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Nationals Game Notes: September 21 at Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (88-63) at Miami Marlins (76-75)
RHP Max Scherzer [17-7, 2.78] | RHP Tom Koehler [9-11, 3.96]
Wednesday, September 21 l Game #152 / Road #78 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHERE THINGS STAND
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer takes the ball on Wednesday night with an eye on halting Washington’s four-game skid…Scherzer has started eight games for the Nationals following a loss this season, and Washington is 5-3 in those games…History is on his side, too, as the Nationals have endured only three losing streaks of four games or more this year, and only one of those three went past the fourth game.

  • At 88-63 (.583), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (96-55, .636).
  • The Nationals’ current .545 (42-35) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593), and third-best in MLB.
  • With 11 games remaining in the regular season, Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is down to four, meaning any combination of four Nationals wins or Mets losses will secure Washington’s third division crown in the last five years.

DYNAMIC DUO
Despite taking the hard-luck loss on Tuesday, Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (15-9) turned in his 18th outing of 7.0 innings or more, as well as his 12th start tossing at least 7.0 innings while allowing one run or fewer (the second-most such starts in the Major Leagues behind CHI LHP Jon Lester’s 13)…For Roark, whose only blemish on Tuesday was a solo home run off the bat of MIA RF Giancarlo Stanton, the 7.0 innings pushed him across the 200-inning threshold for the first time in his career (200.1 IP), topping the 198.2 regular-season innings he compiled in 2014.

  • Along with RHP Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ two right-handers have combined to throw at least 7.0 innings while allowing two runs or fewer 33 times this season…Of the 22 pitchers who’ve put together outings of 7.0 (or more) IP with two runs allowed (or fewer), no team has a pair that has compiled more such starts…SFG has three pitchers in that group (Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, and Jeff Samardzija), giving them 36 of these games.

FINDING HIS WAY INTO NATIONALS HISTORY
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy’s season-long 14 game hitting streak came to an end on Monday as he flew out to the warning track as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning…During the streak, Murphy hit .415 (22-for-53) with nine doubles, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • With a double in the third inning on Saturday, Murphy tied two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season records: with 184 hits, Murphy tied Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (2014) and with 47 doubles, he tied Ryan Zimmerman’s record (2006).
  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • Murphy leads the National League in slugging percentage (.596), OPS (.987), doubles (47), and multi-hit games (T1st, 56)….He ranks second among NL hitters in batting average (.347), extra-base hits (T2nd, 77) and RBI (T2nd, 104).

Today in Nationals’ History: Washington clinches first trip to MLB playoffs since 1933

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September 20, 2012 – RHP Drew Storen struck out the side in order in the ninth to close out the Nationals’ 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and secured D.C.’s first postseason baseball berth since 1933. LHP Ross Detwiler earned his 10th win, allowing just one run on three hits in 6.0 stellar innings as INF Ryan Zimmerman posted the game-winning RBI via a third-inning double. After the game, the Nationals celebrated their first postseason berth with a private Champagne toast.

The Nationals’ magic number to clinch the 2016 NL East crown currently sits at 5.

Nationals Game Notes: September 19 at Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (88-61) at Miami Marlins (74-75)
RHP A.J. Cole [1-2, 4.71] | LHP Wei-Yin Chen [5-4, 4.99]
Monday, September 19 l Game #150 / Road #76 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HELLO AGAIN, OLD FRIEND
The Nationals continue their three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip as they open a three-game set at Marlins Park on Monday night…The Nationals and Marlins have already met 13 times this season, but haven’t played one another since May 22…The two teams will meet for six games before the regular season concludes…At 88-61 (.591), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (94-55, .631).

  • The Nationals’ current .560 (42-33) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593), and third-best in MLB.
  • Posting a 15-4 record against the Atlanta Braves this season, to whom the Nationals’ fell in a rain-shortened affair on Sunday, Washington tied its best season series record in club history (2005-pres.)…WSH has won 29 games against the Braves since the start of the 2015 season, the most one team has defeated an Atlanta-era club in a two-season span.
  • Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is six, meaning any combination of six Nationals wins and Mets losses will secure the crown.

