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Nationals Game Notes: September 26 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

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Arizona Diamondbacks (64-91) vs. Washington Nationals (91-64)
RHP Archie Bradley [7-9, 5.02] | RHP Tanner Roark [15-9, 2.70]
Monday, September 26 l Game #156 / Home #75 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 2016 National League East champion Washington Nationals will open their final homestand of the regular season on Monday night, welcoming the Arizona Diamondbacks for a four-game set before closing the schedule with three games against the Miami Marlins…At 46-28 (.622), the 2016 Nationals currently possess the second-best home winning percentage in club history (2005-present), behind only the 2014 club (51-30, .630).

  • The Nationals completed their 2016 regular-season road slate on Sunday, topping the Pirates, 10-7, to finish with a 45-36 record away from Nationals Park…Their .556 winning percentage matches the 2014 Nationals as the second-best mark for any team in club history (2005-present), behind only the 2012 iteration (48-33, .593).

DIVISION CHAMPS!
The Washington Nationals celebrated their third National League East title in the last five seasons, clinching the crown and a trip back to the Postseason on Saturday night at PNC Park.

  • Since 2012, Washington’s three division titles are tied for second-most in MLB behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (5)…The Detroit Tigers (2012-14) and the St. Louis Cardinals (2013-15) have also claimed three division crowns in this stretch.
  • This is the sixth division title Nationals Manager Dusty Baker has led his clubs to, joining the 1997 & 2000 San Francisco Giants, 2003 Chicago Cubs, 2010 & 2012 Cincinnati Reds.
  • Baker now joins Billy Martin and former Nationals skipper Davey Johnson as the only managers in Major League history to lead four different clubs to the Postseason.
  • At 91-64 (.587), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (99-56, .639).

HOMERS ON HOMERS ON HOMERS
2B Daniel Murphy (25), RF Bryce Harper (24), SS Danny Espinosa (23), C Wilson Ramos (22), and LF Jayson Werth (21) have all hit at least 20 home runs this season, making the Nationals one of six teams in the Major Leagues with at least five 20+ homer players (Baltimore: 6, Detroit: 5, Boston: 5, Texas: 5, Toronto: 5), and the only NL club.

  • According to Elias, if 3B Anthony Rendon (18), clubs two more home runs, the Nationals will tie an NL record with six 20+ home run hitters…The 1965 Milwaukee Braves and 2003 Atlanta Braves each had six players hit at least 20 home runs in the same season.
  • The 2016 Nationals are officially the most powerful in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) with Werth’s game-tying pinch-hit blast on Sunday serving as their 196th longball of the season — the most hit by any team in franchise history, and this in just 155 games…The 2012 Nationals hit 194 home runs in 162 games and the 2000 Expos hit 178 in 162 games.

Nationals Game Notes: September 6 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (54-84) vs. Washington Nationals (80-57)
RHP Williams Perez [2-2, 4.62] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [10-9, 4.14]
Tuesday, September 6 l Game #138 / Home #66 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

OCTOGENARIAN DELIGHT
The Nationals secured their 80th victory of the season on Monday evening with a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves…The Nationals are now one of just three teams to reach the 80-win mark this season, joining the Texas Rangers (82) and Chicago Cubs (89).

  • At 80-57 (.584), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-48, .650)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +140 run differential.
  • Washington’s 39-26 (.600) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (45-27, .625)…With just 25 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the fewest home games of any team in MLB (65) and will play at Nationals Park in 16 of those remaining 25 contests.

TREMENDOUS TREA
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner finished a triple shy of the cycle on Monday, going 3-for-4 with a double, two-run home run, and a base hit…It was Turner’s third three-RBI game of the season and his fourth three-hit game against the Braves…Turner’s big day lifted his average on the season to .343…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that batting average is the highest at any point by a Major-League rookie at least 200 at-bats into a season in nearly three years — since LAD OF Yasiel Puig was hitting .344 through Sept. 8, 2013.

