Nationals Game Notes: August 13 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (44-72) vs. Washington Nationals (67-47)

RHP Rob Whalen [1-0, 5.73] | RHP Reynaldo Lopez [0-1, 9.35]

Saturday, August 13 l Game #115 / Home #58 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE

With a double in the seventh inning on Friday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth has now reached base safely in 41 straight games…It is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 37 hits (13 2B, 5 HR), 30 walks and has posted a .381 on-base percentage.

LEADING MAN

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.610), OPS (.999), doubles (T1st, 34), hits (T1st, 142), multi-hit games (45), and go-ahead RBI (26).

  • Murphy also ranks among NL hitters in game-winning RBI (2nd, 15) extra base hits (T2nd, 60), and RBI (T3rd, 82).

SUMMER SIZZLERS

Since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .333 (26-for-78) with nine doubles, five homers, 17 RBI, eight walks, three stolen bases and 12 runs scored…He has struck out just 10 times in 88 plate appearances over this stretch.

  • Rendon is T1st in MLB (w/STL C Yadier Molina and ARI SS Jean Segura) with nine doubles in 15 games since July 26…His .685 slugging percentage over that stretch is good for second in the National League behind COL OF Charlie Blackmon (.814).

Nationals Game Notes: August 12 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (43-72) vs. Washington Nationals (67-46)
RHP Mike Foltynewicz [5-5, 4.37] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-2, 2.80]
Friday, August 12 l Game #114 / Home #57 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN / WUSA l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

MAKING FERRIS BUELLER PROUD
The Nationals enjoyed their third day off in the last week on Thursday before opening a threegame set with the Atlanta Braves this weekend at Nationals Park…Washington earned the split with a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday behind LF Jayson Werth (2-for-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 3 R) and 3B Anthony Rendon (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI).

  • At 67-46 (.593), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (72-41, .637).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +136 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+189).
  • The Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 149), runs scored (4th, 530), and walks (5th, 392)…Their 860 strikeouts as a club are the second fewest in the National League.

SERIOUS STREAK
Washington carries a franchise-best 14-game home winning streak (since May 8, 2015) over the Atlanta Braves into this weekend’s series…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 14-game streak is the longest home winning streak over one opponent in Nationals history (2005-pres.)…It is tied for the longest in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), as the Expos put together a 14-game streak over the San Diego Padres from May 4,1993 to May 24, 1995.

  • Per Elias, this is the longest active streak in MLB and the longest home winning streak for one team since the New York Yankees won 17 straight home games over the Toronto Blue Jays from Sept. 19, 2012 to July 25, 2014.

SPEAKING OF STREAKS
With a double in the first inning on Wednesday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth has reached base safely in 40 straight games…It is the longest active on-base streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 36 hits (12 2B, 5 HR), 30 walks and has posted a .386 on-base percentage.

Nationals Game Notes: August 10 vs. Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland Indians (63-47) at Washington Nationals (66-46)
RHP Josh Tomlin [11-4, 3.81] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [7-9, 4.13]
Wednesday, August 10 l Game #113 / Home #56 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SIZING THINGS UP
As the Nationals close out their series with the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, they will finish their fourth series in the last five against a fellow first-place club…All four of those series have been against either the Indians or the San Francisco Giants, who Washington defeated in two of three over the weekend.

  • The Nationals dropped the opener of this two-game set to Cleveland on Tuesday night, 3-1, and will look to today’s season series finale to even things up.
  • Despite the loss, at 66-46 (.589), the Nationals continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (70-41, .631).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +133 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+186).

LOOKIN’ FINE AT 39
Nationals LF Jayson Werth was 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run on Tuesday night, making it his 39th consecutive game reaching base…At 39, Werth owns the longest active on-base streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 34 hits (11 2B, 4 HR), 29 walks and has posted a .377 on-base percentage.

EVERYONE WAS THINKING IT…
By the time Nationals RHP Max Scherzer climbed the mound for the seventh inning on Tuesday night, he found himself in an all-too-familiar position: with his opponent hitless…Scherzer’s bid for a third career no-no was ultimately broken up in that seventh inning, but it marked the eighth time in his 57 career starts in a Nationals uniform that Scherzer has carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning — that’s 14 percent of all starts he’s made since signing with WSH in Jan., 2015 — and the most in MLB the last two seasons…CLE RHP Corey Kluber, who has carried six no-hit bids into the sixth inning in the last two years, is second in that time span.