LEAVING HIS MARK
Perhaps if he’d played there more, the talk about Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner and his strong performances at the field that bears his name would be louder, but in the time he had at Turner Field, Trea made his opportunities count…In his 10 career games at the soon-to-be previous home of the Braves, Turner hit .390 (16-for-41) with two doubles, one triple, five home runs, 10 RBI, four stolen bases, three walks, and 13 runs scored…Vs. ATL this year, Turner hit .475 (28-for-59) with five doubles, two triples, six HR, 16 RBI, seven stolen bases and 20 runs scored.

  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads the National League in total bases (147), hits (T1st, 88), and triples (T1st, 7)…He ranks second in stolen bases (27), tied for third in runs (48), fourth in batting average (.353), and sixth in slugging percentage (.590).
  • Turner stole his 27th base of the season on Saturday in his 59th game, making him just the 10th player in Major League history to steal 27 or more bases in a season, playing 60 games or fewer…Turner is the first to do it since 1991 (Ced Landrum, CHC, 27 SB).
  • His four-hit game on Friday made MLB history for a rookie: Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie in modern MLB history with at least four hits, four runs scored, a home run, and two stolen bases in one game was the Giants’ Art Devlin (1904).
  • Now batting .355 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 260 plate appearances since George Watkins hit .373 for STL in 1930 (per Baseball Reference)…Since 1970 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .355 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003.

FINDING HIS WAY INTO NATIONALS HISTORY
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 14 straight games (matching his career-high) dating to Sept. 2…During this streak, Murphy is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with nine doubles, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • With a double in the third inning on Saturday, Murphy tied two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season records: with 184 hits, tied Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (2014) and with 47 doubles, he tied Ryan Zimmerman’s record (2006).
  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (T1st, .348)…He leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.991), doubles (47), multi-hit games (56), and extra-base hits (T1st, 77)….He ranks among NL hitters in hits (2nd, 184), and RBI (2nd, 104).

Nationals Game Notes: September 18 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (88-60) at Atlanta Braves (57-91) 

RHP Joe Ross [7-4, 3.49] | RHP Matt Wisler [6-12, 5.00]

Sunday, September 18 l Game #149 / Road #75 l Turner Field l Atlanta, GA l 1:35 P.M.

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

SERIES-LY SPEAKING

The Nationals and Braves will play the rubber match of their final series of the season on Sunday with Washington seeking its 13th road series win of the season and 26th overall series victory…The Nationals, who hold a 15-3 advantage in the season series against Atlanta, will play their final game at Turner Field Sunday afternoon…At 88-60 (.595), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (94-54, .634)…The Nationals rank second in the National League with a +153 run differential.

  • The Nationals’ current .568 (42-32) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593) and tied for the second-best in MLB (STL is first at 44-30, .595).
  • The Nationals have won 13 of their last 18, and since Aug. 29, Washington is tied with the New York Mets for the best record in the Major Leagues (13-5, .722).
  • Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is six, meaning any combination of six Nationals wins and Mets losses will secure the crown.

SO THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT ‘TURNER’ FIELD

Nationals CF Trea Turner continued his torrid pace and his ridiculous stretch against ATL, going 3-for-4 on Saturday with the second multi-homer game of his career…He finished his 31st mult-hit game of the year with two HR, two RBI, two runs, a walk and a stolen base.

  • Turner stole his 27th base of the season on Saturday in his 59th game, making him just the 10th player in Major League history to steal 27 or more bases in a season, playing 60 games or fewer…Turner is the first to do it since 1991 (Ced Landrum, CHC, 27 SB).
  • Turner is now a career .395 hitter at the field that bears his name, with two doubles, five homers, 10 RBI, four stolen bases and 12 runs scored in nine games…His four HR at Turner Field this season tie the most hit here by a Nationals/Expos player in a single season (Jose Guillen, 2005)…Against the Braves this season (12G), Turner has dominated: .482 (27-for-56), five doubles, one triple, six HR, 16 RBI, seven stolen bases, 19 runs scored.
  • Among rookies who played at least 11 games vs. ATL in their first season,Turner’s six home runs rank T3rd all-time with Gary Carter (1975, MON) and Del Bissonette (1928, BRO).
  • His four-hit game on Friday made MLB history for a rookie: Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie in modern MLB history with at least four hits, four runs scored, a home run, and two stolen bases in one game was the Giants’ Art Devlin (1904).
  • Now batting .356 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 260 plate appearances since George Watkins hit .373 for STL in 1930 (per Baseball Reference)…Since 1970 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .356 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003.

