Nationals players visit Diabetes Care Complex

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On Wednesday, Washington Nationals players Sammy Solis and Blake Treinen visited with pediatric patients at the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center.

The visit started with a Q&A session in the Seacrest Studios, the hospital’s multimedia broadcast studio, which allowed patients who were unable to leave their hospital rooms the opportunity to virtually interact with the players. Afterwards in the teaching kitchen, Solis and the children prepared diabetic-friendly snacks while talking about the importance of healthy eating. Next door, Treinen participated in an exercise circuit designed to keep kids fit and active while still monitoring their blood sugar levels.

Using these state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and exercise facilities, the players related to patients by comparing the healthy lifestyle that they lead as professional athletes to the proper nutrition and physical exercise that is necessary for diabetes management.

In addition, the Topps Company attended the event, and created custom baseball cards of each patient. The children then exchanged their cards with the players, and received their autographs.

For more information on the Nationals Diabetes Care Complex and the Dream Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.nationals.com/dream.

Nationals Game Notes: June 30 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Cincinnati Reds (29-50) vs. Washington Nationals (47-32)
LHP Brandon Finnegan [3-6 3.83] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-7, 4.73]
Thursday, June 30 l Game #80 / Home #36 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHISPERING SWEEP NOTHINGS
The Nationals secured their seventh sweep of the season, fourth at home, with a 4-2 win over the New York Mets Wednesday night…It was Washington’s first sweep over the Mets since August 12-14, 2014 at Citi Field and was just the first home sweep of the Mets since Sept. 28- 30, 2009…2B Daniel Murphy clubbed two home runs, while RHP Max Scherzer struck out 10 in 7.1 innings of two-hit, shutout ball en route to his ninth win of the season.

  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Thursday with the first of four games against the Cincinnati Reds…Following this four-game series, Washington will welcome the Brewers early next week…With 79 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 16 of its next 20 games at home.
  • At 47-32 (.595), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-31, .613) and the Chicago Cubs (51-26, .662).

MORE ON MURPH
With two home runs Wednesday night, 2B Daniel Murphy matched a career-high in home runs for a season with 14…The two-home run game was the third of his career, first of the season and his first since July 26, 2013 at Washington.

  • Murphy has hit safely in five of his last six games, going 10-for-25 (.400) with four extra base hits (2B, 3B, 2 HR) and seven RBI.

WHEN YOU NEED RELIEF, CALL ON THESE GUYS
Since June 19, Dan Firova’s bullpen has posted a 1.73 ERA (5 ER/26.0 IP) while striking out 31 batters and walking just two…They have converted two saves and six holds along the way.

  • A strength of the club all season, Washington relievers have allowed just one of 12 inherited runners to score since June 19 (8.3%).

Today in Nationals’ History: Ronnie Belliard’s walk-off HR rescues Nationals in 2008

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June 29, 2008 – Down 2-1 with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the 12th, INF Ronnie Belliard hit a walk-off, two-run shot off George Sherrill to secure a 3-2 win vs. Baltimore. Belliard became just the second Washington National to erase a deficit with a walk-off home run while down to the last strike. He was also the first DC-based big leaguer to hit a walk-off homer in the 12th inning or later since June 28, 1970, when Senators pinch-hitter Rick Reichardt hit a two-run home run off Baltimore’s Eddie Watt at RFK.

Nationals Game Notes: June 29 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-36) vs. Washington Nationals (46-32)
RHP Logan Verrett [3-4, 4.14] | RHP Max Scherzer [8-5, 3.52]
Wednesday, June 29 l Game #79 / Home #35 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

CAN’T RAIN ON THEIR PARADE
The Nationals dodged the raindrops in two separate delays to earn their third straight victory with a 5-0 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night…Washington’s longest homestand of the season enjoyed the addition of top prospect RHP Lucas Giolito, who made his Major League debut on Tuesday night with four scoreless innings of work before the rain returned…The Nationals’ bullpen took it from there, with RHP Yusmeiro Petit, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Sammy Solis, and RHP Shawn Kelley combining on five scoreless frames to seal the W.

  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Wednesday with the finale vs. NYM…Washington will welcome the Reds this weekend and the Brewers early next week…With 78 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 17 of its next 21 games at home.
  • At 46-32 (.590), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-30, .620) and the Chicago Cubs (50-26, .658).

NO FLIES ON HIM
Despite rain delaying the start of his Major League career by 55 minutes, and cutting it short after four innings of work, the Nationals welcomed arguably the best prospect in baseball (Ranked No. 1 by MLB.com and ESPN.com) to the big leagues on Tuesday night as RHP Lucas Giolito made his Major League debut…The promising 21-year-old allowed just one hit and walked two in four scoreless frames, adding the first strikeout of his career on a 3-2 pitch to Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera….Giolito became the first pitcher in Major League history to start his MLB debut and finish with a line of 4.0 IP, 0 R.

