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Nationals Game Notes: August 16 at Colorado Rockies

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Washington Nationals (70-47) at Colorado Rockies (56-63)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [8-9, 4.24] | RHP Chad Bettis [10-6, 5.27]
Tuesday, August 16 l Game #118 / Road #59 l Coors Field l Denver, CO l 6:40 P.M. (MT)
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SWEET SEVENTY
The Nationals opened this three-city, nine-game road trip on Monday night with a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field…The win was Washington’s 70th of the season, joining the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers as the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark 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.

  • At 70-47 (.598), the Nationals’ record is the second-best mark in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (73-43, .629).
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +143 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+194).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 156), runs scored (4th, 556), and walks (4th, 405)…Washington’s 883 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

MOVE OVER, ZIM
With a walk in his first at-bat on Monday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 43 games, forging his way into Nationals history…Werth now joins 1B Ryan Zimmerman as co-owners of the longest on-base streaks in Nationals history (2005-present) as Zimmerman reached base in 43 consecutive games from 4/8-5/25/09.

  • Werth is now chasing Tim Raines (44) and Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…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 40 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 31 walks (.384 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last nine games on Monday night and is hitting .314 with a .714 slugging percentage in that stretch.

SEE TREA STEAL
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner stole his 11th and 12th bases of the season on Monday night, his 28th Major League game this season…Trea’s 12 stolen bases already rank fourth-most among all rookies, and all those ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…Turner, who finished a double shy of the cycle on Saturday, led off Saturday night’s win over the Braves with his fifth triple of the season — tied for the most among MLB rookies…In his last five games, Turner is 10-for-24 (.416) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI, four stolen bases and eight runs scored.

  • Turner is hitting .333 (28-for-84) with five doubles, three triples, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks, nine stolen bases and 18 runs scored in his last 19 games (since July 24).
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (5) & ranks third in SB (12).
  • Among players with at least 10 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only four who hasn’t been caught more than once.

BUFFALO ON THE BASES
Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in nine of his last 10 and 23 of his last 28 games played, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 21.

  • Ramos extended his new career high for HR in a season with a solo shot on Monday night, tying the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning…Ramos’ 19 home runs are the seventh-most by a catcher in a single season in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) with only Gary Carter (who hit 20+ six times) ahead of him.
  • Ramos ranks fourth among Major League hitters (3rd in NL) in batting average (.331) and ninth in the National League in average with runners in scoring position (.347).
  • In addition to batting average, Ramos leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.379), SLG (.546) and RBI (66), and he is tied for first (with TEX’s Jonathan Lucroy) in home runs with 19.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.

HE’S BAAAACK
Nationals RF Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and an RBI on Monday, his fourth three-hit game of the season and the second time this season he’s reached base five times…Harper drove in the game-winning run on Monday, his 10th GW RBI this season.

  • Since returning to the lineup on Sunday after missing five games due to injury, Harper is 4-for-6 (.667) with three doubles, three walks, two RBI and two runs scored.
  • Harper is tied (with CIN’s Joey Votto) for the MLB lead in walks with 85.

Nationals Game Notes: August 15 at Colorado Rockies

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Washington Nationals (69-47) at Colorado Rockies (56-62)
RHP Max Scherzer [12-7, 2.80] | LHP Jorge De La Rosa [7-7, 5.25]
Monday, August 15 l Game #117 / Road #58 l Coors Field l Denver, CO l 6:40 P.M. (MT)
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HEADING WEST
After enjoying three off days on their just-concluded eight-game homestand, the Nationals head west to Colorado to open a three-city, nine-game road trip and continue their stretch of 20 games in 20 days…They’ll start this trip Monday night in Denver for the first of three against COL and continue on to ATL (4G) before concluding in BAL (2G) to open the Beltway Series.

  • At 69-47 (.595), the Nationals’ nice record is good for the second-best mark in Major League Baseball…Washington trails only the Chicago Cubs (73-43, .629).
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +142 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+194).
  • As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 154), runs scored (4th, 551), and walks (5th, 399)…Washington’s 875 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

MAYBE HE SHOULD SPELL IT ‘TREY’
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner posted his 12th multi-hit game of the season (out of 27 total games) on Sunday with a double and a single, continuing his torrid stretch…Turner, who finished a double shy of the cycle on Saturday night, led off Saturday night’s win over the Braves with his fifth triple of the season — tied for the most among MLB rookies…In his last four games, Turner is 9-for-19 (.474) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last rookie to hit a leadoff triple and then homer in his next plate appearance was PIT Al Martin, against the Rockies on June 9, 1993.
  • Turner is hitting .342 (27-for-79) with five doubles, three triples, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks, seven stolen bases and 17 runs scored in his last 18 games (since July 24).
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (5) & ranks T4th in SB (10).
  • Among players with at least 10 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only four who hasn’t been caught more than once.

