Nationals Game Notes: August 25 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles (70-56) at Washington Nationals (73-53)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez [5-10, 6.94] | RHP Max Scherzer [13-7, 3.05]
Thursday, August 25 l Game #127 / Home #61 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

TREA OF LIGHT
For the second consecutive game Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner recorded a career-high four hits and, in doing so, tied a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) with hits in eight straight plate appearances…Turner went 4-for-4 on Tuesday in Baltimore and followed that with four consecutive hits on Wednesday night, tying the record with a single in the seventh inning…Turner matched the feats of Hall of Famer Andre Dawson (June 4-7, 1983) and Washington’s Dimitri Young (May 31-June 1, 2007) for the record long streak.

  • In 14 games dating to August 10, Turner is hitting .406 (26-for-64) with five doubles, two triples, two homers, eight RBI, two walks, six stolen bases and 17 runs scored.
  • In Tuesday night’s game, Turner initially stole two bases, but both calls were overturned via replay review…Nevertheless, in just 37 games this season, Turner is tied for third among MLB rookies with 14 stolen bases.
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) and is tied for third in stolen bases (14).

NEW ADDITION
The Nationals acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski and cash from the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in exchange for Minor League INF Max Schrock…Rzepczynski comes to the Nationals with a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in 56 appearances out of Oakland’s bullpen this season…He ranks second in the Major Leagues with a 70.5 percent ground-ball rate.

  • Over the course of his career, Rzepczynski has held left-handed batters to a .225 batting average, a .295 on-base percentage and a .302 slugging percentage…Of the 714 left-handed batters he’s faced in his career, Rzepczynski has allowed just eight HR.

STATUS CHECK
At 73-53 (.584), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (81-45, .643).

  • Washington also ranks second in MLB with a +135 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+217).
  • With Wednesday night’s loss, the Nationals have lost four straight games for the first time since their seven-game losing streak from June 18-25…Washington has lost four or more consecutive games only three times this season.

LEADING MAN
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.347), slugging percentage (.611), OPS (1.001), multi-hit games (49) and ranks among NL hitters in doubles (2nd, 36), RBI (2nd, 95), extra base hits (T2nd, 65), hits (3rd, 155) and on-base percentage (7th, .391) among many other categories.

  • Murphy is tied for first in Major League Baseball with 29 go-ahead RBI and 16 game-winning RBI.
  • Murphy has recorded a franchise record (WSH/MON) 22 RBI in 17 Interleague games this season…The previous high of 16 was held by 1B Adam Dunn in 2010.
  • With 95 RBI this season, Murphy is five RBI short of becoming the sixth player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to post a 100 RBI season…The last player to do it was 1B Adam Laroche (100 RBI in 2012).

Nationals Game Notes: August 24 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles (69-56) at Washington Nationals (73-52)
LHP Wade Miley [7-10, 5.58] | RHP Tanner Roark [13-6, 2.87]
Wednesday, August 24 l Game #126 / Home #60 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 continue this week’s Interleague series with the Baltimore Orioles before welcoming the Colorado Rockies to Nationals Park for a three-game series beginning on Friday.

  • Starting with Wednesday’s contest against Baltimore, the Nationals will play 15 of their next 21 games at Nationals Park…Of their remaining 36 regular season games, 21 will at home and 15 will be on the road.

LEADING MAN
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in slugging percentage (.604), OPS (.993), multi-hit games (48) and ranks among NL hitters in batting average (2nd, .344), doubles (2nd, 36), RBI (2nd, 90), extra base hits (T2nd, 64), hits (3rd, 152) and on-base percentage (9th, .388) among many other categories.

  • Murphy paces Major League Baseball with 29 go-ahead RBI and is tied for first with 16 game-winning RBI.
  • Murphy has recorded a franchise record (WSH/MON) 17 RBI in 17 Interleague games this season…The previous high of 16 was held by 1B Adam Dunn in 2010.

TREA OF LIGHT
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner recorded a career-high four hits in Washington’s 8-1 loss to Baltimore on Tuesday night…That effort snapped a two-game hitless streak…In 13 games dating to August 10, Turner is hitting 22-for-59 (.373) with five doubles, two triples, two homers, eight RBI, two walks, six stolen bases and 16 runs scored.