  • Having played in just 48 games in 2016, Turner has set a new Nationals rookie record (2005-pres.) for most stolen bases in a season (20)…Harper held the previous mark (18).
  • Turner is just the second rookie in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record an on-base streak of 20 games or more (21 G, 8/10-9/2), joining Danny Espinosa (26 G, 6/11-7/8, 2011)…Turner hit .406 (39-for-96) with five doubles, two triples, three HR, 10 RBI, 12 SB and 22 runs during the streak.
  • Turner was named the NL Rookie of the Month for August on Saturday, the first monthly award of any kind for Turner, and just the fourth Rookie of the Month award bestowed upon a Nationals player in club history (2005-present): Bryce Harper (May & Sept./Oct. 2012) & Ryan Church (May, 2005).
  • Turner posted 45 hits in August, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month, two shy of 2B Daniel Murphy (47, May) for the Nationals record and the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994)…According to Elias, Turner’s 27 runs in August were a franchise (Nationals/Expos) rookie record, topping the 26 Harper scored in Sept., 2012.

BULLISH ON THE ‘PEN
The Nationals enter the meat of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.32), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.12)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the Major Leagues (38) tied with the Chicago White Sox bullpen.

  • The strong overall work by the Nationals’ bullpen is due, in part, to the starting staff that precedes it…Entering Monday, WSH’s bullpen had been taxed for the fewest IP in the NL (399.0 IP), while the starting staff had combined to throw the third-most in MLB (840.0 IP).
  • Washington’s ‘pen has also been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 24.8 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second only to San Francisco’s 20.8 percent.

Today in Nationals’ History: Nationals hit six homers in back-to-back games

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September 5, 2012 – Washington launched six homers, including a pair from OF Bryce Harper, during a 9-1 home win over the Chicago Cubs. The Nationals, who also homered six times the night prior, became the first team in MLB history to hit six or more homers in two straight home games. LHP Gio Gonzalez struck out nine and blanked Chicago for 7.0 innings to run his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 16.0. Gonzalez also matched RHP R.A. Dickey for the Major League lead with 18 wins.

Nationals Game Notes: September 3 at New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (79-55) at New York Mets (69-66)

RHP Tanner Roark [14-7, 2.87] | RHP Robert Gsellman [1-1, 3.72]

Saturday, September 3 l Game #135 / Road #71 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.

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

DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE

The Nationals ran their winning streak to four games on Friday night with a series-opening 4-1 victory over the Mets…RHP A.J. Cole earned the first win of his Major League career with six strong innings of one-run ball and the Nationals’ 4-5-6 hitters (RF Bryce Harper, 3B Anthony Rendon, and C Wilson Ramos) drove in all four Washington runs.

  • With Friday’s win, the Nationals improved their intra-divisional record to 39-16, the most wins in the Major Leagues by any team against its own division…Additionally, the Nationals’ 39 victories are 11 more than any other NL East team has against a fellow divisional opponent (NYM, 2nd: 28)…The 2014 Nationals posted 45 wins against NL East clubs, the most of any team in club history (2005-pres.), but the 2016 Nationals are currently well outpacing the 2014 team’s winning percentage (.592 in 2014, .709 in 2016)…The Chicago Cubs are second in intra-divisional victories this season with 37 (37-16) against NL Central clubs.
  • At 79-55 (.590), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (87-47, .649)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +144 run differential.

HE’S BAAAACK

Nationals RF Bryce Harper was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base (his career-best 19th) on Friday night at Citi Field…Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup on Aug. 14, Harper has hit safely in 15 of 19 games, and reached base safely in 18 of those 19, posting a .429 OBP (25 H, 11 BB), and driving in runs in 13 of the 19 contests.

  • Hitting .347 (25-for-72) in that span, Harper has collected nine doubles, one triple, three home runs, 19 RBI, 11 walks, four stolen bases, 16 runs and a .625 slugging percentage.
  • Harper has raised his batting average nearly 20 points in this stretch, going from .233 on Aug. 6 to .252 entering Saturday’s game at the Mets.

HE REACHES, HE STEALS, HE SCORES

INF/OF Trea Turner posted his 22nd multi-hit game of the season on Friday, going 2-for-4 and extending his on-base streak to 21 straight games…Turner is just the second rookie in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record an on-base streak of 20 games or more, joining Danny Espinosa who reached in 26 games from June 11-July 8, 2011…Turner has hit safely in 19 of those 21 games (including multi-hit games in eight of his last nine) hitting .406 (39-for-96) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, 10 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 22 runs scored.