YEP, JW’S ON BASE
With a single in the sixth inning on Saturday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth has reached base safely in a career-high 42 straight games…It is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), now just one game behind 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 38 hits (13 2B, 5 HR) & 30 walks (.378 OBP).

SEVEN STRONG. AGAIN.
Shining in the Nationals’ 9-1 victory over the Braves on Sunday was RHP Tanner Roark, who tossed 7.0 innings and allowed just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three…Roark, who has started five of the Nationals’ eight shutouts this season, improved to 13-6 with a 2.81 ERA in the win — the 10th-lowest ERA in the Major Leagues.

  • Sunday’s outing was the 15th time (in 24 starts this season) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (16) and CWS LHP Chris Sale (16) have pitched at least 7.0 innings more often than Roark this season.

Nationals Game Notes: August 13 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (44-72) vs. Washington Nationals (67-47)

RHP Rob Whalen [1-0, 5.73] | RHP Reynaldo Lopez [0-1, 9.35]

Saturday, August 13 l Game #115 / Home #58 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE

With a double in the seventh inning on Friday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth has now reached base safely in 41 straight games…It is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 37 hits (13 2B, 5 HR), 30 walks and has posted a .381 on-base percentage.

LEADING MAN

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.610), OPS (.999), doubles (T1st, 34), hits (T1st, 142), multi-hit games (45), and go-ahead RBI (26).

  • Murphy also ranks among NL hitters in game-winning RBI (2nd, 15) extra base hits (T2nd, 60), and RBI (T3rd, 82).

SUMMER SIZZLERS

Since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .333 (26-for-78) with nine doubles, five homers, 17 RBI, eight walks, three stolen bases and 12 runs scored…He has struck out just 10 times in 88 plate appearances over this stretch.

  • Rendon is T1st in MLB (w/STL C Yadier Molina and ARI SS Jean Segura) with nine doubles in 15 games since July 26…His .685 slugging percentage over that stretch is good for second in the National League behind COL OF Charlie Blackmon (.814).

Nationals Game Notes: August 12 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves (43-72) vs. Washington Nationals (67-46)
RHP Mike Foltynewicz [5-5, 4.37] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-2, 2.80]
Friday, August 12 l Game #114 / Home #57 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN / WUSA l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

MAKING FERRIS BUELLER PROUD
The Nationals enjoyed their third day off in the last week on Thursday before opening a threegame set with the Atlanta Braves this weekend at Nationals Park…Washington earned the split with a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday behind LF Jayson Werth (2-for-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 3 R) and 3B Anthony Rendon (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI).

  • At 67-46 (.593), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (72-41, .637).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +136 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+189).
  • The Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 149), runs scored (4th, 530), and walks (5th, 392)…Their 860 strikeouts as a club are the second fewest in the National League.

SERIOUS STREAK
Washington carries a franchise-best 14-game home winning streak (since May 8, 2015) over the Atlanta Braves into this weekend’s series…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 14-game streak is the longest home winning streak over one opponent in Nationals history (2005-pres.)…It is tied for the longest in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), as the Expos put together a 14-game streak over the San Diego Padres from May 4,1993 to May 24, 1995.

  • Per Elias, this is the longest active streak in MLB and the longest home winning streak for one team since the New York Yankees won 17 straight home games over the Toronto Blue Jays from Sept. 19, 2012 to July 25, 2014.

SPEAKING OF STREAKS
With a double in the first inning on Wednesday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth has reached base safely in 40 straight games…It is the longest active on-base streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 36 hits (12 2B, 5 HR), 30 walks and has posted a .386 on-base percentage.

Nationals Game Notes: August 10 vs. Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland Indians (63-47) at Washington Nationals (66-46)
RHP Josh Tomlin [11-4, 3.81] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [7-9, 4.13]
Wednesday, August 10 l Game #113 / Home #56 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SIZING THINGS UP
As the Nationals close out their series with the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, they will finish their fourth series in the last five against a fellow first-place club…All four of those series have been against either the Indians or the San Francisco Giants, who Washington defeated in two of three over the weekend.

