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Nationals Game Notes: July 22 vs. San Diego Padres

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San Diego Padres (41-55) vs. Washington Nationals (57-39)
RHP Luis Perdomo [3-4, 7.36] | RHP Tanner Roark [9-5, 2.82]
Friday, July 22 l Game #97 / Home #49 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOMESTAND HOME STRETCH
The Nationals and San Diego Padres will open a three-game set on Friday to close out Washington’s first homestand of the second half…After the homestand, which is just the Nationals’ second of nine games or more this season, the team will hit the road for a 10-game, 11-day trek to Cleveland (2), San Francisco (4) and Arizona (3)…After Sunday’s contest vs. SDP, the Nationals will not return to Nationals Park until August 5, when they’ll welcome San Francisco.

  • Washington is a National League-best 14-7 in its last 21 games, dating to June 26…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 110-65.
  • The Nationals’ 57-39 (.594) record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Giants (57-38, .600) and the Chicago Cubs (57-37, .606).

YOU CAN FIND HIM ON BASE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth’s pinch-hit double in the eighth inning on Thursday afternoon extended his current on-base streak to 25 games — the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and the fourth-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…It is also the 11th-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…During this stretch, Werth has collected 20 hits and 23 walks.

NOBODY’S PERFECT
Washington’s 6-3 loss to the Dodgers was the first losing decision of the season for RHP Stephen Strasburg, halting his personal 16-game winning streak, as well as the sixth-longest winning streak to begin a season in MLB history (tied with RHP Max Scherzer (2013) and LHP Ron Guidry (1978).

  • Strasburg’s 16-game personal winning streak dated to Sept. 15, 2015 and was the second-longest in D.C.-baseball history, behind only the 17-game run of RHP Firpo Marberry (June 23, 1930-July 25, 1931).
  • Strasburg was the third National League starting pitcher ever to start a season 13-0, and the first since NYG LHP Rube Marquard began the 1912 season 18-0.

ALL HE DOES IS HIT
Daniel Murphy has a hit in eight straight games, going 12-for-20 (.400) in this stretch, with five doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, one walk, one stolen base, and six runs scored.

  • Murphy currently leads all National League batters in average (.350), doubles (28), and multi-hit games (39), while also leading all NL second basemen in doubles, home runs (18), RBI (69), multi-hit games, OPS (.996), and SLG (.607).
  • Murphy’s two-out, two-strike, ninth-inning, pinch-hit home run on Sunday was the fourth pinch-hit home run of his career, and his first since April 27, 2011 (playing for the New York Mets, against then-WSH RHP Tyler Clippard).

Nationals Game Notes: July 16 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates (46-44) vs. Washington Nationals (55-36)

RHP Gerrit Cole [5-4, 2.77] | RHP Tanner Roark [8-5, 3.01]

Saturday, July 16 l Game #92 / Home #44 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

LIKE THEY NEVER LEFT

The Washington Nationals opened the second “half” of the 2016 season on Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Nationals’ fourth straight win — dating to before the All-Star break…The Nationals seemed to pick up right where they left off, as their 54 wins before the break were the most in team history (2005-present) and matched the 1994 Expos for the most in franchise history tallied before the Midsummer Classic.

  • With win No. 1 of the second half secured, the Nationals’ 55-36 (.604) record is good for the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (54-35, .607) and San Francisco Giants (57-34, .626).

STRASBURG SHINES IN LUCKY NO. 13

Nationals All-Star RHP Stephen Strasburg tossed 8.0 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball on Friday night to secure his 13th victory of the season and run his record to 13-0 this season…Strasburg’s streaks continue to forge his way into history:

  • Strasburg is the eighth starting pitcher in Major League history to begin a season 13-0, and the first since teammate RHP Max Scherzer opened the 2013 season 13-0 for the Detroit Tigers…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scherzer and Strasburg are the first set of teammates (at any point in their careers) to begin a season 13-0 since Hall of Famers “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity and Rube Marquard…McGinnity went 14-0 for the New York Giants in 1904, while Marquard started 19-0 for the Giants in 1912 (18-0 as a starting pitcher)…While Strasburg and Scherzer figure to remain teammates for quite some time, McGinnity and Marquard were teammates only briefly with NYG in 1908.
  • Strasburg’s personal winning streak now sits at 16 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015), a franchise best (Nationals Expos)…The streak trails only that of RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31) for the longest by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.
  • Strasburg is also just the third National League starting pitcher ever to open a season with a 13-0 record, first since Marquard’s in 1912…He also now owns the sixth-longest streak to open a season in MLB history, tied with Scherzer & LHP Ron Guidry (1978)…Via Elias:

