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).

Today in Nationals’ History: Adam Dunn hits ball out of Miller Park & Wilson Ramos’ first career grand slam

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July 28, 2009 – INF Adam Dunn’s fourth-inning solo shot off Carlos Villanueva became the first ball to leave Miller Park. It was tracked down by a young boy who did not have a ticket to the game. The Nationals defeated the Brewers by a score of 8-3 behind RHP Collin Balester.

July 28, 2013 – C Wilson Ramos hit his first career grand slam and matched a career high with five RBI as the Nationals beat the Mets at home, 14-1. Blessed with ample run support, RHP Taylor Jordan pitched well enough to record his first career win, allowing one run on five hits in 6 innings. He also struck out a career-high seven.

Today in Nationals’ History: Josh Willingham hits grand slams in back-to-back innings

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July 27, 2009OF Josh Willingham made MLB history by becoming just the 13th big leaguer — the third NL player — to hit two grand slams in the same game. He went deep off Jeff Suppan in the 5th inning and Mark DiFelice in the 6th inning during the Nationals’ 14-6 win at Miller Park against the Brewers. His eight RBI set a Nationals single-game record and matched the franchise single-game mark.

Nationals Game Notes: July 27 at Cleveland Indians

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Washington Nationals (58-42) at Cleveland Indians (57-41)

RHP Stephen Strasburg [13-1, 2.83] | RHP Carlos Carrasco [7-3, 2.31]

Wednesday, July 27 l Game #101 / Road #50 l Progressive Field l Cleveland, O.H. l 12:10 P.M.

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

HIGH NOON

The Nationals kicked of their nine-game road trip Tuesday night with a 7-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians…Following today’s 12:10 p.m. game, Washington will travel to San Francisco (four games) and Arizona (three games).

  • The Nationals are 9-4 (.962) in interleague play this season, the best record in the National League ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers (9-5, .643).

WHERE THING STAND

The Nationals’ 58-42 (.580) record is the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs (59-40, .596) and the San Francisco Giants (59-41, .590).

  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +108 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+146).

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE

With a double in the first inning on Tuesday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his current on-base streak to 29 games…That is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and tied for the longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…It is also the seventh longest on-base streak in MLB this season.

  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 24 hits (10 2B, 2 HR), 24 walks and has posted a .387 on-base percentage along the way.

STREAK SNAPPED…FOR NOW

2B Daniel Murphy had his 11-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday night, despite a hard hit ball passed 3B Juan Uribe in the first inning that was ruled an error…During the streak, Murphy went 17-for-39 (.436) with seven doubles, five home runs, 17 RBI, two walks, one stolen base, and nine runs scored…It was the third hitting streak of at least 11 games this season for Murphy…He put together a 12-game streak, April 4-20 and an 11-game streak, May 21-June 1.

  • Murphy leads the National League in average (.350), slugging percentage (.612), OPS (.998), hits (127), doubles (30), and multi-hit games (40).
  • In addition to those categories, Murphy leads all NL second basemen in home runs (19), RBI (74) and extra base hits (53).

Nationals Game Notes: July 26 at Cleveland Indians

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Washington Nationals (58-41) at Cleveland Indians (56-41)

LHP Gio Gonzalez [6-8, 4.53] | RHP Danny Salazar [11-3, 2.75]

Tuesday, July 26 l Game #100 / Road #49 l Progressive Field l Cleveland, O.H. l 7:10 P.M.

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

QUICK STOP IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE

Following an off day on Monday, the Nationals kick of their nine-game road trip Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians…After playing the Indians twice, Washington will travel to San Francisco (four games) and Arizona (three games).

  • The Nationals are 9-3 (.750) in interleague play this season, tied with the Baltimore Orioles (6-2, .750) and the Seattle Mariners (9-3, .750) for the best winning percentage in interleague play this season in MLB.

WHERE THING STAND

The Nationals’ 58-41 (.586) record is tied for the third-best mark in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (59-39, .602) and Baltimore Orioles (58-40, .592)…The Nationals are tied with the San Francisco Giants (58-41, .586).