  • The Nationals dropped the opener of this two-game set to Cleveland on Tuesday night, 3-1, and will look to today’s season series finale to even things up.
  • Despite the loss, at 66-46 (.589), the Nationals continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (70-41, .631).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +133 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+186).

LOOKIN’ FINE AT 39
Nationals LF Jayson Werth was 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run on Tuesday night, making it his 39th consecutive game reaching base…At 39, Werth owns the longest active on-base streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 34 hits (11 2B, 4 HR), 29 walks and has posted a .377 on-base percentage.

EVERYONE WAS THINKING IT…
By the time Nationals RHP Max Scherzer climbed the mound for the seventh inning on Tuesday night, he found himself in an all-too-familiar position: with his opponent hitless…Scherzer’s bid for a third career no-no was ultimately broken up in that seventh inning, but it marked the eighth time in his 57 career starts in a Nationals uniform that Scherzer has carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning — that’s 14 percent of all starts he’s made since signing with WSH in Jan., 2015 — and the most in MLB the last two seasons…CLE RHP Corey Kluber, who has carried six no-hit bids into the sixth inning in the last two years, is second in that time span.

  • A strikeout of CLE C Roberto Perez in the third inning was Scherzer’s 200th strikeout of the season…The MLB leader in strikeouts with 208, Scherzer became the first pitcher in the big leagues to strike out 200 batters this season…This is Scherzer’s fifth consecutive season with 200+ strikeouts, making him one of four active pitchers with a streak at least that long…Via the Elias Sports Bureau, he joined SEA RHP Felix Hernandez (2009-14), LAD LHP Clayton Kershaw (2010-15), and DET RHP Justin Verlander (2009-13) on that list.
  • Tuesday’s game was also Scherzer’s 10th of the season in which he recorded 10 or more strikeouts…With 11 10+ strikeout games in 2015, Scherzer is the only active pitcher with at least 10 games of 10+ strikeouts in back-to-back seasons…According to Elias, The last pitchers to do that were Randy Johnson (1997-2002) and Curt Schilling (2001-02).

Nationals Game Notes: August 9 vs. Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland Indians (62-47) at Washington Nationals (66-45)
RHP Trevor Bauer [7-5, 4.08] | RHP Max Scherzer [12-6, 2.87]
Tuesday, August 9 l Game #112 / Home #55 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BATTLING THE BEST
As the Nationals welcome the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians to Nationals Park on Tuesday night for the first of two games, it will mark their fourth series in the last five against a fellow first-place club…All four of those series have been against either the Indians or the San Francisco Giants, who Washington defeated in two of three over the weekend.

  • The Nationals’ posted just two hits in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over the Giants, the fewest hits ever recorded in a win in Nationals history (2005-present)…It was also the Nationals’ 14th win in their last 17 regular-season home games vs. SFG (dating to May 1, 2011).
  • At 66-45 (.595), the Nationals continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (69-41, .627).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +135 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+182).

TERRIFIC TANNER
Shining in the Nationals’ eighth shutout victory of the season on Sunday was RHP Tanner Roark, who tossed 7.0 innings and allowed just five hits and three walks while striking out five…Roark has started five of the Nationals’ eight shutouts this season…Roark, who improved to 12-6 with a 2.88 ERA in the win, owns the 11th-lowest ERA in the National League.

  • No one in the Major Leagues has thrown 7.0 (or more) IP more often this season than Roark, who did it for the seventh time on Sunday…He leads CHI RHP Jake Arrieta (2nd, 6), and ATL RHP Julio Teheran (3rd, 5).
  • Sunday’s outing was the 14th time (in 23 starts this season) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (15), CWS LHP Chris Sale (15), and CLE RHP Corey Kluber (15) have pitched at least 7.0 innings more than Roark this season.

ALONE AT THE TOP
Nationals LF Jayson Werth worked a walk from LHP Madison Bumgarner in the first inning on Sunday, making it his 38th consecutive game reaching base…Werth owns the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 33 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 28 walks and has posted a .374 on-base percentage.