  • Giolito is the 13th pitcher drafted and developed by the Nationals (2005-present) to start a game for Washington…He joins: RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Taylor Hill, RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP John Lannan, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP Craig Stammen, RHP Stephen Strasburg, and RHP Jordan Zimmermann…He is the first player from Washington’s 2012 draft class to make it to the Major Leagues.

SUMMER HEAT
The Nationals bats are starting to sizzle in the summer heat…As a team, Washington has posted a National League-best .277 batting average since June 1, and a .797 on-base plus slugging percentage, the second-best mark in the NL (1st: COL, .833).

  • Leading the way is C Wilson Ramos who went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run on Tuesday night to extend his current hitting streak to 11 games…Ramos is hitting .373 since June began, with five doubles, six homers, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored.
  • Closely behind Ramos is Nationals SS Danny Espinosa, who matched a career high with three walks on Tuesday night…With 13 home runs, Espinosa has already tallied the third-highest home run total for a season in his career, matching his output from the entire 2015 season, and only seven behind the career-best 21 he hit in his rookie season (2011)…Only three shortstops in MLB have hit more HR this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 18.54 at-bats: COL SS Trevor Story (19), LAD SS Corey Seager (16), and OAK SS Marcus Semien (15)…Since June 8, Espinosa is hitting .333 (19-for-57) with three doubles, five homers, 11 RBI, five HBP, nine walks, two stolen bases and 15 runs.
  • Add fellow infielder 3B Anthony Rendon to the “heating up” list as well…Rendon, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI-triple on Tuesday, has reached base safely in his last eight games, hitting .345 with a .394 OBP and .483 SLG in that stretch…In his last four games, Rendon is 7-for-15 (.467) with one BB, one 2B, one 3B, four RBI, one SB and four runs scored.
  • And who could overlook LF Jayson Werth, who is hitting .348 (23-for-66) since June 7, with six doubles, one homer, 12 RBI, 18 walks and 12 runs scored…He has posted a .482 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage in those 18 games…Since his pinch-hit grand slam against STL on May 29, Werth ranks sixth among NL hitters in on-base percentage (.430), third in walks (18), and 13th in batting average (.318).

Nationals Game Notes: June 28 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-35) vs. Washington Nationals (45-32)
RHP Matt Harvey [4-9, 4.64] | RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, -.–]
Tuesday, June 28 l Game #78 / Home #34 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME COOKIN’
The Nationals opened their longest homestand of the season thus far with a rousing 11-4 comeback victory over the New York Mets on Monday evening…The 11 unanswered runs started with a five-run fifth inning, and scoring in each inning, three through six…The output featured hits from every member of the Nationals’ starting lineup, including RHP Joe RossCF Ben Revere (4-for-5), RF Bryce Harper (2-for-3), 2B Daniel Murphy (2-for-5), 3B Anthony Rendon (2-for-4) and SS Danny Espinosa (3-for-5) all posted multi-hit efforts in the win.

  • The Nationals stole six bases on the Mets on Monday, matching a team record (2005-present) for stolen bags in a single game (also: July 8, 2012 vs. COL)…The six stolen also tied for the most in a Major League game this season, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, who stole six off the Rockies on June 24.
  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Tuesday night with the second of three contests vs. NYN…Washington will welcome the Cincinnati Reds this weekend and the Milwaukee Brewers early next week…With 77 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 18 of its next 22 games at home.
  • At 45-32 (.584), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-29, .628) and the Chicago Cubs (49-26, .653).

TAKE A BOW, MR. REVERE
Nationals CF Ben Revere put together a game unlike any other in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) on Monday night when he went 4-for-5 with three stolen bases and three runs scored…Matching career highs in each of those categories, Revere joins Ron LeFlore (Montreal) as the only players in franchise history with at least three hits, at least three runs, and at least three stolen bases in a single game (LeFlore: June 6, 1980 & July 17, 1980).

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other player in MLB has stolen three bases and scored three runs in the same game this season.
  • Revere is hitting .314 since June 5 (22-for-70) with one double, six RBI, four walks, eight stolen bases and 12 runs scored.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW, KID
The Nationals selected the contract of RHP Lucas Giolito on Tuesday and the top-ranked right-handed pitching prospect will make his Major League debut Tuesday night vs. the New York Mets… The promising 21-year-old, currently ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in Major League Baseball by MLB.com, entered the season as the No. 5 prospect in MLB per Baseball America…A hard-throwing right-hander who possesses an advanced fastball/curveball/changeup repertoire, Giolito joined the Major League roster after working to a 24-13 record and a 2.74 ERA in 67 Minor League games (65 starts)…A first-round selection (No. 16 overall) in the 2012 First Year Player Draft, Giolito has been ranked as the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in Washington’s chain since he joined the organization that July.

