Nationals Game Notes: September 30 vs. Miami Marlins

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Miami Marlins (78-80) vs. Washington Nationals (93-66)
RHP Andrew Cashner [5-11, 5.13] | RHP A.J. Cole [1-2, 5.09]
Friday, September 30 l Game #160 / Home #79 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN 2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

The Washington Nationals extend their deepest sympathies to the Miami Marlins, and the family and friends of Jose Fernandez…Fernandez was a truly amazing talent, as we saw first-hand many times…But it was his effervescent personality, the joy with which he played, and his passion and love for life that we will remember most…He is gone far too soon, and will be missed by all.

Washington earned a series split with a 5-3 win on Thursday over Arizona thanks to the efforts of some of the younger players on the roster…C Pedro Severino (23 years old) and 2B Wilmer Difo (24 years old) each clubbed home runs while RF Michael A. Taylor (25 years old) went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI…RHP Reynaldo Lopez (22 years old) earned the win with 3.2 innings of solid relief.

At 93-66 (.585), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (101-57, .639).

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

Nationals closer RHP Mark Melancon secured his 15th save in a Nationals uniform and his 45th of the season on Thursday afternoon…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Melancon is the first Major League player to save 15 games for a team after having 30 saves for another team earlier that season.

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