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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).

Nationals Game Notes: June 28 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-35) vs. Washington Nationals (45-32)
RHP Matt Harvey [4-9, 4.64] | RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, -.–]
Tuesday, June 28 l Game #78 / Home #34 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME COOKIN’
The Nationals opened their longest homestand of the season thus far with a rousing 11-4 comeback victory over the New York Mets on Monday evening…The 11 unanswered runs started with a five-run fifth inning, and scoring in each inning, three through six…The output featured hits from every member of the Nationals’ starting lineup, including RHP Joe RossCF Ben Revere (4-for-5), RF Bryce Harper (2-for-3), 2B Daniel Murphy (2-for-5), 3B Anthony Rendon (2-for-4) and SS Danny Espinosa (3-for-5) all posted multi-hit efforts in the win.

  • The Nationals stole six bases on the Mets on Monday, matching a team record (2005-present) for stolen bags in a single game (also: July 8, 2012 vs. COL)…The six stolen also tied for the most in a Major League game this season, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, who stole six off the Rockies on June 24.
  • The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Tuesday night with the second of three contests vs. NYN…Washington will welcome the Cincinnati Reds this weekend and the Milwaukee Brewers early next week…With 77 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 18 of its next 22 games at home.
  • At 45-32 (.584), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-29, .628) and the Chicago Cubs (49-26, .653).

TAKE A BOW, MR. REVERE
Nationals CF Ben Revere put together a game unlike any other in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) on Monday night when he went 4-for-5 with three stolen bases and three runs scored…Matching career highs in each of those categories, Revere joins Ron LeFlore (Montreal) as the only players in franchise history with at least three hits, at least three runs, and at least three stolen bases in a single game (LeFlore: June 6, 1980 & July 17, 1980).

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other player in MLB has stolen three bases and scored three runs in the same game this season.
  • Revere is hitting .314 since June 5 (22-for-70) with one double, six RBI, four walks, eight stolen bases and 12 runs scored.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW, KID
The Nationals selected the contract of RHP Lucas Giolito on Tuesday and the top-ranked right-handed pitching prospect will make his Major League debut Tuesday night vs. the New York Mets… The promising 21-year-old, currently ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in Major League Baseball by MLB.com, entered the season as the No. 5 prospect in MLB per Baseball America…A hard-throwing right-hander who possesses an advanced fastball/curveball/changeup repertoire, Giolito joined the Major League roster after working to a 24-13 record and a 2.74 ERA in 67 Minor League games (65 starts)…A first-round selection (No. 16 overall) in the 2012 First Year Player Draft, Giolito has been ranked as the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in Washington’s chain since he joined the organization that July.

  • When he makes his MLB debut, Giolito will become 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.

Nationals Game Notes: June 21 at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Washington Nationals (43-28) at Los Angeles Dodgers (39-33)
RHP Tanner Roark [6-4, 3.14] | LHP Scott Kazmir [5-7, 4.64]
Tuesday, June 21 l Game #72 / Road #40 l Dodger Stadium l Los Angeles, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS
The Nationals and Dodgers will meet for the second game of this three-game set on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium with Washington looking to snap a three-game losing streak…The Nationals have endured only four skids of three games or more (their longest being four games) this season…Washington split a four-game series with the San Diego Padres over the weekend and have opened this road trip 2-3…After three games here in L.A., the Nationals will travel east to Milwaukee for a weekend set.

  • Since May 29, the Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 5.5 games…They’re averaging 5.7 runs per game and outscoring opponents, 119-88.
  • At 43-28 (.606), the Nationals have posted their best record through 71 games in club history (2005-pres.), and boast the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (44-27, .620) and the Chicago Cubs (47-21, .691)…Washington’s 43-28 record is also the fourth-best record in MLB, behind SFG, TEX (46-25, .648) and CHI.

HE’S NO MISS IOWA
Thrust into a starting role on short notice on Monday night, Nationals RHP Yusmeiro Petit turned in six solid innings of work, holding the Dodgers to three earned runs off five hits and one walk…Petit, who stepped in for RHP Stephen Strasburg (upper back strain), threw as many as six innings for the first time since May 23, 2015…The 94 pitches he threw were his most in an outing since tossing 102 in 6.1 innings of one-run ball at NYY on Sept. 22, 2013.