Rk Name Year Streak

1 Rube Marquard (NYG) 1912 18

T2 Dave McNally (BAL) 1969 15

T2 Johnny Allen (CLE) 1937 15

T2 Jim McCormick (CHC) 1886 15

5 Roger Clemens (BOS) 1986 14

T6 Max Scherzer (DET) 2013 13

T6 Ron Guidry (NYY) 1978 13

T6 Stephen Strasburg (WSH) 2016 13

BUMP FROM THE BENCH

Nationals 1B Clint Robinson stepped into the starting lineup on Friday evening and went 2-for-4, including the game-tying RBI…Meanwhile, CF Michael A. Taylor got the start in the outfield and added a two-run homer to give the Nationals’ some cushion in the seventh.

  • For Robinson, the RBI-single marked the seventh time in his last nine starts that he has contributed an RBI, and in 20 starts this season he has collected 17 RBI.
  • Taylor has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 starting assignments, going 28-for-99 (.283) in that stretch with eight doubles, four homers, nine RBI, six walks, six stolen bases and 16 runs.

Nationals Game Notes: July 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates (46-43) vs. Washington Nationals (54-36)
LHP Francisco Liriano [5-8, 5.15] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [12-0, 2.62]
Friday, July 15 l Game #91 / Home #43 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN / WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HALFWAY HOME
The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates will open the second “half” of the 2016 season Friday night at Nationals Park, kicking things off after the All-Star break with a three-game set…The Nationals will be looking to pick up where they left off, as their 54 wins before the break were the most in team history (2005-present) and matched the 1994 Expos for the most in franchise history tallied before the Midsummer Classic…Washington’s 54-36 (.600) record is tied for the third-best record in the Major Leagues (along with Texas), and behind only the Chicago Cubs (53-35, .602) and San Francisco Giants (57-33, .633).

IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Nationals All-Star 2B Daniel Murphy is making quite a case for the best free agent signing of the offseason as he enters the second half leading the Major Leagues with a .348 batting average…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murphy is just the second player in the last 50 seasons to lead MLB in batting average at the All-Star break in his first year with a team…Murphy joins former Nationals catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who hit .369 and led MLB at the break in 2004 with the Detroit Tigers (after leaving the Marlins as a free agent).

  • Murphy’s tremendous first half was due in part to his outstanding performances against his former team, the New York Mets…In 13 games against the Mets this year, Murphy has hit .423 with seven home runs and 21 RBI, while collecting at least one hit in every game…According to Elias, his seven HR and 21 RBI are each the most ever for a player at the All-Star break against the team for which he played the previous season…In fact, not since Roger Maris drove in 27 runs for NYY against OAK in 1960 has any player driven in as many as Murphy’s 21 in their first season vs. their old team…Also via Elias, no player since Willie Stargell (7) in 1966 has hit as many as seven home runs against the Mets in the season’s first half…Additionally, Murphy joins Tony Gwynn as the only players with a hit in each of his first 13 career games against the Mets.
  • In addition to batting average, Murphy also leads all National League second basemen in doubles (25), home runs (17), RBI (66), and slugging percentage (.598).

STREAKING STRAS
Nationals All-Star RHP Stephen Strasburg takes the mound on Friday night looking to extend both of his impressive winning streaks:

  • His personal winning streak sits at 15 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015), a franchise best (Nationals Expos)…The streak trails only that of RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31) for the longest streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history…It is tied with RHP General Crowder (15 G, 8/2/32-4/12/33) for the second-longest streak.
  • Strasburg is the first National League starting pitcher to begin a season 12-0 since 1913…Via Elias, Strasburg is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to go 12-0 or better before the All-Star break, joining BAL LHP Dave McNally (13-0, 1969), PIT RHP Roy Face (12-0, 1959) & CIN RHP Brooks Lawrence (12-0, 1956).
  • The Nationals are currently the only team in the National League with two 10-game winners, RHP Max Scherzer (10) and Strasburg (12).

