Nationals Game Notes: August 16 at Colorado Rockies

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Washington Nationals (70-47) at Colorado Rockies (56-63)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [8-9, 4.24] | RHP Chad Bettis [10-6, 5.27]
Tuesday, August 16 l Game #118 / Road #59 l Coors Field l Denver, CO l 6:40 P.M. (MT)
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SWEET SEVENTY
The Nationals opened this three-city, nine-game road trip on Monday night with a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field…The win was Washington’s 70th of the season, joining the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers as the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…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 picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113.

  • At 70-47 (.598), the Nationals’ record is the second-best mark in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (73-43, .629).
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +143 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+194).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 156), runs scored (4th, 556), and walks (4th, 405)…Washington’s 883 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

MOVE OVER, ZIM
With a walk in his first at-bat on Monday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 43 games, forging his way into Nationals history…Werth now joins 1B Ryan Zimmerman as co-owners of the longest on-base streaks in Nationals history (2005-present) as Zimmerman reached base in 43 consecutive games from 4/8-5/25/09.

  • Werth is now chasing Tim Raines (44) and Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…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 40 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 31 walks (.384 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last nine games on Monday night and is hitting .314 with a .714 slugging percentage in that stretch.

SEE TREA STEAL
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner stole his 11th and 12th bases of the season on Monday night, his 28th Major League game this season…Trea’s 12 stolen bases already rank fourth-most among all rookies, and all those ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…Turner, who finished a double shy of the cycle on Saturday, led off Saturday night’s win over the Braves with his fifth triple of the season — tied for the most among MLB rookies…In his last five games, Turner is 10-for-24 (.416) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI, four stolen bases and eight runs scored.

  • Turner is hitting .333 (28-for-84) with five doubles, three triples, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks, nine stolen bases and 18 runs scored in his last 19 games (since July 24).
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (5) & ranks third in SB (12).
  • Among players with at least 10 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only four who hasn’t been caught more than once.

BUFFALO ON THE BASES
Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in nine of his last 10 and 23 of his last 28 games played, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 21.

  • Ramos extended his new career high for HR in a season with a solo shot on Monday night, tying the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning…Ramos’ 19 home runs are the seventh-most by a catcher in a single season in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) with only Gary Carter (who hit 20+ six times) ahead of him.
  • Ramos ranks fourth among Major League hitters (3rd in NL) in batting average (.331) and ninth in the National League in average with runners in scoring position (.347).
  • In addition to batting average, Ramos leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.379), SLG (.546) and RBI (66), and he is tied for first (with TEX’s Jonathan Lucroy) in home runs with 19.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.

HE’S BAAAACK
Nationals RF Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and an RBI on Monday, his fourth three-hit game of the season and the second time this season he’s reached base five times…Harper drove in the game-winning run on Monday, his 10th GW RBI this season.

  • Since returning to the lineup on Sunday after missing five games due to injury, Harper is 4-for-6 (.667) with three doubles, three walks, two RBI and two runs scored.
  • Harper is tied (with CIN’s Joey Votto) for the MLB lead in walks with 85.

Nationals Game Notes: August 15 at Colorado Rockies

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Washington Nationals (69-47) at Colorado Rockies (56-62)
RHP Max Scherzer [12-7, 2.80] | LHP Jorge De La Rosa [7-7, 5.25]
Monday, August 15 l Game #117 / Road #58 l Coors Field l Denver, CO l 6:40 P.M. (MT)
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HEADING WEST
After enjoying three off days on their just-concluded eight-game homestand, the Nationals head west to Colorado to open a three-city, nine-game road trip and continue their stretch of 20 games in 20 days…They’ll start this trip Monday night in Denver for the first of three against COL and continue on to ATL (4G) before concluding in BAL (2G) to open the Beltway Series.

