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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.

Nationals Game Notes: June 29 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-36) vs. Washington Nationals (46-32)
RHP Logan Verrett [3-4, 4.14] | RHP Max Scherzer [8-5, 3.52]
Wednesday, June 29 l Game #79 / Home #35 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

CAN’T RAIN ON THEIR PARADE
The Nationals dodged the raindrops in two separate delays to earn their third straight victory with a 5-0 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night…Washington’s longest homestand of the season enjoyed the addition of top prospect RHP Lucas Giolito, who made his Major League debut on Tuesday night with four scoreless innings of work before the rain returned…The Nationals’ bullpen took it from there, with RHP Yusmeiro Petit, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Sammy Solis, and RHP Shawn Kelley combining on five scoreless frames to seal the W.

  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Wednesday with the finale vs. NYM…Washington will welcome the Reds this weekend and the Brewers early next week…With 78 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 17 of its next 21 games at home.
  • At 46-32 (.590), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-30, .620) and the Chicago Cubs (50-26, .658).

NO FLIES ON HIM
Despite rain delaying the start of his Major League career by 55 minutes, and cutting it short after four innings of work, the Nationals welcomed arguably the best prospect in baseball (Ranked No. 1 by MLB.com and ESPN.com) to the big leagues on Tuesday night as RHP Lucas Giolito made his Major League debut…The promising 21-year-old allowed just one hit and walked two in four scoreless frames, adding the first strikeout of his career on a 3-2 pitch to Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera….Giolito became the first pitcher in Major League history to start his MLB debut and finish with a line of 4.0 IP, 0 R.

  • Giolito is the 13th pitcher drafted and developed by the Nationals (2005-present) to start a game for Washington…He joins: RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Taylor Hill, RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP John Lannan, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP Craig Stammen, RHP Stephen Strasburg, and RHP Jordan Zimmermann…He is the first player from Washington’s 2012 draft class to make it to the Major Leagues.

SUMMER HEAT
The Nationals bats are starting to sizzle in the summer heat…As a team, Washington has posted a National League-best .277 batting average since June 1, and a .797 on-base plus slugging percentage, the second-best mark in the NL (1st: COL, .833).

  • Leading the way is C Wilson Ramos who went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run on Tuesday night to extend his current hitting streak to 11 games…Ramos is hitting .373 since June began, with five doubles, six homers, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored.
  • Closely behind Ramos is Nationals SS Danny Espinosa, who matched a career high with three walks on Tuesday night…With 13 home runs, 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 three shortstops in MLB have hit more HR this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 18.54 at-bats: COL SS Trevor Story (19), LAD SS Corey Seager (16), and OAK SS Marcus Semien (15)…Since June 8, Espinosa is hitting .333 (19-for-57) with three doubles, five homers, 11 RBI, five HBP, nine walks, two stolen bases and 15 runs.
  • Add fellow infielder 3B Anthony Rendon to the “heating up” list as well…Rendon, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI-triple on Tuesday, has reached base safely in his last eight games, hitting .345 with a .394 OBP and .483 SLG in that stretch…In his last four games, Rendon is 7-for-15 (.467) with one BB, one 2B, one 3B, four RBI, one SB and four runs scored.
  • And who could overlook LF Jayson Werth, who is hitting .348 (23-for-66) since June 7, with six doubles, one homer, 12 RBI, 18 walks and 12 runs scored…He has posted a .482 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage in those 18 games…Since his pinch-hit grand slam against STL on May 29, Werth ranks sixth among NL hitters in on-base percentage (.430), third in walks (18), and 13th in batting average (.318).

Nationals Game Notes: June 28 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-35) vs. Washington Nationals (45-32)
RHP Matt Harvey [4-9, 4.64] | RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, -.–]
Tuesday, June 28 l Game #78 / Home #34 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME COOKIN’
The Nationals opened their longest homestand of the season thus far with a rousing 11-4 comeback victory over the New York Mets on Monday evening…The 11 unanswered runs started with a five-run fifth inning, and scoring in each inning, three through six…The output featured hits from every member of the Nationals’ starting lineup, including RHP Joe RossCF Ben Revere (4-for-5), RF Bryce Harper (2-for-3), 2B Daniel Murphy (2-for-5), 3B Anthony Rendon (2-for-4) and SS Danny Espinosa (3-for-5) all posted multi-hit efforts in the win.

  • The Nationals stole six bases on the Mets on Monday, matching a team record (2005-present) for stolen bags in a single game (also: July 8, 2012 vs. COL)…The six stolen also tied for the most in a Major League game this season, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, who stole six off the Rockies on June 24.
  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Tuesday night with the second of three contests vs. NYN…Washington will welcome the Cincinnati Reds this weekend and the Milwaukee Brewers early next week…With 77 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 18 of its next 22 games at home.
  • At 45-32 (.584), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-29, .628) and the Chicago Cubs (49-26, .653).

TAKE A BOW, MR. REVERE
Nationals CF Ben Revere put together a game unlike any other in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) on Monday night when he went 4-for-5 with three stolen bases and three runs scored…Matching career highs in each of those categories, Revere joins Ron LeFlore (Montreal) as the only players in franchise history with at least three hits, at least three runs, and at least three stolen bases in a single game (LeFlore: June 6, 1980 & July 17, 1980).

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other player in MLB has stolen three bases and scored three runs in the same game this season.
  • Revere is hitting .314 since June 5 (22-for-70) with one double, six RBI, four walks, eight stolen bases and 12 runs scored.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW, KID
The Nationals selected the contract of RHP Lucas Giolito on Tuesday and the top-ranked right-handed pitching prospect will make his Major League debut Tuesday night vs. the New York Mets… The promising 21-year-old, currently ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in Major League Baseball by MLB.com, entered the season as the No. 5 prospect in MLB per Baseball America…A hard-throwing right-hander who possesses an advanced fastball/curveball/changeup repertoire, Giolito joined the Major League roster after working to a 24-13 record and a 2.74 ERA in 67 Minor League games (65 starts)…A first-round selection (No. 16 overall) in the 2012 First Year Player Draft, Giolito has been ranked as the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in Washington’s chain since he joined the organization that July.

  • When he makes his MLB debut, Giolito will become the 13th pitcher drafted and developed by the Nationals (2005-present) to start a game for Washington…He joins: RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Taylor Hill, RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP John Lannan, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP Craig Stammen, RHP Stephen Strasburg, and RHP Jordan Zimmermann…He is the first player from Washington’s 2012 draft class to make it to the Major Leagues.

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.

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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.

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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.