  • In Tuesday night’s game, Turner initially stole two bases, but both calls were overturned via replay review…Nevertheless, in just 36 games this season, Turner is tied for third among MLB rookies with 14 stolen bases.
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) and is tied for third in stolen bases (14).

Nationals Game Notes: August 23 at Baltimore Orioles

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Washington Nationals (73-51) at Baltimore Orioles (68-56)
RHP Reynaldo Lopez [2-1, 4.37] | RHP Kevin Gausman [4-10, 4.11]
Tuesday, August 23 l Game #125 / Road #66 l Oriole Park at Camden Yards l Baltimore, M.D. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

EDGED OUT
The Nationals opened their four-game home-and-home series with a 4-3 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday night, edged in the one-run game by the O’s despite a strong outing from spot starter RHP A.J. Cole, as well as home runs from 3B Anthony Rendon and SS Danny Espinosa…Washington is just over halfway through a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that began on Aug. 12…Thus far, the Nationals are 6-5 with BAL (3 games), COL (3 games) and PHI (3 games) remaining before their next scheduled off day (Sept. 1).

  • At 73-51 (.589), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (79-45, .637)…The Nationals and Cubs are the only 70-win teams in the NL…Reaching the 70-win mark in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals earned No. 70 in game No. 113.
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +144 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+212).
  • The Nationals have lost back-to-back games for just the 14th time all season…Washington has only lost three or more consecutive games four times all year, and not since June 25.

INFIELD POP
The Nationals’ offense on Monday night was provided almost exclusively by their infield with 2B Daniel Murphy’s RBI-single driving in CF Trea Turner with the game’s first run, and then 3B Anthony Rendon and SS Danny Espinosa providing the power with solo home runs in the fourth and seventh innings, respectively…For Rendon, it was his 16th home run of the season, and for Espinosa his 19th.

  • The Nationals’ infielders (1B, 2B, SS, 3B) have combined to club 79 home runs this season, the third-most among all infield groups in the National League (eighth-most in the Major Leagues)…With Murphy and Espinosa primarily up the middle, the Nationals’ pivot players lead the Major Leagues with 40 combined home runs.
  • The home run, part of a 1-for-3 evening for Rendon that included a walk, pushed his average to .333 (38-for-114) with 12 doubles, seven homers, 25 RBI, 12 walks, three stolen bases, 21 runs scored, and just 16 strikeouts in 130 plate appearances since July 16…Rendon leads all NL 3B in doubles (30), ahead of CHI’s Kris Bryant (29).

HELLO, MR. HARPER
Nationals RF Bryce Harper has driven in runs in seven of his last nine games and reached base in all nine (.500 OBP).

  • Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup on Aug. 14, Harper is now 12-for-33 (.364) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, nine walks, eight runs scored and two stolen bases.
  • His 11 RBI are tied for fifth in the National League in this stretch, behind only Kris Bryant & Ryan Braun (12), Joey Votto (13), and Adrian Gonzalez (15).

RETURN OF THE Z-MAN
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman returned from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (left wrist contusion) and wasted no time making his presence felt…Zimmerman homered on the first pitch he saw, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

  • Saturday marked Zimmerman’s third three-plus hit game of the season (also May 4 at KC (three hits) and May 28 vs. STL (four hits)).
  • Going 1-for-4 with a double on Monday, Zimmerman is now 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, a home run, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored since his return to the active roster.
  • In 23 career games, Zimmerman is a .307 hitter at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, (27-for-88) with five doubles, a triple, five home runs, and 14 RBI to go with nine walks and just 10 strikeouts in 97 plate appearances.

Frank Howard to be inducted into Nationals Ring of Honor on Friday, August 26

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The Washington Nationals will induct former Washington Senators outfielder Frank Howard into the Ring of Honor at Nationals Park Friday, August 26, before the Nationals play the Colorado Rockies.

“Frank Howard was the favorite player of so many Washington Senators fans until the team moved to Texas after the 1971 season,” said Mark D. Lerner, Vice Chairman and Principal Owner of the Washington Nationals. “Inducting Frank into the Nationals Ring of Honor will be a personal thrill for my entire family and me. We are excited to honor him for all he has contributed to the game of baseball and to celebrate his 80th birthday, which was on August 8th.”

