Nationals Game Notes: August 31 at Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals (77-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-72)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [9-9, 4.25] | LHP Adam Morgan [1-8, 6.50]
Wednesday, August 31 l Game #133 / Road #69 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
Washington’s 3-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, behind eight strong innings from RHP Max Scherzer, was the Nationals’ eighth straight win against the Phillies, the longest winning streak the Nationals have ever achieved over Philadelphia in club history (2005- pres.)…Should the Nationals seal the series sweep with a victory on Wednesday, it would break the franchise mark (Nationals/Expos) for consecutive wins vs. PHI (8), set last (before Tuesday) in 1989…The Nationals are going for their ninth sweep of the season, and potentially their fifth road sweep.
- 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 10-9.
- At 77-55 (.583), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (84-47, .641)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +140 run differential.
- Since August 10, WSH leads MLB in runs scored (115) while ranking fourth in AVG (.282).
MORE MAX MADNESS
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning again on Tuesday, the ninth time in his 61 career starts with the Nationals (and third in 2016) that he has thrown 5.0 or more no-hit innings to open a ballgame (15 percent of his starts in a Nationals uniform)… Per the Elias Sports Bureau, no one has flirted with the no-no more in that span, with CLE RHP Corey Kluber coming in second with six such starts since the start of the 2015 season.
- Scherzer’s bid for a third dance with no-hit history ended when Freddy Galvis dropped a double into right field to open the sixth inning…It was the second time that Galvis has broken up Scherzer’s shot at something special, as his double on June 26, 2015 spoiled Scherzer’s effort to throw back-to-back no-hitters (he threw one 6/18/15 vs. PIT).
- Tuesday was the 12th time this season (48th time in his career) Scherzer struck out 10 or more batters in a game (11 strikeouts, 1 walk)…The 12 double-digit strikeout games are the most in MLB this season, and a new Nationals (2005-pres.) record…The 48 career 10-plus strikeout games are the 18th-most in MLB history.
- Scherzer is 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts against the Phillies since joining the Nationals… According to Elias, no other pitcher in MLB is 6-0 (or better) vs. one team in that span.
INF/OF Trea Turner continued his sizzling August with a 2-for-4 evening on Tuesday, pushing his on-base streak to 20 straight games…Turner is just the second rookie in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record an on-base streak of 20 games or more, joining Danny Espinosa who reached in 26 games from June 11-July 8, 2011…He’s hit safely in 18 of the 20 games he’s reached base in (including multi-hit games in seven of his last eight) hitting .402 (37-for-92) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, 10 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 21 runs scored.
- Turner has 45 hits this month, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month and two shy of 2B Daniel Murphy (47, May) for the Nationals record for hits in a month and the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) of 47, held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).
- Turner’s 18th stolen base tied a rookie Nationals record for most SB in a season (Bryce Harper, 18 in 2012)… Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB in triples (6).
- According to Elias, Turner’s 27 runs this month are 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.
- Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Turner leads in average (.344) while ranking in slugging percentage (5th, .538) and on-base percentage (5th, .364)…He leads all rookies in triples (6) and ranks third with 18 stolen bases.