The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches: Where the Green Grass Grows

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With the opening of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches approaching, Curly W Live will give fans updates, highlights and important information regarding the state-of-the-art facility.

For today’s post, we are discussing one of the most important parts to building a baseball facility: grass!

The process of building a baseball field is a detailed project that requires many hands on deck.  From laser-grading to precise layers of gravel, sand, scientifically blended soils and infield mix along with irrigation and drainage, it is a fully measured task.

The 13 full fields and two half fields currently being constructed at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches are already taking on both shape and color.

The fields will be a unique species of grass called Paspalum TE.  This southern grass is common on Florida golf courses, and also serves as the playing turf at the Astros’ Minute Maid Park and Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. All of the practice fields in Palm Beach will go through the “grow-in” process, which occurs through a sprig program that will grow into a plush playing surface over the course of 6-8 weeks.  The stadium field will feature rolled sod and transform into a beautiful playing surface in a matter of just a few short weeks.

Progress will continue daily across 160 acres of the facility complex in preparation for spring training. Stay tuned for upcoming information on season tickets and all the reasons you need to visit West Palm Beach, Florida for Nationals baseball.

Nationals Game Notes: September 14 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (77-68) vs. Washington Nationals (86-59)
RHP Robert Gsellman [2-1, 3.92] | RHP Tanner Roark [14-8, 2.85]
Wednesday, September 14 l Game #146 / Home #74 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

EXTRA, EXTRA
The Nationals staged a dramatic ninth-inning comeback on Tuesday, tallying two runs off Mets closer RHP Jeurys Familia and handing him just his fourth blown save in 52 chances this season, but their comeback was thwarted by a solo home run off the bat of Mets rookie 2B T.J. Rivera in the 10th as New York won, 4-3…The Nationals’ magic number to clinch their third National League East title in the last five seasons sits at nine entering play on Wednesday.

  • At 86-59 (.593), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (92-52, .639)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +151 run differential.
  • Washington’s 45-28 (.616) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 17 games left in the regular season, Washington will play eight of them at Nationals Park.

STEPPING IN
Nationals Bench Coach Chris Speier will manage the club for Wednesday’s series finale
against the Mets…Speier has managed nearly 500 games in the Minor Leagues…Manager Dusty Baker will not be with the team due to a death in the family…Baker is expected to rejoin the Nationals before Friday’s game in Atlanta.

‘MET’ WITH LITTLE RESISTANCE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy ignited Washington’s ninth-inning comeback with an infield
single…Adding that to his double in the sixth inning, Murphy went 2-for-5 on Tuesday, his 55th multi-hit game of the season…Murphy now has at least one hit in all 18 games the Nationals have played against the Mets this season, and is hitting .411 with six doubles, seven home runs, 21 RBI, four walks and 14 runs scored against his former team this season…Murphy’s 18-game hitting streak is the longest single-season streak against the Mets in history, topping the 17-game streaks put together by Rennie Stennett (1974), Luis Castillo (2002), and Dee Gordon (2015)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murphy is the first player to post a single-season hitting streak of at least 18 games against the team for which he played the previous season since the Tigers’ George Kell’s 20-game run vs. the Philadelphia A’s in 1947.

  • Murphy’s 45 doubles this season are the most in a single-season by a second baseman in Nationals history (2005-present)…Mark Grudzielanek (54, 1997) holds the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for doubles in a season by a second baseman.
  • Murphy is the first Nationals player to tally 100 RBI since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012, the fourth ever…Murphy also joined Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), and Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ (2005-pres.) history books.
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.347), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.990), doubles (45), hits (180), extra-base hits (T1st, 75), and multi-hit games (55)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 102).

Nationals Game Notes: September 13 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (76-68) vs. Washington Nationals (86-58)
RHP Noah Syndergaard [13-8, 2.48] | RHP A.J. Cole [1-2, 4.56]
Tuesday, September 13 l Game #145 / Home #73 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SINGLE-DIGIT MAGIC
The Nationals won their fourth straight on Monday night, topping the Mets, 8-1 in the series opener and pushing their record to 86-58, tying the 2013 Nationals for the third-most wins in club history (2005-present) — and that’s with 18 regular-season games still to play…The Nationals’ magic number to clinch their third National League East title in the last five seasons sits at 9 entering play on Tuesday.

  • At 86-58 (.597), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (92-51, .643)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +152 run differential.
  • Washington’s 45-27 (.625) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 18 games remaining in the regular season, will play half of its remaining games (9 of its remaining 18) at Nationals Park.