  • A strikeout of CLE C Roberto Perez in the third inning was Scherzer’s 200th strikeout of the season…The MLB leader in strikeouts with 208, Scherzer became the first pitcher in the big leagues to strike out 200 batters this season…This is Scherzer’s fifth consecutive season with 200+ strikeouts, making him one of four active pitchers with a streak at least that long…Via the Elias Sports Bureau, he joined SEA RHP Felix Hernandez (2009-14), LAD LHP Clayton Kershaw (2010-15), and DET RHP Justin Verlander (2009-13) on that list.
  • Tuesday’s game was also Scherzer’s 10th of the season in which he recorded 10 or more strikeouts…With 11 10+ strikeout games in 2015, Scherzer is the only active pitcher with at least 10 games of 10+ strikeouts in back-to-back seasons…According to Elias, The last pitchers to do that were Randy Johnson (1997-2002) and Curt Schilling (2001-02).

$1 Ice Cream Treats on Wednesday at Nationals Park

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IceCreamWith D.C.’s hot summer days and nights, Nationals Park provides several ways for fans to cool down. The tastiest? Ice cream, of course.

During tomorrow’s game against the Cleveland Indians, fans will pay just $1 for select ice cream novelties at all Nats Dog stands until the start of the sixth inning, or while supplies last.

In celebration of tomorrow’s $1 Ice Cream Day presented by Good Humor, we’ve put together an extensive list of the places where fans can find cold treats at Nationals Park.

Fans can find Good Humor Novelties, Breyer’s ice cream and Nationals Helmet Sundaes at the Breyer’s Ice Cream concession stands in Sections 115 and 129. Last year, over 26,000 Nationals Helmet Sundaes were sold at Nats Park, which is an average of 330 sundaes per game!

If you prefer soft serve ice cream, Sweet Spot and Frozen Rope both feature soft serve, in either a cone or a mini Nationals helmet, as well as Good Humor Novelties. Frozen Rope can be found in Section 136, and Sweet Spot is located in Section 310. So far this season over 20,000 soft serve ice creams have been sold.

In addition to traditional ice cream, Nationals Park is home to several other frozen treats. Fans can find their favorite Dippin’ Dots flavors in Sections 127, 134, 201 and 227, refreshing varieties of Leilani’s Shaved Ice in Sections 141 and 235, and dipped ice cream at Capitol Creamery in Section 215.

Nationals Park is also home to four Dolci Gelati stands, featuring traditional Italian gelato. Earlier this year, the Nationals’ gelato vendor, Gianluigi Dellaccio, won honors at the Gelato World Tour. His gelato not only won an award at this year’s competition in Chicago, which included 16 finalists from both North and South America, but also earned Dellaccio a ticket to the Grand Finale of the Gelato World Tour in Rimini, Italy in 2017. Dolci Gelati can be found in Sections 112, 136, 231 and 307.

Dellaccio also makes the gelato used in the babka ice cream sandwiches, only available at On Rye in the Norfolk Southern Club. Babka ice cream sandwiches are new to Nationals Park this season, but they are already a fan favorite!

Next time you’re at Nationals Park, make sure to cool down with a treat from one of these locations, and don’t forget to join us for $1 Ice Cream Day tomorrow!

Tickets for Wednesday’s game are available at nationals.com/tickets.

Nationals Game Notes: August 9 vs. Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland Indians (62-47) at Washington Nationals (66-45)
RHP Trevor Bauer [7-5, 4.08] | RHP Max Scherzer [12-6, 2.87]
Tuesday, August 9 l Game #112 / Home #55 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BATTLING THE BEST
As the Nationals welcome the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians to Nationals Park on Tuesday night for the first of two games, it will mark their fourth series in the last five against a fellow first-place club…All four of those series have been against either the Indians or the San Francisco Giants, who Washington defeated in two of three over the weekend.

  • The Nationals’ posted just two hits in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over the Giants, the fewest hits ever recorded in a win in Nationals history (2005-present)…It was also the Nationals’ 14th win in their last 17 regular-season home games vs. SFG (dating to May 1, 2011).
  • At 66-45 (.595), the Nationals continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (69-41, .627).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +135 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+182).

