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Nationals 2016 Dream Gala netted more than $400,000 for Dream Foundation

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On Saturday evening, Nationals players, coaches and guests from around the region celebrated the “Power of Baseball” at the 11th annual Dream Gala, held at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. As the primary fundraiser for the Nationals Dream Foundation, the 2016 Dream Gala netted more than $400,000 for the Foundation’s initiatives focused on academics, the arts, nutrition and sports for children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region.

The event featured a cocktail reception and silent auction, as well as a dinner program and a live auction hosted by Nationals radio broadcaster Charlie Slowes. Live auction items included memorabilia from Max Scherzer’s two no-hitters in 2015, and an autographed watercolor painting of 2015 National League MVP, Bryce Harper. Experiences included a trip to Hawaii, spending the day with the Nationals Baseball Operations team and General Manager Mike Rizzo, as well as the once-in-a-lifetime experience to travel with the team to Citi Field in July when they face the New York Mets.

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Dream Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region through community partnerships. Enjoy the above photos, and to find out more information on the Dream Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.nationals.com/dream.

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 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 4 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-22) at Cincinnati Reds (20-35)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [9-0, 2.69] | RHP Dan Straily [3-2, 3.43]
Saturday, June 4 l Game #56 / Road #30 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 4:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals fell to the Reds, 7-2, in the series opener on Friday night…The loss was Washington’s seventh series-opening defeat, though the Nationals have ultimately dropped just three total series (of 17) this season.

  • At 33-22 (.600), the Nationals have the third-best record in MLB, behind only the Chicago Cubs (38-15, .715) and the San Francisco Giants (35-22, .614).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-11 (.621) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Cubs (17-8, .680) and Giants (19-11, .633) for the best mark in the NL.
  • Cincinnati is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
Summoned off the bench in the late innings on Friday, Nationals C Wilson Ramos went 1-for-1 with a double and improved his batting average to .342 through the season’s first 55 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.387), slugging percentage (.546), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.
  • Through June 3, Ramos’ batting average is nearly 40 points higher than the next closest catcher (min. 150 PA) in all of MLB: MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy (.304).

TREA DELIVERY
The Nationals recalled INF Trea Turner on Friday and placed 1B Ryan Zimmerman on the Paternity List…Turner, the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball entering this season (according to Baseball America), earned the second MLB call-up of his career by hitting .310 with a .376 on-base percentage in 50 games at Triple-A.

  • Turner returned to the Major Leagues without skipping a beat, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk on Friday night…The three hits were a career best in one game for Turner.
  • Zimmerman and his wife, Heather, welcomed their second child on Thursday.

MAKING THEM COUNT
Nationals OF Jayson Werth clubbed his ninth home run of the season on Friday night…It was the third home run in the last five games for Werth…Since May 29, Werth has gone 5-for-18, but four of his five hits have been for extra bases (3 HR, 1 2B) and he’s collected 7 RBI.

STREAKING STRAS
Earning the win in the Nationals’ 10-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg extended his winning streak to a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12 games, 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).
  • WSH is 15-0 in Strasburg’s last 15 starts (dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 15 straight team wins is a franchise record (Nationals/Expos), and the longest active streak in MLB.

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).

Nationals Game Notes: May 31 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Washington Nationals (31-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (26-25)
RHP Joe Ross [4-4, 2.52] | RHP Aaron Nola [4-3, 2.86]
Tuesday, May 31 l Game #53 / Road # 27 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
The Nationals opened this three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip to Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago (White Sox) on Monday night with a 4-3 victory over the Phillies…Trailing, 2-1, entering the eighth inning, the Nationals put together a three-run, two-out rally to take the lead…SS Danny Espinosa, OF Ben Revere, and OF Chris Heisey worked key walks while OF Jayson Werth (game-tying single) and 2B Daniel Murphy (go-ahead two-run single) came through with the big hits…RHP Jonathan Papelbon earned his 14th save of the season.

  • This trek is the longest (by days) the Nationals will make this season, matching the final regular-season trip of the year, to Atlanta, Miami, and Pittsburgh.
  • The Nationals have played to a 16-10 (.600) 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).

CLOSING IN ON THE RECORD
2B Daniel Murphy has already set and re-set the Nationals record (2005-present) for hits in a month, soaring past the previous high of 40 on Saturday night…Now, with 45 hits in May entering the month’s final day, Murphy is well within striking distance of the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) of 47 for hits in a single month…The franchise record, which has stood for more than 33 years, is held by OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).

  • Murphy was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, three RBI and a run scored on Monday night, bringing his current totals for May to 45-for-109 (.413), with eight doubles, six HR, two walks, 16 runs scored and 22 RBI.
  • The 45 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 (25), batting average (.395) and hits (T1st, 75)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (2nd, 1.048), slugging percentage (2nd, .621), on-base percentage (3rd, .426) and doubles (T11th, 15).
  • Having played in 50 of the Nationals’ 52 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half of the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 26 of his last 30 games (including nine straight), going 48-for-117 (.410) with eight doubles, six HR, 24 RBI and 18 runs scored.