Spotlight on San Diego: A closer look at the Nationals’ 2016 All-Stars

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Last week, five Washington Nationals players were named 2016 Major League All-Stars, with OF Bryce Harper, 2B Daniel Murphy, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Max Scherzer and RHP Stephen Strasburg all awarded the annual mid-season honor.

This is the first time in Nationals history (2005-present) that the club will send five representatives to the Midsummer Classic. Washington previously had four All-Star players in 2012. The Nationals’ five honorees are second-most in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs, who will send seven players to San Diego.

In anticipation of tonight’s game, we thought it would be fitting to take a look at our All-Stars and some of the amazing stats they’ve put up through the season’s first “half.”

OF Bryce Harper – Harper will start in the National League outfield for the third time in his career. The 23-year-old earned his fourth career All-Star selection by garnering 2,865,095 fan votes, the highest vote total among all NL outfielders. The 2015 National League MVP, Harper currently leads the Major Leagues in walks (70) and intentional walks (16). He ranks fifth in the National League in on-base percentage (.400), while his 19 home runs are tied for fifth among all NL outfielders, and his OBP leads that group. Harper joins Hall of Famers Gary Carter (4) and Andre Dawson (3) as the only players in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to earn at least three fan elections to the All-Star Game.

2B Daniel Murphy – For Murphy, who signed a three-year contract with Washington this past offseason, this is the second All-Star selection of his career (also 2014). The Nationals’ second baseman leads the National League in batting average (.348), hits (117), and multi-hit games (38). The 31-year-old, a players’ selection to the NL squad, also leads all NL second basemen in doubles (25), home runs (17), RBI (66), and slugging (.598).

C Wilson Ramos – This is the first All-Star nod for Ramos, who currently leads all qualified Major League catchers in batting average (.330), on-base percentage (.382), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.536). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, after hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to increase his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 plate appearances in 2016 / 500 plate appearances in 2015). Ramos was elected via player vote.

RHP Max Scherzer – Scherzer is an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season. The 31-year-old leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts (164), ranks second in the National League in strikeouts-per-nine-innings (11.56) and is tied for the second-best WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) in the NL (0.96). Scherzer earned his 10th win of the season on Saturday night, tossing 7.0 innings of three-hit ball. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the fourth consecutive season in which Scherzer has won at least 10 games before the All-Star break. Only two other pitchers reached double digits in wins prior to the break in each of four consecutive seasons over the last 20 seasons: RHP Greg Maddux (1997-2001) and RHP Roy Halladay (2005-11). Scherzer was selected to replace teammate Stephen Strasburg on the 2016 All-Star team by National League manager Terry Collins.

RHP Stephen Strasburg – For Strasburg, the only remaining qualified starting pitcher in MLB not to suffer a losing decision, the All-Star nod is the second of his career (also 2012). At 12-0 with a 2.62 ERA, Strasburg is the first National League starting pitcher to begin a season 12-0 since 1913. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to go 12-0 or better before the All-Star break, joining BAL LHP Dave McNally (13-0 in 1969), PIT reliever RHP Roy Face (12-0 in 1959) and CIN reliever RHP Brooks Lawrence (12-0 in 1956). On Friday, he extended his personal winning streak to 15 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015). He was selected to the 2016 All-Star team by National League manager Terry Collins.

Good luck to all the Nationals representatives tonight in the 2016 Major League All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego!

Nationals Game Notes: July 10 at New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (53-36) at New York Mets (47-40)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [4-8, 4.79] | LHP Steven Matz [7-4, 3.34]
Sunday, July 10, 2016 l Game #90 / Road #48 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 1:10 P.M.
Television: MASN / TBS l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

RECORDS TO BREAK BEFORE THE BREAK
2B Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, four RBI, a walk and one run scored as the Nationals topped the Mets, 6-1, on Saturday night…Washington closes out the first “half” of the 2016 season this afternoon at Citi Field against the New York Mets…At 52-36 (.596), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (56-33, .629) and the Chicago Cubs (52-35, .598).

  • With 53 wins, Washington has recorded its highest win total prior to the All-Star break in team history (2005-pres.)…The 2005 Nationals went 52-36 (.591) in the season’s first “half.”
  • With one more win today, Washington would match the 1994 Expos (54-33, .621) for the most wins prior to the All-Star break in franchise history.
  • The Nationals run differential sits at +104, second-best in MLB behind the Cubs (+138).

