored (108) while ranking second in AVG (.287), fifth in OBP (.345) and sixth in SLG (.478).

TRÈS CHIC

Nationals rookie INF/OF Trea Turner continued his blistering hot August with a leadoff home run to left field on Sunday…He added a single in the fifth for his sixth consecutive multi-hit game — tying the longest streak in the Major Leagues this season…Turner has reached base safely in his last 18 straight games and hit safely in 16 of those 18…In that stretch, Turner is hitting .410 (34-for-83) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, nine RBI, nine stolen bases and 21 runs scored.

  • Turner has 42 hits this month, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month…With three games remaining in the month, Turner is chasing 2B Daniel Murphy for the Nationals record for hits in a month (47, May), as well as the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) of 47, held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Turner’s 27 runs this month set a new franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, topping the 26 Bryce Harper scored in Sept. 2012…Only Turner, Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman (26, July 2012) have scored at least 26 runs in a month since baseball returned to D.C. in 2005.
  • With one more stolen base, Turner will tie Harper (18 in 2012) for the most stolen bases in a rookie season in Nationals history (2005-present).
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB in triples (6), while ranking among hitters in stolen bases (3rd, 17), hits (5th, 58), and runs scored (T5th, 34).
  • Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Turner leads in average (.345) while ranking in the top five in slugging percentage (4th, .548) and on-base percentage (5th, .366)…He leads all rookies in triples (6) and ranks third with 17 stolen bases.

POWER UP

Nationals C Wilson Ramos hit his 20th home run of the season on Sunday, one of three blasts by the Nationals (also Trea Turner and Bryce Harper) in a 5-3 loss to Colorado…Ramos’ longball made him the fourth Nationals player to cross the 20-homer threshold this season…He joined 2B Daniel Murphy (25), Harper (23), and SS Danny Espinosa (20).

  • The Nationals and the Rockies are the only teams in the National League to boast four players with 20 home runs this season…They are joined in the American League by Baltimore (5), Texas (4) and Toronto (4).
  • The four 20-homer players is the most the Nationals have had since 2013 when Ian Desmond, Harper, Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth, and Ryan Zimmerman all hit 20 or more.

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