  • According to STATS, LLC., Petit is the first pitcher this season to save a game and start a game in a four-day span…Petit is just the second Nationals pitcher (2005-present) to accomplish that feat, joining RHP Dan Haren, who started vs. SFG on Aug. 15, 2013, picked up a save in an extra-innings contest at ATL on Aug. 17 and started vs. CHI on Aug. 20.

RESPECT THE A.
With a double in the sixth inning off LHP Clayton Kershaw, CF Michael A. Taylor extended his hitting streak in games he starts to 18…Taylor, who is also riding a seven-game traditional hitting streak, is hitting .302 since May 3, with eight doubles, three home runs and eight RBI.

  • Taylor put together one of the best games of his young career on Sunday afternoon, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, two RBI and two runs scored at Petco Park…Taylor’s first home run, on the game’s very first pitch, was his third leadoff home run of the season and fifth of his career…His second made Sunday the first multi-homer game of his career…Taylor had posted four hits in a game only once previously, July 25, 2015 at PIT.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Taylor is just the third player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to produce four or more hits in a game, including at least two homers, from the leadoff spot…Taylor joined esteemed company in doing so, adding his name to a list that includes Hall-of-Famer Andre Dawson (1979) and Alfonso Soriano (2006).

Nationals Game Notes: June 20 at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Washington Nationals (43-27) at Los Angeles Dodgers (38-33)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [10-0, 2.90] | LHP Clayton Kershaw [10-1, 1.58]
Monday, June 20 l Game #71 / Road #39 l Dodger Stadium l Los Angeles, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’
The Nationals will begin the second leg of their current three-city, 10-game, 11-day trek Monday night in Los Angeles…Washington split a four-game series with the San Diego Padres over the weekend to open this road trip 2-2…After three games here in L.A., the Nationals will travel east to Milwaukee for a weekend set.

  • Washington has won seven of its last 10, 10 of its last 14, and 14 of its last 20 games, playing at a .700 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 5.5 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 5.9 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 118-84.
  • At 43-27 (.614), the Nationals have posted their best record through 70 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history.
  • The Nationals also boast the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (44-26, .629) and the Chicago Cubs (47-20, .701)…Washington’s 43-27 record is also tied for the fourth-best record in the Major Leagues, behind the Giants, Texas Rangers (45-25, .643) and the Cubs.

RESPECT THE A.
Nationals CF Michael A. Taylor put together one of the best games of his young career on Sunday afternoon, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, two RBI and two runs scored at Petco Park…Taylor’s first home run, on the game’s very first pitch, was his third leadoff home run of the season and fifth of his career…His second made Sunday the first multi-homer game of his career…Taylor had posted four hits in a game only once previously, July 25, 2015 at PIT.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Taylor is just the third player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to produce four or more hits in a game, including at least two homers, from the leadoff spot…Taylor joined esteemed company in doing so, adding his name to a list that includes Hall-of-Famer Andre Dawson (1979) and Alfonso Soriano (2006).

POWERHOUSE PITCHING
RHP Stephen Strasburg takes his 10-0 record and his personal 13-game winning streak (dating to Sept. 15, 2015) into Monday night’s match-up with the Los Angeles Dodgers…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.

  • The other side of Monday night’s pitching match-up is no slouch, either, as Washington will face Dodgers ace LHP Clayton Kershaw, who is 10-1 on the season…According to STATS, LLC., no other National League pitching match-up in over 100 years has featured two starting pitchers with double-digit win totals facing off this early (by date) in a season…The previous earliest date it happened in the NL was when LAD LHP Sandy Koufax (10-2) and CIN RHP Bob Purkey (12-1) met on June 22, 1962.

NO SINISTROPHOBIA HERE
The Nationals, who have faced just 14 left-handed starting pitchers this season, are in the midst of a stretch in which they’ll face four consecutive lefty starters, which started Sunday in San Diego…As a team, the Nationals are batting .271 against left-handed pitching this season, and their 25 home runs off southpaws are tied for the third-most in the National League.

  • Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy picked up his National League-best 29th multi-hit game of the season on Friday night with a double and a home run off SDP LHP Christian Friedrich…The home run was Murphy’s 12th of the year, but it was his first against a left-handed pitcher this season…Against left-handed pitching in 2016, Murphy is hitting .329…With his two hits on Friday night, Murphy is now batting an even .400 (62-for-155) (vs. RHP & LHP) in Nationals victories this year.
  • Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.358)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T2nd, 29), OPS (2nd, .995), and hits (3rd, 92) while his .399 on-base percentage is 12th in MLB and eighth in the National League.

Stephen Strasburg kicks off DC Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program

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To celebrate the beginning of the DC Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Washington Nationals, Stephen Strasburg visited Hearst Elementary School on Monday to read to and interact with local students.

The 2016 Summer Reading Program is the largest program in the District that addresses the “summer slide,” or the loss of learning that children and teens experience when they do not read during summer vacation. Comprised of several age-specific initiatives, the program encourages summer reading by offering local youth various incentives, including a Nationals/DC Public Library soft baseball (kids up to the age of five), a Nationals Activity Book (ages six through 12) and tickets to select Nationals games for students (ages six through 18) who reach their summer reading goal.

“The DC Public Library Summer Reading Program is a wonderful merger of opportunities,” said Gregory McCarthy, Vice President of Community Engagement for the Nationals. “DCPL has wonderful community-based programs at its 26 branches throughout the District and the Nationals can provide a great platform to motivate parents and their children to sign up for summer reading.”

The Nationals’ three-year commitment to the DC Public Library’s Summer Reading Program includes annual contributions of tickets, merchandise, program collateral and other support.

Since the Nationals became involved in the program, the number of participants has increased more than 100 percent, doubling since summer 2013, when 13,000 participants were registered. Last summer, 27,000 youth participated.

More information can be found at nationals.com/summerreading. To sign up for the program, visit dclibrary.org/summerreading.

“Baseball is a powerful tool to promote learning and healthy lifestyles among children,” said McCarthy. “The program allows our team to reach thousands and thousands of young people.”

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

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

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

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

Nationals Game Notes: June 11 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (29-32) vs. Washington Nationals (37-24)

RHP Aaron Nola [5-4, 2.65] | RHP Tanner Roark [4-4, 3.21]

Saturday, June 11 l Game #62 / Home #28 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 12:05 P.M.

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

POWER HOUR

The Nationals kicked off this weekend set with the Philadelphia Phillies with a 9-6 win last night…Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Nationals clubbed back-to-back home runs thanks to solo homers from C Wilson Ramos and 3B Stephen Drew.

  • It was the eighth time the Nationals have gone back-to-back this season and the third time Drew has been involved in back-to-back home runs.
  • According to Stats, LLC., the eight back-to-backs are tied (w/2013 Nationals) for second most in team history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (9) and are second-most in Major League Baseball behind the Baltimore Orioles (10).
  • SS Danny Espinosa added his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning… He has now homered in seven of his last 14 games and his seven home runs are tied for third in MLB over that stretch.

PERFECT 10 OR LUCKY 13…BOTH WORK

RHP Stephen Strasburg improved to 10-0 and extended his winning streak to 13 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015) last night…The 13-game winning streak matched RHP Stan Coveleski (5/9/1925 – 7/26/1925) and RHP Walter Johnson (7/15/1924 – 9/22/1924) for the third-longest winning streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history…The 13-game streak is the longest in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history.

  • According to ESPN Stats and Information, Strasburg is the first National League starter to begin a season 10-0 since SDP’s RHP Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985.

HIT THE BALL…

The Nationals, as a team, lead the National League in home runs (85)…Nationals hitters also rank fifth in the NL in walks (213) and their 466 strikeouts are the third-fewest in the NL.

…AND PITCH IT

Washington’s pitching staff leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts (581) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings with 9.50…The Nationals staff also ranks among MLB leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.27), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4th, 3.38), walks/hits per innings pitched (3rd, 1.14) and hits per nine innings (3rd, 7.49).

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