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Nationals Game Notes: May 8 at Chicago

Washington Nationals (19-11) at Chicago Cubs (23-6)
RHP Tanner Roark [2-2, 2.35] | RHP Jake Arrieta [6-0, 0.84]
Sunday, May 8 l Game #31 / Road #19 l Wrigley Field l Chicago, Ill. l 1:20 P.M. CT
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 FM & Nationals Radio Network

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD
The Nationals wrap up this 10-game, three-city road trip today with an afternoon matchup against the Chicago Cubs…Following the game, the Nationals will head back to D.C. where they will begin a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers tomorrow night at Nationals Park.

  • Washington looks to avoid its first road sweep of the season and first four-game sweep since Aug. 13-16, 2015 at San Francisco.

WELCOME BACK, BEN!
The Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated OF Ben Revere from the 15-day disabled
list Friday…Revere missed 27 games after suffering a right oblique strain on Opening Day in Atlanta…He appeared in five rehab games with Triple-A Syracuse…To make room on the 25-man roster, the Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Syracuse.

  • Revere collected his first in a Nationals uniform, a leadoff double in the bottom of the third inning…He added to that with a triple in the seventh to finish the day 2-for-5 with two runs.

 

Nationals Game Notes: May 7 at Chicago

Washington Nationals (19-10) at Chicago Cubs (22-6)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [2-1, 1.15] | RHP Jason Hammel [4-0, 1.24 ERA]
Saturday, May 7 l Game #30 / Road #18 l Wrigley Field l Chicago, Ill. l 3:05 P.M. CT
Television: MASN / Fox Sports 1 l Radio: 106.7 FM / 99.1 FM & Nationals Radio Network

MURPHY’S LAW?…NOT SO MUCH
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy collected his second four-hit game (4-for-4, 2B, 2 R) in three
days in yesterday’s 8-6 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Cubs…He has now hit safely in
seven of his last eight games, going 16-for-33 (.485) with four doubles, two homers, eight
RBI and nine runs scored…He has posted multi-hit efforts in four of the eight games and has recorded at least one RBI in six of the eight

  • Murphy ranks among MLB hitters in batting average (1st, .406), OPS (2nd, 1.113), on-base percentage (3rd, .452) and slugging percentage (5h, .650).
  • On the season, Murphy has hit safely in 24 of his 28 games played, including 14 multi-hit efforts, the most in Major League Baseball.

THE DEFENSE (NEVER) RESTS
The Nationals have committed the fewest errors (9) in Major League Baseball and their .992 team fielding percentage is the best in MLB ahead of the Texas Rangers (.990) and Boston Red Sox (.990)…The Nationals also rank tied for ninth in MLB (tied for fifth in the National League) with 29 double plays.

  • According to Baseball Prospectus, the Nationals rank second (.730) in the National League and third in Major League Baseball in “Defensive Efficiency” (the rate at which balls put into play are converted into outs) behind only the Chicago Cubs (.749) and the Cleveland Inidans (.732)…In comparison, the 2015 Nationals ranked 21st in MLB in Defensive Efficiency at .700.

Nationals Game Notes: May 6 at Chicago

Washington Nationals (19-9) at Chicago Cubs (21-6)
RHP Max Scherzer [3-1, 3.35] | RHP RHP John Lackey [3-1, 4.32 ERA]
Friday, May 6 l Game #29 / Road #17 l Wrigley Field l Chicago, Ill. l 1:20 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 FM & Nationals Radio Network

WELCOME BACK, BEN
The Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated OF Ben Revere from the 15-day disabled
list today…Revere missed 27 games after suffering a right oblique strain on Opening Day in Atlanta…He appeared in five rehab games with Triple-A Syracuse…To make room on the 25-man roster, the Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Syracuse.

EXTRA! EXTRA!
LF Jayson Werth recorded the 1,300th hit of his career via a two-run home run Thursday
night against the Chicago Cubs…He became the seventh player to reach the 1,300 hit mark
as a member of the Nationals, joining Dmitri Young (2007), Cristian Guzman (2009), Ronnie Belliard (2009), Adam Kennedy (2010), Ryan Zimmerman (2014) and Adam LaRoche (2014), per Stats, LLC.