  • At 69-47 (.595), the Nationals’ nice record is good for the second-best mark in Major League Baseball…Washington trails only the Chicago Cubs (73-43, .629).
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +142 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+194).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 154), runs scored (4th, 551), and walks (5th, 399)…Washington’s 875 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

MAYBE HE SHOULD SPELL IT ‘TREY’
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner posted his 12th multi-hit game of the season (out of 27 total games) on Sunday with a double and a single, continuing his torrid stretch…Turner, who finished a double shy of the cycle on Saturday night, led off Saturday night’s win over the Braves with his fifth triple of the season — tied for the most among MLB rookies…In his last four games, Turner is 9-for-19 (.474) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last rookie to hit a leadoff triple and then homer in his next plate appearance was PIT Al Martin, against the Rockies on June 9, 1993.
  • Turner is hitting .342 (27-for-79) with five doubles, three triples, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks, seven stolen bases and 17 runs scored in his last 18 games (since July 24).
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (5) & ranks T4th in SB (10).
  • Among players with at least 10 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only four who hasn’t been caught more than once.

YEP, JW’S ON BASE
With a single in the sixth inning on Saturday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth has reached base safely in a career-high 42 straight games…It is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), now just one game behind 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 38 hits (13 2B, 5 HR) & 30 walks (.378 OBP).

SEVEN STRONG. AGAIN.
Shining in the Nationals’ 9-1 victory over the Braves on Sunday was RHP Tanner Roark, who tossed 7.0 innings and allowed just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three…Roark, who has started five of the Nationals’ eight shutouts this season, improved to 13-6 with a 2.81 ERA in the win — the 10th-lowest ERA in the Major Leagues.

  • Sunday’s outing was the 15th time (in 24 starts this season) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (16) and CWS LHP Chris Sale (16) have pitched at least 7.0 innings more often than Roark this season.

Nationals Game Notes: August 14 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (44-73) vs. Washington Nationals (68-47)

RHP Tyrell Jenkins [2-2, 3.92] | RHP Tanner Roark [12-6, 2.88]

Sunday, August 14 l Game #116 / Home #59 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.

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

LEADING MAN

2B Daniel Murphy clubbed his 22nd home run of the season on Saturday, a two-run shot in the first inning…Over his last three games, Murphy is 4-for-10 (.400) with three of the four hits going for extra bases (2 2B, HR).

  • Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.616), OPS (1.003), doubles (T1st, 34), hits (1st, 143), multi-hit games (45), go-ahead RBI (27), and game-winning RBI (T1st, 16).
  • Murphy also ranks among NL hitters in extra base hits (2nd, 61), and RBI (2nd, 86).

TRIPLE SHOT OF TREA

INF/OF Trea Turner led off Saturday night’s win with his fifth triple of the season…Turner added his third home run of the season in the third inning and singled in the fifth inning to record his second three-hit game in as many nights…In his last three games, Turner is 7-for-14 (.500) with one double, one triple, one home runs, two RBI, two stolen bases and five runs scored.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last rookie to hit a leadoff triple and then homer in his next plate appearance was PIT Al Martin, against the Rockies on June 9, 1993.
  • Turner is hitting .338 (25-for-74) with four doubles, three triples, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks, seven stolen bases and 15 runs scored in his last 17 games since July 24.
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (5) and ranks tied for fourth in stolen bases (10).
  • Among players with at least 10 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only four players to have not been caught stealing more than once.

SUMMER SIZZLERS

Since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .321 (26-for-81) with nine doubles, five homers, 17 RBI, nine walks, three stolen bases and 12 runs scored…He has struck out just 11 times in 92 plate appearances over this stretch.

  • CF Ben Revere has recorded multi-hit efforts in three of his last four games, going 6-for-15 (.400) with one double, two triples, one RBI, one walk and four runs scored…On Saturday vs. Atlanta, Revere recorded his first ever multi-triple game with two.

Nationals Game Notes: August 13 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (44-72) vs. Washington Nationals (67-47)

RHP Rob Whalen [1-0, 5.73] | RHP Reynaldo Lopez [0-1, 9.35]

Saturday, August 13 l Game #115 / Home #58 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE

With a double in the seventh inning on Friday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth has now reached base safely in 41 straight games…It is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 37 hits (13 2B, 5 HR), 30 walks and has posted a .381 on-base percentage.

LEADING MAN

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.610), OPS (.999), doubles (T1st, 34), hits (T1st, 142), multi-hit games (45), and go-ahead RBI (26).