  • Turner’s first-inning single on Friday quickly turned into a 1-0 Nationals lead as he stole second, setting a Nationals rookie record (2005-pres.) for most stolen bases in a season with 19, and then stole third, re-setting that record at 20.
  • Turner posted 45 hits in August, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month and two shy of 2B Daniel Murphy (47, May) for the Nationals record for hits in a month and the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) of 47, held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).
  • According to Elias, Turner’s 27 runs in August were a new franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, topping the 26 Bryce Harper scored in Sept. 2012.
  • Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Turner leads in average (.347) while ranking in slugging percentage (4th, .537) and on-base percentage (4th, .367)…He leads all rookies in triples (6) and ranks second with 20 stolen bases.

Nationals Game Notes: September 2 at New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (78-55) at New York Mets (69-65)
RHP A.J. Cole [0-1, 4.97] | RHP Noah Syndergaard [12-7, 2.55]
Friday, September 2 l Game #134 / Road #70 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

IN A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
The Nationals open a three-game set with the New York Mets on Friday night, closing out this six-game, seven-day divisional road trip with this series…Washington began this trip with a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, their third consecutive sweep of the Phillies this season…The Nationals’ 2-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday was their franchise record (Nationals/Expos) ninth straight win over Philadelphia.

  • In 13 games against the Mets this year, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit .423 with seven home runs and 21 RBI, while collecting at least one hit in every game…Via the Elias Sports Bureau, not since Roger Maris drove in 27 runs for NYY against OAK in 1960 has any player driven in as many as Murphy’s 21 in their first season vs. their old team…Murphy joined Tony Gwynn as the only players with a hit in each of his first 13 career games against the Mets.
  • On Thursday, Sept.1, the Nationals enjoyed their first off day since Aug. 11, concluding a stretch of 20 games in 20 days…Washington went 11-9 in that stretch.
  • At 78-55 (.586), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (86-47, .647)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +141 run differential.
  • Since August 10, the Nationals rank second in the National League in runs scored (117) while ranking second in AVG (.277).

HOMERS ON PARADE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth hit his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday, staking the Nationals to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and making him the fifth Nationals player to cross the 20-homer threshold this season…He joined 2B Daniel Murphy (25), RF Bryce Harper (23),C Wilson Ramos (20), and SS Danny Espinosa (20).

  • Washington and Baltimore are the only teams in the Major Leagues to boast five players with 20 home runs this season.
  • The five 20-homer players is the most the Nationals have had since 2013 when Ian Desmond, Harper, Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth, and Ryan Zimmerman all hit 20 or more.
  • The home run was Werth’s eighth in August, tying his career high (Sept., 2010), and his highest total for any calendar month as a member of the Nationals (2011-present).

LEADING MAN
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in slugging percentage (.600), doubles (38), and multi-hit games (51)…He also ranks among NL hitters in batting average (2nd, .341), OPS (.984), RBI (2nd, 98), extra base hits (T3rd, 68), hits (T2nd, 162), and on-base percentage (11th, .384), among other categories.

  • Murphy ranks 2nd in MLB with 30 go-ahead RBI & is tied for 3rd with 16 game-winning RBI.
  • With 98 RBI this season, Murphy is two shy of becoming the sixth player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to post 100 RBI in a season (most recently 1B Adam Laroche 100, 2012).

Nationals Game Notes: August 31 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Washington Nationals (77-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-72)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [9-9, 4.25] | LHP Adam Morgan [1-8, 6.50]
Wednesday, August 31 l Game #133 / Road #69 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

FIGURE EIGHT
Washington’s 3-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, behind eight strong innings from RHP Max Scherzer, was the Nationals’ eighth straight win against the Phillies, the longest winning streak the Nationals have ever achieved over Philadelphia in club history (2005- pres.)…Should the Nationals seal the series sweep with a victory on Wednesday, it would break the franchise mark (Nationals/Expos) for consecutive wins vs. PHI (8), set last (before Tuesday) in 1989…The Nationals are going for their ninth sweep of the season, and potentially their fifth road sweep.

  • On Sept. 1, the Nationals will enjoy their first off day since Aug. 11, concluding a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, during which they are currently 10-9.
  • At 77-55 (.583), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (84-47, .641)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +140 run differential.
  • Since August 10, WSH leads MLB in runs scored (115) while ranking fourth in AVG (.282).

