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Nationals Game Notes: June 24 at Milwaukee Brewers

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

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

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

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

SLUGGIN’ SHORTSTOP

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

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

APPROACHING 100

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

Season No. Games

2006………………………………………. 93

2012………………………………………. 94

2015……………………………………… 100

JW = FIRE

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

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

Nationals Game Notes: June 22 at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Washington Nationals (43-29) at Los Angeles Dodgers (40-33)
RHP Joe Ross [6-4, 3.13] | LHP Julio Urias [0-2, 4.50]
Wednesday, June 22 l Game #73 / Road #41 l Dodger Stadium l Los Angeles, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

THE MIDWEST BECKONS
The Nationals and Dodgers will wrap up their three-game set on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium with Washington looking to snap its four-game losing streak…The four-game skid is only the second of that length for the Nationals this season (matching a four-game losing streak from May 5-8)…Washington split a four-game series with the San Diego Padres over the weekend and have opened this road trip 2-4…At the conclusion of Wednesday’s contest, the Nationals will pack up and head east overnight before an off day and a three-game weekend series in Milwaukee.

  • Since May 29, the Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 4.5 games…They’re averaging 5.5 runs per game and outscoring opponents, 121-91.
  • At 43-29 (.597), the Nationals have posted their best record through 72 games in club history (2005-pres.), and boast the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (45-27, .625) and the Chicago Cubs (47-22, .681)…Washington’s 43-29 record is also the fourth-best record in MLB, behind SFG, TEX (46-26, .639) and CHI.

SLUGGIN’ SHORTSTOP
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 13th home run of the season on Tuesday night…In just 70 games, Espinosa has already tallied the third-highest home run total for a season in his career, matching his output from the entire 2015 season, and only seven behind the career-best 21 he hit in his rookie season (2011).

  • Only two shortstops in Major League Baseball have hit more home runs this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 17.46 at-bats…He trails only COL SS Trevor Story (18) and LAD SS Corey Seager (15) for total HR hit by a shortstop thus far.

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

  • C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games, posting a .343 (22-for-64) average with three doubles, five homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 14 runs scored during that span….Ramos, who is currently third in the NL among catchers with 899,063 votes, is tied for fifth in MLB in batting average (.332) and leads all Major League catchers in average, on-base percentage (.378), slugging percentage (.548) and fewest strikeouts (28)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 38 RBI and his 11 home runs are T2nd behind KCR’s Salvador Perez…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy, who has racked up 1,573,890 votes to date and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist, is tops in MLB in batting average (.352)…Murphy also leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T3rd, 29), OPS (3rd, .978), and hits (3rd, 93) while his .395 on-base percentage is 14th in MLB and 10th in the NL.
  • If the voting ended today, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes to date, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is tied for first in MLB in walks (57) and also ranks in the NL in on-base percentage (6th, .403) and OPS (14th, .901)…His 13 go-ahead RBI rank tied for fifth in the NL…Harper clubbed his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night and is hitting .333 (8-for-24).

Nationals Game Notes: June 16 at San Diego Padres

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Washington Nationals (41-25) at San Diego Padres (27-40)
RHP Tanner Roark [5-4, 2.93] | RHP Erik Johnson [0-1, 9.64]
Thursday, June 16 l Game #67 / Road #35 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WALK-OFF, WALK-OFF, READ ALL ABOUT IT
The Nationals and Cubs’ Wednesday afternoon rubber match turned into quite the back-and-forth affair as a 1-1 tie through seven-and-a-half innings turned into a 5-4, 12-inning walk-off Nationals victory…LF Jayson Werth’s two-out single off the wall in left center field scored CF Michael A. Taylor for the win…Taylor had scored SS Danny Espinosa (who was hit by a pitch and stole second base) to tie the game with a base hit one batter earlier…The Nationals came back from one-run deficits three different times in sealing the series victory over the Cubs.