‘MET’ WITH LITTLE RESISTANCE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy was 3-for-5 on Monday night, his 54th multi-hit game of the season and his 15th three-hit affair…With two doubles and a single on Monday, Murphy now has at least one hit in all 17 games the Nationals have played against the Mets this season, and is hitting .412 with five doubles, seven home runs, 21 RBI, four walks and 13 runs scored against his former team this season… According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 17-game streak ties the longest single-season run in history against the Mets (Rennie Stennett (1974), Luis Castillo (2002), & Dee Gordon (2015))…Also via Elias, the 17-game streak is the longest single-season hitting streak by a player against a team for which he played the previous season since Lou Brock hit safely in all 17 games he played for STL against CHI in 1965.

  • Murphy’s 44 doubles this season are the most in a single-season by a second baseman in Nationals history (2005-present)…Mark Grudzielanek (54, 1997) holds the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for doubles in a season by a second baseman.
  • Murphy is the first Nationals player to tally 100 RBI since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012, the fourth ever…Murphy also joined Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), and Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ (2005-pres.) history books.
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.347), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.990), doubles (44), hits (178), extra-base hits (T1st, 74), and multi-hit games (54)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 102).

FIRE FROM THE HOT CORNER
Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon continues to produce from the No. 5 spot in the Nationals’ order, going 1-for-4 with a three-run home run (No. 18) in Monday night’s victory…Rendon, who leads National League third basemen in doubles (37) and ranks among the group in runs (3rd, 84), walks (T3rd, 61), OBP (5th, .353) & SLG (6th, .461), has driven in 29 runs from the No. 5 spot in Washington’s lineup — 10 more than from any other spot in which he’s hit.

  • Rendon’s 37 doubles rank tied for sixth in the National League and his 19 since the All-Star break are tied for the most in Major League Baseball.
  • Despite driving in just one run in all of April, when he hit primarily in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Rendon has collected 75 RBI this season…He’s averaging an RBI every 1.6 games since May 1 and is hitting .310 since the All-Star break.

NOT YOUR USUAL 20/20
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa was hit with a pitch in the fourth inning on Monday, the 20th time he’s reached base via a hit-by-pitch this season…Espinosa, who has clubbed 21 home runs this year as well, is the first switch-hitter in Major League history to go 20-20 with home runs and HBP…He is the 20th player in Major League history to accomplish the feat…Craig Biggio did it four times (most in MLB history) from 1995-2001.

Nationals Game Notes: September 12 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (76-67) vs. Washington Nationals (85-58)
RHP Rafael Montero [0-0,4.63] | RHP Mat Latos [7-2, 4.74]
Monday, September 12 l Game #144 / Home #72 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?

The Nationals took three of four from the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, pushing their record to 85-58, now just one win shy of tying the 2013 team for the third-most wins in Nationals history (2005-present), and that’s with 19 regular-season games still to play…The Nationals’ magic number to clinch their third National League East title in the last five seasons sits at 11 entering play on Monday.

  • At 85-58 (.594), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (91-51, .641)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +145 run differential.
  • Washington’s 44-27 (.620) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 19 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the fourth-fewest home games of any team in the NL (71) with 10 of those remaining 19 coming at Nationals Park.

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM

The Nationals finished their 2016 season series against the Phillies with a 14-5 record, going 6-4 at Nationals Park and 8-1 at Citizens Bank Park this season…The Nationals also won 12 of their final 13 games against Philadelphia…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time in franchise history that any Nationals or Expos club posted a 12-1 record in 13 games vs. PHI, and the first time in franchise history any club won 12-of-13 games over any opponent within a single season.

TONY TWO BAGS

Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon leads National League third basemen in doubles (37) and ranks among the group in runs (3rd, 83), walks (T3rd, 61), OBP (5th, .354) & SLG (6th, .457).

  • Rendon’s 37 doubles rank fifth in the National League and his 19 since the All-Star break are the most in Major League Baseball.
  • Despite driving in just one run in all of April, when he hit primarily in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Rendon has collected 72 RBI this season…He’s averaging an RBI every 1.6 games since May 1 and is hitting .318 since the All-Star break.

Prost! Oktoberfest is coming to Nationals Park on Saturday

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This Saturday, put on your lederhosen and join the Nationals for the first-ever Oktoberfest-themed game at Nationals Park! The first 20,000 fans (ages 21 and up) who enter the ballpark through all gates will receive a Nationals Beer Stein presented by Budweiser.

