Nationals Game Notes: September 28 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

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Arizona Diamondbacks (65-92) vs. Washington Nationals (92-65)
RHP Shelby Miller [2-12, 6.47] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [11-10, 4.51]
Wednesday, September 28 l Game #158 / Home #77 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

At 92-65 (.586), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (101-56, .643).

  • Washington’s “magic number” to clinch homefield advantage in the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers is currently four.

With a strikeout of RF Mitch Haniger in the sixth inning Tuesday night, RHP Max Scherzer recorded his career-best 277th strikeout of the season, setting a new Nationals record (2005-present) and passing the 276 strikeouts he recorded in 2015.

  • With 276 in 2015 and 277 this season, Scherzer is the only active pitcher with more than two seasons of at least 276 strikeouts.
  • In Tuesday’s win, Scherzer struck out 10 batters, notching his MLB-leading 13th game of 10+ strikeouts this season…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scherzer has recorded 24 starts with at least 10 strikeouts since the start of the 2015 season…It is the most such starts over a two-season span since the 2001 and 2002 seasons (LHP Randy Johnson, 37 and RHP Curt Schilling, 27).

MR. 500
3B Anthony Rendon saved his 500th career hit for one of great significance…With the Nationals trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday night, Rendon clubbed a three-run home run into Arizona’s bullpen to give Washington the 4-2 lead…Rendon’s home run was his 19th of the season and he is now two shy of his career-high of 21 in 2014.

  • Since the All-Star break, Rendon ranks third in the National League with 51 RBI.
  • Rendon has recorded 22 RBI in the month of September, the most in any month of his career.

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