ABOUT TO MAKE HISTORY

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 14 straight games dating to Sept. 2…During this streak, Murphy is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with nine doubles, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • With a double in the third inning on Saturday, Murphy tied two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season recors: with 184 hits, tied Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (2014) and with 47 doubles, he tied Ryan Zimmerman’s record (2006).
  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • Murphy leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.991), doubles (47), multi-hit games (56), and extra-base hits (T1st, 77)….He ranks among NL hitters in average (.348), hits (2nd, 184), and RBI (2nd, 104).

Nationals Game Notes: September 17 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (88-59) at Atlanta Braves (56-91) 

LHP Gio Gonzalez [11-9, 4.27] | RHP Josh Collmenter [1-0, 4.84]

Saturday, September 17 l Game #148 / Road #74 l Turner Field l Atlanta, GA l 1:05 P.M.

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

(TREA) TURNER FIELD?

The Nationals’ series-opening 7-2 victory over the Braves on Friday night was a well-rounded win with multiple contributors, perhaps none bigger than Nationals CF Trea Turner, who went 4-for-5 with a home run (9), a double, two stolen bases, a career-best four runs scored and two RBI…Just the sixth four-hit, four-run game in Nationals history (2005-pres.), Turner’s output on Friday also made Major League history for a rookie: Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie in modern MLB history with at least four hits, four runs scored, a home run, and two stolen bases in one game was the Giants’ Art Devlin (1904), who went 4-for-4 with a homer, four runs scored, and two stolen bases in an 18-3 win over Philadelphia.

  • Turner stole his 25th and 26th bases of the season on Friday, giving him the fourth-most stolen bases in a season in Nationals history…He passed Ian Desmond (25, 2011)…Turner’s 26 stolen bases are now tied for 11th in MLB this season and 2nd among all rookies, despite the fact that Friday was just his 58th game of the season (30th multi-hit game).
  • Trea Turner is now a career .353 hitter at the field that bears his name, with two doubles, three homers, eight RBI, three stolen bases and 10 runs scored in eight games…Against the Braves this season (11G), Turner has dominated: .462 (24-for-52), five doubles, one triple, four HR, 14 RBI, six stolen bases, 17 runs scored.
  • Now batting .349 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 240 at bats since Ichiro Suzuki hit .350 in 2001…Since 1970 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .349 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003…A few of the names behind Turner on this list: Joe Mauer, Don Mattingly, Robinson Cano, and Miguel Cabrera.

KNOCKING DAYS OFF THE CALENDAR

At 88-59 (.599), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (94-53, .639)…The Nationals rank second in the National League with a +157 run differential.

  • The Nationals’ current .575 (42-31) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593) and second-best in MLB…The 42 road wins thus far are third-most in WSH history behind 2012 (48) and 2014 (45).
  • The Nationals have won 13 of their last 17, and since Aug. 29, Washington boasts the best record in MLB (13-4, .765).
  • Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is six, meaning any combination of six WSH wins and NYM losses will secure the crown.

SWEET SEVENTEEN FOR SCHERZER

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer picked up his 17th win of the season on Friday, tying him with CHI RHP Jake Arrieta and LHP Jon Lester for the most in the National League…It also marked the 18th time this season Scherzer has throwing 7.0 (or more) innings while allowing two earned runs or fewer — far and away the most such outings in MLB…Scherzer is just the 11th pitcher since 1966 to go 4-0 in a season vs. ATL

CLOSING IN ON THE RECORD BOOKS

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 13 straight games dating to Sept. 2…During this streak, Murphy is hitting .429 (21-for-49) with eight doubles, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • Murphy is approaching two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season records…With 183 hits, he is just one shy of tying Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (184, 2014)…Additionally, his 46 doubles are one behind Ryan Zimmerman’s record of 47 (2006).
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.349), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.599), OPS (.992), doubles (46), multi-hit games (56), and extra-base hits (T1st, 76)….He ranks among NL hitters in hits (2nd, 183), and RBI (2nd, 104).

Nationals Game Notes: September 16 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (87-59) at Atlanta Braves (56-90)
RHP Max Scherzer [16-7, 2.78] | RHP John Gant [1-3, 4.40]
Friday, September 16 l Game #147 / Road #73 l Turner Field l Atlanta, GA l 7:35 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ONE LAST TREK
Washington embarks on its final road trip of the 2016 regular season, a nine-game swing that begins this weekend in Atlanta…The 11-day trip will take them from Atlanta to Miami for three games, before finishing up the 2016 regular-season road slate with a three-game weekend series in Pittsburgh.