  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +109 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+149).

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE

With a walk in the first inning on Sunday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his current on-base streak to 28 games…That is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and tied for the second-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…It is also the ninth-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…During this stretch, Werth has collected 22 hits and 24 walks.

THE BEAT GOES ON, MURPHY GETS A HIT

2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 11 straight games, going 17-for-39 (.436) with seven doubles, five home runs, 17 RBI, two walks, one stolen base, and nine runs scored…This is the third hitting streak of at least 11 games this season for Murphy…He put together a 12-game streak, April 4-20 and an 11-game streak, May 21-June 1.

  • Murphy leads the National League in average (.355), slugging percentage (.620), OPS (1.012), hits (127), doubles (30), and multi-hit games (40).
  • In addition to those categories, Murphy leads all NL second basemen in home runs (19), RBI (73) and extra base hits (53).

Nationals Game Notes: July 24 vs. San Diego Padres

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San Diego Padres (42-56) vs. Washington Nationals (58-40)

LHP Christian Friedrich [4-6, 4.55] | RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, 4.70]

Sunday, July 24 l Game #99 / Home #51 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.

Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME FOR ONE MORE

The Nationals and San Diego Padres will wrap up their three-game set on Sunday, the final game of Washington’s first homestand of the second half…After Sunday’s game, the team will hit the road for a 10-game, 11-day trek to Cleveland (2), San Francisco (4) and Arizona (3)…The Nationals will not return to Nationals Park until August 5, when they’ll welcome the San Francisco Giants.

  • Washington has not lost a series to the Padres since the start of the 2012 season, a streak that will require a victory on Sunday to continue.
  • The Nationals are a Major League-best 15-8 (.652) in their last 23 games, dating to June 26…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 116-72.
  • The Nationals’ 58-40 (.592) record is good for the third-best mark in the Major Leagues, behind only the Giants (58-39, .598) and the Chicago Cubs (58-38, .604).

WALKOFF WONDER

The Nationals walked-off the Padres on Saturday night, securing a 3-2 victory on a one-out, bottom of the ninth, pinch-hit triple by Stephen Drew…It was the first plate appearance for Drew since June 17 as the Nationals infielder had been felled by illness all week…The pinch-hit RBI was the sixth for Drew this season, tied for the fifth-most in the National League.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other player to end a game with an RBI-triple this season was CIN OF Jay Bruce (April 10 vs PIT)…Drew is the first to do so as a pinch-hitter since Rajai Davis did the honors for the Oakland Athletics in 2009.
  • As a group, the Nationals’ pinch hitters rank tied for first in MLB in home runs (10), and are second in MLB in slugging percentage (.580)…On the season, the Nationals have 27 pinch hits, with 17 of them going for extra bases (6 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR).

WHAT A RELIEF

The Nationals lead the Major Leagues in bullpen ERA with a 2.82 mark (LAD, 2nd: 2.94)…Since July 10, the Nationals’ relievers have allowed just 2 ER in 32.2 IP — the best mark in the Major Leagues in that stretch, by a significant margin (NYY, 2nd: 0.77).

  • In 11 games since July 8, the Nationals relievers have inherited 10 runners and have not allowed a single one to score…They join the Tampa Bay Rays (13 IR) as the only ‘pens in the Major Leagues not to let an inherited runner score in that stretch.
  • On the season, the Nationals’ ‘pen has allowed just 27 percent of inherited runners to score, the third-lowest percentage in the National League…Only the San Francisco Giants (20.9%) and the New York Mets (20.5%) have been stingier with inherited runners.

JW? YEAH, HE’S ON BASE

With a single in the third inning on Saturday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his current on-base streak to 27 games…That is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and tied for the third-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…It is also the 10th-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…During this stretch, Werth has collected 22 hits and 23 walks.

THE BEAT GOES ON, MURPHY GETS A HIT

Daniel Murphy has a hit in 10 straight games, going 14-for-36 (.389) in this stretch, with five doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI, two walks, one stolen base, and seven runs scored.

