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Nationals Game Notes: September 26 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

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Arizona Diamondbacks (64-91) vs. Washington Nationals (91-64)
RHP Archie Bradley [7-9, 5.02] | RHP Tanner Roark [15-9, 2.70]
Monday, September 26 l Game #156 / Home #75 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME SWEET HOME
The 2016 National League East champion Washington Nationals will open their final homestand of the regular season on Monday night, welcoming the Arizona Diamondbacks for a four-game set before closing the schedule with three games against the Miami Marlins…At 46-28 (.622), the 2016 Nationals currently possess the second-best home winning percentage in club history (2005-present), behind only the 2014 club (51-30, .630).

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

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

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

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

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

Today in Nationals’ History: Nationals play final home game at RFK Stadium

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RFK Stadium on the evening of July 24, 2006, the first home game under Lerner family ownership.

RFK Stadium on the evening of July 24, 2006, the first home game under Lerner family ownership.

September 23, 2007 – The 41-year-old RFK Stadium, one-time home to the NFL’s Washington Redskins and the American League’s Washington Senators, hosted its 1,047th and final Major League Baseball game as the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-3. On the final pitch, closer RHP Chad Cordero fittingly struck out former Phillie and current National OF Jayson Werth. When the District’s team moved to Texas to become the Rangers in 1972, the 56,000-seat facility lost baseball until the Montreal Expos arrived in D.C. to become the Nationals in 2005.

Nationals Game Notes: September 2 at New York Mets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nationals Game Notes: August 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.

The Dog Days of Summer

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By: Dan Kolko

The baseball schedule can be a grueling one.

This year, the Nationals will play 162 regular season games in 182 days. The road trips are long. The nights in hotel rooms add up quickly. The days off, especially the days off at home, can be few and far between.

That’s why most players rely on their fam­ilies to help get them through the tough times. Parents, siblings, wives, children — they all help to provide a support system, a base that players can lean on during the long season.

And for many Nationals players, that family, that base, isn’t complete without a canine as well.

As fans have noticed over the years, thanks to the Nationals’ popular pet calendar and player Instagram posts, players like Gio Gonzalez, Jayson Werth and Max Scherzer have added dogs to their home setups. In some cases, those pups have gained a bit of a celebrity status of their own.

Werth dog photoWerth’s gigantic Great Dane, Magnus, was even featured in a Nationals Park giveaway this season. The first 20,000 fans that came to the game on June 27 received a figurine of Jayson and Magnus, who is shown standing on his hind legs, nearly looking eye-to-eye with his owner.

When asked if Magnus is aware of his level of popularity in the D.C. area, Werth smiles.

“I’ve told him,” he says. “I think he’s that kind of dog anyways. Whenever somebody comes over, they’re coming over to see him.”

Magnus is one of two dogs the Werths own; the other is a German Shorthaired Pointer named Gunner, who Werth says isn’t nearly as social as his larger counterpart.

Magnus has made a handful of appearanc­es at Nationals Park in the past, though his presence has been less frequent this year.

“I usually save him for when we need him,” Werth jokes. “The old ‘rally dog.’”

2015 Washington Nationals Pet Calendar

Gonzalez’s French Bulldog, Stitch, has become a frequent visitor at the Nation­als’ Spring Training complex, and also sometimes accompanies his owner into the Nats’ home clubhouse in D.C. Every appearance by the dark-coated pup leads to teammates, coaches and team personnel flocking around, making Stitch the center of attention.

“I know the chefs love him. I know that,” Gonzalez says with a laugh. “He hangs out in the kitchen all day long. He’s like, ‘You’ve gotta go to work? I’ve gotta go to work, too! I’m gonna go crush this bacon spread out here.’ But they love him. Everyone that sees him loves him. He snores really loud. He sounds like a little pig running around. He’s real friendly, friendly with kids. Personali­ty-wise, I wouldn’t trade him for any other dog in the world.”

Only recently has Gonzalez added another dog to the mix — another French Bulldog, named Kylo.

“He’s got more of the energy,” Gonzalez says. “He’s a full-time ‘Red Bull’ the whole time. He’s full throttle. And Stitch is more laid-back. But Kylo’s still a puppy.

“Both of them now are in boot camp. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever seen Stitch lay down, stay still, and stay by some­one’s side. You can see this joy in Stitch’s face, this joy where he actually wants to go to these boot camps.”

While Kylo and Stitch are only now going through the boot camp classes, Scherzer’s three dogs — Bo, Rafi and Rocco — have already graduated. Scherzer and his wife, Erica, got the pups (all of which were adopt­ed from shelters) off-leash trained, allowing them to take the trio out and about, even on crowded D.C.-area streets.