  • Washington has now won five of its last six, eight of its last 10, and 12 of its last 16 games, playing at a .750 clip since May 29…They have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.1 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 97-61.
  • At 41-25 (.621), the Nationals have posted their best record through 66 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history.
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind only the Cubs (44-20, .688)…Washington’s 41-25 record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

WELL…HE SAID WE SHOULD DO THIS MORE OFTEN…
LF Jayson Werth’s walk-off single on Wednesday was his second walk-off hit in the last four games as the Nationals’ elder statesman also connected for a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth against the Phillies on Sunday…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the shortest span of days between two walk-off RBIs for any player this season…Two players played the hero within a four-day span last year: Starlin Castro and Martin Prado…Wednesday’s win was the Nationals’ fourth walk-off win of the season.

  • Since his pinch-hit grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29, Werth is hitting .340 with a .443 on-base percentage and a .640 slugging percentage…In that span he has clubbed three doubles and four homers, walked 10 times and scored 10 runs while two of his 17 RBI drove in the game-winning run and three knocked home go-ahead tallies.

IN A PINCH? CALL THESE GUYS
As a group, the Nationals’ pinch hitters rank second in MLB/NL in home runs (9), and third in MLB (second in the NL) in slugging percentage (.662)…On the season, the Nationals have 19 pinch hits, with 12 of them going for extra bases (3 2B, 9 HR)…The nine pinch-hit home runs hit by the Nationals this season are already a single-season Nationals record (2005-pres.).

  • Stephen Drew’s pinch-hit home run to give the Nationals the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Wednesday was his third pinch-hit home run of the season and pulled him into a tie with Chris Heisey for the most on the team, as well as the most in a career Nationals history (2005-present).
  • On 5/13 vs. MIA, WSH hit two pinch-hit homers hit in the same game (Drew & Heisey) for the first time in team history (2005-pres.)…According to STATS, Inc., 7/13/73 vs. ATL was the only other time in franchise history that happened (Jim Lyttle and Hal Breeden).

JUMPIN’ JUNE
Since June 1st, the Washington Nationals offense ranks among National League clubs in slugging percentage (1st, .472), OPS (1st, .817), on-base percentage (1st, .344), batting average (2nd, .282), and runs scored (2nd, 78)…Their 92 strikeouts as a team are the second-fewest in the NL over this stretch.

Today in Nationals’ History: Werth hits lead-off HR, Espinosa ends game with walk-off HR

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June 16, 2011INF Danny Espinosa launched a three-run homer with one out in the 10th to beat a fast-approaching storm and St. Louis, 7-4, at Nationals Park. Washington’s sixth win in a row rendered a three-game sweep of the Cardinals. For the first time in franchise annals (2005-present), Washington’s first (OF Jayson Werth) and last (Espinosa) batters of the game homered.

Nationals Game Notes: June 14 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs (43-19) vs. Washington Nationals (40-24)
RHP John Lackey [7-2, 2.63] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-5, 3.93]
Tuesday, June 14 l Game #65 / Home #31 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ROLLING RIGHT ALONG
The Nationals have won four in a row, seven of their last eight, and 11 of their last 14 games, playing at a .786 clip since May 29, and have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.4 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 89-53…The Nationals’ 89 runs scored in this span are tied for the National League lead with the Cincinnati Reds, and tied for second in Major League Baseball behind only the Baltimore Orioles (91).

  • At 40-24 (.625), the Nationals have posted their best record through 64 games in club
    history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1994 & 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues this season, behind only the visiting Chicago Cubs (43-19, .694).

ESPI-POWER
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa continued his power surge on Sunday afternoon, sending his 11th home run of the season to left center field in the second inning…Espinosa has now hit eight home runs in his last 16 games (dating to May 26), the second-most in Major League Baseball in that span, behind only Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez and Reds OF Adam Duvall (9)…Eight of Espinosa’s last 16 hits have been home runs.

