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Nationals Game Notes: September 23 at Pittsburgh Pirates

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Washington Nationals (89-63) at Pittsburgh Pirates (76-76)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [11-10, 4.48] | RHP Jameson Taillon [4-4, 3.39]
Friday, September 23 l Game #153 / Road #79 l PNC Park l Pittsburgh, PA l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

CONCLUDING AT THE CONFLUENCE
After enjoying their final off day of the regular season, the Washington Nationals will wrap up their final regular season road trip of 2016 on Friday in Pittsburgh, squaring off against the Pirates for a three-game set.

  • At 89-63 (.586), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (97-55, .638).
  • The Nationals’ .551 (43-35) road winning percentage is currently the third-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.), behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593) and 2014 Nationals (45-36, .556), but they are in range of finishing their road slate better than the 2014 iteration.

BOTTLE-POPPING POTENTIAL
With 10 games remaining in the regular season, Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is down to two, meaning any combination of two Nationals wins or New York Mets losses will secure Washington’s third division crown in the last five years…If the Nationals were to defeat Pittsburgh in the series opener at PNC Park and the Mets were to fall to the Phillies at Citi Field, Washington could celebrate after Friday’s contest.

MAD MAX PUTS ‘EM BACK ON THE WINNING TRACK
RHP Max Scherzer helped Washington snap its four-game losing streak on Wednesday, allowing three earned runs on four hits in 6.2 innings of work as the Nationals topped the Marlins, 6-3…Scherzer has started nine games for the Nationals following a loss this season, and Washington is 6-3 in those games.

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

  • Along with RHP Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ two right-handers have combined to throw at least 7.0 innings while allowing two runs or fewer 33 times this season…Of the 22 pitchers who’ve put together at least 10 outings of 7.0 (or more) IP with two runs allowed (or fewer), no team has a pair who’ve compiled more such starts…SFG has three in that group (Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, and Jeff Samardzija), giving them 36 of these games.

Nationals Game Notes: September 21 at Miami Marlins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nationals Game Notes: September 20 at Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (88-62) at Miami Marlins (75-75)
RHP Tanner Roark [15-8, 2.75] | RHP Jose Fernandez [15-8, 2.99]
Tuesday, September 20 l Game #151 / Road #77 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

PUTTING ON THE BRAKES
The Nationals will send RHP Tanner Roark to the mound on Tuesday night looking to halt their three-game skid…Washington has been quite adept in these situations this season: the Nationals have endured only three losing streaks of four games or more this year, and only two of those three went past the fourth game.

  • At 88-62 (.587), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (95-55, .633).
  • The Nationals’ current .553 (42-34) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593), and third-best in MLB.
  • With 12 games remaining in the regular season, Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is down to five, meaning any combination of five Nationals wins or Mets losses will secure the crown.

RO-ARK DE TRIOMPHE
Speaking of Tuesday’s starter, RHP Tanner Roark returns to the mound seeking his career-best 16th victory of the season…Roark earned his 15th win on Wednesday, matching a career-high (2014)…He tossed 7.0 shutout innings over the Mets, marking his ninth outing of 7.0 (or more) shutout innings — the most such starts in Major League Baseball and most in a single season in Nationals history (2005-pres.)…Over his last four starts, Roark has recorded a 1.08 ERA (3 ER/25.0 IP) with a 2-1 record.

  • Roark’s 15 wins rank him tied for the fifth-most in the National League, and his 2.75 ERA is the fifth-best mark in the Major Leagues…Teammate RHP Max Scherzer ranks sixth in MLB with a 2.78 ERA.

TURN-ING THE TABLES
Since the All-Star break, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner leads the National League in total bases (147), and triples (T1st, 7)…He ranks second in stolen bases (27), third in hits (88), fourth in batting average (.348), tied for fifth in runs (48), and seventh in slugging percentage (.581).

