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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 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.

Nationals Game Notes: July 21 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nationals Game Notes: July 7 at New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (51-35) at New York Mets (46-38)
RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, 0.00] | RHP Bartolo Colon [7-4, 2.87]
Thursday, July 7 l Game #87 / Road #45 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

FOUR MORE FOR THE ROAD
The Nationals’ conclude the season’s first “half” this weekend at Citi Field where they will play a four-game set against the New York Mets…Following these four, Washington, like the rest of baseball, will embark on the All-Star break from Monday-Thursday…The Nationals will open the second “half” with a nine-game homestand where they will welcome Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego to Nationals Park.

  • At 51-35 (.593), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (54-33, .621) and the Chicago Cubs (52-32, .619).
  • The Nationals run differential sits at +99, second-best in MLB behind the Cubs (+149).

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
Washington’s starter tonight, RHP Lucas Giolito, was born on July 14, 1994…RHP Bartolo Colon, who starts for New York, was in his first professional season in 1994, playing for the Burlington Indians of the rookie-level Appalachian League.

  • According to researchers Cory Schwartz and Bryan Evans of MLB, Colon made a start for Burlington on July 13, 1994, the day before Giolito was born.

POWER HOUR
Washington went 7-3 on its most recent homestand, clubbing 36 extra-base hits (18 doubles, three triples and 16 home runs) as well as a .475 team slugging percentage along the way.

  • The Nationals avoided the sweep on Wednesday topping the Brewers 7-4 behind home runs by RF Bryce Harper (3-R), C Jose Lobaton (solo) and 1B Ryan Zimmerman (2-R).

SUMMER HEAT
Since June 1, Washington ranks among all National League squads in OPS (1st, .800), onbase percentage (1st, .341) , runs scored (2nd, 177), slugging percentage (2nd, .459), HR (2nd, 48), walks (2nd, 116), doubles (T2nd, 62), and batting average (4th, .270).

  • Since June 1, SS Danny Epinosa is third in the NL with a .718 slugging percentage…He paces the Nationals and ranks tied for second in the NL with 12 HR, while his 29 RBI are a team-high, and rank tied for fourth in the NL.
  • LF Jayson Werth leads Nationals hitters and ranks fifth in the National League with a .432 on-base percentage since June 1…His 25 walks since June 1 are third-most in the NL.

Nationals Game Notes: July 5 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers (36-46) vs. Washington Nationals (50-34)
RHP Zach Davies [5-4 4.22] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [4-7, 4.81]
Tuesday, July 5 l Game #85 / Home #41 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The three-game series with the Brewers will conclude the Nationals’ longest homestand of the season to date (10 games) as well as the first-half home slate…Washington will travel to New York for four games before the All-Star break, but will open the second half with a nine-game homestand vs. Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego.

  • At 50-34 (.595), the Nationals are just the fourth team in the Major Leagues to reach the 50-win mark, securing victory No. 50 with a 12-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday… Washington possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs (52-30, .634) and the San Francisco Giants (53-32, .624).

WELL DESERVED HONOR
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa was named National League Player of the Week on Tuesday after hitting .423 (11-for-26) with two doubles, five home runs, 17 RBI, one hit by pitch, four walks and eight runs scored…It was his first Player of the Week Award and the second by a National this season (RF Bryce Harper – April 17)…Espinosa capped his week with one of the more historic series in Major League history, June 30-July 3 vs. CIN.

  • Over the course of the Nationals’ four-game set with the Reds, Espinosa hit five home runs and drove in 15 RBI (a franchise record)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since RBI became an official statistic (1920), the only other players to match Espinosa’s totals in homers and RBI in a series of no more than four games were: NYY’s Tony Lazzeri (at PHI, 1936: 6 HR, 16 RBI in 4 G), STL’s Chet Laabs (at PHI, 1942: 5 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G), and SDP’s Nate Colbert (at ATL, 1972: 6 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G).
  • Espinosa, who homered from both sides of the plate on Thursday (6/30) as well as Sunday and included a grand slam in each, is just the fifth shortstop in Major League history to hit two grand slams in the same series (via Elias)…He joins: Travis Jackson (1924, Giants at Philadelphia, 5 G series), Nomar Garciaparra (1999, Red Sox vs. Mariners, 3 G series), David Eckstein (2002, Angels vs. Blue Jays, 3 G series), and Hanley Ramirez (2009, Marlins vs. Orioles, 3 G series).
  • With the fifth multi-homer game of his career (second of 2016), Espinosa joined DET’s Victor Martinez as the only players to post multi-homer games from different sides of the plate twice this season…According to STATS, Inc., Espinosa is the first National League player to accomplish that feat since Carlos Beltran did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013…He is the only player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to do it twice in the same season.

