PHOTOS: Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and VSP Global provide free eye care clinic for scholar-athletes

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Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon, board member of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, helped organize a vision event for the scholar-athletes to receive free eye care this afternoon.

In conjunction with VSP Global Eyes of Hope mobile eye care clinic and Dr. Keith Smithson, the Nationals’ director of visual performance, scholar-athletes received no-cost eye exams and (for those who required them) prescription glasses.

In addition, each of the 150 scholar-athletes received a free pair of Nike sunglasses to protect their eyes from UV rays.

Nationals Game Notes: August 3 at Arizona Diamondbacks

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Washington Nationals (63-44) at Arizona Diamondbacks (43-64)
RHP Max Scherzer [11-6, 2.85] | RHP Zack Godley [3-1, 5.63]
Wednesday, August 3 l Game #108 / Road #57 l Chase Field l Phoenix, AZ l 12:40 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

MORE OFFENSE
For the second consecutive night the Nationals posted a double-digit run total, topping the Arizona Diamondbacks, 10-4…Washington recorded 15 hits, marking the first time since April 28-29, 2015 vs. ATL that the club recorded at least 15 hits in back-to-back games…LF Jayson Werth (3-for-5, HR, RBI, R) and 2B Wilmer Difo (3-for-5, RBI, R) led the way on offense.

  • With the win, the Nationals (63-44, .589) boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (65-41, .613).
  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +131 run differential, also behind only the Cubs (+170).
  • A win Wednesday afternoon at Arizona would secure Washington’s fourth road sweep of the season, first since May 30-June 1 at Philadelphia.

MURPH KEEPS ON HITTING
2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 16 of the 18 games he’s played since July 7…During this current stretch, Murphy is hitting .413 (64-for-63) with nine doubles, one triple, six homers, 23 RBI, five walks, one stolen base and 15 runs scored.

  • Murphy leads the National League in average (.356), slugging percentage (.623), OPS (1.018), hits (136), doubles (32), extra-base hits (57) and multi-hit games (43).
  • In addition to those categories, Murphy leads all NL 2B in HR (20), RBI (79) and XBH (57).

ROAMING AROUND THE BASES
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 among National League hitters in batting average (2nd, .331) and average with Runners In Scoring Position (7th, .351).
  • 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.

Nationals Game Notes: August 2 at Arizona Diamondbacks

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Washington Nationals (62-44) at Arizona Diamondbacks (43-63)
RHP Tanner Roark [10-6, 2.96] | LHP Robbie Ray [5-10, 4.70]
Tuesday, August 2 l Game #107 / Road #56 l Chase Field l Phoenix, AZ l 6:40 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

EVERYBODY IN THE POOL
The Nationals scored 14 runs on 19 hits (both season highs) in last night’s 14-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks…By the end of the third inning, every starter had recorded at least one hit…According to STATS, LLC., it was the second time in team history (since 2005) that the Nationals have had every starter get a hit in the first three innings of a game…The other time was May 15, 2015 at San Diego…It was the fourth time this season that every starter in Washington’s lineup recorded at least one hit.

  • With the win, the Nationals (62-44, .585) boast the second-best record in the National League, behind the Chicago Cubs (64-41, .610)…Washington is tied with the Texas Rangers (62-44, .585) for the second-best record in Major League Baseball.
  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +125 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+169).

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE
With a single in the first inning on Monday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-high 34 games…It is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and is tied for the second-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna owns the longest streak in MLB this season (36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 29 hits (11 2B, 2 HR), 26 walks and has posted a .379 on-base percentage along the way.

TONY! TONY! TONY!
Since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .333 (17-for-51) with four doubles, four home runs, 12 RBI, four walks, three stolen bases and seven runs scored…He has hit safely in 10 of the 13 games, including six multi-hit efforts.

  • Rendon has recorded seven RBI in his last four games, plating at least one run in all four contests.

Nationals Game Notes: August 1 at Arizona Diamondbacks

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Washington Nationals (61-44) at Arizona Diamondbacks (43-62)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [14-1, 2.68] | RHP Archie Bradley [4-6, 5.80]
Monday, August 1 l Game #106 / Road #55 l Chase Field l Phoenix, AZ l 6:40 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

FROM THE BAY TO THE DESERT
The Nationals continue their nine-game road trip with a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks starting Monday night…Following Wednesday’s day game, WSH will travel back to D.C. and enjoy an off day on Thursday before opening an eight-game homestand on Friday.

  • Despite dropping the final two games of the weekend series at SFG, the Nationals (61-44, .581) are tied with the Giants (61-44, .581) for the second-best record in the National League, behind the Chicago Cubs (63-41, .606).
  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +112 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+164).