  • Murphy also ranks among NL hitters in game-winning RBI (2nd, 15) extra base hits (T2nd, 60), and RBI (T3rd, 82).

SUMMER SIZZLERS

Since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .333 (26-for-78) with nine doubles, five homers, 17 RBI, eight walks, three stolen bases and 12 runs scored…He has struck out just 10 times in 88 plate appearances over this stretch.

  • Rendon is T1st in MLB (w/STL C Yadier Molina and ARI SS Jean Segura) with nine doubles in 15 games since July 26…His .685 slugging percentage over that stretch is good for second in the National League behind COL OF Charlie Blackmon (.814).

Nationals Game Notes: August 12 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (43-72) vs. Washington Nationals (67-46)
RHP Mike Foltynewicz [5-5, 4.37] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-2, 2.80]
Friday, August 12 l Game #114 / Home #57 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN / WUSA l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

MAKING FERRIS BUELLER PROUD
The Nationals enjoyed their third day off in the last week on Thursday before opening a threegame set with the Atlanta Braves this weekend at Nationals Park…Washington earned the split with a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday behind LF Jayson Werth (2-for-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 3 R) and 3B Anthony Rendon (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI).

  • At 67-46 (.593), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (72-41, .637).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +136 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+189).
  • The Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 149), runs scored (4th, 530), and walks (5th, 392)…Their 860 strikeouts as a club are the second fewest in the National League.

SERIOUS STREAK
Washington carries a franchise-best 14-game home winning streak (since May 8, 2015) over the Atlanta Braves into this weekend’s series…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 14-game streak is the longest home winning streak over one opponent in Nationals history (2005-pres.)…It is tied for the longest in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), as the Expos put together a 14-game streak over the San Diego Padres from May 4,1993 to May 24, 1995.

  • Per Elias, this is the longest active streak in MLB and the longest home winning streak for one team since the New York Yankees won 17 straight home games over the Toronto Blue Jays from Sept. 19, 2012 to July 25, 2014.

SPEAKING OF STREAKS
With a double in the first inning on Wednesday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth has reached base safely in 40 straight games…It is the longest active on-base streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 36 hits (12 2B, 5 HR), 30 walks and has posted a .386 on-base percentage.

Nationals Game Notes: August 10 vs. Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland Indians (63-47) at Washington Nationals (66-46)
RHP Josh Tomlin [11-4, 3.81] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [7-9, 4.13]
Wednesday, August 10 l Game #113 / Home #56 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SIZING THINGS UP
As the Nationals close out their series with the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, they will finish their fourth series in the last five against a fellow first-place club…All four of those series have been against either the Indians or the San Francisco Giants, who Washington defeated in two of three over the weekend.

  • The Nationals dropped the opener of this two-game set to Cleveland on Tuesday night, 3-1, and will look to today’s season series finale to even things up.
  • Despite the loss, at 66-46 (.589), the Nationals continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (70-41, .631).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +133 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+186).

LOOKIN’ FINE AT 39
Nationals LF Jayson Werth was 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run on Tuesday night, making it his 39th consecutive game reaching base…At 39, Werth owns the longest active on-base streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 34 hits (11 2B, 4 HR), 29 walks and has posted a .377 on-base percentage.

EVERYONE WAS THINKING IT…
By the time Nationals RHP Max Scherzer climbed the mound for the seventh inning on Tuesday night, he found himself in an all-too-familiar position: with his opponent hitless…Scherzer’s bid for a third career no-no was ultimately broken up in that seventh inning, but it marked the eighth time in his 57 career starts in a Nationals uniform that Scherzer has carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning — that’s 14 percent of all starts he’s made since signing with WSH in Jan., 2015 — and the most in MLB the last two seasons…CLE RHP Corey Kluber, who has carried six no-hit bids into the sixth inning in the last two years, is second in that time span.