  • Coincidentally, Werth’s 1,000th hit was also a two-run homer, Aug. 10, 2013 vs. PHI
  • Werth is hitting .310 (9-for-29) with one double, three homers, nine RBI, one walk and seven runs scored in his last eight games…He has hit safely in seven of those eight games.
  • Werth ranks second on the club with six home runs and his 17 RBI are tied for second while his .453 slugging percentage is good for third.

Nationals Game Notes: May 5 at Chicago

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Washington Nationals (19-8) at Chicago Cubs (20-6)
RHP Joe Ross [3-0, 0.79] | RHP Kyle Hendricks [1-2, 3.91 ERA]
Thursday, May 5 l Game #28 / Road #16 l Wrigley Field l Chicago, Ill. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 FM & Nationals Radio Network

LUCKY 13
Thanks to a six-run first inning and eventual season highs in runs (13) and hits (16), the Nationals won the rubber match yesterday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals, 13-2…2B Daniel Murphy (4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 4 R), RF Bryce Harper (2-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R) and 1B Clint Robinson (2-for-3, 3 RBI) led Washington’s offensive surge while RHP Stephen Strasburg (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 SO) earned his fifth win of the season.

  • The Nationals lead MLB with 39 runs scored in the first inning of games this season.

MURPHY’S LAW?…NOT SO MUCH
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in six straight games, going 12-for-25 (.480) with three doubles, two homers, eight RBI and seven runs scored…He has posted multi-hit efforts in three of the six games and has recorded at least one RBI in a career-high six straight games…On May 4 at KCR, Murphy went 4-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and four runs scored…It was his 14th career four-hit game and was the first time he recorded at least four hits and four runs scored in a game in his career

  • Murphy leads Major League Baseball with a .398 batting average and a 1.112 OPS and
    ranks among MLB hitters in on-base percentage (4th, .449) and slugging percentage (4th, .663).
  • On the season, Murphy has hit safely in 23 of his 26 games played, including 13 multi-hit efforts, tied for the most in the Major Leagues with BAL’s Manny Machado.
  • As part of his 3-for-4 effort on Monday night, Murphy notched the 1,000th hit of his career with a double in the sixth inning…According to Stats LLC., Murphy is now the 10th player to collect his 1,000th hit as a National.

Nationals Game Notes: May 4 at Kansas City

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Washington Nationals (18-8) at Kansas City Royals (14-12)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [4-0, 2.25] | RHP Kris Medlen [1-4, 4.87]
Weds., May 4 l Game #27 / Road #15 l Kauffman Stadium l Kansas City, MO l 1:15 P.M. CT
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 FM & Nationals Radio Network

RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD
After falling, 7-6, in walk-off fashion Tuesday night to the Royals, the Nationals return to Kauffman Stadium this afternoon in the rubber match of this three-game set…Following the game, Washington will travel to Chicago to begin a four-game weekend series with the Cubs.

  • The Nationals’ current road trip took them from St. Louis (three-game sweep), across the state to Kansas City (1-1) and will finish with a four-game series in Chicago.
  • This is the first of two 10-game road trips for Washington in 2016…The Nationals will travel to San Diego (4 G), Los Angeles (3 G) and Milwaukee (3 G) from June 16-26.

BEST (NATIONALS) START EVER
At 18-8 (.692), the Nationals boast the third-best record in Major League Baseball (Chicago Cubs, 19-6, .760 and Chicago White Sox, 19-8, .704), and the are in the midst of the best start in Nationals history (2005-pres.) through 26 games.

  • The 18-8 record also matches the best start in Nationals/Expos history…The 1979 Expos also went 18-8…The 1932 Senators boast the best record for a D.C.-based team through the first 26 games at 19-7.

Nationals Game Notes: May 3 at Kansas City

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Washington Nationals (18-7) at Kansas City Royals (13-12)
RHP Tanner Roark [2-2, 2.03] | RHP Chris Young [1-4, 6.12]
Tuesday, May 3 l Game #26 / Road #14 l Kauffman Stadium l Kansas City, MO l 7:15 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 FM & Nationals Radio Network

ROLLING RIGHT ALONG
The Nationals extended their winning streak to four straight games with a 2-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium…LHP Gio Gonzalez tossed six scoreless over the defending World Series Champions, while LHP Sammy Solis, RHP Shawn Kelley, LHP Oliver Perez, and RHP Jonathan Papelbon, combined for the final three scoreless frames…The win was the Nationals’fourth shutout of the season and improved their MLB-best team ERA to 2.21.