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE
With a single in the eighth inning on Saturday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-high 33 games…It is the second-longest active streak in the Major Leagues (BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia, 34 G, 6/21-pres) and is the fourth-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna owns the longest streak in MLB this season (36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 28 hits (11 2B, 2 HR), 26 walks and has posted a .383 on-base percentage along the way.

TONY! TONY! TONY!
Since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .326 (15-for-46) with three doubles, four home
runs, nine RBI, four walks, three stolen bases and six runs scored…He has hit safely in nine
of the 12 games, including five multi-hit efforts.

  • In the recently-completed four-game series at SFG, rendon drove in at least one run in three consecutive games, July 29-31.

Nationals Game Notes: July 31 at San Francisco Giants

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Washington Nationals (61-43) at San Francisco Giants (60-44)

LHP Gio Gonzalez [6-8, 4.44] | RHP Matt Cain [2-6, 5.95]

Sunday, July 31 l Game #105 / Road #54 l AT&T Park l San Francisco, Calif. l 1:05 P.M.

Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

NOT-SO-DEADLINE DEAL

Prior to Saturday’s 5-3 loss at the hands of the San Francisco Giants, the Washington Nationals acquired All-Star RHP Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates, in exchange for LHP Felipe Rivero and Minor League LHP Taylor Hearn.

  • Melancon ranks fourth in the National League with 30 saves…He is 1-1 with a 1.51 ERA in 45 games this season.
  • Since the start of the 2014 season, Melancon has converted 92.7 percent of his save opportunities, the third-highest mark in MLB behind only BAL LHP Zach Britton (92.9%) and CHI LHP Aroldis Chapman (92.8%)…His 114 saves in that span are the most in MLB.
  • Melancon comes to the Nationals on the heels of nearly four seasons as the Pirates closer, in which he’s amassed the fourth-most saves in Pirates history (130)…A three-time All-Star, the right-hander has saved at least 30 games in each of the last three seasons – including an MLB-best 51 in 2015.

WHERE THINGS STAND

The Nationals and Giants square off Sunday afternoon in the fourth game of this four-game set between division leaders…Not only do these clubs lead their respective divisions, Washington (61-43, .587) and San Francisco (60-44, .577) boast two of the top three records in the National League…They trail the Chicago Cubs (62-41, .602).

  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +114 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+163).

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE

With a single in the eighth inning on Saturday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-high 33 games…It is tied for the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and is tied for the third-longest on-base streak in MLB this season (BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia, 6/21-pres)…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna owns the longest streak in MLB this season (36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 28 hits (11 2B, 2 HR), 26 walks and has posted a .383 on-base percentage along the way.

Today in Nationals’ History: Ryan Zimmerman hits another walk-off home run & Nationals acquire Tanner Roark

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July 31, 2010 – INF Ryan Zimmerman’s seventh career game-winning home run — the most in MLB since his 9/1/05 big league debut — came at Brad Lidge’s expense and lifted the Nationals past the Phillies, 7-5. His 3-run shot was also the 12th time in Zimmerman’s young career that he sent the Nationals home with a win with a game-ending “event” (hit, sac fly, walk, etc.). LHP Ross Detwiler left in line for the win after allowing just one run in 5.1 innings and striking out three.

July 31, 2010 – In a deadline deal that would prove to be a steal three seasons later, the Nationals acquired little-known RHP Tanner Roark (and minor league RHP Ryan Tatusko) from the Texas Rangers in exchange for infielder Christian Guzman.

Nationals Game Notes: July 30 at San Francisco Giants

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Washington Nationals (61-42) at San Francisco Giants (59-44)

RHP Reynaldo Lopez [0-1, 11.57] | RHP Jake Peavy [5-9, 5.42]

Saturday, July 30 l Game #104 / Road #53 l AT&T Park l San Francisco, Calif. l 1:05 P.M.

Television: MASN2 / FS 1 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

THREE’S A CROWD

With the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth innings Friday night, Giants SS Brandon Crawford hit a line drive to 1B Ryan Zimmerman…Zimmerman stepped on first to retire PH Buster Posey for the second out and fired the ball across the diamond to 3B Anthony Rendon to get CF Denard Span for the third out…The triple play halted SFG’s rally and helped the Nationals claim the 4-1 victory.

  • The triple play was the first turned by the Nationals in team history (2005-present)…In addition, it was the first 3-3-5 triple play turned in Major League Baseball history.

WHERE THINGS STAND

The Nationals and Giants square off Saturday afternoon in the third game of this four-game set between division leaders…Not only do these clubs lead their respective divisions, Washington (61-42, .592) and San Francisco (59-44, .573) boast two of the top three records in the National League…They trail the Chicago Cubs (62-40, .608).

  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +116 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+166).