2015 Washington Nationals Pet Calendar

“I’m able to go down any major road, and they heel,” Scherzer says. “And I get on a bike and I have them heel and we can march down anywhere. As long as there’s a sidewalk, we can cross anywhere. They know how to sit at stoplights. And once we get to bike paths, dog trails, they know that once I say, ‘Free!’ they can kind of roam and chase anything they want.”

Scherzer is well-known throughout the baseball community for having two differ­ent colored eyes, a genetic anomaly called heterochromia iridum. The condition affects roughly 1-in-500 humans.

In the Scherzer household, however, heter­ochromia iridum affects three of five living creatures. Two of Scherzer’s dogs, Bo and Rocco, have it, as well.

“You wouldn’t believe the number of people who send pictures to me of dogs with two different colored eyes saying I should adopt this one,” Scherzer says. “I get a lot of ’em. So that’s how we found all three of (our dogs).”

Scherzer’s love for dogs, and for pets in general, isn’t just lip service. It led him to take part in charitable work for The Humane Society’s “Pets for Life” program, which helps pet owners in underserved communi­ties get access to affordable pet care.

“A dog will love anybody,” Scherzer says. “As soon as you go up to a dog and pet it on its ears and show it love, it will instantly love you back. They’re incredible creatures. Just how much trust they build with you and understand you, it’s just been awesome having three.”

For Werth, leaving for road trips means not just saying goodbye to his wife and two sons, but also his dogs. And those goodbyes don’t exactly sit well with Magnus.

“Those dogs don’t live that long,” Werth said of Great Danes. “So when I leave for a long road trip, I think it’s longer for him than for anybody else. You can tell he’s the most hurt. He misses me more than anybody else. He’s only going to live for like 7-8 years. So I think the time is different for those dogs.”

The Gonzalez family unit has grown signifi­cantly in the last year. Not only did Kylo get brought home last winter, Gio’s fiancee, Lea, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy named Enzo, this spring.

When a long road trip ends, and Gonzalez is able to return home, he says having that support system there to greet him helps bring everything into perspective.

“I think just seeing my entire family around is awesome — Lea, Enzo and the dogs,” Gon­zalez says. “It’s almost like everything you’re worried about at the field, you come home and it’s a weight off your shoulders. You get to smile and just be yourself and relax. And I think that’s the joy of having a family like that. The dogs kind of put the icing on the cake.”

Nationals Game Notes: August 20 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (72-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-78)
RHP Max Scherzer [12-7, 2.95] | RHP Tyrell Jenkins [2-3, 4.89]
Saturday, August 20 l Game #122 / Road #63 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals outlasted the Braves, 7-6, on Friday night mixing defensive gems with miscues…1B Clint Robinson played the savior with an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning that scored PR Pedro Severino to break a 6-6 tie…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 10-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 24-6 against Atlanta and is outscoring the Braves 172-92.

  • At 72-49 (.595), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (77-44, .636)…The Nationals, Cubs, Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians are the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +144 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+208).
  • The Nationals’ current three-city trip will continue on Saturday night with the third of four in Atlanta before moving on to Baltimore on Monday.

CATCH OF THE YEAR?
With two outs and the Nationals up, 1-0, in the bottom of the fourth, Nationals CF Ben Revere kept the game scoreless with a home-run-robbing, leaping catch at the right center field wall to steal a longball from Braves 1B Freddie Freeman.

  • According to MLB’s Statcast data, Revere’s first step on the catch came 0.43 seconds after the ball was hit, he reached 19.7 mph at his maximum speed, covering 116.9 feet of ground in the outfield with a 97.5 percent route efficiency…Additionally, with the outfield wall measuring eight feet, four inches high at Turner Field, the 5-foot-9 Revere had to leap more than two-and-a-half feet higher than his own height to secure the ball and rob the homer.

STREAK SNAPPED
For the first time since June 19, Nationals LF Jayson Werth played in a game and did not reach base once…Werth’s 0-for-5 on Friday evening halted his career-best on-base streak at 46 games, tying Rusty Staub for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and solidifying his Nationals record (2005-present).

  • Since 1913, only 26 National League players have ever posted an on-base streak of 46 games or more…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009, for the Nationals (2005-pres.) record.
  • While Werth’s streak, which began on June 20 at LAD, is confined in one season, Staub’s spanned multiple seasons, from 1969-70.
  • During the 46-game stretch, Werth collected 43 hits (14 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.382 OBP).