SPEAKING OF THOSE HEROIC HURLERS…
Through the season’s first 25 games, the Nationals’ pitching staff, as a whole, leads Major League Baseball with the aforementioned 2.21 ERA…The staff also ranks in MLB in opp. slugging percentage (1st, .308), opp. average (2nd, .211), opp. OPS (2nd. 583), opp. OBP (2nd, .275), hits/9.0 innings (2nd, 6.80), WHIP (2nd, 1.05), HR/9.0 innings (2nd, 0.58) and strikeouts (4th, 222).

  • The Nationals boast three starting pitchers in the top 10 in ERA in the National League: LHP Gio Gonzalez (2nd, 1.15), RHP Tanner Roark (8th, 2.03) and RHP Stephen Strasburg (9th, 2.25)…Further, RHP Joe Ross, whose 0.79 ERA would rank first in the NL, falls just short of qualifying to be among league leaders (1 IP per team game).
  • Since April 23rd, Mike Maddux’s pitching staff leads Major League Baseball with 99 strikeouts, ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers (88) and Philadelphia Phillies (88).
  • In their last turn through the rotation (4/28-5/2), Nationals starters are 4-1 with a 0.82 ERA (3 ER/33.0 IP), striking out 29 batters while walking just seven.

AMONG THE BEST TO EVER DO IT
Locking down the victory with a scoreless ninth inning, Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon secured his ninth save of the season and the 358th save of his career, tying Troy Percival for the 10th most in baseball history…Among those listed below, Papelbon has the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.56) and the third-best ERA+ (184).

ALL-TIME SAVES LEADERS SAVES
1. Mariano Rivero         652
2. Trevor Hoffman      601
3. Lee Smith      478
4. John Franco          424
5. Billy Wagner             422
6. Francisco Rodriguez*         393
7. Dennis Eckersley       390
8. Joe Nathan         377
9. Jeff Reardon          367
T10. Jonathan Papelbon* 358
T10. Troy Percival 358
*-Active Player

WELCOME TO THE 1,000 CLUB, MR. MURPHY!
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 21 of his 24 games played, including 12 multi-hit efforts, tied for the most in the Major Leagues (Machado, Marte).

  • As part of his 3-for-4 effort on Monday night, Murphy notched the 1,000th hit of his career with a double in the sixth inning…According to Stats LLC., Murphy is now the 10th player to collect his 1,000th hit as a member of the Washington Nationals.
  • Murphy ranks third in Major League Baseball in batting average (.382) and eighth in on-base percentage (.439).

Nationals Game Notes: May 2 at Kansas City

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Washington Nationals (17-7) at Kansas City Royals (13-11)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [1-1, 1.42] | RHP Edinson Volquez [3-1, 3.34]
Monday, May 2 l Game #25 / Road #13 l Kauffman Stadium l Kansas City, MO l 7:15 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 99.1 FM & Nationals Radio Network

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SWEEPING CHANGE
The Nationals topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1, yesterday afternoon and, in doing so, completed their first sweep of the Cardinals in St. Louis in team history (2005-pres.)…In addition, it was the Nationals’ first series win against the Cardinals in St. Louis since May 2007…Washington outscored St. Louis, 17-6, while clubbing six home runs during the three-game set.

  • RHP Max Scherzer (7.0 IP, 4 H, 9 SO) earned the win Sunday afternoon and has now recorded at least one win against 29 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams…He has never beaten his former club, the Detroit Tigers, who visit Washington next week.
  • OF Matt den Dekker put the Nationals ahead, 1-0, in the sixth inning with an RBI-single…The Nationals tacked on in the seventh inning with back-to-back home runs by 1B Clint Robinson and SS Danny Espinosa.

I PLAY THE ROAD
Washington continues its 10-game, three-city trip today in Kansas City as the Nationals begin a three-game set against the defending World Series Champions.