Nationals Game Notes: July 4 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers (35-46) vs. Washington Nationals (50-33)
RHP Junior Guerra [5-1 3.25] | RHP Max Scherzer [9-5, 3.30]
Monday, July 4 l Game #84 / Home #40 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 11:05 A.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

A CAPITOL FOURTH
The Washington Nationals will ring in the Fourth of July with their annual 11:05 a.m. game on Monday, welcoming the Milwaukee Brewers to D.C. to celebrate the holiday with the opener of a three-game set…Washington is 7-4 when playing on July 4, and 7-3 when playing in the nation’s capital on this day.

  • The three-game series with the Brewers will conclude the Nationals’ longest homestand of the season to date (10 games) as well as the first-half home slate…Washington will travel to New York for four games before the All-Star break, but will open the second half with a nine-game homestand vs. Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego.
  • At 50-33 (.602), the Nationals are just the fourth team in the Major Leagues to reach the 50-win mark, securing victory No. 50 with a 12-1 thrashing of the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday…Washington possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs (51-30, .630) and the San Francisco Giants (52-32, .619).

A SERIES FOR THE AGES
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 17th and 18th home runs of the season on Sunday afternoon, including his second grand slam in four days, and drove in six runs…Over the course of the Nationals’ four-game set with the Reds, Espinosa hit five home runs and drove in 15 RBI (a franchise record)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since RBI became an official statistic (1920), the only other players to match Espinosa’s totals in homers and RBI in a series of no more than four games were: NYY’s Tony Lazzeri (at PHI, 1936: 6 HR, 16 RBI in 4 G), STL’s Chet Laabs (at PHI, 1942: 5 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G), and SDP’s Nate Colbert (at ATL, 1972: 6 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G).

  • Espinosa, who homered from both sides of the plate on Thursday (6/30) as well as Sunday and included a grand slam in each, is just the fifth shortstop in Major League history to hit two grand slams in the same series (via Elias)…He joins: Travis Jackson (1924, Giants at Philadelphia, 5 G series), Nomar Garciaparra (1999, Red Sox vs. Mariners, 3 G series), David Eckstein (2002, Angels vs. Blue Jays, 3 G series), and Hanley Ramirez (2009, Marlins vs. Orioles, 3 G series).
  • With the fifth multi-homer game of his career (second of 2016), Espinosa joined DET’s Victor Martinez as the only players to post multi-homer games from different sides of the plate twice this season…According to STATS, Inc., Espinosa is the first National League player to accomplish that feat since Carlos Beltran did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013…He is the only player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to do it twice in the same season.
  • Espinosa now leads the Nationals in home runs with 18, 12 of which have been hit since June 1…Only one shortstop in the Major Leagues has hit more home runs this season than Espinosa: COL’s Trevor Story (19)…On this homestand, Espinosa is 11-for-26 (.423), 5 HR, 2 2B, 17 RBI, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 8 R.

STRAS RETURNS, STAYS STREAKING
RHP Stephen Strasburg returned to the Nationals’ active roster on Sunday after missing 17 games due to an upper back strain and picked up right where left off, extending his personal winning streak to 14 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 14-game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and trails only RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31), and RHP General Crowder (15 G, 8/2/32-4/12/33) for the longest winning streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.

  • Strasburg is the only remaining qualified starter in the Major Leagues not to suffer a losing decision…According to Elias, Strasburg is the first National League starter to begin a season 11-0 since SDP RHP Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985…LHP Hooks Wiltse and RHP Joe McGinnity began a season 12-0 in the NL (1904)…LHP Rube Marquard began the 1912 season 18-0 for the New York Giants.

HOMERS ON PARADE
The Nationals clubbed a season-high six home runs on Sunday, matching a Nationals record (2005-present) for longballs in a game (last: Aug. 29, 2014 at SEA)…SS Danny Espinosa (2), C Wilson Ramos, RF Bryce Harper, 3B Anthony Rendon, and 2B Stephen Drew all homered in the contest.