TERRIFIC TANNER
Shining in the Nationals’ eighth shutout victory of the season on Sunday was RHP Tanner Roark, who tossed 7.0 innings and allowed just five hits and three walks while striking out five…Roark has started five of the Nationals’ eight shutouts this season…Roark, who improved to 12-6 with a 2.88 ERA in the win, owns the 11th-lowest ERA in the National League.

  • No one in the Major Leagues has thrown 7.0 (or more) IP more often this season than Roark, who did it for the seventh time on Sunday…He leads CHI RHP Jake Arrieta (2nd, 6), and ATL RHP Julio Teheran (3rd, 5).
  • Sunday’s outing was the 14th time (in 23 starts this season) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (15), CWS LHP Chris Sale (15), and CLE RHP Corey Kluber (15) have pitched at least 7.0 innings more than Roark this season.

ALONE AT THE TOP
Nationals LF Jayson Werth worked a walk from LHP Madison Bumgarner in the first inning on Sunday, making it his 38th consecutive game reaching base…Werth owns the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 33 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 28 walks and has posted a .374 on-base percentage.

BUFFALO BLAST
Sending his 18th home run into the right field seats in the seventh inning on Sunday, Nationals C Wilson Ramos accounted for all of the Nationals’ offense in the 1-0 victory…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is the fourth catcher in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to homer in a 1-0 win…He joins Gary Carter (for MON, 1979 at Wrigley Field), Mike Fitzgerald (for MON, 1986 at the Astrodome), and Brian Schneider (for WSH, 2005 at Anaheim).

  • Ramos, who leads all Major League catchers in home runs with 18, has also hit safely in 19 of his last 23 games, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 15…His 18 home runs extended his new career high for HR in a season, and his 28 walks are the second-most in his career behind the 38 he worked in 2011.
  • Ramos ranks third among Major League hitters in batting average (.338; 2nd in NL) and 11th in average with Runners In Scoring Position (.351; 6th in NL).
  • He leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.387), SLG (.556) and RBI (62).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.

Today in Nationals’ History: Gio Gonzalez hits first career home run while pitching complete game

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August 8, 2012 – LHP Gio Gonzalez hit for distance and went the distance as Washington defeated Houston, 4-3. Gonzalez hit his first career big league home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and tallied his second career complete game. After the Astros rallied to put the winning run in scoring position with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Gonzalez recorded his seventh strikeout to finish the game and become the first DC-based pitcher since Pete Broberg (9/19/71 vs. Boston) to homer and pitch a complete game in the same contest.

Nationals Game Notes: August 7 vs. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants (63-47) at Washington Nationals (65-45)
LHP Madison Bumgarner [10-6, 2.25] | RHP Tanner Roark [11-6, 3.02]
Sunday, August 7 l Game #111 / Home #54 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

The Nationals will wrap up their season series with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, playing a season rubber match with the teams tied, 3-3, through the first six of the year…Washington’s four-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday night in a 7-1 loss to the Giants.

  • Despite the loss, the Nationals (65-45, .591) continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (68-41, .624).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +134 run differential, again behind only CHI (+180).
  • After Sunday’s matinee, the Nationals’ homestand will continue on Tuesday when Washington will welcome the Cleveland Indians to Nationals Park for the first time in the ballpark’s history…The Atlanta Braves (three games) will then visit to finish out this stay at home.

ALONE AT THE TOP

Nationals LF Jayson Werth worked a walk in the fifth inning on Saturday night, making it his 37th consecutive game reaching base…Werth now owns the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s run is now the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 33 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 27 walks and has posted a .377 on-base percentage.

WATCHING WILSON WORK

With a 3-for-4 performance on Saturday night, Nationals C Wilson Ramos turned in his third multi-hit effort in his last four games and his 29th multi-hit game of the season…Ramos, who clubbed his 17th home run of the season on Friday night, set a new single-season career high in home runs, topping the 16 he clubbed in 2013.

  • Ramos, who is now tied for the Major League lead in home runs among catchers, has also hit safely in 18 of his last 22 games, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 14…His 27 walks this season are also the second-most in his career behind the 38 he worked in 2011.
  • Ramos ranks third among Major League hitters in batting average (.337; 2nd in NL) and 11th in average with Runners In Scoring Position (.351; 6th in NL).
  • He leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.385), SLG (.547) and RBI (61).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.