  • Murphy currently leads all National League batters in average (.349), doubles (28), and multi-hit games (39), while also leading all NL second basemen in doubles, home runs (19), RBI (71), multi-hit games, OPS (.999), and SLG (.611).
  • Murphy’s two-out, two-strike, ninth-inning, pinch-hit home run on July 17 was the fourth pinch-hit home run of his career, and his first since April 27, 2011 (playing for the New York Mets, against then-WSH RHP Tyler Clippard).

Today in Nationals’ History: The Lerner family takes ownership of the Washington Nationals

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RFK

RFK Stadium on the evening of July 24, 2006, the first home game under Lerner family ownership.

On this day 10 years ago, the Washington Nationals announced the official transfer of ownership from Major League Baseball to an ownership group headed by Theodore N. Lerner and his son Mark D. Lerner, sons-in-law Edward L. Cohen and Robert K. Tanenbaum and their families.

At the time of the announcement, Managing Principal Owner Ted Lerner stated, “It has long been my dream to bring the national pastime back to my hometown, the nation’s capital. Now that it’s been realized, I plan on doing everything I can to make sure that this franchise becomes an international jewel for MLB, D.C. and the nation.”

We sat down with Nationals Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner, as he reflected on that special day a decade ago.

Could you describe the process of Major League Baseball handing over the team to you and your family?

It was a monumental task. Not only was our family taking over an entire organization, but we also were doing it in the middle of the season. It didn’t make things any easier that aspects of the team’s infrastructure were still based in Montreal. It took a number of years to really get our arms around it, hire the people we wanted and change the systems in place to ones we were comfortable with.

Lerner Family

The Lerner family, (from left to right) Edward L. Cohen, Debra Lerner Cohen, Theodore N. Lerner, Annette M. Lerner, Mark D. Lerner, Judy Lenkin Lerner, Robert K. Tanenbaum and Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, celebrate the opening of Nationals Park on March 29, 2008 before an exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles.

What were some of the first changes made after your family became owners of the team?

We wanted to make sure that when fans walked through the gates of RFK Stadium they knew there was a change. We spent 10 days cleaning RFK Stadium before our first home game as owners of the team. Prior to the start of that game, my family and I stood in front of RFK Stadium to greet fans as they came through the main turnstiles. From that moment on, we weren’t looking back, we were looking forward.

We gathered all the ushers and employees who would have face-to-face interaction with our fans and I told them that they were the face of the franchise – the first people fans see when they arrive, and the last people they see on their way home. We wanted to ensure that going to the ballpark was a great experience.

We were excited about the opportunity to take the organization to new heights. Our goal was to create an organization with a tradition of excellence, both on and off the field. I feel we have accomplished this, but we will never stop trying to improve.

Could you describe the moment it really hit you that you owned a Major League Baseball franchise?

The real celebration was on the morning of May 3, 2006, when Commissioner Selig called my dad to tell us that we were selected to purchase the team over 12 other groups that were bidding for the franchise. It was a special moment for our entire family, especially my dad, and I’ll never forget where I was when we got the call.

That evening, we had a major press conference, the first one our family had ever participated in, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony for Nationals Park the next morning. It certainly was an amazing 24 hours for my family and me.

Mark and Theodore Lerner

(From left to right) Mark and Ted Lerner at the introductory press conference on May 3, 2006.

What is it like to own a team in your family’s hometown?

It is an incredible honor for our family. We had never done anything in the public eye like this before, but owning a baseball team in your hometown is a special opportunity.

We operate the Nationals for our fans. Our fan base has entrusted us to run the organization, and this trust is something that we take very seriously. It is our duty not only to provide first-class entertainment, but to give back to the surrounding community. We were so honored to be selected as stewards of the Washington Nationals and we are proud to have been a part of bringing the national pastime back to the nation’s capital.

Thank you, Mark, for chatting with us, and congratulations to your family on this very special anniversary!

Thank you!