Frank Howard hit 237 of his 382 career home runs during his seven-year tenure with the Washington Senators from 1965-71. No player representing Washington D.C. has hit more home runs than Howard’s 237. Current National Ryan Zimmerman is second on the list with 213. Howard represented the Senators in four All-Star Games (1968-71) and led the American League in home runs twice, clubbing 44 homers in both 1968 and 1970.

During his time in Washington, teammates, media and fans alike marveled at Howard’s tape-measure home runs, many of which taunted cavernous D.C. Stadium’s dimensions, earning him the nicknames “The Capital Punisher,” “The Washington Monument,” and “Hondo.”

We look forward to welcoming him to Nationals Park on Friday!

Nationals Game Notes: August 22 at Baltimore Orioles

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Washington Nationals (73-50) at Baltimore Orioles (67-56)
RHP A.J. Cole [0-0, -.–] | RHP Dylan Bundy [6-4, 3.66]
Monday, August 22 l Game #124 / Road #65 l Oriole Park at Camden Yards l Baltimore, M.D. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HALFWAY HOME
As the Nationals’ current three-city road trip reaches its final leg, opening a two-game set in Baltimore on Monday night, Washington is halfway through a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that began on Aug. 12…Thus far, the Nationals are 6-4 with BAL (4 games), COL (3 games) and PHI (3 games) remaining before their next scheduled off day (Sept. 1).

  • At 73-50 (.593), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (78-45, .634)…The Nationals and Cubs are the only 70-win teams in the NL…Reaching the 70-win mark in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals earned No. 70 in game No. 113.
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +145 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+208).
  • The Nationals are 4-3 on their current nine-game trip, with an average game time of 3 hours, 29 minutes and a total of 4 hours, 25 minutes in rain delays.

HELLO, MR. HARPER
Going 2-for-5 with three RBI on Sunday afternoon and clubbing his 22nd home run of the season (a three-run shot in the third inning), Nationals RF Bryce Harper drove in at least one run for the seventh time in his last eight games.

  • Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup on Aug. 14, Harper is now 12-for-30 (.400) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, eight walks, and two stolen bases.
  • His 11 RBI are tied for the most in the National League in this stretch, and are tied for the second-most in the Major Leagues, behind only BOS OF Mookie Betts’ 13.

BUMP FROM THE BENCH
The Nationals’ bench continued its strong season on Sunday with Nationals OF Chris Heisey getting the start in left field and posting two hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth…That came on the heels of two strong games (Thursday & Friday) from 1B Clint Robinson, who went 3-for-7 with two RBI, three walks and three runs scored, including the game-winning RBI on Friday night.

  • The Nationals’ are second in the Major Leagues with 11 pinch-hit home runs this season, and second in the NL in slugging percentage (.536)…On the season, the Nationals have 33 pinch hits, with 19 of them going for extra bases (7 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR)…The 11 pinch-hit home runs hit by Washington are already a single-season Nationals record (2005-pres.).
  • Five of WSH’s 11 pinch-hit HRs this season have tied the game or given WSH the lead.
  • Stephen Drew & Heisey are tied for the most WSH pinch-hit home runs (3), as well as the most in a career Nationals history (2005-present)…They are also second in MLB.

WELCOME BACK, ZIM
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman returned from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (left wrist contusion) and wasted no time making his presence felt…Zimmerman homered on the first pitch he saw, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

  • Saturday marked Zimmerman’s third three-plus hit game of the season (also May 4 at KC (three hits) and May 28 vs. STL (four hits)).
  • Going 1-for-4 with a walk on Sunday afternoon, Zimmerman is now 4-for-8 (.500) with a home run, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored since his return to the active roster.

Nationals Game Notes: August 21 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (73-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-79)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [8-9, 4.28] | RHP Joel De La Cruz [0-6, 3.72]
Sunday, August 21 l Game #123 / Road #64 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 1:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BROOM POTENTIAL
The Nationals will look to finish off a four-game sweep of the Braves on Sunday afternoon, going for their ninth sweep of the 2016 season and potentially their fifth road sweep…Washington won the series with an 11-9 victory over Atlanta on Saturday night, picking up their 11th road series win of the year (21st overall)…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 11-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 25-6 against Atlanta and is outscoring the Braves 183-101.