#ZIM
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman continued his May revival with his first triple in more than a calendar year (April 15, 2015) on Monday night in Philadelphia…Zimmerman, who hit the first inside-the-park home run of his career on May 15 and posted his first four-hit game since 2014 on May 28, is enjoying the season’s second month…Since May 1, Zimmerman is hitting .262 with a .319 on-base percentage and a .553 slugging percentage…He’s hit seven doubles to go with his seven home runs and one triple, walked eight times, driven in 17 runs, scored 15, and stolen one base…Seven of those 17 RBI have given the Nationals the lead.

  • Zimmerman posted the 11th four-hit game of his career on Saturday night, clubbing two home runs, adding two singles and matching a career high with the 4-for-4 evening…He also picked up the 16th multi-homer game of his career (2nd of the season)…It was his first four-hit game since July 5, 2014 vs. the Chicago Cubs.
  • Zimmerman now has seven home runs in May after clubbing just one in April.

Nationals Game Notes: May 30 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Washington Nationals (30-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (26-24)
RHP Tanner Roark [3-4, 2.71] | RHP Jeremy Hellickson [4-3, 3.97]
Monday, May 30 l Game #52 / Road # 26 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ON THE ROAD AGAIN…

The Nationals open a three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip to Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago (White Sox) on Monday night against the Phillies…The trek is the longest (by days) the Nationals will make this season, matching the final regular-season trip of the year, to Atlanta, Miami, and Pittsburgh.

  • The Nationals have played to a 15-10 (.600) record on the road thus far this season, the third-best mark in the NL, behind only Chicago (17-8, .680) and San Francisco (16-9, .640).

GRAND IN A PINCH

With the bases loaded in the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals, Nationals manager Dusty Baker summoned Jayson Werth as a pinch hitter against LHP Dean Kiekhefer…Werth smashed the second pitch he saw 428 feet into straightaway center field for the first pinch-hit grand slam of his career.

  • The home run was the sixth grand slam of Werth’s career and his fourth career pinch-hit home run…It was Werth’s first pinch-hit home run since Sept. 20, 2007.
  • It was also just the second pinch-hit grand slam in Nationals history (2005-present), joining Justin Maxwell, who clubbed the first on Sept. 11, 2007 at the Florida Marlins.

STREAKING STRAS

Earning the win in the Nationals’ 10-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg extended his winning streak to a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12 games, 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).
  • The Nationals are 15-0 in Strasburg’s last 15 starts (also dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 15 straight team wins is also a franchise record (Nationals/Expos), and is the second-longest active streak in MLB (CHI RHP Jake Arrietta, 23 games).

FEELING RIGHT AT HOME

Nationals OF Bryce Harper returns to Philadelphia Monday night riding a six-game home run streak (7 HR) at Citizens Bank Park…When the Nationals visited Philly in April, Harper joined Ernie Banks (1955) as the only visiting players to homer in six straight games IN Philadelphia.

  • In 31 career games at Citizens Bank Park, Harper is now hitting .325 with four doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, 23 RBI,12 walks, 21 runs scored and four stolen bases.
  • Harper also tied the MLB record for any visiting player at any stadium with his sixth straight HR game at CBP…Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the most recent player with HRs six straight road games at one venue was MIA OF Giancarlo Stanton at Coors Field (2011-2012).

Nationals Game Notes: May 21 vs. Miami Marlins

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 Washington Nationals (26-16) at Miami Marlins (21-20)

RHP Joe Ross [3-3, 2.63] | RHP Jose Fernandez [5-2, 3.21]

Saturday, May 21 l Game #43 / Road #24 l Marlins Park l Miami, F.L. l 7:15 P.M.

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

ROLLING ALONG

The Nationals reached the approximate quarter pole of the season this week and sealed the best start in Nationals history (2005-present) through the season’s first 42 games…No previous Nationals team won as many as 26 of its first 42 games (2015 & 2012 teams went 25-17)…The 1996 Montreal Expos went 27-14.

NO FEAR OF FISH HERE

With his home run in the second inning Friday night, Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman upped his career home run total vs. the Marlins to 28…The gaudy home run total for Zimmerman, who has homered three times already this season vs. MIA, trails only Chase Utley (30) and Ryan Howard (39) among active players against the Marlins.

  • In his career, Zimmerman has hit .304 vs. the Marlins, with 37 doubles, six triples, 28 home runs, 88 RBI, 66 walks and 99 runs scored.

TRADING PLACES

When the Nationals opened this road trip in New York on Tuesday, they did so with a slight tweak to manager Dusty Baker’s lineup…Baker swapped two-hole hitter 3B Anthony Rendon and No. 6 hitter LF Jayson Werth in the lineup, putting Werth at No. 2 and Rendon sixth…Since that switch, Werth is 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles and is reaching base at a .500 clip while Rendon is 8-for-14 (.571) with two doubles, four RBI and a .625 on-base percentage.