10 AGAIN
RHP Max Scherzer earned his 10th win of the season on Saturday night, tossing 7.0 innings of three-hit ball…He allowed just one unearned run while walking two and striking out nine… According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the fourth consecutive season in which Scherzer has won at least 10 games before the All-Star break…Only two other pitchers reached double digits in wins prior to the break in each of four consecutive seasons over the last 20 seasons: RHP Greg Maddux (1997-2001) and RHP Roy Halladay (2005-11).

  • The Nationals are the only team in the National League with two 10-game winners, Scherzer and RHP Stephen Strasburg (12).

Nationals Game Notes: July 9 at New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (52-36) at New York Mets (47-39)

RHP Max Scherzer [9-6, 3.21] | RHP Logan Verrett [3-5, 4.01]

Saturday, July 9, 2016 l Game #89 / Road #47 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:15 P.M.

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

RECORD TO BREAK BEFORE THE BREAK

At 52-36 (.591), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (55-33, .625) and the Chicago Cubs (52-34, .605).

  • With one more win, the Nationals would record their highest win total prior to the All-Star break in team history (2005-pres.)…The 2005 Nationals went 52-36 (.591) in the season’s first “half.”
  • With two more wins, Washington would match the 1994 Expos (54-33, .621) for the most wins prior to the All-Star break in franchise history.
  • The Nationals run differential sits at +99, second-best in MLB behind the Cubs (+144).

BAT HOARDER PROVIDES THE PUNCH

1B Clint Robinson clubbed his second home run in as many nights as the Nationals topped the Mets, 3-1, Friday night…His two-run blast in the second inning off RHP Noah Syndergaard provided Washington with the separation it would need.

  • Robinson has homered in three of his last four starts and has driven in at least one run in five of his last seven…He is hitting .308 (8-for-25) with one double, three homers, seven RBI two walks and five runs scored in those last seven starts.

STREAKING STRAS

RHP Stephen Strasburg extended both of his impressive winning streaks with Friday night’s win over the New York Mets.

  • He extended his personal winning streak to 15 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 15 game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and trails only RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31) for the longest streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history…He is tied with RHP General Crowder (15 G, 8/2/32-4/12/33) for the second-longest streak.
  • Strasburg is now 12-0 to start the season and in doing so, is the first National League starting pitcher to begin a season 12-0 since 1913…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to go 12-0 or better before the All-Star break, joining BAL LHP Dave McNally (13-0 in 1969), PIT reliever RHP Roy Face (12-0 in 1959) and CIN reliever RHP Brooks Lawrence (12-0 in 1956).

Nationals Game Notes: July 6 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers (37-46) vs. Washington Nationals (50-35)
RHP Matt Garza [1-1, 3.74] | RHP Tanner Roark [7-5, 2.93]
Wednesday, July 6 l Game #86 / Home #42 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals’ conclude their longest homestand of the season to date (10 games) as well as the first-half home slate this afternoon…Washington will travel to New York for four games before the All-Star break, but will open the second half with a nine-game homestand vs. Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego.

  • At 50-34 (.588), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs (52-31, .627) and the San Francisco Giants (53-33, .616).

ALL-STARS AMONG US
Major League Baseball announced the 2016 All-Star teams Tuesday evening and the Washington Nationals will have four representitves in San Diego next week.

  • RF Bryce Harper will start in the National League outfield for the third time in his career, his fourth career All-Star selection by garnering 2,865,095 fan votes, the highest vote total among all NL outfielders…Harper joins Hall of Famers Gary Carter (4) and Andre Dawson (3) as the only players in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to earn at least three fan elections to the All-Star Game.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy will appear in his second All-Star Game (also 2014)…Murphy leads all NL second basemen in doubles (23), RBI (56), and slugging percentage (.581), while his 14 home runs rank second…He is a players’ selection to the NL squad.
  • This is the first All-Star nod for C Wilson Ramos, who currently leads all qualified Major League catchers in batting average (.335), on-base percentage (.390), slugging percentage (.554), RBI (46), home runs (T1st, 13), and fewest strikeouts (35).
  • RHP Stephen Strasburg, a San Diego native, earned the second All-Star nod of his career (also 2012)…He is 11-0 with a 2.71 ERA through 15 starts this season.