AT HIS BEST AGAINST THE BRAVES
Nationals RHP Tanner Roark did not factor into the decision on Friday, but with 6.1 innings of work and just three earned runs allowed, Roark lowered his career ERA vs. ATL to 1.95 (16 ER/74.0 IP)…Among active MLB pitchers with at least 10 starts against the Braves, Roark possesses the lowest ERA, topping a list that includes: NYM RHP Bartolo Colon (2.35), DET RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2.55) and SFG LHP Madison Bumgarner (2.60)…Roark’s 1.95 ERA vs. ATL is his lowest vs. any opponent against whom he’s made four starts or more.

CLOSING TIME
Nationals closer Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth on Friday night to secure his 35th save of the season, his eighth scoreless outing (of nine) since he was acquired by Washington on July 30…Melancon, who ranks tied for second in the National League in saves, has retired 26 of the 31 batters he’s faced in a Nationals uniform, and has not issued a single walk.

Nationals Game Notes: August 19 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (71-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-77)
RHP Tanner Roark [13-6, 2.81] | RHP Julio Teheran [3-9, 2.81]
Friday, August 19 l Game #121 / Road #62 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:35 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

FEELING RIGHT AT HOME
The Nationals opened this four-game set with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night with an 8-3 victory in their first trip back to Turner Field since Opening Day…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 9-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 23-6 against Atlanta and outscoring the Braves 165-86.

  • At 71-49 (.592), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (77-43, .642)…The Nationals, Cubs, and Rangers are the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +143 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+209).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 159), runs scored (4th, 576), and walks (4th, 418)…Washington’s 903 strikeouts as a club are the second-fewest in the National League.
  • The Nationals’ current three-city trip will continue on Friday night with the second of four in Atlanta before moving on to Baltimore on Monday.

SLIDE OVER, STAUB
With an RBI-double in the fifth inning on Thursday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 46 games, tying Rusty Staub for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and extending his Nationals record (2005-present).

  • Werth is now chasing CIN 1B Joey Votto, who reached base in 48 consecutive games to close the 2015 season (Aug. 11-Oct. 2) and is the most recent NL player with a streak longer than Werth’s…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009, for the Nationals (2005-pres.) record.
  • While Werth’s streak, which began on June 20 at LAD, is currently confined in one season, Staub’s spanned multiple seasons, from 1969-70.
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 43 hits (14 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.382 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last 12 games on Monday and is slugging .630 in that stretch.

LOOK AT MR. LOPEZ
Nationals rookie RHP Reynaldo Lopez struck out 11 Braves over 7.0 innings of work on Thursday, the fourth Major League start of his career…Lopez is just the fourth rookie pitcher in Nationals history to post a double-digit strikeout game and is now tied for second in Nationals history (2005-present) for the most strikeouts in a game by a rookie pitcher…He joins LHP John Lannan (April 17, 2008) and RHP Joe Ross (June 19, 2015) with 11, trailing only RHP Stephen Strasburg’s 14 strikeouts on June 8, 2010.

  • Lopez is the 11th rookie pitcher to strikeout at least 11 Braves in a game since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966, the first since NYM RHP Jacob deGrom struck out 11 on 7/8/14.

LARCENY IN HIS VEINS
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner stole his 13th base of the season on Thursday night, in his 31st Major League game of the year…All of Turner’s 13 steals have come since the All-Star break, the third-most stolen bases in MLB in that span (CIN’s Billy Hamilton is first with 30).

  • Turner’s 13 stolen bases also rank fourth among all rookies, and all ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…In his last seven games, Turner is 14-for-37 (.378) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, four RBI, five stolen bases and 11 runs scored.
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (13).
  • Among players with at least 12 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only three who hasn’t been caught more than once.
  • Turner’s six triples are already tied for the ninth-most in MLB and lead all rookies.

Nationals Game Notes: August 18 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (70-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-76)
RHP Reynaldo Lopez [1-1, 5.74] | RHP Rob Whalen [1-1, 7.31]
Thursday, August 18 l Game #120 / Road #61 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HEADING BACK EAST
The Nationals will open the second leg of their nine-game, three-city trip with the first of four games in Atlanta on Thursday night…Washington dropped the series finale in Denver on Wednesday, 12-10, just its sixth road series loss of the season…The Rockies sealed the series, in part, with a seven-run first inning — the 12th time that one team scored at least seven first-inning runs in a regular-season game at Coors Field…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most seven-run first innings at any MLB park since Coors Field opened in 1995…Fenway Park & Kauffman Stadium are T2nd with nine each over that 22-season span.

  • At 70-49 (.588), the Nationals boast the third-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (76-43, .639) and Texas Rangers (72-50, .590)…The Nationals, Cubs, and Rangers as the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +137 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+206).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 159), runs scored (4th, 568), and walks (4th, 411)…Washington’s 896 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

STAUB IN HIS SIGHTS
With a walk in the third inning on Wednesday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 45 games, extending the Nationals record (2005-present) for the longest on-base streak in club history…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009.