BUFFALO BLAST
Sending his 18th home run into the right field seats in the seventh inning on Sunday, Nationals C Wilson Ramos accounted for all of the Nationals’ offense in the 1-0 victory…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is the fourth catcher in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to homer in a 1-0 win…He joins Gary Carter (for MON, 1979 at Wrigley Field), Mike Fitzgerald (for MON, 1986 at the Astrodome), and Brian Schneider (for WSH, 2005 at Anaheim).

  • Ramos, who leads all Major League catchers in home runs with 18, has also hit safely in 19 of his last 23 games, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 15…His 18 home runs extended his new career high for HR in a season, and his 28 walks are the second-most in his career behind the 38 he worked in 2011.
  • Ramos ranks third among Major League hitters in batting average (.338; 2nd in NL) and 11th in average with Runners In Scoring Position (.351; 6th in NL).
  • He leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.387), SLG (.556) and RBI (62).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.

Nationals Game Notes: August 7 vs. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants (63-47) at Washington Nationals (65-45)
LHP Madison Bumgarner [10-6, 2.25] | RHP Tanner Roark [11-6, 3.02]
Sunday, August 7 l Game #111 / Home #54 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

The Nationals will wrap up their season series with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, playing a season rubber match with the teams tied, 3-3, through the first six of the year…Washington’s four-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday night in a 7-1 loss to the Giants.

  • Despite the loss, the Nationals (65-45, .591) continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (68-41, .624).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +134 run differential, again behind only CHI (+180).
  • After Sunday’s matinee, the Nationals’ homestand will continue on Tuesday when Washington will welcome the Cleveland Indians to Nationals Park for the first time in the ballpark’s history…The Atlanta Braves (three games) will then visit to finish out this stay at home.

ALONE AT THE TOP

Nationals LF Jayson Werth worked a walk in the fifth inning on Saturday night, making it his 37th consecutive game reaching base…Werth now owns the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.

  • Werth’s run is now the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 33 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 27 walks and has posted a .377 on-base percentage.

WATCHING WILSON WORK

With a 3-for-4 performance on Saturday night, Nationals C Wilson Ramos turned in his third multi-hit effort in his last four games and his 29th multi-hit game of the season…Ramos, who clubbed his 17th home run of the season on Friday night, set a new single-season career high in home runs, topping the 16 he clubbed in 2013.

  • Ramos, who is now tied for the Major League lead in home runs among catchers, has also hit safely in 18 of his last 22 games, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 14…His 27 walks this season are also the second-most in his career behind the 38 he worked in 2011.
  • Ramos ranks third among Major League hitters in batting average (.337; 2nd in NL) and 11th in average with Runners In Scoring Position (.351; 6th in NL).
  • He leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.385), SLG (.547) and RBI (61).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.

Nationals Game Notes: August 6 vs. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants (62-47) at Washington Nationals (65-44)

RHP Matt Cain [3-6, 5.53] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-1, 2.63]

Saturday, August 6 l Game #110 / Home #53 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

ROLLING RIGHT ALONG

The Nationals opened their eight-game homestand on Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants…Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez dazzled, tossing 7.0 innings of one-run ball (solo home run) in his longest start since June 9…In his last five starts, since July 10, Gonzalez is now 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA…The Nationals bats also drove in runs in four of eight innings, including home runs from CF Trea Turner and C Wilson Ramos.

  • With the win, the Nationals (65-44, .596) boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (67-41, .620)…At 32-20 (.615), the Nationals also own the second-best home record in the National League (also behind CHI, 37-17; .685).
  • WSH ranks second in MLB with a +140 run differential, also behind only CHI (+176).
  • The Nationals’ homestand will continue on Saturday with the second of three games against the Giants…Washington will also welcome Cleveland (two games) and Atlanta (three games) during this stay at Nationals Park.

OFF THE BLOCKS

The Nationals opened Friday night’s game with authority, tagging the Giants for two runs in the first inning…They were the 86th and 87th first-inning runs Washington has scored this season, the most in the Major Leagues by a wide margin, per STATS, LLC (BAL ranks second with 79).

  • In contrast, the Nationals’ pitchers have surrendered just 57 first-inning runs.
  • The 2014 Nationals are the current owners of the record for most first-inning runs in Nationals history (2005-pres.) with 93.

STARTING STRONG

The Nationals’ starting pitchers, who already lead the Major Leagues with 700 strikeouts this season, have been doing yeoman’s work lately…Since July 27, the Nationals’ starting staff leads the National League in ERA (2.16) and opponent batting average (.183), while ranking second in innings pitched (58.1).