  • Washington’s current road trip took them from St. Louis, across the state to Kansas City before they Nationals will head to Chicago on Thursday for a four-game series with the Cubs.
  • This is the first of two 10-game road trips for Washington in 2016…The Nationals will travel to San Diego (4 G), Los Angeles (3 G) and Milwaukee (3 G) from June 16-26.

BEST (NATIONALS) START EVER
At 17-7 (.708), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball (Chicago Cubs, 17-6, .739), and the are in the midst of the best start in Nationals history (2005-pres.) through 24 games.

  • The 17-7 record is the best start in Nationals history (2005-pres.) through the first 24 games and it matches the best record in Nationals/Expos history…The 1979 Expos also went 17-7…The 1932 Senators boast the best record for a D.C.-based team through the first 24 games at 19-5.

CLOSING IN ON No. 1,000
2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 20 of his 23 games played, including 11 multi-hit efforts, tied for second in the National League.

  • Murphy ranks third in Major League Baseball in batting average (.365) and ninth in on-base percentage (.426).
  • With 998, Murphy is just two hits shy of reaching the 1,000 hit mark…According to Stats LLC., he will become the 10th player to collect his 1,000th hit as a member of the Washington Nationals, joining:

PLAYER        DATE
1. Jose Guillen         9/9/2005
2. Alfonso Soriano      6/29/2006
3. Cristian Guzman      6/1/2007
4. Aaron Boone          6/25/2008
5. Adam Dunn             5/26/2009
6. Adam LaRoche         5/16/2012
7. Ryan Zimmerman       6/26/2012
8. Jayson Werth         8/10/2013
9. Denard Span          9/5/2014

Nationals OF Bryce Harper named April NL Player of the Month

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at Nationals Park on April 23, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Beginning the encore to his MVP season with a superb opening month of 2016, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League Player of the Month for April on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Harper, 23, hit .286 with a .406 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage (best in MLB) in 23 April games. In that period, he drove in an MLB-best 24 runs, clubbed nine home runs (3rd in MLB), stole five bases, clobbered 15 extra-base hits and struck out just 13 times in 96 plate appearances. Six of those 24 RBI gave the Nationals a lead, and three of the 24 won the game for Washington, which posted a 16-7 record in the season’s opening month.

The month featured milestones and personal feats for Harper, who clubbed the 100th home run of his career with a grand slam swing vs. Atlanta on April 14 at Nationals Park, and posted a career-best eight-game RBI streak that ran from that game through April 21 at Miami and accounted for 17 Nationals runs. In that stretch, Harper tied a Nationals record (2005-present) by hitting home runs in a career-best four consecutive games, and hit .379 (11-for-29). Eight of his 11 hits went for extra bases (six home runs, two doubles).

At 23 years, 181 days old, Harper became the eighth-youngest player in MLB history to reach the 100-home run mark, joining Mel Ott (22 years, 132 days), Tony Conigliaro (22 years, 197 days), Eddie Mathews (22 years, 292 days), Alex Rodriguez (23 years, 16 days), Andruw Jones (23 years, 62 days), Miguel Cabrera (23 years, 127 days), and Johnny Bench (22 years, 161 days). Harper was younger than Albert Pujols (23 years, 185 days), Hank Aaron (23 years, 191 days) and Ken Griffey Jr. (23 years, 206 days) when he hit the 100-homer mark.

Harper then found himself right at home in Philadelphia, joining Ernie Banks (1955) as the only visiting player in modern MLB history to hit a home run in six straight games in Philly. Harper’s home run streak dates back to 2015, and in 31 career games at Citizens Bank Park Harper is now hitting .325 with four doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, 23 RBI and 12 walks. Homering in all three games the Nationals played in Philadelphia April 15-17, and including his home runs in three straight at CBP to close 2015, Harper tied a modern MLB record for any visiting player at any stadium, matching most recently Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who clubbed home runs in six straight at Coors Field from 2011-2012.

April also featured the first pinch-hit home run of Harper’s career, a ninth-inning, game-tying swing that propelled the Nationals into extra innings in their 16-inning affair vs. Minnesota on April 24.