  • The Nationals’ current .569 (41-31) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593)…The 41 road wins thus far are third-most in WSH history behind the 2012 Nationals (48) and the 2014 Nationals (45).

WHERE THINGS STAND
At 87-59 (.596), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (93-53, .637)…Washington ranks second in the National League with a +152 run differential.

  • The Nationals have won 12 of their last 16 and since August 29, boast the best record in Major League Baseball (12-4, .750).
  • Entering play on Friday, Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is seven.

RO-ARK DE TRIOMPHE
RHP Tanner Roark earned his 15th win of the season on Wednesday, matching a career-high (2014)…He tossed 7.0 shutout innings over the Mets, marking his ninth outing of 7.0 (or more) shutout innings — the most such starts in Major League Baseball and most in a single season in Nationals history (2005-pres.)…Over his last four starts, Roark has recorded a 1.08 ERA (3 ER/25.0 IP) with a 2-1 record.

STREAKS ON STREAKS
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 12 straight games dating to Sept. 2…During the streak, Murphy is hitting .422 (19-for-45) with seven doubles, four RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • With a single on Wednesday vs. NYM, Murphy recorded at least one hit in all 19 games against his former club in 2016…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 19-game streak matched the longest single-season hitting streak by a player versus one team in the divisional play era (since 1969)…Derek Lee had a 19-game hitting streak for the Cubs against the Cardinals in 2004 and Jose Altuve had a 19-game streak versus the A’s in 2014.

MORE MURPHY
2B Daniel Murphy is approaching two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season records…With 181 hits, he is just three shy of tying Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (184, 2014)…Additionally, his 45 doubles are two shy of Ryan Zimmerman’s record of 47 (2006).

  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.348), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.991), doubles (45) and multi-hit games (55)…He ranks among NL hitters in hits (2nd, 181), RBI (2nd, 102) and extra-base hits (T2nd, 75).

Nationals Game Notes: September 14 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (77-68) vs. Washington Nationals (86-59)
RHP Robert Gsellman [2-1, 3.92] | RHP Tanner Roark [14-8, 2.85]
Wednesday, September 14 l Game #146 / Home #74 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

EXTRA, EXTRA
The Nationals staged a dramatic ninth-inning comeback on Tuesday, tallying two runs off Mets closer RHP Jeurys Familia and handing him just his fourth blown save in 52 chances this season, but their comeback was thwarted by a solo home run off the bat of Mets rookie 2B T.J. Rivera in the 10th as New York won, 4-3…The Nationals’ magic number to clinch their third National League East title in the last five seasons sits at nine entering play on Wednesday.

  • At 86-59 (.593), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (92-52, .639)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +151 run differential.
  • Washington’s 45-28 (.616) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 17 games left in the regular season, Washington will play eight of them at Nationals Park.

STEPPING IN
Nationals Bench Coach Chris Speier will manage the club for Wednesday’s series finale
against the Mets…Speier has managed nearly 500 games in the Minor Leagues…Manager Dusty Baker will not be with the team due to a death in the family…Baker is expected to rejoin the Nationals before Friday’s game in Atlanta.

‘MET’ WITH LITTLE RESISTANCE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy ignited Washington’s ninth-inning comeback with an infield
single…Adding that to his double in the sixth inning, Murphy went 2-for-5 on Tuesday, his 55th multi-hit game of the season…Murphy now has at least one hit in all 18 games the Nationals have played against the Mets this season, and is hitting .411 with six doubles, seven home runs, 21 RBI, four walks and 14 runs scored against his former team this season…Murphy’s 18-game hitting streak is the longest single-season streak against the Mets in history, topping the 17-game streaks put together by Rennie Stennett (1974), Luis Castillo (2002), and Dee Gordon (2015)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murphy is the first player to post a single-season hitting streak of at least 18 games against the team for which he played the previous season since the Tigers’ George Kell’s 20-game run vs. the Philadelphia A’s in 1947.

  • Murphy’s 45 doubles this season are the most in a single-season by a second baseman in Nationals history (2005-present)…Mark Grudzielanek (54, 1997) holds the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for doubles in a season by a second baseman.
  • Murphy is the first Nationals player to tally 100 RBI since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012, the fourth ever…Murphy also joined Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), and Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ (2005-pres.) history books.
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.347), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.990), doubles (45), hits (180), extra-base hits (T1st, 75), and multi-hit games (55)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 102).