  • At 73-49 (.598), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (78-44, .639)…The Nationals and Cubs are the only 70-win teams in the National League…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +146 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+215).
  • After today’s series finale in Atlanta, the Nationals will travel to Baltimore to open the home-and-home Beltway Series with the Orioles with two games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, before returning home to finish it with two games at Nationals Park.

KEEP THE LINE MOVING
The Nationals’ 11-9 win on Saturday was due, in large part, to a record-setting fourth inning…The frame featured eight runs off nine hits (seven singles, two home runs), one walk, one stolen base, and 12 plate appearances, busting open what had been a 3-1 Braves lead.

  • Nine hits in a single inning set a new Nationals record (2005-present), and were the most in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) since Montreal tallied 13 hits in the top of the sixth inning at San Francisco, May 7, 1997.
  • A solo home run by 2B Daniel Murphy kicked off the inning, followed by a RF Bryce Harper walk and a fly out by C Wilson Ramos…Then came eight consecutive hits (seven singles and a three-run home run by CF Trea Turner)…The eight straight hits were also a Nationals record and, via the Elias Sports Bureau, matched 5/7/97 at SFG as the only times in franchise history the team hit safely in eight straight plate appearances.
  • The eight runs were a new single-inning season high for the Nationals, as were the 12 plate appearances.

WELCOME BACK, ZIM
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman returned from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (left wrist contusion) and wasted no time making his presence felt…Zimmerman homered on the first pitch he saw, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

  • Saturday marked Zimmerman’s third three-plus hit game of the season (also May 4 at KC (three hits) and May 28 vs. STL (four hits)).

SNEAKY POP
Better known for his exceptional speed, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner hit his fourth home run of the season on Saturday (in 33 MLB games), the biggest swing in that eight-run fourth…It was Turner’s first career HR with runners on base and his third (of 5 career HR) vs. ATL.

  • Turner stole his 13th base of the season on Thursday night…All of Turner’s 13 steals have come since the All-Star break, the third-most stolen bases in MLB in that span.
  • Turner’s 13 stolen bases also rank fourth among all rookies, and all ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…In his last 10 games, Turner is 18-for-47 (.383) with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, eight RBI, five stolen bases and 14 runs scored.
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (13).

Nationals Game Notes: August 20 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (72-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-78)
RHP Max Scherzer [12-7, 2.95] | RHP Tyrell Jenkins [2-3, 4.89]
Saturday, August 20 l Game #122 / Road #63 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals outlasted the Braves, 7-6, on Friday night mixing defensive gems with miscues…1B Clint Robinson played the savior with an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning that scored PR Pedro Severino to break a 6-6 tie…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 10-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 24-6 against Atlanta and is outscoring the Braves 172-92.

  • At 72-49 (.595), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (77-44, .636)…The Nationals, Cubs, Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians are the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +144 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+208).
  • The Nationals’ current three-city trip will continue on Saturday night with the third of four in Atlanta before moving on to Baltimore on Monday.

CATCH OF THE YEAR?
With two outs and the Nationals up, 1-0, in the bottom of the fourth, Nationals CF Ben Revere kept the game scoreless with a home-run-robbing, leaping catch at the right center field wall to steal a longball from Braves 1B Freddie Freeman.

  • According to MLB’s Statcast data, Revere’s first step on the catch came 0.43 seconds after the ball was hit, he reached 19.7 mph at his maximum speed, covering 116.9 feet of ground in the outfield with a 97.5 percent route efficiency…Additionally, with the outfield wall measuring eight feet, four inches high at Turner Field, the 5-foot-9 Revere had to leap more than two-and-a-half feet higher than his own height to secure the ball and rob the homer.

STREAK SNAPPED
For the first time since June 19, Nationals LF Jayson Werth played in a game and did not reach base once…Werth’s 0-for-5 on Friday evening halted his career-best on-base streak at 46 games, tying Rusty Staub for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and solidifying his Nationals record (2005-present).

  • Since 1913, only 26 National League players have ever posted an on-base streak of 46 games or more…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009, for the Nationals (2005-pres.) record.
  • While Werth’s streak, which began on June 20 at LAD, is confined in one season, Staub’s spanned multiple seasons, from 1969-70.
  • During the 46-game stretch, Werth collected 43 hits (14 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.382 OBP).