  • From May 26 to June 10, the Nationals homered in a team record (2005-pres.) 14 consecutive games…It was the second-longest streak in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history behind the 16 game run the 1999 Expos put together from May 18-June 5 of that season…The 14-game streak was the second longest home-run streak in Major League Baseball this season (BOS – 22 games – 4/29-5/22).

Nationals Game Notes: June 13 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs (43-18) vs. Washington Nationals (39-24)
RHP Kyle Hendricks [4-5, 2.90] | RHP Max Scherzer [7-4, 3.57]
Monday, June 13 l Game #64 / Home #30 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SWEEP = SEALED
The Nationals’ 5-4 walk-off win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday evening secured Washington’s sixth series sweep of the season and the Nationals’ third within the confines of Nationals Park…LF Jayson Werth stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, the Nationals trailing by a run, and sent the 34,294 fans in attendance home happy with a two-run walk-off single…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was just the second time in Werth’s MLB career he’s produced a walk-off RBI after coming to the plate with his team trailing…The first? That happened in 2010, when Werth hit a two-run home run off former Nationals RHP Drew Storen that sealed a 7-6 Philadelphia Phillies victory.

  • Thanks to their sweeping ways, the Nationals have won 10 of their last 13 games…During this stretch, which dates to May 29, Washington is averaging 6.5 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 85-52…The Nationals’ 85 runs scored lead the National League and rank third in Major League Baseball behind Baltimore (91) and Seattle (88).
  • At 39-24, the Nationals have posted their best record through 63 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1994 & 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind the Chicago Cubs (43-18, .705) (who visit Nationals Park for three games starting Monday)…Washington is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in Major League Baseball.

ALL-STAR CASES TO BE MADE
The next round of National League All-Star balloting updates aren’t expected until Wednesday, but Washington boasts several position players building strong cases for consideration:

  • 2B Daniel Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.369)…He leads the National League and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (2nd, 28), OPS (2nd, 1.018), slugging percentage (2nd, .609) and hits (3rd, 86) while his .409 on-base percentage is ninth in MLB and sixth in the National League…Murphy’s 3.0 Wins Above Replacement (per FanGraphs.com) is tied with CHI OF Dexter Fowler and 3B Kris Bryant for second in the National League, behind only COL 3B Nolan Arenado (3.1).
  • C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, posting a .364 (12-for-33) avrage with two doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, four walks and 10 runs scored during that span….Just shy of qualifying for league leaders (3.1 PA/Team Game) Ramos leads all Major League catchers (min. 180 PA) in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.383), slugging percentage (.548) and fewest strikeouts (23)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 34 RBI and his nine home runs are tied for first with HOU’s Evan Gattis, KCR’s Salvador Perez and MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy….After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • RF Bryce Harper was second among all NL outfielders in voting as of the most recent update (June 8) with 1,119,168 fan votes to date…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks second in MLB in walks (52), first in intentional walks (13) and seventh in OBP (.412).

ESPI-POWER
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa continued his power surge on Sunday afternoon, sending his 11th home run of the season to left center field in the second inning…Espinosa has now hit eight home runs in his last 15 games (dating to May 26), the second-most in Major League Baseball in that span, behind only Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (9)…Eight of Espinosa’s last 15 hits have been home runs.

  • From May 26 to June 10, the Nationals homered in a team record (2005-pres.) 14 consecutive games…It was the second-longest streak in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history behind the 16 game run the 1999 Expos put together from May 18-June 5 of that season…The 14-game streak was the second longest home-run streak in Major League Baseball this season (BOS – 22 games – 4/29-5/22).

Nationals Game Notes: June 11 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (29-32) vs. Washington Nationals (37-24)

RHP Aaron Nola [5-4, 2.65] | RHP Tanner Roark [4-4, 3.21]

Saturday, June 11 l Game #62 / Home #28 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 12:05 P.M.