This is the second Player of the Month award of Harper’s career (also May, 2015), and the 10th Pitcher/Player monthly honor for the Nationals organization. He is the third repeat monthly winner, joining Jayson Werth, who took home the July Player of the Month honors in 2013 and 2014, and Max Scherzer, who earned back-to-back Pitcher of the Month nods in May and June, 2015. Other Nationals who’ve earned a monthly award are: Chad Cordero (June, 2005), Stephen Strasburg (April, 2012), Gio Gonzalez (May, 2012), and Jordan Zimmermann (July, 2012).

Nationals Game Notes: May 1 at St. Louis

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Washington Nationals (16-7) at St. Louis Cardinals (12-12)
RHP Max Scherzer [2-1, 4.35] | RHP Carlos Martinez [4-0, 1.93]
Sunday, May 1 l Game #24 / Road #12 l Busch Stadium l St. Louis, MO l 1:15 P.M. CT
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

APRIL SHOWERS? NOT SO MUCH
With heavy rainstorms bearing down on the St. Louis Area, the Nationals topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1, Saturday afternoon…In doing so, the Nationals claimed their first series winagainst the Cardinals in St. Louis since May 2007.
• In the win, RHP Joe Ross tossed 6.0 innings of six-hit, one-run ball to earn his third win of the season…The Nationals plated four runs in the first inning, three off the bat of LF Jayson Werth (2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI, R) in the form of a three-run home run.
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ross’s 0.79 earned-run average is the fourth lowest
in Nationals/Expos history through a pitcher’s first four starts of a season, behind Pedro
Martinez (0.31 in 1997, when he won the Cy Young Award), Woodie Fryman (0.55 in
1975), and Steve Rogers (0.77 in 1973).
• With a win today, Washington will complete the first road sweep over the St. Louis Cardinalsin team history (2005-pres.)
• Washington’s 16 wins in April matched an franchise all-time (2005-pres.) high…The 2014 Nationals also won 16 games in March/April.

BEST (NATIONALS) START EVER
At 16-7 (.682), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball (Chicago Cubs, 17-5, .773), and the are in the midst of the best start in Nationals history (2005-pres.) through 23 games.
• Their 16-7 is the best start in Nationals history (2005-pres.) through the first 23 games and is matches the best record in Nationals/Expos history…The 1996 Expos, 1979 Expos and the 1981 Expos were all 16-7…he 1932 Senators boast the best record for a D.C.-based
team through the first 23 games at 18-5.

Nationals Game Notes: April 30 at St. Louis

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Washington Nationals (15-7) at St. Louis Cardinals (12-11)
RHP Joe Ross [2-0, 0.54] | LHP Jaime Garcia [1-1, 3.24]
Saturday, April 30 l Game #23 / Road #11 l Busch Stadium l St. Louis, MO l 1:15 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

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OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
The Nationals kicked off their 10-game, three-city road trip with a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals last night…RHP Stephen Strasburg (7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 9 SO) improved to 4-0 for the first time in his career, while SS Danny Espinosa (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R) clubbed his first home run of the season.

  • Washington’s current road trip will take them from St. Louis, this weekend, to western Missouri to face the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals before heading to Chicago on Thursday to start a four-game series against the Cubs.
  • This is the first of two 10-game road trips for Washington in 2016…The Nationals will travel to San Diego (4 G), Los Angeles (3 G) and Milwaukee (3 G) from June 16-26.

BEST (NATIONALS) START EVER
At 15-7 (.682), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League (Chicago Cubs, 17-5, .773), and the are in the midst of the best start in Nationals history (2005-pres.) through 22 games.

  • Their 15-7 is the best start in Nationals history (2005-pres.) through the first 22 games and is the second-best record in Nationals/Expos history (1979 Expos: 16-6) as well as D.C.-baseball history…The 1932 Senators boast the best record for a D.C.-based team through the first 22 games at 17-5.

POP FROM THE TOP
CF Michael A. Taylor took the third pitch of the game from RHP Mike Leake and drove it into the St. Louis bullpen to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead Friday night…It was the fourth leadoff home run of Taylor’s career and his second this season.

  • As a team, Washington has clubbed three leadoff homers in 2016 (Taylor-2, Matt den Dekker-1) and is tied with the Houston Astros for the most leadoff home runs in Major League Baseball…Taylor’s two leadoff blasts ranks just behind HOU 2B Jose Altuve (3) for the most in MLB.

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