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.
Atlanta Braves (54-83) vs. Washington Nationals (79-57)
RHP Ryan Weber [1-0, 5.24] | RHP Max Scherzer [15-7, 2.89]
Monday, September 5 l Game #137 / Home #65 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
NO TIME TO WASTE
The Nationals returned home from a 4-2 road trip in the wee hours of Monday morning with no time to waste before turning the page to the Atlanta Braves, who head to Nationals Park for a 4:05 p.m. tilt that will open a 10-game homestand for Washington…The Nationals’ penultimate regular-season homestand of the year will feature the Braves, Phillies and Mets.
- At 79-57 (.581), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (88-48, .647)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +138 run differential.
- Washington’s 38-26 (.594) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (44-27, .620)…With just 26 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the fewest home games of any team in the NL (64) and will play at Nationals Park in 17 of those remaining 26 contests.
BULLISH ON THE ‘PEN
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 (3.12)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the NL (38) with only the Chicago White Sox bullpen allowing fewer league-wide (37).
- 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 (397.0 IP), while the starting staff had combined to throw the third-most in MLB (833.0 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 20.9 percent.
IT’S NOT HOW YOU START, BUT…
Washington scored at least one first-inning run in each of the first five games of their most recent road trip, and in six consecutive games overall (dating to Aug. 28 vs. COL)…That streak was snapped with a scoreless top of the first on Sunday night at New York.
- The Nationals have scored more first-inning runs than any team in baseball this year with 107…BOS ranks second with 100, and TOR is tied for third with LAA at 96.
September 5, 2012 – Washington launched six homers, including a pair from OF Bryce Harper, during a 9-1 home win over the Chicago Cubs. The Nationals, who also homered six times the night prior, became the first team in MLB history to hit six or more homers in two straight home games. LHP Gio Gonzalez struck out nine and blanked Chicago for 7.0 innings to run his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 16.0. Gonzalez also matched RHP R.A. Dickey for the Major League lead with 18 wins.
Washington Nationals (79-56) at New York Mets (70-66)
RHP Reynaldo Lopez [2-2, 5.33] | RHP Seth Lugo [2-2, 2.60]
Sunday, September 4 l Game #136 / Road #72 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 8:08 P.M.
Television: ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
ONE FOR THE ROAD
The Nationals and Mets will face off on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, concluding Washington’s six-game, seven-day trip with the series rubber match…This is the Nationals’ first appearance on the ESPN signature broadcast this season…After Sunday night’s game, the Nationals will journey home for a quick turnaround as they’ll welcome the Atlanta Braves in a 4:05 p.m. Labor Day contest at Nationals Park on Monday.
- At 79-56 (.585), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (87-48, .644)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +144 run differential.
Washington scored a run in the first inning on Saturday night, the sixth consecutive game (dating to Aug. 28 vs. COL) a Nationals run has crossed the plate in the game’s opening frame.
- The Nationals have scored more first-inning runs than any team in baseball this year with 107…BOS ranks second with 100, TOR third at 95, and CIN & LAA fourth with 94.
The Nationals intra-divisional record, 39-17, gives them the most wins in the Major Leagues by any team against its own division…Additionally, the Nationals’ 39 victories are 10 more than any other NL East team has against a fellow divisional opponent (NYM, 2nd: 29).
- The 2014 Nationals posted 45 wins against NL East clubs, the most of any team in club history (2005-pres.), but the 2016 Nationals are currently well outpacing the 2014 team’s winning percentage (.592 in 2014, .696 in 2016)…The Chicago Cubs are second in intra-divisional victories this season with 37 (37-16) against NL Central clubs.
Washington Nationals (79-55) at New York Mets (69-66)
RHP Tanner Roark [14-7, 2.87] | RHP Robert Gsellman [1-1, 3.72]
Saturday, September 3 l Game #135 / Road #71 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals ran their winning streak to four games on Friday night with a series-opening 4-1 victory over the Mets…RHP A.J. Cole earned the first win of his Major League career with six strong innings of one-run ball and the Nationals’ 4-5-6 hitters (RF Bryce Harper, 3B Anthony Rendon, and C Wilson Ramos) drove in all four Washington runs.
- With Friday’s win, the Nationals improved their intra-divisional record to 39-16, the most wins in the Major Leagues by any team against its own division…Additionally, the Nationals’ 39 victories are 11 more than any other NL East team has against a fellow divisional opponent (NYM, 2nd: 28)…The 2014 Nationals posted 45 wins against NL East clubs, the most of any team in club history (2005-pres.), but the 2016 Nationals are currently well outpacing the 2014 team’s winning percentage (.592 in 2014, .709 in 2016)…The Chicago Cubs are second in intra-divisional victories this season with 37 (37-16) against NL Central clubs.