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

POWER HOUR

The Nationals kicked off this weekend set with the Philadelphia Phillies with a 9-6 win last night…Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Nationals clubbed back-to-back home runs thanks to solo homers from C Wilson Ramos and 3B Stephen Drew.

  • It was the eighth time the Nationals have gone back-to-back this season and the third time Drew has been involved in back-to-back home runs.
  • According to Stats, LLC., the eight back-to-backs are tied (w/2013 Nationals) for second most in team history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (9) and are second-most in Major League Baseball behind the Baltimore Orioles (10).
  • SS Danny Espinosa added his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning… He has now homered in seven of his last 14 games and his seven home runs are tied for third in MLB over that stretch.

PERFECT 10 OR LUCKY 13…BOTH WORK

RHP Stephen Strasburg improved to 10-0 and extended his winning streak to 13 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015) last night…The 13-game winning streak matched RHP Stan Coveleski (5/9/1925 – 7/26/1925) and RHP Walter Johnson (7/15/1924 – 9/22/1924) for the third-longest winning streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history…The 13-game streak is the longest in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history.

  • According to ESPN Stats and Information, Strasburg is the first National League starter to begin a season 10-0 since SDP’s RHP Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985.

HIT THE BALL…

The Nationals, as a team, lead the National League in home runs (85)…Nationals hitters also rank fifth in the NL in walks (213) and their 466 strikeouts are the third-fewest in the NL.

…AND PITCH IT

Washington’s pitching staff leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts (581) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings with 9.50…The Nationals staff also ranks among MLB leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.27), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4th, 3.38), walks/hits per innings pitched (3rd, 1.14) and hits per nine innings (3rd, 7.49).

Nationals Game Notes: June 10 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (29-31) vs. Washington Nationals (36-24)
RHP Jeremy Hellickson [4-3, 3.80] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [9-0, 2.85]
Friday, June 10 l Game #61 / Home #27 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME COOKIN’
The Nationals arrived home from their three-city, nine-game, 11-day trip in the wee hours of Friday morning and open a brief six-game homestand against the Phillies and Cubs Friday evening…Washington plays just 10 games inside the confines of Nationals Park in the month of June, as the Nationals will head back out on the road on June 16 when they open another three-city trip in San Diego…Thus far this season the Nationals are 15-11 (.577) at home.

STRAS, YOU’RE GRAND
With a strikeout of Dan Straily in the fifth inning on Saturday at Cincinnati, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg became the first pitcher in Nationals history (2005-present) to tally 1,000 strikeouts with Washington…LHP Gio Gonzalez struck out his 1,000th batter in a Nationals uniform, but 511 of his first 1,000 K were with the Oakland Athletics…Strasburg is the 40th active pitcher to notch 1,000 strikeouts in his career, the 488th in baseball history.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg reached the 1,000 strikeout mark in the fifth-fewest innings in Major League history:

      PITCHER IP AT TIME OF 1K
1. Billy Wagner 757.2 IP
2. Octavio Dotel 820.1 IP
3. Francisco Rodriguez 827.1 IP
4. Kerry Wood 853.0 IP
5. Stephen Strasburg 855.0 IP
6. Chris Sale 872.0 IP
7. Tim Lincecum 896.1 IP

  • While taking a no-decision on Saturday, Strasburg kept intact his franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12-game winning streak, dating to Sept. 15, 2015…The record, which is among starting pitchers, surpassed the 11-game winning streaks of RHP Livan Hernandez (4/4-7/1/05) and RHP Dennis Martinez (5/9-7/29/89).
  • In addition, Strasburg’s 9-0 record to start a season topped the 1997 8-0 start of Hall of Fame RHP Pedro Martinez (4/15-5/23/97) for a new franchise record (Nationals/Expos).

10-SPOT
The Nationals recent road trip featured three straight games scoring 10 runs or more (6/5 at CIN, 6/7 at CWS, 6/8 at CWS), making the 2016 Nationals just the second team in club history (2005-present) to post 10 or more runs in three straight games (also 6/26-28, 2012 at COL).