MORE MAX MADNESS
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning again on Tuesday, the ninth time in his 61 career starts with the Nationals (and third in 2016) that he has thrown 5.0 or more no-hit innings to open a ballgame (15 percent of his starts in a Nationals uniform)… Per the Elias Sports Bureau, no one has flirted with the no-no more in that span, with CLE RHP Corey Kluber coming in second with six such starts since the start of the 2015 season.

  • Scherzer’s bid for a third dance with no-hit history ended when Freddy Galvis dropped a double into right field to open the sixth inning…It was the second time that Galvis has broken up Scherzer’s shot at something special, as his double on June 26, 2015 spoiled Scherzer’s effort to throw back-to-back no-hitters (he threw one 6/18/15 vs. PIT).
  • Tuesday was the 12th time this season (48th time in his career) Scherzer struck out 10 or more batters in a game (11 strikeouts, 1 walk)…The 12 double-digit strikeout games are the most in MLB this season, and a new Nationals (2005-pres.) record…The 48 career 10-plus strikeout games are the 18th-most in MLB history.
  • Scherzer is 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts against the Phillies since joining the Nationals… According to Elias, no other pitcher in MLB is 6-0 (or better) vs. one team in that span.

EVERYDAY TREA
INF/OF Trea Turner continued his sizzling August with a 2-for-4 evening on Tuesday, pushing his on-base streak to 20 straight games…Turner is just the second rookie in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record an on-base streak of 20 games or more, joining Danny Espinosa who reached in 26 games from June 11-July 8, 2011…He’s hit safely in 18 of the 20 games he’s reached base in (including multi-hit games in seven of his last eight) hitting .402 (37-for-92) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, 10 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 21 runs scored.

  • Turner has 45 hits this month, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month and two shy of 2B Daniel Murphy (47, May) for the Nationals record for hits in a month and the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) of 47, held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).
  • Turner’s 18th stolen base tied a rookie Nationals record for most SB in a season (Bryce Harper, 18 in 2012)… Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB in triples (6).
  • According to Elias, Turner’s 27 runs this month are a new franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, topping the 26 Bryce Harper scored in Sept. 2012… Only Turner, Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman (26, July 2012) have scored at least 26 runs in a month since baseball returned to D.C. in 2005.
  • Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Turner leads in average (.344) while ranking in slugging percentage (5th, .538) and on-base percentage (5th, .364)…He leads all rookies in triples (6) and ranks third with 18 stolen bases.

Nationals Game Notes: August 30 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Washington Nationals (76-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-71)
RHP Max Scherzer [14-7, 2.92] | RHP Jerad Eickhoff [9-12, 3.87]
Tuesday, August 30 l Game #132 / Road #68 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Nationals opened their six-game, seven-day road trip with a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night, improving to 6-1 at CBP this season…The win was Washington’s 10th shutout victory of the year, tied with CLE and NYM for the fourth-most in the Major Leagues…The win was the Nationals’ seventh straight over the Phillies, the second time in Nationals history (2005-pres.) that the club has posted that many consecutive victories over Philadelphia (also Aug. 21, 2011-May 5, 2012).

  • On Sept. 1, the Nationals will enjoy their first off day since Aug. 11, concluding a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, during which they are currently 9-9.
  • At 76-55 (.580), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (83-47, .638)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +139 run differential.
  • Since August 10, WSH leads MLB in runs scored (112) while ranking second in AVG (.285).

IF YOU DON’T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW
Nationals RHP Tanner Roark threw 7.0 shutout innings again on Monday night, the eighth time this season he has posted 7.0 (or more) scoreless innings — most among all Major League starters…Roark, who has started six of the Nationals’ 10 shutouts this year, improved to 14-7 with a 2.87 ERA in the win…That’s the best ERA on the Nationals’ starting staff and the 10th-best mark in the Major Leagues (8th in the NL).

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Roark’s eight starts with 7.0 or more scoreless innings ties the most in a single season in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), joining RHP Javier Vazquez in the record books…Vazquez posted eight such starts for MON in 2001.
  • Monday’s outing was the 16th time (in 27 starts) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (17) and CWS LHP Chris Sale (18) have done it more often this year (DET RHP Justin Verlander has also posted 7.0 or more 16 times).