- At 79-55 (.590), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (87-47, .649)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +144 run differential.
Nationals RF Bryce Harper was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base (his career-best 19th) on Friday night at Citi Field…Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup on Aug. 14, Harper has hit safely in 15 of 19 games, and reached base safely in 18 of those 19, posting a .429 OBP (25 H, 11 BB), and driving in runs in 13 of the 19 contests.
- Hitting .347 (25-for-72) in that span, Harper has collected nine doubles, one triple, three home runs, 19 RBI, 11 walks, four stolen bases, 16 runs and a .625 slugging percentage.
- Harper has raised his batting average nearly 20 points in this stretch, going from .233 on Aug. 6 to .252 entering Saturday’s game at the Mets.
HE REACHES, HE STEALS, HE SCORES
INF/OF Trea Turner posted his 22nd multi-hit game of the season on Friday, going 2-for-4 and extending his on-base streak to 21 straight games…Turner is just the second rookie in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record an on-base streak of 20 games or more, joining Danny Espinosa who reached in 26 games from June 11-July 8, 2011…Turner has hit safely in 19 of those 21 games (including multi-hit games in eight of his last nine) hitting .406 (39-for-96) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, 10 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 22 runs scored.
- Turner’s first-inning single on Friday quickly turned into a 1-0 Nationals lead as he stole second, setting a Nationals rookie record (2005-pres.) for most stolen bases in a season with 19, and then stole third, re-setting that record at 20.
- Turner posted 45 hits in August, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month and two shy of 2B Daniel Murphy (47, May) for the Nationals record for hits in a month and the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) of 47, held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).
- According to Elias, Turner’s 27 runs in August were a new franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, topping the 26 Bryce Harper scored in Sept. 2012.
- Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Turner leads in average (.347) while ranking in slugging percentage (4th, .537) and on-base percentage (4th, .367)…He leads all rookies in triples (6) and ranks second with 20 stolen bases.
Washington Nationals (78-55) at New York Mets (69-65)
RHP A.J. Cole [0-1, 4.97] | RHP Noah Syndergaard [12-7, 2.55]
Friday, September 2 l Game #134 / Road #70 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
IN A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
The Nationals open a three-game set with the New York Mets on Friday night, closing out this six-game, seven-day divisional road trip with this series…Washington began this trip with a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, their third consecutive sweep of the Phillies this season…The Nationals’ 2-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday was their franchise record (Nationals/Expos) ninth straight win over Philadelphia.
- In 13 games against the Mets this year, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit .423 with seven home runs and 21 RBI, while collecting at least one hit in every game…Via the Elias Sports Bureau, not since Roger Maris drove in 27 runs for NYY against OAK in 1960 has any player driven in as many as Murphy’s 21 in their first season vs. their old team…Murphy joined Tony Gwynn as the only players with a hit in each of his first 13 career games against the Mets.
- On Thursday, Sept.1, the Nationals enjoyed their first off day since Aug. 11, concluding a stretch of 20 games in 20 days…Washington went 11-9 in that stretch.
- At 78-55 (.586), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (86-47, .647)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +141 run differential.
- Since August 10, the Nationals rank second in the National League in runs scored (117) while ranking second in AVG (.277).
HOMERS ON PARADE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth hit his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday, staking the Nationals to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and making him the fifth Nationals player to cross the 20-homer threshold this season…He joined 2B Daniel Murphy (25), RF Bryce Harper (23),C Wilson Ramos (20), and SS Danny Espinosa (20).
- Washington and Baltimore are the only teams in the Major Leagues to boast five players with 20 home runs this season.
- The five 20-homer players is the most the Nationals have had since 2013 when Ian Desmond, Harper, Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth, and Ryan Zimmerman all hit 20 or more.
- The home run was Werth’s eighth in August, tying his career high (Sept., 2010), and his highest total for any calendar month as a member of the Nationals (2011-present).
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in slugging percentage (.600), doubles (38), and multi-hit games (51)…He also ranks among NL hitters in batting average (2nd, .341), OPS (.984), RBI (2nd, 98), extra base hits (T3rd, 68), hits (T2nd, 162), and on-base percentage (11th, .384), among other categories.
- Murphy ranks 2nd in MLB with 30 go-ahead RBI & is tied for 3rd with 16 game-winning RBI.
- With 98 RBI this season, Murphy is two shy of becoming the sixth player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to post 100 RBI in a season (most recently 1B Adam Laroche 100, 2012).
September 2, 2015 – INF Ryan Zimmerman starred in the Nationals’ 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored. Zimmerman’s second home run of the night was the 200th homer of his career, and also coincidentally came on the 10-year anniversary of his first Major League hit. With the homer, Zimmerman became the first Nationals player (2005-pres.) to reach the 200-HR mark exclusively with Washington. He is currently one of just 42 active MLB players to club 200 or more home runs in their career.