There will be plenty of exciting Oktoberfest-themed entertainment for fans before the team takes on the Phillies. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the Edelweiss Band and the Bavarian & Austrian Dance Company will perform in Center Field Plaza. Since their country hosts the real Oktoberfest every year in Munich, the Embassy of Germany will be at the ballpark to celebrate the event (the embassy is even bringing their own photo station). In addition, the Racing Presidents will be outfitted in Oktoberfest-themed costumes for the Presidents Race at the middle of the fourth inning!

If you’re looking for a taste of Germany, the Nationals will be selling special Oktoberfest-themed food items at concession stands throughout the park. Fans can find the Munich Brat at Senator Sausage Carts in Sections 108, 134, 224 and 308. The Munich Brat is topped with braised red cabbage and brown mustard, and served on a pretzel bun. Sauerkraut Balls (fried potato and sauerkraut) will be served with spicy mustard and featured at the Grand Slam Grill in Sections 111 and 141, Georgetown Grill in Section 130 and South Capitol Grill in Section 211. At these locations, fans can also find Currywurst, bratwurst skewers served over French fries, topped with curry ketchup. Finally, pretzel bites will be served with a house-made beer cheese dipping sauce at Taste of the Majors Stands in Sections 115 and 314.

Fans who would like to watch or participate in interactive games should head to Center Field Plaza, where Inside Pitch Live will pick a select number of fans to take part in Oktoberfest-themed competitions like a barrel roll, pretzel eating contest and stein hoisting competition. The games will begin around 6:20 p.m.

We hope to see you at the ballpark on Saturday for this exciting event!

Nationals Game Notes: September 9 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (63-77) vs. Washington Nationals (82-58)
RHP Jake Thompson [1-5,6.48] | RHP Tanner Roark [14-8, 2.89]
Friday, September 9 l Game #141 / Home #69 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals dropped the opener of this four-game set to the Phillies on Thursday, 4-1, their first loss to Philadelphia since April 28…The defeat snapped Washington’s nine-game winning streak over the Phillies, the longest winning streak vs. PHI in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…The Nationals are now 11-5 this season against the Phillies.

  • At 82-58 (.586), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-50, .640)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +140 run differential.
  • Washington’s 41-27 (.603) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 22 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the second-fewest home games of any team in the NL (68) with 13 of those remaining 22 coming at Nationals Park.

DANIEL’S DOUBLE DELIGHT
One day after becoming the fourth player in Nationals history (2005-present) to reach the 100-RBI threshold, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy delivered his 40th double of the season…With the two-base hit in the first inning, Murphy became the first second baseman in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record a 40-double season…The previous high for a Nationals second baseman was 35, hit by Ronnie Belliard in 2007…The franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for doubles in a season by a second baseman is held by Mark Grudzielanek (54, 1997).

  • Murphy is the first Nationals player to tally 100 RBI since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012…Murphy also joined Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), and Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ history books.
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.345), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.595), OPS (.982), doubles (40), hits (T1st, 172), and multi-hit games (53)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 101), and extra base hits (4th, 70).
  • Murphy ranks tied for 3rd in MLB with 30 go-ahead RBI & is 4th with 16 game-winning RBI.

WHAT A RELIEF
Nationals relievers continued their run of doing yeoman’s work on Thursday, with three relievers (RHP Matt Belisle, LHP Matt Grace, and RHP Yusmeiro Petit) combining on four scoreless innings.

  • The Nationals enter the heart of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.25), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.14)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the National League (39) this season.
  • Washington’s ‘pen has been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 25.7 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second in MLB only to SFG’s 21.1 percent.

TANNER’S BEEN TAMING THE PHILS
Nationals RHP Tanner Roark has thrown 7.0 (or more) shutout innings eight times this season — most among all Major League starters…Roark, who has started six of the Nationals’ 10 shutouts, owns the seventh-best ERA in the National League at 2.89…Against the Phillies, Roark has been particularly dominant: 3-0, 0.64 ERA, 7.0 IP in each of his four starts.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Roark’s eight starts with 7.0 or more scoreless innings ties the most in a single season in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), joining RHP Javier Vazquez in the record books…Vazquez posted eight such starts for MON in 2001.
  • Even if he’s not shutting out the opponent, Roark has been a workhorse, throwing at least 7.0 innings 16 times, tied for the second-most in the NL…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (19) has done it more in the National League.