Nationals Game Notes: September 13 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (76-68) vs. Washington Nationals (86-58)
RHP Noah Syndergaard [13-8, 2.48] | RHP A.J. Cole [1-2, 4.56]
Tuesday, September 13 l Game #145 / Home #73 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SINGLE-DIGIT MAGIC
The Nationals won their fourth straight on Monday night, topping the Mets, 8-1 in the series opener and pushing their record to 86-58, tying the 2013 Nationals for the third-most wins in club history (2005-present) — and that’s with 18 regular-season games still to play…The Nationals’ magic number to clinch their third National League East title in the last five seasons sits at 9 entering play on Tuesday.

  • At 86-58 (.597), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (92-51, .643)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +152 run differential.
  • Washington’s 45-27 (.625) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 18 games remaining in the regular season, will play half of its remaining games (9 of its remaining 18) at Nationals Park.

‘MET’ WITH LITTLE RESISTANCE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy was 3-for-5 on Monday night, his 54th multi-hit game of the season and his 15th three-hit affair…With two doubles and a single on Monday, Murphy now has at least one hit in all 17 games the Nationals have played against the Mets this season, and is hitting .412 with five doubles, seven home runs, 21 RBI, four walks and 13 runs scored against his former team this season… According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 17-game streak ties the longest single-season run in history against the Mets (Rennie Stennett (1974), Luis Castillo (2002), & Dee Gordon (2015))…Also via Elias, the 17-game streak is the longest single-season hitting streak by a player against a team for which he played the previous season since Lou Brock hit safely in all 17 games he played for STL against CHI in 1965.

  • Murphy’s 44 doubles this season are the most in a single-season by a second baseman in Nationals history (2005-present)…Mark Grudzielanek (54, 1997) holds the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for doubles in a season by a second baseman.
  • Murphy is the first Nationals player to tally 100 RBI since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012, the fourth ever…Murphy also joined Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), and Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ (2005-pres.) history books.
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.347), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.990), doubles (44), hits (178), extra-base hits (T1st, 74), and multi-hit games (54)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 102).

FIRE FROM THE HOT CORNER
Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon continues to produce from the No. 5 spot in the Nationals’ order, going 1-for-4 with a three-run home run (No. 18) in Monday night’s victory…Rendon, who leads National League third basemen in doubles (37) and ranks among the group in runs (3rd, 84), walks (T3rd, 61), OBP (5th, .353) & SLG (6th, .461), has driven in 29 runs from the No. 5 spot in Washington’s lineup — 10 more than from any other spot in which he’s hit.

  • Rendon’s 37 doubles rank tied for sixth in the National League and his 19 since the All-Star break are tied for the most in Major League Baseball.
  • Despite driving in just one run in all of April, when he hit primarily in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Rendon has collected 75 RBI this season…He’s averaging an RBI every 1.6 games since May 1 and is hitting .310 since the All-Star break.

NOT YOUR USUAL 20/20
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa was hit with a pitch in the fourth inning on Monday, the 20th time he’s reached base via a hit-by-pitch this season…Espinosa, who has clubbed 21 home runs this year as well, is the first switch-hitter in Major League history to go 20-20 with home runs and HBP…He is the 20th player in Major League history to accomplish the feat…Craig Biggio did it four times (most in MLB history) from 1995-2001.

Nationals Game Notes: September 9 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (63-77) vs. Washington Nationals (82-58)
RHP Jake Thompson [1-5,6.48] | RHP Tanner Roark [14-8, 2.89]
Friday, September 9 l Game #141 / Home #69 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 Nationals dropped the opener of this four-game set to the Phillies on Thursday, 4-1, their first loss to Philadelphia since April 28…The defeat snapped Washington’s nine-game winning streak over the Phillies, the longest winning streak vs. PHI in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…The Nationals are now 11-5 this season against the Phillies.

  • At 82-58 (.586), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-50, .640)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +140 run differential.
  • Washington’s 41-27 (.603) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 22 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the second-fewest home games of any team in the NL (68) with 13 of those remaining 22 coming at Nationals Park.

DANIEL’S DOUBLE DELIGHT
One day after becoming the fourth player in Nationals history (2005-present) to reach the 100-RBI threshold, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy delivered his 40th double of the season…With the two-base hit in the first inning, Murphy became the first second baseman in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record a 40-double season…The previous high for a Nationals second baseman was 35, hit by Ronnie Belliard in 2007…The franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for doubles in a season by a second baseman is held by Mark Grudzielanek (54, 1997).