Nationals Game Notes: July 23 vs. San Diego Padres

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San Diego Padres (42-55) vs. Washington Nationals (57-40)

RHP Edwin Jackson [1-1, 4.76] | RHP Max Scherzer [10-6, 2.94]

Saturday, July 23 l Game #98 / Home #50 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

HOMESTAND HOME STRETCH

The Nationals and San Diego Padres will continue their three-game set on Saturday, the final series of Washington’s first homestand of the second half…After Sunday’s contest concludes this homestand, which is just the Nationals’ second of nine games or more this season, the team will hit the road for a 10-game, 11-day trek to Cleveland (2), San Francisco (4) and Arizona (3)…Following Sunday’s game, the Nationals will not return to Nationals Park until August 5, when they’ll welcome San Francisco.

  • Washington is a National League-best 14-8 (.636) in its last 22 games, dating to June 26…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 113-70.
  • The Nationals’ 57-40 (.588) record is good for the third-best mark in the Major Leagues, behind only the Giants (57-39, .594) and the Chicago Cubs (58-37, .611).

JW? YEAH, HE’S ON BASE

When Nationals LF Jayson Werth’s 12th home run sailed out to center field in the first inning on Friday night, he extended his current on-base streak to 26 games…That is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and the fourth-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…It is also the 10th-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…During this stretch, Werth has collected 21 hits and 23 walks.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE

Going 3-for-4 against the Padres on Friday night, C Wilson Ramos extended his current hitting streak to 10 games…It is Ramos’ second-longest hitting streak of the season (11 games, June 15-28) and tied for the fourth-longest by a catcher (including if/when they’ve served as a pinch-hitter or DH) MLB-wide in 2016.

  • During this streak, Ramos is hitting .333 (14-for-42) with one double, four RBI and two walks.

ALL HE DOES IS HIT

Daniel Murphy has a hit in nine straight games, going 13-for-34 (.382) in this stretch, with five doubles, five home runs, 14 RBI, one walk, one stolen base, and seven runs scored.

  • Murphy currently leads all National League batters in average (.348), doubles (28), and multi-hit games (39), while also leading all NL second basemen in doubles, home runs (19), RBI (70), multi-hit games, OPS (.999), and SLG (.612).
  • Murphy’s two-out, two-strike, ninth-inning, pinch-hit home run on Sunday was the fourth pinch-hit home run of his career, and his first since April 27, 2011 (playing for the New York Mets, against then-WSH RHP Tyler Clippard).

Nationals Game Notes: July 22 vs. San Diego Padres

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San Diego Padres (41-55) vs. Washington Nationals (57-39)
RHP Luis Perdomo [3-4, 7.36] | RHP Tanner Roark [9-5, 2.82]
Friday, July 22 l Game #97 / Home #49 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOMESTAND HOME STRETCH
The Nationals and San Diego Padres will open a three-game set on Friday to close out Washington’s first homestand of the second half…After the homestand, which is just the Nationals’ second of nine games or more this season, the team will hit the road for a 10-game, 11-day trek to Cleveland (2), San Francisco (4) and Arizona (3)…After Sunday’s contest vs. SDP, the Nationals will not return to Nationals Park until August 5, when they’ll welcome San Francisco.

  • Washington is a National League-best 14-7 in its last 21 games, dating to June 26…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 110-65.
  • The Nationals’ 57-39 (.594) record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Giants (57-38, .600) and the Chicago Cubs (57-37, .606).

YOU CAN FIND HIM ON BASE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth’s pinch-hit double in the eighth inning on Thursday afternoon extended his current on-base streak to 25 games — the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and the fourth-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…It is also the 11th-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…During this stretch, Werth has collected 20 hits and 23 walks.

NOBODY’S PERFECT
Washington’s 6-3 loss to the Dodgers was the first losing decision of the season for RHP Stephen Strasburg, halting his personal 16-game winning streak, as well as the sixth-longest winning streak to begin a season in MLB history (tied with RHP Max Scherzer (2013) and LHP Ron Guidry (1978).

