Nationals Game Notes: September 7 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (54-85) vs. Washington Nationals (81-57) 

RHP Mike Foltynewicz [8-5, 4.31] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-4, 3.59]

Wednesday, September 7 l Game #139 / Home #67 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

NOT DONE, BUT EIGHTY-ONE

With a 9-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, the Nationals’ recorded their 81st victory of the season…The win ensured that Washington will finish with a .500 record or better for the sixth time in Nationals history (2005-present), and for the fifth consecutive season…The Nationals are one of just three teams in the Major Leagues to surpass the 80-win mark this season, joining the Texas Rangers (83) and Chicago Cubs (89).

  • At 81-57 (.587), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-49, .645)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +142 run differential.
  • Washington’s 40-26 (.606) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (46-27, .630)…With just 24 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the fewest home games of any team in the NL (66) and will play at Nationals Park in 15 of those remaining 24 contests.

BULLPEN BOON

Nationals Manager Dusty Baker called on his bullpen to give him 6.0 IP on Tuesday — the most innings WSH has asked from the ‘pen in any of the last 19 games — and the relief corps responded with 6.0 innings of one-run ball…Five relievers combined to throw five scoreless, one-hit innings, before closer RHP Mark Melancon allowed a harmless run in the ninth.

  • The Nationals enter the meat of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.29), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.10)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the Major Leagues (38) tied with the Chicago White Sox bullpen
  • Washington’s ‘pen has also been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 25.5 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second in MLB only to SFG’s 20.6 percent.

AIN’T HE GRAND?

With the Nationals trailing the Braves, 4-1, in the third inning on Tuesday, 3B Anthony Rendon rocketed a bases-loaded 0-2 pitch into the left field seats for the first grand slam of his Major League career…The slam, which put Washington up, 5-4, was his 17th home run of the season, now just four shy of his career-best 21 (2014)…Rendon’s four RBI matched his single-game career high.

  • Rendon leads National League third basemen in doubles (35) and ranks among the group in runs scored (3rd, 82), walks (T3rd, 60), OBP (5th, .355) and SLG (6th, .458).
  • Since the All-Star break, Rendon is hitting .315 (53-for-168) with 17 doubles, eight home runs, 36 RBI, 17 walks, three stolen bases and 28 runs scored.

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