  • Murphy is the first Nationals player to tally 100 RBI since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012…Murphy also joined Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), and Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ history books.
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.345), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.595), OPS (.982), doubles (40), hits (T1st, 172), and multi-hit games (53)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 101), and extra base hits (4th, 70).
  • Murphy ranks tied for 3rd in MLB with 30 go-ahead RBI & is 4th with 16 game-winning RBI.

WHAT A RELIEF
Nationals relievers continued their run of doing yeoman’s work on Thursday, with three relievers (RHP Matt Belisle, LHP Matt Grace, and RHP Yusmeiro Petit) combining on four scoreless innings.

  • The Nationals enter the heart of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.25), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.14)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the National League (39) this season.
  • Washington’s ‘pen has been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 25.7 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second in MLB only to SFG’s 21.1 percent.

TANNER’S BEEN TAMING THE PHILS
Nationals RHP Tanner Roark has thrown 7.0 (or more) shutout innings eight times this season — most among all Major League starters…Roark, who has started six of the Nationals’ 10 shutouts, owns the seventh-best ERA in the National League at 2.89…Against the Phillies, Roark has been particularly dominant: 3-0, 0.64 ERA, 7.0 IP in each of his four starts.

  • 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.
  • Even if he’s not shutting out the opponent, Roark has been a workhorse, throwing at least 7.0 innings 16 times, tied for the second-most in the NL…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (19) has done it more in the National League.

Nationals Game Notes: September 8 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (62-77) vs. Washington Nationals (82-57)
RHP Alec Asher [0-0, -.–] | RHP A.J. Cole [1-1, 3.86]
Thursday, September 8 l Game #140 / Home #68 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

EXTRA-SPECIAL SWEEP
With a 5-4, extra-innings victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday morning (secured just before 1 a.m. on a bases-loaded RBI-single by C Wilson Ramos in the 11th inning), the Nationals’ collected their 10th sweep of the 2016 season and recorded their 82nd victory…The triumph ensured that Washington will finish with a winning record for the fifth consecutive season, making them the only team in the Major Leagues to have accomplished that feat with the 2016 season included…Entering 2016 NYY (23 straight seasons), STL (8), and LAD (5) also had active consecutive-season winning streaks.

  • The Nationals’ sweep of the Braves pushed their record vs. Atlanta this season to 14-2…With a three-game series on tap at Turner Field Sept. 16-18, Washington is well within striking distance of its best season series record vs. any single opponent in club history (2005-present), a mark currently held by the 2014 team vs. NYM (15-4).
  • At 82-57 (.590), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-50, .640)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +143 run differential.
  • Washington’s 41-26 (.612) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 23 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the second-fewest home games of any team in the NL (67) with 14 of those remaining 23 coming at Nationals Park.

TAMING THE PHILS
The Nationals enter this weekend’s four-game set having swept the Phillies in three straight series for the first time in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and riding the first nine-game winning streak in franchise history against the Phillies.

MURPHY JOINS CLUB 100
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy went 3-for-6 and drove in two runs with a game-tying single in the seventh inning on Wednesday night…The RBI were No.’s 99 & 100 for Murphy on the season, giving him the sixth 100-RBI season in Nationals history (2005-present)…Murphy is just the fourth player in Nationals history to post a 100-RBI campaign, and the first since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012…Murphy also joins Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ history books.

  • Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.345), slugging percentage (.595), OPS (.983), doubles (T1st, 39), and multi-hit games (53)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 100), extra base hits (T4th, 69), & hits (T2nd, 171).
  • Murphy ranks tied for 3rd in MLB with 30 go-ahead RBI & is 4th with 16 game-winning RBI.

WHAT A RELIEF
With RHP Stephen Strasburg removed due to injury in the third inning and Wednesday’s contest reaching the 11th frame, the Nationals’ bullpen delivered 8.2 innings of work, its most since July 17 vs. PIT (11.0 IP)…Nine relievers combined to throw a bullpen season-high 167 pitches, with seven of the nine posting scoreless appearances.

  • The Nationals enter the meat of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.29), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.14)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the National League (39).
  • Washington’s ‘pen has been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 25.7 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second in MLB only to SFG’s 21.1 percent.