  • The Nationals had four batters with three-hit nights on Wednesday at CWS (CF Ben Revere, LF Jayson Werth, RF Bryce Harper, and SS Danny Espinosa)…It was just the fifth time in Nationals history (2005-present) the team had four or more players with three or more hits…That many Nationals had not posted three or more knocks in the same game since five WSH players collected at least three apiece at San Francisco on Aug. 13, 2012.

NATIONALS ADD THREE ON DRAFT’S FIRST DAY
The Nationals selected prep SS Carter Kieboom out of Walton (GA) High School with the 28th-overall pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday evening, and followed that selection with collegiate RHP Dane Dunning out of the University of Florida at No. 29…In the second round, Washington tabbed 3B Sheldon Neuse out of the University of Oklahoma.

  • Kieboom, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound infielder is considered one of the best prep hitters in the draft, posting a .366 (37-for-101) average with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, 37 RBI, 24 walks, seven stolen bases and 39 runs scored…He is the younger brother of Nationals C Spencer Kieboom.
  • Dunning is 5-3 with two saves and a 2.50 ERA (19 ER/68.1 IP) in 29 games (five starts) for Florida…He has struck out 78 batters and walked just 11…Dunning will continue to pitch for the top-seeded Gators in the Super Regional Round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
  • Neuse hit .369 (73-for-198) with 15 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs, 48 RBI, 39 walks, 12 stolen bases and 42 runs scored in 55 games for Oklahoma…He led the Big 12 in SLG (.646), T1st in triples (5) and ranked among leaders in OBP (4th, .465), HR (T4th, 10), BB (T4th, 39), AVG (5th, .369), RBI (7th, 48) & SB (T8th, 12).
  • The Draft resumes at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, when selections for Rounds 3-10 will be made.

Nationals Game Notes: June 9 at Chicago White Sox

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Washington Nationals (36-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-30)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-4, 3.94] | RHP Miguel Gonzalez [0-1, 3.93]
Thursday, June 9 l Game #60 / Road #34 l U.S. Cellular Field l Chicago, I.L. l 7:10 P.M. CT
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BRINGING THE LUMBER
The Nationals continued their recent offensive onslaught with an 11-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night on the South Side…The victory, which featured at least one hit from every batter in the lineup, an RBI from seven of the nine, a run from eight of the nine, and home runs from 1B Ryan Zimmerman, 2B Stephen Drew, SS Danny Espinosa and LF Jayson Werth, sealed the Nationals’ 11th series win of the season, their eighth on the road.

  • Coupled with their 10-run outbursts on Tuesday at CWS & Sunday at CIN, the 2016 Nationals are now just the second team in club history (2005-present) to post 10 or more runs in three straight games (also June 26-28, 2012 at COL).
  • The Nationals had four batters with three-hit nights on Wednesday (CF Ben Revere, Werth, RF Bryce Harper, and Espinosa)…It was just the fifth time in Nationals history (2005-present) the team had four or more players with three or more hits…That many Nationals had not posted three or more knocks in the same game since five WSH players collected at least three apiece at San Francisco on Aug. 13, 2012.

INTERLEAGUE INTERLUDE
With the series win over the White Sox assured on Wednesday, the Nationals improved to 9-2 (.818) this season in Interleague play and have yet to drop a series to an American League team…Among teams that have played at least two series against the opposite league, Washington has the best record in the National League, and the second-best record in the majors behind only the Seattle Mariners (6-1, .857).

  • The Nationals went 8-12 (.400) in Interleague play in 2015, tied for the sixth-lowest winning percentage in MLB and in the National League.

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD
The Nationals will conclude their current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field and head home to open a six-game homestand on Friday evening…Their return to the friendly confines of Nationals Park will be brief, however, as Washington will head back out on the road for another 11-day jaunt starting June 16 in San Diego.