  • Turner has made himself quite at home at the ballpark that bears his name, Turner Field…In his 10 career games at the soon-to-be previous home of the Braves, Turner hit .390 (16-for-41) with two doubles, one triple, five home runs, 10 RBI, four stolen bases, three walks, and 13 runs scored…Vs. ATL this year, Turner hit .475 (28-for-59) with five doubles, two triples, six HR, 16 RBI, seven stolen bases and 20 runs scored.
  • Turner stole his 27th base of the season on Saturday in his 59th game, making him just the 10th player in Major League history to steal 27 or more bases in a season, playing 60 games or fewer…Turner is the first to do it since 1991 (Ced Landrum, CHC, 27 SB).
  • His four-hit game on Friday made MLB history for a rookie: Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie in modern MLB history with at least four hits, four runs scored, a home run, and two stolen bases in one game was the Giants’ Art Devlin (1904).
  • Now batting .350 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 260 at-bats since Ichiro Suzuki hit .350 for SEA in 2001 (per Baseball Reference)…Since 1960 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .350 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003.

Nationals Game Notes: September 16 at Atlanta Braves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today in Nationals’ History: Washington Nationals clinch 2014 NL East title

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September 16, 2014 – With a 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, the Washington Nationals clinched the 2014 National League East Division title. INF Ian Desmond’s mammoth two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning provided the Nationals all the cushion they would need to claim their second NL East title in three years. RHP Tanner Roark struck out four over 7.0 shutout innings, while RHP Drew Storen threw seven pitches, all strikes, to close the game out for his seventh save of the season.

Nationals Game Notes: September 9 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (63-77) vs. Washington Nationals (82-58)
RHP Jake Thompson [1-5,6.48] | RHP Tanner Roark [14-8, 2.89]
Friday, September 9 l Game #141 / Home #69 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals dropped the opener of this four-game set to the Phillies on Thursday, 4-1, their first loss to Philadelphia since April 28…The defeat snapped Washington’s nine-game winning streak over the Phillies, the longest winning streak vs. PHI in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…The Nationals are now 11-5 this season against the Phillies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Roark’s eight starts with 7.0 or more scoreless innings ties the most in a single season in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), joining RHP Javier Vazquez in the record books…Vazquez posted eight such starts for MON in 2001.
  • Even if he’s not shutting out the opponent, Roark has been a workhorse, throwing at least 7.0 innings 16 times, tied for the second-most in the NL…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (19) has done it more in the National League.

Nationals Game Notes: August 30 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Washington Nationals (76-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-71)
RHP Max Scherzer [14-7, 2.92] | RHP Jerad Eickhoff [9-12, 3.87]
Tuesday, August 30 l Game #132 / Road #68 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Nationals opened their six-game, seven-day road trip with a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night, improving to 6-1 at CBP this season…The win was Washington’s 10th shutout victory of the year, tied with CLE and NYM for the fourth-most in the Major Leagues…The win was the Nationals’ seventh straight over the Phillies, the second time in Nationals history (2005-pres.) that the club has posted that many consecutive victories over Philadelphia (also Aug. 21, 2011-May 5, 2012).

  • On Sept. 1, the Nationals will enjoy their first off day since Aug. 11, concluding a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, during which they are currently 9-9.
  • At 76-55 (.580), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (83-47, .638)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +139 run differential.
  • Since August 10, WSH leads MLB in runs scored (112) while ranking second in AVG (.285).

IF YOU DON’T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW
Nationals RHP Tanner Roark threw 7.0 shutout innings again on Monday night, the eighth time this season he has posted 7.0 (or more) scoreless innings — most among all Major League starters…Roark, who has started six of the Nationals’ 10 shutouts this year, improved to 14-7 with a 2.87 ERA in the win…That’s the best ERA on the Nationals’ starting staff and the 10th-best mark in the Major Leagues (8th in the NL).

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Roark’s eight starts with 7.0 or more scoreless innings ties the most in a single season in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), joining RHP Javier Vazquez in the record books…Vazquez posted eight such starts for MON in 2001.
  • Monday’s outing was the 16th time (in 27 starts) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (17) and CWS LHP Chris Sale (18) have done it more often this year (DET RHP Justin Verlander has also posted 7.0 or more 16 times).

