Nationals Game Notes: September 9 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (63-77) vs. Washington Nationals (82-58)
RHP Jake Thompson [1-5,6.48] | RHP Tanner Roark [14-8, 2.89]
Friday, September 9 l Game #141 / Home #69 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals dropped the opener of this four-game set to the Phillies on Thursday, 4-1, their first loss to Philadelphia since April 28…The defeat snapped Washington’s nine-game winning streak over the Phillies, the longest winning streak vs. PHI in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…The Nationals are now 11-5 this season against the Phillies.

  • At 82-58 (.586), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-50, .640)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +140 run differential.
  • Washington’s 41-27 (.603) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 22 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the second-fewest home games of any team in the NL (68) with 13 of those remaining 22 coming at Nationals Park.

DANIEL’S DOUBLE DELIGHT
One day after becoming the fourth player in Nationals history (2005-present) to reach the 100-RBI threshold, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy delivered his 40th double of the season…With the two-base hit in the first inning, Murphy became the first second baseman in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record a 40-double season…The previous high for a Nationals second baseman was 35, hit by Ronnie Belliard in 2007…The franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for doubles in a season by a second baseman is held by Mark Grudzielanek (54, 1997).

  • Murphy is the first Nationals player to tally 100 RBI since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012…Murphy also joined Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), and Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ history books.
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.345), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.595), OPS (.982), doubles (40), hits (T1st, 172), and multi-hit games (53)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 101), and extra base hits (4th, 70).
  • Murphy ranks tied for 3rd in MLB with 30 go-ahead RBI & is 4th with 16 game-winning RBI.

WHAT A RELIEF
Nationals relievers continued their run of doing yeoman’s work on Thursday, with three relievers (RHP Matt Belisle, LHP Matt Grace, and RHP Yusmeiro Petit) combining on four scoreless innings.

  • The Nationals enter the heart of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.25), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.14)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the National League (39) this season.
  • Washington’s ‘pen has been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 25.7 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second in MLB only to SFG’s 21.1 percent.

TANNER’S BEEN TAMING THE PHILS
Nationals RHP Tanner Roark has thrown 7.0 (or more) shutout innings eight times this season — most among all Major League starters…Roark, who has started six of the Nationals’ 10 shutouts, owns the seventh-best ERA in the National League at 2.89…Against the Phillies, Roark has been particularly dominant: 3-0, 0.64 ERA, 7.0 IP in each of his four starts.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Roark’s eight starts with 7.0 or more scoreless innings ties the most in a single season in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), joining RHP Javier Vazquez in the record books…Vazquez posted eight such starts for MON in 2001.
  • Even if he’s not shutting out the opponent, Roark has been a workhorse, throwing at least 7.0 innings 16 times, tied for the second-most in the NL…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (19) has done it more in the National League.

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