  • The Nationals have scored 20 runs in this four-game stretch with Werth scoring four, while Rendon has scored three and driven in four.

BULLETPROOF BULLPEN

Since May 9, the Nationals bullpen has posted a 0.62 ERA (2 ER/29.0 IP), 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, a 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has surrendered just three extra base hits (3 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 1.93).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (19 IR, 0 IRS)…Since May 9, no team in MLB has inherited as many runners without allowing one to score.

SPOTLESS SHAWN 

Nationals RHP Shawn Kelley is one of only two relievers in MLB who has pitched at least 10.0 innings and is yet to allow an earned run…Kelley, who signed a three-year contract with Washington this offseason, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 19 appearances (15.0 IP) this season…He has struck out 21 batters against just two walks (one of which was intentional) and surrendered 10 hits…SDP RHP Fernando Rodney (16 G, 16.0 IP, 10 SV) is Kelley’s only company.

Spring Training Preview: Outfielders

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SPRING TRAINING PREVIEW – OUTFIELDERS

This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ball club. Over the course of this week, we are introducing these players in their position groups, concluding today with the outfielders.

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March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders

MATT den DEKKER

2015 Season Totals: .253/.315/.485, 117 wRC+, 8.2% BB rate, 18.2% K rate, 0.4 fWAR

Acquired late last spring from the New York Mets’ organization, den Dekker split time between Triple-A Syracuse and Washington during the first four months of the 2015 season. The left-handed hitting outfielder turned it on late in the year, slashing .302/.368/.616 in 86 August at-bats for the Chiefs and then exceeded those numbers by hitting .320/.370/.620 in 50 at-bats with the Nationals. The 28-year-old has power and can play all three outfield positions.

BRIAN GOODWIN

2015 Season Totals: N/A

Goodwin, a fleet-footed defender, has the ability to play center field, swipe bases and hit for power from the left side of the plate. He recorded a career-high 46 RBI in 114 games for Double-A Harrisburg after returning from a left shoulder injury that plagued him during the 2014 season. Following the season, he excelled in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .316 (42-for-133) with eight doubles, three home runs, 18 RBI, 19 walks, five stolen bases and 21 runs scored in 35 games for Bravos de Margarita.

BRYCE HARPER

2015 Season Totals: .330/.460/.649, 197 wRC+, 19.0% BB rate, 20.0% K rate, 9.5 fWAR

Few players in baseball history have matched Harper’s achievements at such a young age. With a dominant display of plate discipline and power in 2015, Harper hit an incredible .330/.460/.649, led the National League in home runs (42), runs scored (118) and OPS (1.109) and also tallied 124 walks. His historic age-22 campaign earned him National League MVP honors, as he garnered all 30 first-place votes to become the youngest player ever to win the award unanimously.

BEN REVERE

2015 Season Totals: .306/.342/.377, 98 wRC+, 5.0% BB rate, 10.1% K rate, 1.9 fWAR

Revere, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in January, brings contact and speed to the top of the Nationals’ batting order. The 5-foot-9 left-handed hitter stole 49 bases and tied Denard Span with an NL-leading 184 hits in 2014, and then matched that season’s .306 batting average with another .306 campaign in 2015. Revere is of the game’s toughest men to strike out, fanning in less than 10 percent of his plate appearances with Minnesota, Philadelphia and Toronto.

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MICHAEL A. TAYLOR

2015 Season Totals: .229/.282/.358, 69 wRC+, 6.8% BB rate, 30.9% K rate, 1.0 fWAR

Pressed into action in 2015 following offseason surgeries performed on Jayson Werth and Denard Span, Taylor held his own in his first full big league season with the Nationals. The 24-year-old blasted 14 home runs, drove in 63 runs, stole 16 bases and finished ninth among all qualified Major League outfielders with a 12.4 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating). Despite hitting just .229 on the season, Taylor came up big in the clutch, hitting .317/.397/.500 with runners in scoring position.

JAYSON WERTH

2015 Season Totals: .221/.302/.384, 87 wRC+, 10.1% BB rate, 22.2% K rate, -0.3 fWAR

Werth was just beginning to heat up at the plate before a pitch injured his left wrist on May 15, costing him 60 games during the middle of the year. The 36-year-old slugger recovered in time to put together a solid month from August 18–September 18, batting .303/.397/.598 with 10 doubles, eight homers, 20 RBI and 25 runs scored in 30 games over that span. Werth looks to return to his 2013-14 form, when he compiled a 144 OPS+ and registered 9.7 WAR according to FanGraphs.com.

 

NON-ROSTER INVITEES

TONY CAMPANA…Speedy lefty owns an 88 percent stolen base success rate in four MLB seasons.

CHRIS HEISEY…Former Reds outfielder is reunited with Nationals Manager Dusty Baker in Viera.

REED JOHNSON…Back in 2016, Johnson played in 17 games for the Nationals a season ago.

LOGAN SCHAFER…Former Milwaukee product played 49 games in center field for the Brewers in 2015.