Nationals Game Notes: September 8 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (62-77) vs. Washington Nationals (82-57)
RHP Alec Asher [0-0, -.–] | RHP A.J. Cole [1-1, 3.86]
Thursday, September 8 l Game #140 / Home #68 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

EXTRA-SPECIAL SWEEP
With a 5-4, extra-innings victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday morning (secured just before 1 a.m. on a bases-loaded RBI-single by C Wilson Ramos in the 11th inning), the Nationals’ collected their 10th sweep of the 2016 season and recorded their 82nd victory…The triumph ensured that Washington will finish with a winning record for the fifth consecutive season, making them the only team in the Major Leagues to have accomplished that feat with the 2016 season included…Entering 2016 NYY (23 straight seasons), STL (8), and LAD (5) also had active consecutive-season winning streaks.

  • The Nationals’ sweep of the Braves pushed their record vs. Atlanta this season to 14-2…With a three-game series on tap at Turner Field Sept. 16-18, Washington is well within striking distance of its best season series record vs. any single opponent in club history (2005-present), a mark currently held by the 2014 team vs. NYM (15-4).
  • At 82-57 (.590), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-50, .640)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +143 run differential.
  • Washington’s 41-26 (.612) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 23 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the second-fewest home games of any team in the NL (67) with 14 of those remaining 23 coming at Nationals Park.

TAMING THE PHILS
The Nationals enter this weekend’s four-game set having swept the Phillies in three straight series for the first time in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and riding the first nine-game winning streak in franchise history against the Phillies.

MURPHY JOINS CLUB 100
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy went 3-for-6 and drove in two runs with a game-tying single in the seventh inning on Wednesday night…The RBI were No.’s 99 & 100 for Murphy on the season, giving him the sixth 100-RBI season in Nationals history (2005-present)…Murphy is just the fourth player in Nationals history to post a 100-RBI campaign, and the first since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012…Murphy also joins Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ history books.

  • Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.345), slugging percentage (.595), OPS (.983), doubles (T1st, 39), and multi-hit games (53)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 100), extra base hits (T4th, 69), & hits (T2nd, 171).
  • Murphy ranks tied for 3rd in MLB with 30 go-ahead RBI & is 4th with 16 game-winning RBI.

WHAT A RELIEF
With RHP Stephen Strasburg removed due to injury in the third inning and Wednesday’s contest reaching the 11th frame, the Nationals’ bullpen delivered 8.2 innings of work, its most since July 17 vs. PIT (11.0 IP)…Nine relievers combined to throw a bullpen season-high 167 pitches, with seven of the nine posting scoreless appearances.

  • The Nationals enter the meat of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.29), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.14)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the National League (39).
  • Washington’s ‘pen has been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 25.7 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second in MLB only to SFG’s 21.1 percent.

Nationals Game Notes: September 7 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (54-85) vs. Washington Nationals (81-57) 

RHP Mike Foltynewicz [8-5, 4.31] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-4, 3.59]

Wednesday, September 7 l Game #139 / Home #67 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

NOT DONE, BUT EIGHTY-ONE

With a 9-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, the Nationals’ recorded their 81st victory of the season…The win ensured that Washington will finish with a .500 record or better for the sixth time in Nationals history (2005-present), and for the fifth consecutive season…The Nationals are one of just three teams in the Major Leagues to surpass the 80-win mark this season, joining the Texas Rangers (83) and Chicago Cubs (89).

  • At 81-57 (.587), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-49, .645)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +142 run differential.
  • Washington’s 40-26 (.606) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (46-27, .630)…With just 24 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the fewest home games of any team in the NL (66) and will play at Nationals Park in 15 of those remaining 24 contests.

BULLPEN BOON

Nationals Manager Dusty Baker called on his bullpen to give him 6.0 IP on Tuesday — the most innings WSH has asked from the ‘pen in any of the last 19 games — and the relief corps responded with 6.0 innings of one-run ball…Five relievers combined to throw five scoreless, one-hit innings, before closer RHP Mark Melancon allowed a harmless run in the ninth.

  • The Nationals enter the meat of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.29), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.10)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the Major Leagues (38) tied with the Chicago White Sox bullpen
  • Washington’s ‘pen has also been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 25.5 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second in MLB only to SFG’s 20.6 percent.

AIN’T HE GRAND?