Nationals Game Notes: July 4 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers (35-46) vs. Washington Nationals (50-33)
RHP Junior Guerra [5-1 3.25] | RHP Max Scherzer [9-5, 3.30]
Monday, July 4 l Game #84 / Home #40 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 11:05 A.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

A CAPITOL FOURTH
The Washington Nationals will ring in the Fourth of July with their annual 11:05 a.m. game on Monday, welcoming the Milwaukee Brewers to D.C. to celebrate the holiday with the opener of a three-game set…Washington is 7-4 when playing on July 4, and 7-3 when playing in the nation’s capital on this day.

  • The three-game series with the Brewers will conclude the Nationals’ longest homestand of the season to date (10 games) as well as the first-half home slate…Washington will travel to New York for four games before the All-Star break, but will open the second half with a nine-game homestand vs. Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego.
  • At 50-33 (.602), the Nationals are just the fourth team in the Major Leagues to reach the 50-win mark, securing victory No. 50 with a 12-1 thrashing of the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday…Washington possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs (51-30, .630) and the San Francisco Giants (52-32, .619).

A SERIES FOR THE AGES
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 17th and 18th home runs of the season on Sunday afternoon, including his second grand slam in four days, and drove in six runs…Over the course of the Nationals’ four-game set with the Reds, Espinosa hit five home runs and drove in 15 RBI (a franchise record)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since RBI became an official statistic (1920), the only other players to match Espinosa’s totals in homers and RBI in a series of no more than four games were: NYY’s Tony Lazzeri (at PHI, 1936: 6 HR, 16 RBI in 4 G), STL’s Chet Laabs (at PHI, 1942: 5 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G), and SDP’s Nate Colbert (at ATL, 1972: 6 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G).

  • Espinosa, who homered from both sides of the plate on Thursday (6/30) as well as Sunday and included a grand slam in each, is just the fifth shortstop in Major League history to hit two grand slams in the same series (via Elias)…He joins: Travis Jackson (1924, Giants at Philadelphia, 5 G series), Nomar Garciaparra (1999, Red Sox vs. Mariners, 3 G series), David Eckstein (2002, Angels vs. Blue Jays, 3 G series), and Hanley Ramirez (2009, Marlins vs. Orioles, 3 G series).
  • With the fifth multi-homer game of his career (second of 2016), Espinosa joined DET’s Victor Martinez as the only players to post multi-homer games from different sides of the plate twice this season…According to STATS, Inc., Espinosa is the first National League player to accomplish that feat since Carlos Beltran did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013…He is the only player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to do it twice in the same season.
  • Espinosa now leads the Nationals in home runs with 18, 12 of which have been hit since June 1…Only one shortstop in the Major Leagues has hit more home runs this season than Espinosa: COL’s Trevor Story (19)…On this homestand, Espinosa is 11-for-26 (.423), 5 HR, 2 2B, 17 RBI, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 8 R.

STRAS RETURNS, STAYS STREAKING
RHP Stephen Strasburg returned to the Nationals’ active roster on Sunday after missing 17 games due to an upper back strain and picked up right where left off, extending his personal winning streak to 14 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 14-game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and trails only RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31), and RHP General Crowder (15 G, 8/2/32-4/12/33) for the longest winning streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.

  • Strasburg is the only remaining qualified starter in the Major Leagues not to suffer a losing decision…According to Elias, Strasburg is the first National League starter to begin a season 11-0 since SDP RHP Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985…LHP Hooks Wiltse and RHP Joe McGinnity began a season 12-0 in the NL (1904)…LHP Rube Marquard began the 1912 season 18-0 for the New York Giants.

HOMERS ON PARADE
The Nationals clubbed a season-high six home runs on Sunday, matching a Nationals record (2005-present) for longballs in a game (last: Aug. 29, 2014 at SEA)…SS Danny Espinosa (2), C Wilson Ramos, RF Bryce Harper, 3B Anthony Rendon, and 2B Stephen Drew all homered in the contest.

  • Rendon and Espinosa slugged back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the 10th time the Nationals have hit back-to-back jacks this season…The 2016 Nationals are the first team in club history to hit 10 sets of back-to-back home runs, and they join only the 1999 Expos in franchise history (also 10).

Nationals Game Notes: July 3 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Cincinnati Reds (30-52) vs. Washington Nationals (49-33) 

LHP John Lamb [1-4 4.60] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [10-0, 2.90]

Sunday, July 3 l Game #83 / Home #39 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 1:35 P.M.

Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHEN NINE ISN’T ENOUGH 

The Nationals and Reds needed extra innings for the second straight night as Cincinnati defeated the Nationals, 9-4, via a five-run 10th inning…The loss was the Nationals’ first in a full week, snapping their six-game winning streak…Washington trailed for much of the game but a three-run eighth inning, keyed by SS Danny Espinosa’s two-run home run (his 16th of the season) tied things up until the 10th.

  • The loss also snapped the Nationals’ nine-game home extra-innings winning streak, which dated to the 2015 season…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest home winning streak in extra-inning games for any Major League team since the Arizona Diamondbacks also won nine straight extra-inning affairs at Chase Field from 2013-14…The 2015-16 Nationals became first group in the franchise annals to win nine consecutive extra-innings games at home since the 2002-03 Montreal Expos.
  • The Nationals will wrap up this four-game series with the Reds Sunday afternoon and finish out this 10-game homestand with three games against the Brewers…The Nationals are currently enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 13 of its next 17 games at home.
  • At 49-33 (.598), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (51-32, .614) and the Chicago Cubs (51-29, .638).

STRAS IS STILL STREAKING

RHP Stephen Strasburg returns to the Nationals’ active roster on Sunday after missing 17 games due to an upper back strain…Strasburg rejoins the Nationals with a 10-0 record and a personal 13-game winning streak that dates to Sept. 15, 2015…The 13-game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and matches RHP Stan Coveleski (5/9/1925 – 7/26/1925) & RHP Walter Johnson (7/15/1924 – 9/22/1924) for the third-longest by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.

  • Strasburg will take the mound Sunday as the only remaining qualified starter in the Major Leagues not to suffer a losing decision…According to ESPN Stats and Information, Strasburg was the first National League starter to begin a season 10-0 since SDP’s RHP Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985.

NOT SHORT ON POWER

Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 16th home run of the season on Saturday night, a two-run shot in the eighth inning that brought the Nationals within a run and jumpstarted their game-tying three-run rally…It was Espinosa’s 10th home run since June 1 and continued his stellar homestand at the plate (7-for-21, 3 HR, 2 2B, 11 RBI, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 6 R).

  • Espinosa delivered one of the most unique games in franchise (Nationals/Expos) and D.C.-baseball history on Thursday night as the switch-hitting infielder became the first player in Nationals history (2005-present) and D.C.-baseball history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game…Only three shortstops in the Major Leagues have hit more home runs this season than Espinosa: COL’s Trevor Story (19), LAD’s Corey Seager (17), and OAK’s Marcus Semien (17).

Nationals Game Notes: June 29 vs. New York Mets

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Leading the way is C Wilson Ramos who went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run on Tuesday night to extend his current hitting streak to 11 games…Ramos is hitting .373 since June began, with five doubles, six homers, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored.
  • Closely behind Ramos is Nationals SS Danny Espinosa, who matched a career high with three walks on Tuesday night…With 13 home runs, Espinosa has already tallied the third-highest home run total for a season in his career, matching his output from the entire 2015 season, and only seven behind the career-best 21 he hit in his rookie season (2011)…Only three shortstops in MLB have hit more HR this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 18.54 at-bats: COL SS Trevor Story (19), LAD SS Corey Seager (16), and OAK SS Marcus Semien (15)…Since June 8, Espinosa is hitting .333 (19-for-57) with three doubles, five homers, 11 RBI, five HBP, nine walks, two stolen bases and 15 runs.
  • Add fellow infielder 3B Anthony Rendon to the “heating up” list as well…Rendon, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI-triple on Tuesday, has reached base safely in his last eight games, hitting .345 with a .394 OBP and .483 SLG in that stretch…In his last four games, Rendon is 7-for-15 (.467) with one BB, one 2B, one 3B, four RBI, one SB and four runs scored.
  • And who could overlook LF Jayson Werth, who is hitting .348 (23-for-66) since June 7, with six doubles, one homer, 12 RBI, 18 walks and 12 runs scored…He has posted a .482 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage in those 18 games…Since his pinch-hit grand slam against STL on May 29, Werth ranks sixth among NL hitters in on-base percentage (.430), third in walks (18), and 13th in batting average (.318).
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