  • Werth is now chasing Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…His 45-game run tops that of Tim Raines’ for the second-longest streak in franchise history, however, the streaks put together by both Staub and Raines spanned multiple seasons — Raines from 1985-86, Staub from 1969-70.
  • This is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season and the longest since CIN 1B Joey Votto reached base in 48 straight games from Aug. 11-Oct. 2, 2015.
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 41 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.379 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last 11 games on Monday night.

BUMP FROM THE BENCH
Nationals manager Dusty Baker summoned Pedro Severino (PH), Wilmer Difo (PH) and Chris Heisey (def. replacement) off the bench on Wednesday, and the trio combined to go 3-for-3 with two home runs (Severino & Heisey), three RBI and two runs scored…Severino’s homer, the first of his MLB career, was also a pinch-hit home run — making him the fourth player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to collect his first homer as a pinch hitter (per STATS, LLC)…He joined Jeff Kobernus (6/18/13 at PHI), Kory Casto (6/15/08 at SEA), & Justin Maxwell (9/11/07 at FLA).

  • As a group, the Nationals’ are second in the Major Leagues with 11 pinch-hit home runs this season, and fourth in slugging percentage (.551)…On the season, the Nationals have 33 pinch hits, with 19 of them going for extra bases (7 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR)…The 11 pinch-hit home runs hit by Washington are already a single-season Nationals record (2005-pres.).
  • Five of WSH’s 11 pinch-hit HRs this season have tied the game or given WSH the lead.
  • Stephen Drew & Heisey are tied for the most WSH pinch-hit home runs (3), as well as the most in a career Nationals history (2005-present)…They are also second in MLB.

ANOTHER TREY FOR TREA
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner collected his sixth triple of the season (in his 30th game) on Wednesday, part of a 2-for-4 afternoon with a double, RBI and two runs scored…Turner’s six triples are already tied for the eighth-most in the Major Leagues and lead all MLB rookies.

  • Turner’s 12 stolen bases also rank fourth among all rookies, and all ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…In his last seven games, Turner is 13-for-33 (.382) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, three RBI, four stolen bases and 10 runs scored.
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (12).
  • Among players with at least 12 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only three who hasn’t been caught more than once.

Nationals Game Notes: August 17 at Colorado Rockies

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Washington Nationals (70-48) at Colorado Rockies (57-63)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-3, 3.07] | RHP Jon Gray [8-5, 4.26]
Wednesday, August 17 l Game #119 / Road #60 l Coors Field l Denver, CO l 1:10 P.M. (MT)
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Nationals and Rockies will meet for a rubber match Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field before Washington will head to Atlanta to open a four-game divisional set…The Rockies topped the Nationals, 6-2, in a rain-interrupted affair on Tuesday night.

  • At 70-48 (.593), the Nationals’ record is the second-best mark in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (75-43, .636)…The Nationals join the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers as the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113.
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +139 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+201).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 156), runs scored (4th, 558), and walks (4th, 407)…Washington’s 888 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

ALONE AT THE TOP
With a single to center field in the third inning on Tuesday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 44 games, setting a new Nationals record (2005-present) for the longest on-base streak in club history…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009.

  • Werth is now chasing Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…His 44-game run ties Tim Raines for the second-longest streak in franchise history, however, the streaks put together by both Staub and Raines spanned multiple seasons — Raines from 1985-86, Staub from 1969-70.
  • This is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season and the longest since CIN 1B Joey Votto reached base in 48 straight games from Aug. 11-Oct. 2, 2015.
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 41 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 31 walks (.384 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last 10 games on Monday night and is hitting .308 with a .668 slugging percentage in that stretch.

HOT CORNER HEAT
Since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .323 (30-for-93) with 10 doubles, six homers, 21 RBI, nine walks, three stolen bases and 13 runs scored…He has struck out just 13 times in 105 plate appearances over this stretch.

  • Rendon went 3-for-4 with a double on Tuesday, his 28th two-bagger of the season…Rendon is now tied with CHI 3B Kris Bryant for the most doubles from the hot corner in the NL.

LEADING MAN
With an RBI-single in the fifth inning on Monday, 2B Daniel Murphy drove in his 87th run of the season, extending his career high…Over his last five games, Murphy is 7-for-18 (.389) with two multi-hit games, three extra-base hits, and six RBI.

  • Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.611), OPS (.999), doubles (T1st, 34), multi-hit games (46), go-ahead RBI (27), and game-winning RBI (T1st, 16)…Murphy also ranks among NL hitters in hits (2nd, 146), extra base hits (2nd, 61), and RBI (2nd, 87).