Nationals Game Notes: August 6 vs. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants (62-47) at Washington Nationals (65-44)

RHP Matt Cain [3-6, 5.53] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-1, 2.63]

Saturday, August 6 l Game #110 / Home #53 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

ROLLING RIGHT ALONG

The Nationals opened their eight-game homestand on Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants…Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez dazzled, tossing 7.0 innings of one-run ball (solo home run) in his longest start since June 9…In his last five starts, since July 10, Gonzalez is now 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA…The Nationals bats also drove in runs in four of eight innings, including home runs from CF Trea Turner and C Wilson Ramos.

  • With the win, the Nationals (65-44, .596) boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (67-41, .620)…At 32-20 (.615), the Nationals also own the second-best home record in the National League (also behind CHI, 37-17; .685).
  • WSH ranks second in MLB with a +140 run differential, also behind only CHI (+176).
  • The Nationals’ homestand will continue on Saturday with the second of three games against the Giants…Washington will also welcome Cleveland (two games) and Atlanta (three games) during this stay at Nationals Park.

OFF THE BLOCKS

The Nationals opened Friday night’s game with authority, tagging the Giants for two runs in the first inning…They were the 86th and 87th first-inning runs Washington has scored this season, the most in the Major Leagues by a wide margin, per STATS, LLC (BAL ranks second with 79).

  • In contrast, the Nationals’ pitchers have surrendered just 57 first-inning runs.
  • The 2014 Nationals are the current owners of the record for most first-inning runs in Nationals history (2005-pres.) with 93.

STARTING STRONG

The Nationals’ starting pitchers, who already lead the Major Leagues with 700 strikeouts this season, have been doing yeoman’s work lately…Since July 27, the Nationals’ starting staff leads the National League in ERA (2.16) and opponent batting average (.183), while ranking second in innings pitched (58.1).

  • The 2015 Nationals starting staff struck out a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 921 batters in 162 games (8.58 K/9.0 IP)…The 2016 Nationals are currently outpacing that mark, striking out 9.26 batters per nine innings thus far this season.
  • Including Gonzalez’s performance on Friday night, the Nationals’ starters have now allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of the Nationals’ last 12 games.

LEADING THE WAY

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy’s RBI-single put Washington on the board on Friday…Murphy, the NL Player of the Month for July, has hit safely in 18 of the 20 games he’s played since July 7…During this current stretch, Murphy is hitting .408 (29-for-71) with nine doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 25 RBI, six walks, one stolen base and 17 runs scored.

  • Murphy’s single, which gave the Nationals the 1-0 lead in the first, was his 25th go-ahead RBI of the season — the most in the Major Leagues and three more than anyone else in the National League.
  • Murphy also leads all National League hitters in average (.356), slugging percentage (.626), OPS (1.022), hits (139), doubles (32), extra-base hits (58) and multi-hit games (44).
  • In addition to the categories above, Murphy also leads all NL 2B in HR (21) & RBI (81).

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR JW, HE’S ON BASE

With a single in the first inning on Friday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-high 36 games…It is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and tied for the longest on-base streak in MLB this season (MIA OF Marcell Ozuna 36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • Werth’s run is now tied for the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), tied with Denard Span (36 games, 6/28-8/10, 2014), and behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 33 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 26 walks and has posted a .383 on-base percentage.

SUMMER SIZZLERS

Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner is hitting .362 (17-for-47) in his last 11 games, including a 2-for-4 evening on Friday that included a double and a home run (his second HR in as many games)…Since July 24, Turner has three doubles, two triples, two home runs, two walks, five stolen bases and 10 runs scored.

  • Similarly, since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .328 (20-for-61) with five doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, seven walks, three stolen bases and 11 runs scored…He has hit safely in 12 of the 16 games, including seven multi-hit efforts.

Anthony Rendon to be featured on MLB Network’s ‘Play Ball’ series, with a special appearance by Bryce Harper

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Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon will be a featured guest on ‘Play Ball’ tomorrow morning. The episode, which features an interview with Anthony, as well as a wiffle ball game with scholar-athletes at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, will air Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on MLB Network.