AT HIS BEST AGAINST THE BRAVES
Nationals RHP Tanner Roark did not factor into the decision on Friday, but with 6.1 innings of work and just three earned runs allowed, Roark lowered his career ERA vs. ATL to 1.95 (16 ER/74.0 IP)…Among active MLB pitchers with at least 10 starts against the Braves, Roark possesses the lowest ERA, topping a list that includes: NYM RHP Bartolo Colon (2.35), DET RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2.55) and SFG LHP Madison Bumgarner (2.60)…Roark’s 1.95 ERA vs. ATL is his lowest vs. any opponent against whom he’s made four starts or more.

CLOSING TIME
Nationals closer Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth on Friday night to secure his 35th save of the season, his eighth scoreless outing (of nine) since he was acquired by Washington on July 30…Melancon, who ranks tied for second in the National League in saves, has retired 26 of the 31 batters he’s faced in a Nationals uniform, and has not issued a single walk.

Nationals Game Notes: August 19 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (71-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-77)
RHP Tanner Roark [13-6, 2.81] | RHP Julio Teheran [3-9, 2.81]
Friday, August 19 l Game #121 / Road #62 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:35 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

FEELING RIGHT AT HOME
The Nationals opened this four-game set with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night with an 8-3 victory in their first trip back to Turner Field since Opening Day…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 9-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 23-6 against Atlanta and outscoring the Braves 165-86.

  • At 71-49 (.592), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (77-43, .642)…The Nationals, Cubs, and Rangers are the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +143 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+209).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 159), runs scored (4th, 576), and walks (4th, 418)…Washington’s 903 strikeouts as a club are the second-fewest in the National League.
  • The Nationals’ current three-city trip will continue on Friday night with the second of four in Atlanta before moving on to Baltimore on Monday.

SLIDE OVER, STAUB
With an RBI-double in the fifth inning on Thursday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 46 games, tying Rusty Staub for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and extending his Nationals record (2005-present).

  • Werth is now chasing CIN 1B Joey Votto, who reached base in 48 consecutive games to close the 2015 season (Aug. 11-Oct. 2) and is the most recent NL player with a streak longer than Werth’s…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009, for the Nationals (2005-pres.) record.
  • While Werth’s streak, which began on June 20 at LAD, is currently confined in one season, Staub’s spanned multiple seasons, from 1969-70.
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 43 hits (14 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.382 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last 12 games on Monday and is slugging .630 in that stretch.

LOOK AT MR. LOPEZ
Nationals rookie RHP Reynaldo Lopez struck out 11 Braves over 7.0 innings of work on Thursday, the fourth Major League start of his career…Lopez is just the fourth rookie pitcher in Nationals history to post a double-digit strikeout game and is now tied for second in Nationals history (2005-present) for the most strikeouts in a game by a rookie pitcher…He joins LHP John Lannan (April 17, 2008) and RHP Joe Ross (June 19, 2015) with 11, trailing only RHP Stephen Strasburg’s 14 strikeouts on June 8, 2010.

  • Lopez is the 11th rookie pitcher to strikeout at least 11 Braves in a game since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966, the first since NYM RHP Jacob deGrom struck out 11 on 7/8/14.

LARCENY IN HIS VEINS
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner stole his 13th base of the season on Thursday night, in his 31st Major League game of the year…All of Turner’s 13 steals have come since the All-Star break, the third-most stolen bases in MLB in that span (CIN’s Billy Hamilton is first with 30).

  • Turner’s 13 stolen bases also rank fourth among all rookies, and all ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…In his last seven games, Turner is 14-for-37 (.378) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, four RBI, five stolen bases and 11 runs scored.
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (13).
  • Among players with at least 12 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only three who hasn’t been caught more than once.
  • Turner’s six triples are already tied for the ninth-most in MLB and lead all rookies.