  • Rendon and Espinosa slugged back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the 10th time the Nationals have hit back-to-back jacks this season…The 2016 Nationals are the first team in club history to hit 10 sets of back-to-back home runs, and they join only the 1999 Expos in franchise history (also 10).

Nationals Game Notes: July 3 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Cincinnati Reds (30-52) vs. Washington Nationals (49-33) 

LHP John Lamb [1-4 4.60] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [10-0, 2.90]

Sunday, July 3 l Game #83 / Home #39 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 1:35 P.M.

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

WHEN NINE ISN’T ENOUGH 

The Nationals and Reds needed extra innings for the second straight night as Cincinnati defeated the Nationals, 9-4, via a five-run 10th inning…The loss was the Nationals’ first in a full week, snapping their six-game winning streak…Washington trailed for much of the game but a three-run eighth inning, keyed by SS Danny Espinosa’s two-run home run (his 16th of the season) tied things up until the 10th.

  • The loss also snapped the Nationals’ nine-game home extra-innings winning streak, which dated to the 2015 season…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest home winning streak in extra-inning games for any Major League team since the Arizona Diamondbacks also won nine straight extra-inning affairs at Chase Field from 2013-14…The 2015-16 Nationals became first group in the franchise annals to win nine consecutive extra-innings games at home since the 2002-03 Montreal Expos.
  • The Nationals will wrap up this four-game series with the Reds Sunday afternoon and finish out this 10-game homestand with three games against the Brewers…The Nationals are currently enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 13 of its next 17 games at home.
  • At 49-33 (.598), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (51-32, .614) and the Chicago Cubs (51-29, .638).

STRAS IS STILL STREAKING

RHP Stephen Strasburg returns to the Nationals’ active roster on Sunday after missing 17 games due to an upper back strain…Strasburg rejoins the Nationals with a 10-0 record and a personal 13-game winning streak that dates to Sept. 15, 2015…The 13-game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and matches RHP Stan Coveleski (5/9/1925 – 7/26/1925) & RHP Walter Johnson (7/15/1924 – 9/22/1924) for the third-longest by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.

  • Strasburg will take the mound Sunday as the only remaining qualified starter in the Major Leagues not to suffer a losing decision…According to ESPN Stats and Information, Strasburg was the first National League starter to begin a season 10-0 since SDP’s RHP Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985.

NOT SHORT ON POWER

Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 16th home run of the season on Saturday night, a two-run shot in the eighth inning that brought the Nationals within a run and jumpstarted their game-tying three-run rally…It was Espinosa’s 10th home run since June 1 and continued his stellar homestand at the plate (7-for-21, 3 HR, 2 2B, 11 RBI, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 6 R).

  • Espinosa delivered one of the most unique games in franchise (Nationals/Expos) and D.C.-baseball history on Thursday night as the switch-hitting infielder became the first player in Nationals history (2005-present) and D.C.-baseball history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game…Only three shortstops in the Major Leagues have hit more home runs this season than Espinosa: COL’s Trevor Story (19), LAD’s Corey Seager (17), and OAK’s Marcus Semien (17).

Nationals Game Notes: July 2 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Cincinnati Reds (29-52) vs. Washington Nationals (49-32) 

RHP Dan Straily [4-5 4.38] | RHP Joe Ross [7-4, 3.30]

Saturday, July 2 l Game #82 / Home #38 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:15 P.M.

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

EXTRA! EXTRA! 

The Nationals and Reds were one of eight teams to play extra innings on Friday, dueling in a 2-2 tie until the 14th inning when CF Ben Revere doubled home SS Danny Espinosa to give the Nationals the walk-off win, 3-2…The victory, which extended the Nationals’ current winning streak to six games, was Washington’s fifth walk-off win of the season.

  • The win was the Nationals’ ninth consecutive extra-innings victory at Nationals Park (dating to the start of the 2015 season)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest home winning streak in extra-inning games for any Major League team since the Arizona Diamondbacks also won nine straight extra-inning affairs at Chase Field from 2013-14…The last time any team in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) won nine straight extra-inning home games was the 2002-03 Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium (also nine straight).
  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Saturday with the third of four games against the Cincinnati Reds…Washington will welcome the Brewers early next week…The Nationals are currently enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 14 of its next 18 games at home.
  • At 49-32 (.605), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (51-31, .622) and the Chicago Cubs (51-28, .646).