September 1, 2005 – With the September roster expansion, INF Ryan Zimmerman was promoted to the majors, becoming the first player drafted and developed exclusively by the Washington Nationals to reach the Major League level. Zimmerman, drafted fourth overall in the first round, was also the first player from his draft class (2005) to reach MLB.
Washington Nationals (77-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-72)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [9-9, 4.25] | LHP Adam Morgan [1-8, 6.50]
Wednesday, August 31 l Game #133 / Road #69 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
Washington’s 3-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, behind eight strong innings from RHP Max Scherzer, was the Nationals’ eighth straight win against the Phillies, the longest winning streak the Nationals have ever achieved over Philadelphia in club history (2005- pres.)…Should the Nationals seal the series sweep with a victory on Wednesday, it would break the franchise mark (Nationals/Expos) for consecutive wins vs. PHI (8), set last (before Tuesday) in 1989…The Nationals are going for their ninth sweep of the season, and potentially their fifth road sweep.
- On Sept. 1, the Nationals will enjoy their first off day since Aug. 11, concluding a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, during which they are currently 10-9.
- At 77-55 (.583), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (84-47, .641)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +140 run differential.
- Since August 10, WSH leads MLB in runs scored (115) while ranking fourth in AVG (.282).
MORE MAX MADNESS
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning again on Tuesday, the ninth time in his 61 career starts with the Nationals (and third in 2016) that he has thrown 5.0 or more no-hit innings to open a ballgame (15 percent of his starts in a Nationals uniform)… Per the Elias Sports Bureau, no one has flirted with the no-no more in that span, with CLE RHP Corey Kluber coming in second with six such starts since the start of the 2015 season.
- Scherzer’s bid for a third dance with no-hit history ended when Freddy Galvis dropped a double into right field to open the sixth inning…It was the second time that Galvis has broken up Scherzer’s shot at something special, as his double on June 26, 2015 spoiled Scherzer’s effort to throw back-to-back no-hitters (he threw one 6/18/15 vs. PIT).
- Tuesday was the 12th time this season (48th time in his career) Scherzer struck out 10 or more batters in a game (11 strikeouts, 1 walk)…The 12 double-digit strikeout games are the most in MLB this season, and a new Nationals (2005-pres.) record…The 48 career 10-plus strikeout games are the 18th-most in MLB history.
- Scherzer is 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts against the Phillies since joining the Nationals… According to Elias, no other pitcher in MLB is 6-0 (or better) vs. one team in that span.
INF/OF Trea Turner continued his sizzling August with a 2-for-4 evening on Tuesday, pushing his on-base streak to 20 straight games…Turner is just the second rookie in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record an on-base streak of 20 games or more, joining Danny Espinosa who reached in 26 games from June 11-July 8, 2011…He’s hit safely in 18 of the 20 games he’s reached base in (including multi-hit games in seven of his last eight) hitting .402 (37-for-92) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, 10 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 21 runs scored.
- Turner has 45 hits this month, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month and two shy of 2B Daniel Murphy (47, May) for the Nationals record for hits in a month and the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) of 47, held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).
- Turner’s 18th stolen base tied a rookie Nationals record for most SB in a season (Bryce Harper, 18 in 2012)… Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB in triples (6).
- According to Elias, Turner’s 27 runs this month are a new franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, topping the 26 Bryce Harper scored in Sept. 2012… Only Turner, Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman (26, July 2012) have scored at least 26 runs in a month since baseball returned to D.C. in 2005.
- Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Turner leads in average (.344) while ranking in slugging percentage (5th, .538) and on-base percentage (5th, .364)…He leads all rookies in triples (6) and ranks third with 18 stolen bases.
With the exciting opening of the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches approaching, Curly W Live will give fans updates, highlights and important information regarding the facility.
Today, we wanted to give fans an overview of the Founder’s Club at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Through this exciting program, fans will have the chance to leave their own mark on the facility, and help us celebrate the 2017 inaugural Spring Training season in West Palm Beach.
Fans do not have to be a season ticket holder to join. Whether you visit West Palm Beach next year or in years to come, you could have your name permanently affixed to the Spring Training home of the Nationals.
Club benefits include:
- When tickets become available, members will receive priority on seating reservations
- The price of season tickets for members will be locked in for the first two seasons
- Members will receive a VIP invite to an exclusive “First Look Experience” before the ballpark is open to the public
- Members will have their names mounted on Founder’s Club signage, which will be located on the ballpark’s concourse
- Members will receive an exclusive gift for joining