‘Play Ball’ is hosted by Harold Reynolds and features baseball demonstrations, discussions and advice for young athletes from some of the league’s top players. Anthony’s teammate OF Bryce Harper was the featured athlete on the show last week. During his episode, Bryce discussed what he likes to do in the offseason, Daniel Murphy’s “FWAHHHH” celebration and other ways kids can try to make baseball fun again.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. on MLB Network to see Anthony at the Youth Baseball Academy, this time with a special appearance by Bryce!

In the meantime, enjoy the following clip of Anthony and Harold Reynolds from tomorrow’s show below.

Nationals Game Notes: August 5 vs. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants (62-46) at Washington Nationals (64-44)
RHP Jeff Samardzija [9-7, 4.30] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [6-9, 4.29]
Friday, August 5 l Game #109 / Home #52 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HEADING HOME WITH A HIT PARADE
The Nationals finished off their three-city, nine-game road trip by sealing a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 8-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field…The Nationals’ bats remained the focus as Washington posted 14 hits in the win, bringing their three-day hit total to 48 — tied for the most hits by any team in a three-game series this season (BOS also tallied 48 hits vs. OAK May 9-11).

  • This is just the second time in club history (2005-present) that the Nationals have posted 14 hits or more in three consecutive games (also April 18-20, 2006)…The Nationals record for consecutive games with at least 14 hits/game is four, done by the 2012 club June 26-29.
  • The sweep was the Nationals’ eighth of the season, their fourth on the road…With the win, the Nationals (64-44, .593) boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (66-41, .617).
  • WSH ranks second in MLB with a +136 run differential, also behind only CHI (+171).
  • The Nationals will open an eight-game homestand Friday evening with the first of three games against the San Francisco Giants…Washington will also welcome Cleveland (two games) and Atlanta (three games) during this stay at Nationals Park.

MURPH = MACHINE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy clobbered his 21st home run of the season on Wednesday, part of his 2-for-4 afternoon in Arizona…Murphy, the NL Player of the Month for July, has hit safely in 17 of the 19 games he’s played since July 7…During this current stretch, Murphy is hitting .418 (28-for-67) with nine doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 24 RBI, six walks, one stolen base and 17 runs scored.

  • The home run, which put WSH up 2-1 in the eventual 8-3 victory, was Murphy’s 24th go-ahead RBI of the season — tied with LAA’s Albert Pujols for the most in the Major Leagues (and two more than anyone else in the NL).
  • Murphy also leads the National League in average (.358), slugging percentage (.630), OPS (1.027), hits (138), doubles (32), extra-base hits (58) and multi-hit games (44).
  • In addition to the categories above, Murphy also leads all NL 2B in HR (21) & RBI (80).

LET THE BUFFALO ROAM
Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games, including multi-hit efforts in six of his last 12 contests.

  • With 16 home runs this season, Ramos has matched his career high of 16 in 2013…His 27 walks this season are the second-most in his career behind his 38 in 2011.
  • Ramos ranks third among Major League hitters in batting average (.331; 2nd in NL) and 13th in average with Runners In Scoring Position (.351; 7th in NL).
  • He leads all MLB catchers in on-base percentage (.381), slugging percentage (.536) and RBI (59)…He is tied for first among NL catchers (T2nd in MLB) with 16 home runs.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR JW, HE’S ON BASE
Going 3-for-5 on Tuesday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-high 35 games…It is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and the second-longest on-base streak in MLB this season: MIA OF Marcell Ozuna owns the longest streak in MLB in 2016 (36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 32 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 26 walks and has posted a .387 on-base percentage.

PITCHERS WHO RAKE
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer struck out 11 and picked up his 12th win of the season with 8.0 strong innings over ARI on Wednesday…Scherzer also added a two-run single in the sixth which, via Elias, made it the second time in his career Scherzer has struck out 10 or more batters and driven in at least two runs in the same game (also 5/26/09)… Scherzer joins Madison Bumgarner as the only active players with multiple games of that type (Bumgarner as one game with at least 10 strikeouts and multiple RBIs in each of the last two seasons).

  • The last pitcher with 10 or more strikeouts and more than one RBI in a game in franchies history (Nationals/Expos) was Javier Vazquez (MON vs. MIL, 8/2/03).
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