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE

With a walk in the second inning on Friday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-high 32 games…It is tied for the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and is tied for the third-longest on-base streak in MLB this season (BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia, 6/21-pres)…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna owns the longest streak in MLB this season (36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 27 hits (11 2B, 2 HR), 25 walks and has posted a .387 on-base percentage along the way.

Nationals Game Notes: July 29 at San Francisco Giants

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Washington Nationals (60-42) at San Francisco Giants (59-43)

RHP Max Scherzer [10-6, 2.92] | RHP Jeff Samardzija [9-6, 4.22]

Friday, July 29 l Game #103 / Road #52 l AT&T Park l San Francisco, Calif. l 7:15 P.M.

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

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

The Nationals recorded eight two-out hits and four two-out RBI to pull away from the Giants in the first game of this four-game weekend set, topping San Francisco, 4-2… The eight two-out hits matched a season-high, according to STATS, LLC (also: April 15 at Philadelphia).

  • Not only do these clubs lead their respective divisions, Washington (60-42, .588) and San Francisco (59-42, .584) boast two of the top three records in the National League…They trail the Chicago Cubs (61-40, .604).
  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +113 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+155).

ROARK JOINS THE 10-WIN CLUB

RHP Tanner Roark allowed one earned run on four hits in 7.0 innings of work to earn his 10th win of the season…With the win, Washington (RHP Stephen Strasburg-14, RHP Tanner Roark-10, RHP Max Scherzer-10) joins the Chicago Cubs (RHP Jake Arrieta-12, RHP Jason Hammel-10, LHP Jon Lester-10) as the only clubs in Major League Baseball to have three 10-game winners.

  • With his effort last night, Roark has allowed one earned run or fewer while pitching 7.0 innings eight times this season…Those eight outings are tied for the second-most in MLB this season…CHI LHP Jon Lester has done it nine times.

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE

With a single in the fifth inning on Thursday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his onbase streak to a career-high 31 games…It is tied for the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and is tied for the fifth-longest on-base streak in MLB this season (BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia, 6/21-pres)…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna owns the longest streak in MLB this season (36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 25 hits (10 2B, 2 HR), 25 walks and has posted a .376 on-base percentage along the way.

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

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MLB Network’s newest series, ‘Play Ball,’ will feature Bryce Harper with a special appearance by Anthony Rendon in tomorrow’s episode. Scheduled to air at 10:00 a.m., the episode will highlight Bryce and Anthony’s interactions with the scholar athletes during a recent visit to the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

‘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. Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. on MLB Network, and again next Saturday, when Anthony will be featured on the show, with a special appearance by Bryce!

In the meantime, enjoy a few preview clips of Bryce from tomorrow’s show below.

 

Nationals Game Notes: July 28 at San Francisco Giants

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Washington Nationals (59-42) at San Francisco Giants (59-42)

RHP Tanner Roark [9-6, 3.05] | RHP Johnny Cueto [13-2, 2.53]

Thursday, July 28 l Game #102 / Road #51 l AT&T Park l San Francisco, Calif. l 7:15 P.M.

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

HEADING WEST

The Nationals and Giants square off this weekend in a battle of first-place clubs starting Thursday night at AT&T Park…Not only do these clubs lead their respective divisions, Washington (59-42, .584) and San Francisco (59-42, .584) are tied with each other for the second-best record in the National League…They trail the Chicago Cubs (60-40, .600).

  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +111 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+153).

STRAS GETS BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN

After having his 13-game winning streak snapped in his previous outing, RHP Stephen Strasburg tossed 7.0 innings of three-hit, shutout ball on Wednesday at CLE, to earn his 14th win of the season…CF Trea Turner went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI and 2B Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer to help the Nationals top the Indians, 4-1.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg is the first pitcher in Nationals/Expos history, to win at least 14 of his first 15 decisions in a season…Prior to this season, 13 pitchers won at least 14 of their first 15 decisions of a season in the Cy Young Award era (since 1956).

THE STREAK IS EXTENDED…TWICE

Prior to Wednesday’s contest against Cleveland, the official scorer at Progressive Field announced that 2B Daniel Murphy’s hard-hit ball past 3B Juan Uribe in the first inning on Tuesday (originally ruled an error) was indeed a hit…That ruling extended Murphy’s hitting streak to 12 games…In the sixth inning on Wednesday, Murphy clubbed his 20th home run of the season, extending his streak to 13 games…It is his longest hitting streak of the season and is one game shy of the longest of his career (Sept. 19, 2013 – April 5, 2014)

  • During the streak, Murphy is 20-for-48 (.417) with eight doubles, six home runs, 19 RBI, two walks, one stolen base, and 11 runs scored.
  • Murphy leads the National League in average (.354), slugging percentage (.624), OPS (1.014), hits (130), doubles (31), and multi-hit games (41).
  • In addition to those categories, Murphy leads all NL second basemen in home runs (20), RBI (75) and extra base hits (55).
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