  • The 2015 Nationals starting staff struck out a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 921 batters in 162 games (8.58 K/9.0 IP)…The 2016 Nationals are currently outpacing that mark, striking out 9.26 batters per nine innings thus far this season.
  • Including Gonzalez’s performance on Friday night, the Nationals’ starters have now allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of the Nationals’ last 12 games.

LEADING THE WAY

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy’s RBI-single put Washington on the board on Friday…Murphy, the NL Player of the Month for July, has hit safely in 18 of the 20 games he’s played since July 7…During this current stretch, Murphy is hitting .408 (29-for-71) with nine doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 25 RBI, six walks, one stolen base and 17 runs scored.

  • Murphy’s single, which gave the Nationals the 1-0 lead in the first, was his 25th go-ahead RBI of the season — the most in the Major Leagues and three more than anyone else in the National League.
  • Murphy also leads all National League hitters in average (.356), slugging percentage (.626), OPS (1.022), hits (139), doubles (32), extra-base hits (58) and multi-hit games (44).
  • In addition to the categories above, Murphy also leads all NL 2B in HR (21) & RBI (81).

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR JW, HE’S ON BASE

With a single in the first inning on Friday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-high 36 games…It is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and tied for the longest on-base streak in MLB this season (MIA OF Marcell Ozuna 36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • Werth’s run is now tied for the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), tied with Denard Span (36 games, 6/28-8/10, 2014), and behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 33 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 26 walks and has posted a .383 on-base percentage.

SUMMER SIZZLERS

Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner is hitting .362 (17-for-47) in his last 11 games, including a 2-for-4 evening on Friday that included a double and a home run (his second HR in as many games)…Since July 24, Turner has three doubles, two triples, two home runs, two walks, five stolen bases and 10 runs scored.

  • Similarly, since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .328 (20-for-61) with five doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, seven walks, three stolen bases and 11 runs scored…He has hit safely in 12 of the 16 games, including seven multi-hit efforts.

Today in Nationals’ History: Ryan Zimmerman hits another walk-off home run & Nationals acquire Tanner Roark

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July 31, 2010 – INF Ryan Zimmerman’s seventh career game-winning home run — the most in MLB since his 9/1/05 big league debut — came at Brad Lidge’s expense and lifted the Nationals past the Phillies, 7-5. His 3-run shot was also the 12th time in Zimmerman’s young career that he sent the Nationals home with a win with a game-ending “event” (hit, sac fly, walk, etc.). LHP Ross Detwiler left in line for the win after allowing just one run in 5.1 innings and striking out three.

July 31, 2010 – In a deadline deal that would prove to be a steal three seasons later, the Nationals acquired little-known RHP Tanner Roark (and minor league RHP Ryan Tatusko) from the Texas Rangers in exchange for infielder Christian Guzman.

Nationals Game Notes: July 30 at San Francisco Giants

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Washington Nationals (61-42) at San Francisco Giants (59-44)

RHP Reynaldo Lopez [0-1, 11.57] | RHP Jake Peavy [5-9, 5.42]

Saturday, July 30 l Game #104 / Road #53 l AT&T Park l San Francisco, Calif. l 1:05 P.M.

Television: MASN2 / FS 1 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

THREE’S A CROWD

With the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth innings Friday night, Giants SS Brandon Crawford hit a line drive to 1B Ryan Zimmerman…Zimmerman stepped on first to retire PH Buster Posey for the second out and fired the ball across the diamond to 3B Anthony Rendon to get CF Denard Span for the third out…The triple play halted SFG’s rally and helped the Nationals claim the 4-1 victory.

  • The triple play was the first turned by the Nationals in team history (2005-present)…In addition, it was the first 3-3-5 triple play turned in Major League Baseball history.

WHERE THINGS STAND

The Nationals and Giants square off Saturday afternoon in the third game of this four-game set between division leaders…Not only do these clubs lead their respective divisions, Washington (61-42, .592) and San Francisco (59-44, .573) boast two of the top three records in the National League…They trail the Chicago Cubs (62-40, .608).

  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +116 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+166).

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE

With a walk in the second inning on Friday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-high 32 games…It is tied for the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and is tied for the third-longest on-base streak in MLB this season (BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia, 6/21-pres)…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna owns the longest streak in MLB this season (36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 27 hits (11 2B, 2 HR), 25 walks and has posted a .387 on-base percentage along the way.
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