  • When he makes his MLB debut, Giolito will become the 13th pitcher drafted and developed by the Nationals (2005-present) to start a game for Washington…He joins: RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Taylor Hill, RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP John Lannan, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP Craig Stammen, RHP Stephen Strasburg, and RHP Jordan Zimmermann…He is the first player from Washington’s 2012 draft class to make it to the Major Leagues.

Getting to Know Lucas Giolito

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SPRING TRAINING NATIONALS

Tuesday night at Nationals Park, Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito – arguably the best pitching prospect in the game – will make his Major League debut vs. the New York Mets. During Spring Training, his first in Major League camp with the Nationals, Giolito answered a few questions about the upcoming season. The following is a transcript of his answers to six of those questions:

What are your goals heading into the season?

I’m just here to take it all in. It’s my first big league camp — I’m not coming into it with expectations of making the team or anything like that. It’s all about the experience. I want to be able to pick the brains of these awesome coaches and these decorated players who have been playing in the big leagues for a long time. Just try to take it all in and learn from the best.

What do you want to learn from the other members of the pitching staff?

As a rookie, I don’t want to come in there and talk too much and annoy anybody, obviously. Hopefully I can hang around, hear little bits of wisdom or knowledge, and try to put that into my game.

After seeing Joe Ross jump from Double-A to the Major League rotation last year, does that give you any added confidence?

Joe’s a really good player. He was in Harrisburg not too long before I got there last year, so I know that jump is possible. And if I were to start in Harrisburg this year it would be great if I put up some good numbers, pitched well and got an opportunity later in the year.

SPRING TRAINING NATIONALS

Did you pick up any big differences between Single-A and Double-A last season?

Hitters are more disciplined — that’s probably the biggest thing I noticed. They’re not only disciplined with balls out of the strike zone, but they pick a certain pitch in the zone that they want to hit. So, as long as you can stay away from those spots, pitching at the higher level can actually become a little bit easier — but it requires really good pinpoint control, which I’m still trying to develop.

What is your current pitch repertoire?

I’ve got my four-seam fastball and my two-seam fastball, which I’m trying to introduce this year.  I’m excited about that pitch and I’ve been tinkering with it here and there. The change-up has been developing a lot and my curveball as well. I just want to be able to throw all of those pitches for strikes at any time in the count. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable doing that with the change-up and curveball, and I want to command the fastball low and away, low and in and even up at times as well.

How was the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery with the Nationals organization?

After being hurt in high school and getting drafted in the first round despite that, it was a tough decision whether to go to college or to sign. But I feel like I made an excellent choice signing back in 2012. The rehab process from Tommy John with the Nationals was perfect — I had no issues throughout the whole process. It’s awesome that I’m fully healthy.

Nationals Game Notes: June 27 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-34) vs. Washington Nationals (44-32)
RHP Noah Syndergaard [8-2, 2.08] | RHP Joe Ross [6-4, 3.11]
Monday, June 27 l Game #77 / Home #33 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME SWEET HOME
The Nationals return home to open a 10-game homestand that will feature the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers…Washington headed home on a high note Sunday evening after a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park to conclude their 10-game, 11-day road trip west…The win snapped the Nationals’ seven-game losing streak, halting what had been the team’s longest skid since 2009.

  • Washington kicks off its longest homestand of the season to date on Monday…With 76 games in the rearview, the Nationals will enjoy their first homestand longer than seven games (10) as the Mets come to town…Washington will play 19 of its next 23 games at home.
  • At 44-32 (.579), the Nationals have the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-28, .636) and the Chicago Cubs (48-26, .649).

HITTING 100, AND MORE
Nationals C Jose Lobaton’s solo home run in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon was Washington’s 100th of the season…Reaching that milestone mark in just 76 games, the 2016 Nationals are now the fastest in team history (2005-present) to club 100 longballs, per STATS, LLC…The 2006 Nationals, the previous fastest, hit their 100th home run Game No. 93.

  • The Nationals added home run No. 101 with 1B Clint Robinson’s blast in the eighth, and it appears they were not alone in home run heaven: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were 52 homers hit on Sunday, the most on any single day in MLB in more than 10 years (since June 11, 2006), when 54 home runs were hit…Over the first three months this season, home runs have increased league-wide — from 2.09/game in April, to 2.28/game in May, and a near-record 2.52/game in June.
  • Also via Elias, there are only two months in Major League history in which the per-game home-run average was as high is it currently is for June (min. 10 G: The first two months of the 2000 season: 2.56 in April and 2.64 in May.