Nationals Game Notes: August 18 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (70-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-76)
RHP Reynaldo Lopez [1-1, 5.74] | RHP Rob Whalen [1-1, 7.31]
Thursday, August 18 l Game #120 / Road #61 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HEADING BACK EAST
The Nationals will open the second leg of their nine-game, three-city trip with the first of four games in Atlanta on Thursday night…Washington dropped the series finale in Denver on Wednesday, 12-10, just its sixth road series loss of the season…The Rockies sealed the series, in part, with a seven-run first inning — the 12th time that one team scored at least seven first-inning runs in a regular-season game at Coors Field…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most seven-run first innings at any MLB park since Coors Field opened in 1995…Fenway Park & Kauffman Stadium are T2nd with nine each over that 22-season span.

  • At 70-49 (.588), the Nationals boast the third-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (76-43, .639) and Texas Rangers (72-50, .590)…The Nationals, Cubs, and Rangers as the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +137 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+206).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 159), runs scored (4th, 568), and walks (4th, 411)…Washington’s 896 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

STAUB IN HIS SIGHTS
With a walk in the third inning on Wednesday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 45 games, extending the Nationals record (2005-present) for the longest on-base streak in club history…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009.

  • Werth is now chasing Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…His 45-game run tops that of Tim Raines’ for the second-longest streak in franchise history, however, the streaks put together by both Staub and Raines spanned multiple seasons — Raines from 1985-86, Staub from 1969-70.
  • This is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season and the longest since CIN 1B Joey Votto reached base in 48 straight games from Aug. 11-Oct. 2, 2015.
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 41 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.379 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last 11 games on Monday night.

BUMP FROM THE BENCH
Nationals manager Dusty Baker summoned Pedro Severino (PH), Wilmer Difo (PH) and Chris Heisey (def. replacement) off the bench on Wednesday, and the trio combined to go 3-for-3 with two home runs (Severino & Heisey), three RBI and two runs scored…Severino’s homer, the first of his MLB career, was also a pinch-hit home run — making him the fourth player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to collect his first homer as a pinch hitter (per STATS, LLC)…He joined Jeff Kobernus (6/18/13 at PHI), Kory Casto (6/15/08 at SEA), & Justin Maxwell (9/11/07 at FLA).

  • As a group, the Nationals’ are second in the Major Leagues with 11 pinch-hit home runs this season, and fourth in slugging percentage (.551)…On the season, the Nationals have 33 pinch hits, with 19 of them going for extra bases (7 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR)…The 11 pinch-hit home runs hit by Washington are already a single-season Nationals record (2005-pres.).
  • Five of WSH’s 11 pinch-hit HRs this season have tied the game or given WSH the lead.
  • Stephen Drew & Heisey are tied for the most WSH pinch-hit home runs (3), as well as the most in a career Nationals history (2005-present)…They are also second in MLB.

ANOTHER TREY FOR TREA
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner collected his sixth triple of the season (in his 30th game) on Wednesday, part of a 2-for-4 afternoon with a double, RBI and two runs scored…Turner’s six triples are already tied for the eighth-most in the Major Leagues and lead all MLB rookies.

  • Turner’s 12 stolen bases also rank fourth among all rookies, and all ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…In his last seven games, Turner is 13-for-33 (.382) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, three RBI, four stolen bases and 10 runs scored.
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (12).
  • Among players with at least 12 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only three who hasn’t been caught more than once.

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches Update: an array of amenities

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With the opening of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches approaching next year, Curly W Live will be giving fans updates on the progress of the 160-acre property. Be on the lookout for highlights and special features about the new facility, and other important information fans should know about the Nationals’ new home in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Today’s post previews the array of exciting amenities that will be found at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

First, the walk-around concourse will allow fans to move throughout the ballpark while always being able to have an eye on the field.

An assortment of concessions and portable stands will offer many tempting food and drink options. At the Left Field Bar, fans 21 and older will be able to enjoy a beverage and view the games on televisions.

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will feature a premier seating section just beyond the first base dugout. This section will offer 68 seats with food and drink service, a great place to kick back and enjoy the games!

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The new park will also feature six suites and two party decks, located on the third level. Both fans and businesses can rent the suites, filled with Florida-style indoor and outdoor furniture. The suites will include tri-fold doors, which when opened, mimic the feeling of walking out onto your private patio. The Party Decks will offer an all-you-can-eat menu, a personal bar and scenic view of the complex.

We look forward to welcoming fans to our new home for spring training, and hope you will enjoy seeing all of its new features!