HALFWAY HOME

The Nationals played their 81st game of the season on Friday night, marking the occasion with their sixth consecutive victory…At the season’s mathematical halfway point, here’s where the 2016 Nationals rank in the franchise annals:

  • Washington’s 49 victories in its first 81 games are the second-most in club history (2005-pres.), topped only by the 2005 Nationals, who went 50-31 in the season’s “first half.”
  • These Nationals have also well out-homered every club in franchise history, posting 107 home runs in the season’s first 81 games…Here’s how they stack up:

SEASON HR GAME NO. 81 

2016 107 July 1

2000 98 July 6

2012 88 July 6

1997 85 July 1

2006 85 June 30

BULLETPROOF BULLPEN

The Nationals bullpen turned in five scoreless frames on Friday night, pushing their ERA as a group since June 19 to a minuscule 1.25 (5 ER/36.0 IP), the best mark in the National League (2nd in MLB)…They’ve struck out 39 batters and walked just three in that span.

  • A strength of the club all season, Washington relievers have allowed just one of 12 inherited runners to score since June 19 (8.3%)…That is the third-best percentage in MLB in that span, however, HOU & CLE (T1st 0%) have only inherited three and eight runners, respectively, in this stretch.

Nationals Game Notes: July 1 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Cincinnati Reds (29-51) vs. Washington Nationals (48-32) 

RHP Anthony DeSclafani [2-0 1.52] | RHP Tanner Roark [7-5, 2.96]

Friday, July 1 l Game #81 / Home #37 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 6:05 P.M.

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

SAYONARA, JUNE

The Nationals said goodbye to the month of June with an offense-filled victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to five games and heading into July with a 13-4 win…The victory, in which seven of Washington’s 13 runs were driven in by SS Danny Espinosa, sealed the Nationals’ third consecutive month with 16 wins…In the month of June, the Nationals hit .276 as a team, posted a .346 on-base percentage, and a .465 slugging percentage…The Nationals scored 149 runs in the month (a 5.5 runs per game average), and allowed just 112.

  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Friday with the second of four games against the Cincinnati Reds…Washington will welcome the Brewers early next week…With 80 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 15 of its next 19 games at home.
  • At 48-32 (.600), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (50-31, .617) and the Chicago Cubs (51-27, .654).

EXCEPTIONAL ESPI

Nationals SS Danny Espinosa delivered one of the most unique games in franchise (Nationals/Expos) and D.C.-baseball history on Thursday night as the switch-hitting infielder went 2-for-4 with his 14th home run, a grand slam (third inning, batting right-handed), and his 15th, a three-run shot (fourth inning, batting left-handed), and a career-high seven RBI.

  • Espinosa is the first player in Nationals history (2005-present) and D.C.-baseball history (going back to the 1800s, per the Elias Sports Bureau), to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game…He became the first player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to accomplish the feat since Geoff Blum did it on July 5, 2001 vs. FLA.
  • Via Elias, Espinosa is the first player in franchise history to club home runs from both sides of the plate with one of those home runs being a grand slam.
  • Espinosa’s fourth career multi-homer game (and second career grand slam) propelled him to nine home runs in the month of June, a career-best in a calendar month for the shortstop…His previous high was 8 in May of 2011…Since June 1, Espinosa is hitting .309 with a .704 slugging percentage and a .418 on-base percentage… Espinosa has already tallied the third-highest home run total for a season in his career…Only three shortstops in MLB have hit more HR this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 16.47 at-bats: COL’s Trevor Story (19), LAD’s Corey Seager (17) & OAK’s Marcus Semien (16).
  • Espinosa’s seven RBI on Thursday night were the most in a game by a Nationals player since Josh Willingham collected eight RBI on July 27, 2009 at MIL, and the most by any MLB shortstop since Miami’s Adeiny Hechavarria drove in seven on May 5, 2013.

WHAT A RELIEF

Since June 19, the Nationals’ bullpen has posted a 1.55 ERA (5 ER/29.0 IP) while striking out 33 batters and walking just three…They have converted two saves and six holds.

  • A strength of the club all season, Washington relievers have allowed just one of 12 inherited runners to score since June 19 (8.3%)…That is the fourth-best percentage in MLB in that span…Only the Braves have inherited more runners (17) and allowed only one to score.
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