  • At 36-23 (.610), the Nationals are tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in Major League Baseball…The Chicago Cubs pace MLB (41-17, .707).
  • The Nationals have played to a 21-12 (.636) record on the road thus far this season, which is also the second-best mark in MLB, behind only the Cubs (19-9, .679).

Nationals Game Notes: June 1 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Washington Nationals (32-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (26-26)
RHP Max Scherzer [5-4, 4.05] | LHP Adam Morgan [1-3, 6.67]
Wednesday, June 1 l Game #54 / Road # 28 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SERIES SUCCESS
Behind strong pitching from RHP Joe Ross (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and four homers (OF Jayson Werth, 2B Daniel Murphy, SS Danny Espinosa and PH Stephen Drew), the Nationals won their third straight game and sealed the series victory on Tuesday night with a 5-1 defeat of the Phillies…The win pushed Washington to 7-1-1 this season in road series play thus far, the only series loss coming at the Chicago Cubs (May 5-8).

  • The Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season, matching the final regular-season trip of the year, to ATL, MIA & PIT.
  • The Nationals have played to a 17-10 (.630) record on the road thus far this season, tied with San Francisco for the second-best mark in the NL, behind only Chicago (17-8, .680).

INTO THE FRANCHISE ANNALS
Going 2-for-4 (with a home run and an infield single) Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy collected his 46th and 47th hits in May on Tuesday night, tying the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for his in a single calendar month…Murphy, who had already set the Nationals record (2005-present) for hits in a month by soaring past the previous high of 40, joined OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994) as the record holders.

  • Murphy finished the month of May with his MLB-best 26th multi-hit game, bringing his totals for the month (29 games) to 47-for-113 (.416), with eight doubles, seven HR, 32 singles, 23 RBI, two walks, 17 runs scored and 14 multi-hit games.
  • The 47 hits, a career high in a single month for Murphy (40, July 2011), are also the most recorded by any National League player in any calendar month since Melky Cabrera piled up 51 hits for the San Francisco Giants in May, 2012.
  • Murphy currently leads Major League Baseball in multi-hit games (26), batting average (.397) and hits (77)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (2nd, 1.062), slugging percentage (2nd, .634), on-base percentage (3rd, .428) and doubles (T11th, 15).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last qualified player in his first season with a new team who possessed as high a batting average through May as Murphy was Roberto Alomar for the 1996 Baltimore Orioles (.397).
  • Having played in 51 of the Nationals’ 53 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half of the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 27 of his last 31 games (including 10 straight), going 50-for-121 (.413) with eight doubles, seven HR, 25 RBI and 19 runs scored.

LET’S TALK HOMERS
The Nationals’ rode a variety of home runs to the win on Tuesday night…OF Jayson Werth kicked things off with a first-inning blast…2B Daniel Murphy gave the Nationals the lead with a sixth-inning shot to right field…And in the ninth, SS Danny Espinosa crushed a two-run jack to right for some key insurance, his sixth of the season, while PH Stephen Drew immediately followed with an inside-the-parker.

  • Werth’s was his 10th home run at Citizens Bank Park as a member of the Nationals, his 62nd there in his career.
  • With nine HR through the season’s first two months, Murphy is on pace to demolish his previous career high of 14 longballs in a season (2015).
  • Espinosa and Drew produced the fifth set of back-to-back HR for the Nationals this year.
  • Drew’s pinch-hit inside-the-park home run (clocked at 17 seconds around the bases) was the second ITPHR for Washington this season, joining 1B Ryan Zimmerman (5/15 vs. MIA)…Via Elias, the Nationals are the first team with two ITPHRs in the same month since the Rockies did it in June, 2014 (both by Brandon Barnes)…It was the fourth ITPHR in Nationals history and Washington’s eighth pinch-hit home run of 2016, already matching the team record (2005-present) for PH HR in a season (2006).
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