POWER HOUR
Nationals C Wilson Ramos hit his 20th home run of the season on Sunday, making him the fourth Nationals player to cross the 20-homer threshold this season…He joined 2B Daniel Murphy (25), RF Bryce Harper (23), and SS Danny Espinosa (20).

  • WSH and COL are the only teams in the NL to boast four players with 20 home runs this season…They are joined in the AL by Baltimore (5), Texas (4) and Toronto (4).
  • The four 20-homer players is the most the Nationals have had since 2013 when Ian Desmond, Harper, Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth, and Ryan Zimmerman all hit 20 or more.
  • Nationals LF Jayson Werth smacked his 19th home run of the season in the first inning on Monday night, his seventh home run in August and third in his last four games…Should Werth also cross the 20-homer threshold, the Nationals will join the Orioles as the only teams in MLB with five 20-homer players…The seven HR in August tie Werth’s highest total for any calendar month as a member of the Nationals (also July, 2013 & Sept., 2015).

Nationals Game Notes: August 20 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (72-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-78)
RHP Max Scherzer [12-7, 2.95] | RHP Tyrell Jenkins [2-3, 4.89]
Saturday, August 20 l Game #122 / Road #63 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals outlasted the Braves, 7-6, on Friday night mixing defensive gems with miscues…1B Clint Robinson played the savior with an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning that scored PR Pedro Severino to break a 6-6 tie…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 10-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 24-6 against Atlanta and is outscoring the Braves 172-92.

  • At 72-49 (.595), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (77-44, .636)…The Nationals, Cubs, Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians are the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, 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
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +144 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+208).
  • The Nationals’ current three-city trip will continue on Saturday night with the third of four in Atlanta before moving on to Baltimore on Monday.

CATCH OF THE YEAR?
With two outs and the Nationals up, 1-0, in the bottom of the fourth, Nationals CF Ben Revere kept the game scoreless with a home-run-robbing, leaping catch at the right center field wall to steal a longball from Braves 1B Freddie Freeman.

  • According to MLB’s Statcast data, Revere’s first step on the catch came 0.43 seconds after the ball was hit, he reached 19.7 mph at his maximum speed, covering 116.9 feet of ground in the outfield with a 97.5 percent route efficiency…Additionally, with the outfield wall measuring eight feet, four inches high at Turner Field, the 5-foot-9 Revere had to leap more than two-and-a-half feet higher than his own height to secure the ball and rob the homer.

STREAK SNAPPED
For the first time since June 19, Nationals LF Jayson Werth played in a game and did not reach base once…Werth’s 0-for-5 on Friday evening halted his career-best on-base streak at 46 games, tying Rusty Staub for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and solidifying his Nationals record (2005-present).

  • Since 1913, only 26 National League players have ever posted an on-base streak of 46 games or more…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009, for the Nationals (2005-pres.) record.
  • While Werth’s streak, which began on June 20 at LAD, is confined in one season, Staub’s spanned multiple seasons, from 1969-70.
  • During the 46-game stretch, Werth collected 43 hits (14 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.382 OBP).

AT HIS BEST AGAINST THE BRAVES
Nationals RHP Tanner Roark did not factor into the decision on Friday, but with 6.1 innings of work and just three earned runs allowed, Roark lowered his career ERA vs. ATL to 1.95 (16 ER/74.0 IP)…Among active MLB pitchers with at least 10 starts against the Braves, Roark possesses the lowest ERA, topping a list that includes: NYM RHP Bartolo Colon (2.35), DET RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2.55) and SFG LHP Madison Bumgarner (2.60)…Roark’s 1.95 ERA vs. ATL is his lowest vs. any opponent against whom he’s made four starts or more.

CLOSING TIME
Nationals closer Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth on Friday night to secure his 35th save of the season, his eighth scoreless outing (of nine) since he was acquired by Washington on July 30…Melancon, who ranks tied for second in the National League in saves, has retired 26 of the 31 batters he’s faced in a Nationals uniform, and has not issued a single walk.

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 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.