POWER HOUR
Nationals C Wilson Ramos hit his 20th home run of the season on Sunday, making him the fourth Nationals player to cross the 20-homer threshold this season…He joined 2B Daniel Murphy (25), RF Bryce Harper (23), and SS Danny Espinosa (20).

  • WSH and COL are the only teams in the NL to boast four players with 20 home runs this season…They are joined in the AL by Baltimore (5), Texas (4) and Toronto (4).
  • The four 20-homer players is the most the Nationals have had since 2013 when Ian Desmond, Harper, Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth, and Ryan Zimmerman all hit 20 or more.
  • Nationals LF Jayson Werth smacked his 19th home run of the season in the first inning on Monday night, his seventh home run in August and third in his last four games…Should Werth also cross the 20-homer threshold, the Nationals will join the Orioles as the only teams in MLB with five 20-homer players…The seven HR in August tie Werth’s highest total for any calendar month as a member of the Nationals (also July, 2013 & Sept., 2015).

Nationals Game Notes: August 29 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Washington Nationals (75-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-70)

RHP Tanner Roark [13-7, 2.99] | RHP Jake Thompson [1-3, 9.78]

Monday, August 29 l Game #131 / Road #67 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.

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

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

After a brief, five-game homestand, the Nationals head back out on the road for a seven-day, six-game road trip to Philadelphia and New York…In something of a rarity, the Nationals’ current road trip will feature exclusively night games with three evening contests here in Philadelphia, two 7:10 p.m. games in New York and an 8:08 p.m. start on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on Sept. 4 at Citi Field.

  • On Sept. 1, the Nationals will enjoy their first off day since Aug. 11, concluding a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, during which they are currently 8-9.
  • At 75-55 (.577), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (82-47, .636)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +135 run differential, behind the Cubs (+217).
  • Since August 10, the Nationals lead Major League Baseball in runs scored (108) while ranking second in AVG (.287), fifth in OBP (.345) and sixth in SLG (.478).

TRÈS CHIC

Nationals rookie INF/OF Trea Turner continued his blistering hot August with a leadoff home run to left field on Sunday…He added a single in the fifth for his sixth consecutive multi-hit game — tying the longest streak in the Major Leagues this season…Turner has reached base safely in his last 18 straight games and hit safely in 16 of those 18…In that stretch, Turner is hitting .410 (34-for-83) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, nine RBI, nine stolen bases and 21 runs scored.

  • Turner has 42 hits this month, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month…With three games remaining in the month, Turner is chasing 2B Daniel Murphy for the Nationals record for hits in a month (47, May), as well as the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) of 47, held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Turner’s 27 runs this month set a new franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, topping the 26 Bryce Harper scored in Sept. 2012…Only Turner, Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman (26, July 2012) have scored at least 26 runs in a month since baseball returned to D.C. in 2005.
  • With one more stolen base, Turner will tie Harper (18 in 2012) for the most stolen bases in a rookie season in Nationals history (2005-present).
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB in triples (6), while ranking among hitters in stolen bases (3rd, 17), hits (5th, 58), and runs scored (T5th, 34).
  • Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Turner leads in average (.345) while ranking in the top five in slugging percentage (4th, .548) and on-base percentage (5th, .366)…He leads all rookies in triples (6) and ranks third with 17 stolen bases.

POWER UP

Nationals C Wilson Ramos hit his 20th home run of the season on Sunday, one of three blasts by the Nationals (also Trea Turner and Bryce Harper) in a 5-3 loss to Colorado…Ramos’ longball made him the fourth Nationals player to cross the 20-homer threshold this season…He joined 2B Daniel Murphy (25), Harper (23), and SS Danny Espinosa (20).

  • The Nationals and the Rockies are the only teams in the National League to boast four players with 20 home runs this season…They are joined in the American League by Baltimore (5), Texas (4) and Toronto (4).
  • The four 20-homer players is the most the Nationals have had since 2013 when Ian Desmond, Harper, Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth, and Ryan Zimmerman all hit 20 or more.

Nationals Game Notes: August 28 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Colorado Rockies (61-68) vs. Washington Nationals (75-54)

RHP Chad Bettis [10-7, 5.29] | RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, 4.91]

Sunday, August 28 l Game #130 / Home #64 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.

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

RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD

The Nationals and Rockies face off in the rubber game of this three-game weekend set…Following the game, Washington will travel to Philadelphia where the Nationals will begin a three-game series with the Phillies on Monday night.

