Nationals Game Notes: September 17 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (88-59) at Atlanta Braves (56-91) 

LHP Gio Gonzalez [11-9, 4.27] | RHP Josh Collmenter [1-0, 4.84]

Saturday, September 17 l Game #148 / Road #74 l Turner Field l Atlanta, GA l 1:05 P.M.

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

(TREA) TURNER FIELD?

The Nationals’ series-opening 7-2 victory over the Braves on Friday night was a well-rounded win with multiple contributors, perhaps none bigger than Nationals CF Trea Turner, who went 4-for-5 with a home run (9), a double, two stolen bases, a career-best four runs scored and two RBI…Just the sixth four-hit, four-run game in Nationals history (2005-pres.), Turner’s output on Friday also made Major League history for a rookie: Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie in modern MLB history with at least four hits, four runs scored, a home run, and two stolen bases in one game was the Giants’ Art Devlin (1904), who went 4-for-4 with a homer, four runs scored, and two stolen bases in an 18-3 win over Philadelphia.

  • Turner stole his 25th and 26th bases of the season on Friday, giving him the fourth-most stolen bases in a season in Nationals history…He passed Ian Desmond (25, 2011)…Turner’s 26 stolen bases are now tied for 11th in MLB this season and 2nd among all rookies, despite the fact that Friday was just his 58th game of the season (30th multi-hit game).
  • Trea Turner is now a career .353 hitter at the field that bears his name, with two doubles, three homers, eight RBI, three stolen bases and 10 runs scored in eight games…Against the Braves this season (11G), Turner has dominated: .462 (24-for-52), five doubles, one triple, four HR, 14 RBI, six stolen bases, 17 runs scored.
  • Now batting .349 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 240 at bats since Ichiro Suzuki hit .350 in 2001…Since 1970 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .349 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003…A few of the names behind Turner on this list: Joe Mauer, Don Mattingly, Robinson Cano, and Miguel Cabrera.

KNOCKING DAYS OFF THE CALENDAR

At 88-59 (.599), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (94-53, .639)…The Nationals rank second in the National League with a +157 run differential.

  • The Nationals’ current .575 (42-31) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593) and second-best in MLB…The 42 road wins thus far are third-most in WSH history behind 2012 (48) and 2014 (45).
  • The Nationals have won 13 of their last 17, and since Aug. 29, Washington boasts the best record in MLB (13-4, .765).
  • Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is six, meaning any combination of six WSH wins and NYM losses will secure the crown.

SWEET SEVENTEEN FOR SCHERZER

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer picked up his 17th win of the season on Friday, tying him with CHI RHP Jake Arrieta and LHP Jon Lester for the most in the National League…It also marked the 18th time this season Scherzer has throwing 7.0 (or more) innings while allowing two earned runs or fewer — far and away the most such outings in MLB…Scherzer is just the 11th pitcher since 1966 to go 4-0 in a season vs. ATL

CLOSING IN ON THE RECORD BOOKS

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 13 straight games dating to Sept. 2…During this streak, Murphy is hitting .429 (21-for-49) with eight doubles, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • Murphy is approaching two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season records…With 183 hits, he is just one shy of tying Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (184, 2014)…Additionally, his 46 doubles are one behind Ryan Zimmerman’s record of 47 (2006).
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.349), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.599), OPS (.992), doubles (46), multi-hit games (56), and extra-base hits (T1st, 76)….He ranks among NL hitters in hits (2nd, 183), and RBI (2nd, 104).

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