With the Nationals trailing the Braves, 4-1, in the third inning on Tuesday, 3B Anthony Rendon rocketed a bases-loaded 0-2 pitch into the left field seats for the first grand slam of his Major League career…The slam, which put Washington up, 5-4, was his 17th home run of the season, now just four shy of his career-best 21 (2014)…Rendon’s four RBI matched his single-game career high.

  • Rendon leads National League third basemen in doubles (35) and ranks among the group in runs scored (3rd, 82), walks (T3rd, 60), OBP (5th, .355) and SLG (6th, .458).
  • Since the All-Star break, Rendon is hitting .315 (53-for-168) with 17 doubles, eight home runs, 36 RBI, 17 walks, three stolen bases and 28 runs scored.

Nationals Game Notes: September 6 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (54-84) vs. Washington Nationals (80-57)
RHP Williams Perez [2-2, 4.62] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [10-9, 4.14]
Tuesday, September 6 l Game #138 / Home #66 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

OCTOGENARIAN DELIGHT
The Nationals secured their 80th victory of the season on Monday evening with a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves…The Nationals are now one of just three teams to reach the 80-win mark this season, joining the Texas Rangers (82) and Chicago Cubs (89).

  • At 80-57 (.584), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-48, .650)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +140 run differential.
  • Washington’s 39-26 (.600) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (45-27, .625)…With just 25 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the fewest home games of any team in MLB (65) and will play at Nationals Park in 16 of those remaining 25 contests.

TREMENDOUS TREA
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner finished a triple shy of the cycle on Monday, going 3-for-4 with a double, two-run home run, and a base hit…It was Turner’s third three-RBI game of the season and his fourth three-hit game against the Braves…Turner’s big day lifted his average on the season to .343…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that batting average is the highest at any point by a Major-League rookie at least 200 at-bats into a season in nearly three years — since LAD OF Yasiel Puig was hitting .344 through Sept. 8, 2013.

  • Having played in just 48 games in 2016, Turner has set a new Nationals rookie record (2005-pres.) for most stolen bases in a season (20)…Harper held the previous mark (18).
  • Turner is just the second rookie in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record an on-base streak of 20 games or more (21 G, 8/10-9/2), joining Danny Espinosa (26 G, 6/11-7/8, 2011)…Turner hit .406 (39-for-96) with five doubles, two triples, three HR, 10 RBI, 12 SB and 22 runs during the streak.
  • Turner was named the NL Rookie of the Month for August on Saturday, the first monthly award of any kind for Turner, and just the fourth Rookie of the Month award bestowed upon a Nationals player in club history (2005-present): Bryce Harper (May & Sept./Oct. 2012) & Ryan Church (May, 2005).
  • Turner posted 45 hits in August, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month, two shy of 2B Daniel Murphy (47, May) for the Nationals record and the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994)…According to Elias, Turner’s 27 runs in August were a franchise (Nationals/Expos) rookie record, topping the 26 Harper scored in Sept., 2012.

BULLISH ON THE ‘PEN
The Nationals enter the meat of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.32), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.12)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the Major Leagues (38) tied with the Chicago White Sox bullpen.

  • The strong overall work by the Nationals’ bullpen is due, in part, to the starting staff that precedes it…Entering Monday, WSH’s bullpen had been taxed for the fewest IP in the NL (399.0 IP), while the starting staff had combined to throw the third-most in MLB (840.0 IP).
  • Washington’s ‘pen has also been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 24.8 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second only to San Francisco’s 20.8 percent.

The Nationals honor Washington, D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier

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Today, the Nationals celebrated a cornerstone of our community, D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier.

Before the team played the Atlanta Braves, the Nationals recognized Lanier’s impact on the city of Washington, D.C. with a farewell celebration during pregame ceremonies. Several members of the Metropolitan Police Department took part in pregame ceremonies, and nearly one hundred police officers took the field to celebrate Lanier’s more than nine years of service as chief of police in Washington.

In a special moment, Chief Lanier handed the ball to Jaydan Stancil to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Jaydan was critically injured as a nine-year-old when he was shot in the head in October 2014. A responding MPD officer drove him to the hospital in his police car, where doctors told his mother he could die within an hour. Jaydan has since made a miraculous recovery, and with Chief Cathy Lanier’s diligence, the alleged shooter has been indicted.

We sincerely thank Chief Lanier for being a valued partner and wish her the best of luck in her next adventure!

Please enjoy photos from today’s event below.

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