  • On September 1st, the Nationals will enjoy their first off day since August 11, concluding a stretch of 20 games in 20 days…Following the day off, Washington will visit the New York Mets for a three-game series before returning to D.C.

ROSTER MOVE

The Nationals recalled RHP Lucas Giolito on Sunday and optioned INF Wilmer Difo to Double-A Harrisburg. Giolito will start Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies…Giolito, 22, returns to the Nationals to start the fourth Major League game of his career.

TREA OF LIGHT

Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner leads in batting average (.341) while ranking in the top five in slugging percentage (5th, .532) and on-base percentage (5th, .363)…He leads all rookies with six triples and ranks third among all rookies with 17 stolen bases.

  • With one more stolen base, Turner will tie Bryce Harper (18 in 2012) for the most stolen bases in a rookie season in Nationals history (2005-present).
  • Turner has reached base safely in 17 straight games, hitting safely in 15 of the 17…During this stretch, he is hitting .405 (32-for-79) with five doubles, two triples, two homers, eight RBI, two walks, nine stolen bases and 20 runs scored.
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB in triples (6), while ranking among hitters in stolen bases (3rd, 17), hits (T6th, 56), and runs scored (T7th, 33).
  • Turner leads MLB with 26 runs scored this month…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that matches the franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, tying Bryce Harper (26, September 2012)…Only Turner, Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman (26, July 2012) have scored at least 26 runs in a month since 2005.

STATUS CHECK

At 75-54 (.581), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (82-46, .641).

  • Washington also ranks second in MLB with a +137 run differential, behind the Cubs (+218).
  • Since August 10, the Nationals lead Major League Baseball in runs scored (105) and batting average (.292) while ranking third in on-base percentage (.352) and sixth in slugging percentage (.479).

Nationals Game Notes: August 27 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Colorado Rockies (60-68) vs. Washington Nationals (75-53)

LHP Jorge De La Rosa [8-7, 5.07] | RHP A.J. Cole [0-1, 5.14]

Saturday, August 27 l Game #129 / Home #63 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:05 P.M.

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

MILESTONES ALL AROUND

LHP Gio Gonzalez earned his 100th career win in Friday night’s 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies…He reached the milestone with 6.0 innings of work, allowing two earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts and a walk…Gonzalez joined RHP Max Scherzer (6/26/15 at PHI), RHP Jason Marquis (5/10/11 at ATL) and RHP Livan Hernandez (5/9/05 at ARI) as the only pitchers to record their 100th career wins as members of the Washington Nationals.

  • Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy also reached a personal milestone on Friday crushing a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to drive home the 500th RBI of his career.

TREA OF LIGHT

Among MLB rookies with at least 175 plate appearances, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner leads in batting average (.341) while ranking in the top five in slugging percentage (5th, .539) and on-base percentage (5th, .364)…He leads all rookies with six triples and ranks third among all rookies with 16 stolen bases.

  • Turner has hit safely in 14 of his 16 games dating to August 10…During this stretch, he is hitting .411 (30-for-73) with five doubles, two triples, two homers, eight RBI, two walks, eight stolen bases and 20 runs scored.
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB in triples (6), while ranking among hitters in runs scored (T3rd, 33), stolen bases (T3rd, 16), and hits (6th, 54).
  • Turner leads MLB with 26 runs scored this month…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that matches the franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, tying Bryce Harper (26, September 2012)…Only Turner, Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman (26, July 2012) have scored at least 26 runs in a month since 2005.

STATUS CHECK

At 75-53 (.586), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (82-45, .646).

  • Washington also ranks second in MLB with a +142 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+219).
  • Since August 10, the Nationals lead Major League Baseball in runs scored (101) and batting average (.294) while ranking second in on-base percentage (.354) and fifth in slugging percentage (.491).

LEADING MAN

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.615), OPS (1.005), extra base hits (1st, 67), multi-hit games (49) and ranks among NL hitters in doubles (T1st, 37), RBI (2nd, 98), hits (3rd, 157) and on-base percentage (7th, .390) among many other categories.

  • Murphy leads Major League Baseball with 30 go-ahead RBI and is tied for first in MLB with 16 game-winning RBI.
  • With 98 RBI this season, Murphy is two 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).