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting is expected to be released Monday evening…As of the previous update (Wednesday), here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes, leads all Major League catchers and is fourth in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.342)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (41), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.563), and fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez and Houston’s Evan Gattis for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy had racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.349), paces the National League in hits (98) and multi-hit games (31), and ranks second in the NL in OPS (.968)…He also ranks among NL hitters in slugging percentage (4th, .577) and on-base percentage (10th, .391)…Murphy leads NL second basemen in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.577).
  • Based on Wednesday’s update, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks second in MLB in walks (60) and 13th in on-base percentage (.395)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for seventh in the NL.

Nationals Game Notes: June 26 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Washington Nationals (43-32) at Milwaukee Brewers (34-40)

RHP Tanner Roark [6-5, 3.18] | RHP Jimmy Nelson [5-6, 3.92]

Sunday, June 26 l Game #76 / Road #44 l Miller Park l Milwaukee, W.I. l 1:10 P.M.

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

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting was released Wednesday…Here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes as of Wednesday, leads all Major League catchers and is fourth in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.342)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (41), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.563), fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy has racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.354) and paces the NL in OPS (.982), hits (98) and multi-hit games (31)…He also ranks among NL hitters in slugging percentage (2nd, .585) and on-base percentage (9th, .397)…Murphy leads NL second baseman in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.585).
  • If the voting ended today, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes as of Wednesday, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks in the NL in walks (2nd, 59) and on-base percentage (8th, .397)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for seventh in the NL… Harper clubbed his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night.

WHAT A RELIEF

Since June 19, Dan Firova’s bullpen has pitched to a 0.63 ERA (1 ER/14.1 IP) while allowing 11 hits, one walk (intentional) and striking out 18 in those six games…During this stretch, Nationals relievers have not allowed a home run while holding batters to a .212 average.

Nationals Game Notes: June 25 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Washington Nationals (43-31) at Milwaukee Brewers (33-40)

LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-6, 4.25] | RHP Matt Garza [0-0, 0.90]

Saturday, June 25 l Game #75 / Road #43 l Miller Park l Milwaukee, W.I. l 3:10 P.M.

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

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting was released Wednesday…Here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes as of Wednesday, leads all Major League catchers and is third in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.341)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (40), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.567), fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy has racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.349) and paces the NL in hits (95) and multi-hit games (T1st, 30)…He also ranks among NL hitters in OPS (3rd, .970), slugging percentage (5th, .577) and on-base percentage (9th, .392)…Murphy leads NL second baseman in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.577).
  • If the voting ended today, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes as of Wednesday, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks in the NL in walks (2nd, 58) and on-base percentage (8th, .397)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for sixth in the NL…Harper clubbed his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night.

Nationals Game Notes: June 24 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Washington Nationals (43-30) at Milwaukee Brewers (32-40)

RHP Max Scherzer [8-4, 3.29] | RHP Zach Davies [5-3, 3.62]

Friday, June 24 l Game #74 / Road #42 l Miller Park l Milwaukee, W.I. l 7:10 P.M.

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

SLUGGIN’ SHORTSTOP

Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 13th home run of the season on Tuesday night… In just 71 games, Espinosa has already tallied the third-highest home run total for a season in his career, matching his output from the entire 2015 season, and only seven behind the career-best 21 he hit in his rookie season (2011).

  • Only two shortstops in Major League Baseball have hit more home runs this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 17.77 at-bats…He trails only COL SS Trevor Story (18) and LAD SS Corey Seager (16) for the most home runs hit by a shortstop this season.
  • Since June 8, Espinosa is hitting .340 (16-for-47) with two doubles, five homers, seven RBI, four HBP, four walks, one stolen base and 14 runs scored…He ranks in the NL in runs scored (2nd, 14), home runs (T3rd, 5), slugging percentage (T3rd, .708) and on-base percentage (8th, .436) over this stretch.

APPROACHING 100

Washington leads the National League with 99 home runs through 73 games…According to STATS LLC., the Nationals are approaching a team record for fewest games to 100 home runs in team history (2005-pres.):

Season No. Games

2006………………………………………. 93

2012………………………………………. 94

2015……………………………………… 100

JW = FIRE

Since June 7, LF Jayson Werth is hitting .389 (21-for-54) with four doubles, one homer, 10 RBI, 12 walks and nine runs scored…He has posted a .493 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage in thise 14 games…He has hit safely in 12 of the 14 games, including eight multi-hit efforts.

  • Since his pinch-hit grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29, Werth is hitting .342 (26-for-76) with a .427 on-base percentage and a .566 slugging percentage…In that span he has clubbed five doubles and four homers, walked 12 times and scored 13 runs while two of his 17 RBI drove in the game-winning run and three knocked home go-ahead tallies.
  • Among NL hitters since May 29, Werth ranks tied for fifth in walks (12), sixth in on-base percentage (.427), and ninth in batting average (.342).
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