  • A strikeout of CLE C Roberto Perez in the third inning was Scherzer’s 200th strikeout of the season…The MLB leader in strikeouts with 208, Scherzer became the first pitcher in the big leagues to strike out 200 batters this season…This is Scherzer’s fifth consecutive season with 200+ strikeouts, making him one of four active pitchers with a streak at least that long…Via the Elias Sports Bureau, he joined SEA RHP Felix Hernandez (2009-14), LAD LHP Clayton Kershaw (2010-15), and DET RHP Justin Verlander (2009-13) on that list.
  • Tuesday’s game was also Scherzer’s 10th of the season in which he recorded 10 or more strikeouts…With 11 10+ strikeout games in 2015, Scherzer is the only active pitcher with at least 10 games of 10+ strikeouts in back-to-back seasons…According to Elias, The last pitchers to do that were Randy Johnson (1997-2002) and Curt Schilling (2001-02).

$1 Ice Cream Treats on Wednesday at Nationals Park

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IceCreamWith D.C.’s hot summer days and nights, Nationals Park provides several ways for fans to cool down. The tastiest? Ice cream, of course.

During tomorrow’s game against the Cleveland Indians, fans will pay just $1 for select ice cream novelties at all Nats Dog stands until the start of the sixth inning, or while supplies last.

In celebration of tomorrow’s $1 Ice Cream Day presented by Good Humor, we’ve put together an extensive list of the places where fans can find cold treats at Nationals Park.

Fans can find Good Humor Novelties, Breyer’s ice cream and Nationals Helmet Sundaes at the Breyer’s Ice Cream concession stands in Sections 115 and 129. Last year, over 26,000 Nationals Helmet Sundaes were sold at Nats Park, which is an average of 330 sundaes per game!

If you prefer soft serve ice cream, Sweet Spot and Frozen Rope both feature soft serve, in either a cone or a mini Nationals helmet, as well as Good Humor Novelties. Frozen Rope can be found in Section 136, and Sweet Spot is located in Section 310. So far this season over 20,000 soft serve ice creams have been sold.

In addition to traditional ice cream, Nationals Park is home to several other frozen treats. Fans can find their favorite Dippin’ Dots flavors in Sections 127, 134, 201 and 227, refreshing varieties of Leilani’s Shaved Ice in Sections 141 and 235, and dipped ice cream at Capitol Creamery in Section 215.

Nationals Park is also home to four Dolci Gelati stands, featuring traditional Italian gelato. Earlier this year, the Nationals’ gelato vendor, Gianluigi Dellaccio, won honors at the Gelato World Tour. His gelato not only won an award at this year’s competition in Chicago, which included 16 finalists from both North and South America, but also earned Dellaccio a ticket to the Grand Finale of the Gelato World Tour in Rimini, Italy in 2017. Dolci Gelati can be found in Sections 112, 136, 231 and 307.

Dellaccio also makes the gelato used in the babka ice cream sandwiches, only available at On Rye in the Norfolk Southern Club. Babka ice cream sandwiches are new to Nationals Park this season, but they are already a fan favorite!

Next time you’re at Nationals Park, make sure to cool down with a treat from one of these locations, and don’t forget to join us for $1 Ice Cream Day tomorrow!

Tickets for Wednesday’s game are available at nationals.com/tickets.

Nationals Game Notes: August 9 vs. Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland Indians (62-47) at Washington Nationals (66-45)
RHP Trevor Bauer [7-5, 4.08] | RHP Max Scherzer [12-6, 2.87]
Tuesday, August 9 l Game #112 / Home #55 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BATTLING THE BEST
As the Nationals welcome the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians to Nationals Park on Tuesday night for the first of two games, it will mark their fourth series in the last five against a fellow first-place club…All four of those series have been against either the Indians or the San Francisco Giants, who Washington defeated in two of three over the weekend.

  • The Nationals’ posted just two hits in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over the Giants, the fewest hits ever recorded in a win in Nationals history (2005-present)…It was also the Nationals’ 14th win in their last 17 regular-season home games vs. SFG (dating to May 1, 2011).
  • At 66-45 (.595), the Nationals continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (69-41, .627).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +135 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+182).

TERRIFIC TANNER
Shining in the Nationals’ eighth shutout victory of the season on Sunday was RHP Tanner Roark, who tossed 7.0 innings and allowed just five hits and three walks while striking out five…Roark has started five of the Nationals’ eight shutouts this season…Roark, who improved to 12-6 with a 2.88 ERA in the win, owns the 11th-lowest ERA in the National League.