  • Strasburg’s 16-game personal winning streak dated to Sept. 15, 2015 and was the second-longest in D.C.-baseball history, behind only the 17-game run of RHP Firpo Marberry (June 23, 1930-July 25, 1931).
  • Strasburg was the third National League starting pitcher ever to start a season 13-0, and the first since NYG LHP Rube Marquard began the 1912 season 18-0.

ALL HE DOES IS HIT
Daniel Murphy has a hit in eight straight games, going 12-for-20 (.400) in this stretch, with five doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, one walk, one stolen base, and six runs scored.

  • Murphy currently leads all National League batters in average (.350), doubles (28), and multi-hit games (39), while also leading all NL second basemen in doubles, home runs (18), RBI (69), multi-hit games, OPS (.996), and SLG (.607).
  • Murphy’s two-out, two-strike, ninth-inning, pinch-hit home run on Sunday was the fourth pinch-hit home run of his career, and his first since April 27, 2011 (playing for the New York Mets, against then-WSH RHP Tyler Clippard).

Nationals Game Notes: July 21 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers (53-43) vs. Washington Nationals (57-38)
LHP Julio Urias [1-2, 4.95] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [13-0, 2.51]
Thursday, July 21 l Game #96 / Home #48 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 12:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals rode four home runs, two doubles, a triple and a steal of home to an 8-1 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday night…The victory was Washington’s 30th home win of the 2016 season…The 2015 Nationals did not notch their 30th home win until Aug. 6, 2015, their 51st home game…RF Bryce Harper, CF Ben Revere, LF Jayson Werth and 3B Anthony Rendon all went deep in the victory, the 10th straight game with a home run for the Nationals.

  • Washington is an MLB-best 14-6 in its last 20 games, dating to June 26 when the Nationals snapped their season-long seven-game losing at Milwaukee…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 107-59.
  • The Nationals’ 57-38 (.600) record is tied with San Francisco for the second-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (57-37, .602).

BACK-TO-BACK BONANZA
CF Ben Revere and LF Jayson Werth hit their home runs in succession in the fifth inning on Wednesday night, the 12th set of back-to-back home runs the Nationals have hit this season.

  • The 12 back-to-back home runs are already a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for back-to-back jacks in a season (as well as a club record, 2005-pres.)
  • On the season, the Nationals’ 12 back-to-back home runs lead the Major Leagues, two ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in second place with 10…WSH leads the National League with 132 home runs overall this season.

YOU CAN FIND HIM ON BASE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth’s home run in the fifth inning on Wednesday extended his current on-base streak to 24 games — the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and the fourth-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…During this stretch, Werth has collected 19 hits and 23 walks.

BIG POP
Nationals RF Bryce Harper clubbed his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday night, and he certainly wasn’t cheated: The blast traveled 451 feet, according to StatCast, making it the longest he’s hit this season…The ball landed in Section 236, in the third deck in right field at Nationals Park…It was the third time Harper has hit a home run to the third deck in his home yard.

  • Harper has now reached the 20-homer mark for the fourth time in his five Major League seasons…According to Baseball Reference, Harper is just the 12th player in Major League history to post four 20 (or more) home run seasons before his 24th birthday.

HOME? CONSIDER IT STOLEN
With one out in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, Nationals 2B Trea Turner stood on third base (after an RBI-triple) and SS Danny Espinosa waited at first base (after a HBP)…With PH Clint Robinson at the dish, Turner and Espinosa executed a double steal and Turner swiped home plate for the third successful steal of home in Nationals history (2005-present).

  • Turner now has two triples in the past two games, reaching 22.4 and 22.7 mph max speed on his triples (per StatCast data), joining CF Ben Revere (22.5 mph) as the fastest max speed on a triple in the Major Leagues this season.
  • Turner’s steal of home puts him into the Nationals’ record books alongside former SS Ian Desmond, who executed the first in Nationals history on April 20, 2011 vs. STL (also part of a double steal), and RF Bryce Harper, who stole home outright on May 6, 2012 vs. PHI.
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