  • No one in the Major Leagues has thrown 7.0 (or more) IP more often this season than Roark, who did it for the seventh time on Sunday…He leads CHI RHP Jake Arrieta (2nd, 6), and ATL RHP Julio Teheran (3rd, 5).
  • Sunday’s outing was the 14th time (in 23 starts this season) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (15), CWS LHP Chris Sale (15), and CLE RHP Corey Kluber (15) have pitched at least 7.0 innings more than Roark this season.

ALONE AT THE TOP
Nationals LF Jayson Werth worked a walk from LHP Madison Bumgarner in the first inning on Sunday, making it his 38th consecutive game reaching base…Werth owns the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 33 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 28 walks and has posted a .374 on-base percentage.

BUFFALO BLAST
Sending his 18th home run into the right field seats in the seventh inning on Sunday, Nationals C Wilson Ramos accounted for all of the Nationals’ offense in the 1-0 victory…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is the fourth catcher in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to homer in a 1-0 win…He joins Gary Carter (for MON, 1979 at Wrigley Field), Mike Fitzgerald (for MON, 1986 at the Astrodome), and Brian Schneider (for WSH, 2005 at Anaheim).

  • Ramos, who leads all Major League catchers in home runs with 18, has also hit safely in 19 of his last 23 games, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 15…His 18 home runs extended his new career high for HR in a season, and his 28 walks are the second-most in his career behind the 38 he worked in 2011.
  • Ramos ranks third among Major League hitters in batting average (.338; 2nd in NL) and 11th in average with Runners In Scoring Position (.351; 6th in NL).
  • He leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.387), SLG (.556) and RBI (62).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.

Today in Nationals’ History: Gio Gonzalez hits first career home run while pitching complete game

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August 8, 2012 – LHP Gio Gonzalez hit for distance and went the distance as Washington defeated Houston, 4-3. Gonzalez hit his first career big league home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and tallied his second career complete game. After the Astros rallied to put the winning run in scoring position with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Gonzalez recorded his seventh strikeout to finish the game and become the first DC-based pitcher since Pete Broberg (9/19/71 vs. Boston) to homer and pitch a complete game in the same contest.

Nationals Game Notes: August 7 vs. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants (63-47) at Washington Nationals (65-45)
LHP Madison Bumgarner [10-6, 2.25] | RHP Tanner Roark [11-6, 3.02]
Sunday, August 7 l Game #111 / Home #54 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

The Nationals will wrap up their season series with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, playing a season rubber match with the teams tied, 3-3, through the first six of the year…Washington’s four-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday night in a 7-1 loss to the Giants.

  • Despite the loss, the Nationals (65-45, .591) continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (68-41, .624).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +134 run differential, again behind only CHI (+180).
  • After Sunday’s matinee, the Nationals’ homestand will continue on Tuesday when Washington will welcome the Cleveland Indians to Nationals Park for the first time in the ballpark’s history…The Atlanta Braves (three games) will then visit to finish out this stay at home.

ALONE AT THE TOP

Nationals LF Jayson Werth worked a walk in the fifth inning on Saturday night, making it his 37th consecutive game reaching base…Werth now owns the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s run is now the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 33 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 27 walks and has posted a .377 on-base percentage.

WATCHING WILSON WORK

With a 3-for-4 performance on Saturday night, Nationals C Wilson Ramos turned in his third multi-hit effort in his last four games and his 29th multi-hit game of the season…Ramos, who clubbed his 17th home run of the season on Friday night, set a new single-season career high in home runs, topping the 16 he clubbed in 2013.

  • Ramos, who is now tied for the Major League lead in home runs among catchers, has also hit safely in 18 of his last 22 games, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 14…His 27 walks this season are also the second-most in his career behind the 38 he worked in 2011.
  • Ramos ranks third among Major League hitters in batting average (.337; 2nd in NL) and 11th in average with Runners In Scoring Position (.351; 6th in NL).
  • He leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.385), SLG (.547) and RBI (61).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.