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Washington Nationals (70-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-76)
RHP Reynaldo Lopez [1-1, 5.74] | RHP Rob Whalen [1-1, 7.31]
Thursday, August 18 l Game #120 / Road #61 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
HEADING BACK EAST
The Nationals will open the second leg of their nine-game, three-city trip with the first of four games in Atlanta on Thursday night…Washington dropped the series finale in Denver on Wednesday, 12-10, just its sixth road series loss of the season…The Rockies sealed the series, in part, with a seven-run first inning — the 12th time that one team scored at least seven first-inning runs in a regular-season game at Coors Field…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most seven-run first innings at any MLB park since Coors Field opened in 1995…Fenway Park & Kauffman Stadium are T2nd with nine each over that 22-season span.
- At 70-49 (.588), the Nationals boast the third-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (76-43, .639) and Texas Rangers (72-50, .590)…The Nationals, Cubs, and Rangers as 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 +137 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+206).
- As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 159), runs scored (4th, 568), and walks (4th, 411)…Washington’s 896 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.
STAUB IN HIS SIGHTS
With a walk in the third inning on Wednesday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 45 games, extending the Nationals record (2005-present) for the longest on-base streak in club history…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009.
- Werth is now chasing Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…His 45-game run tops that of Tim Raines’ for the second-longest streak in franchise history, however, the streaks put together by both Staub and Raines spanned multiple seasons — Raines from 1985-86, Staub from 1969-70.
- This is the longest on-base streak in MLB this season and the longest since CIN 1B Joey Votto reached base in 48 straight games from Aug. 11-Oct. 2, 2015.
- During this stretch, Werth has collected 41 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.379 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last 11 games on Monday night.
BUMP FROM THE BENCH
Nationals manager Dusty Baker summoned Pedro Severino (PH), Wilmer Difo (PH) and Chris Heisey (def. replacement) off the bench on Wednesday, and the trio combined to go 3-for-3 with two home runs (Severino & Heisey), three RBI and two runs scored…Severino’s homer, the first of his MLB career, was also a pinch-hit home run — making him the fourth player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to collect his first homer as a pinch hitter (per STATS, LLC)…He joined Jeff Kobernus (6/18/13 at PHI), Kory Casto (6/15/08 at SEA), & Justin Maxwell (9/11/07 at FLA).
- As a group, the Nationals’ are second in the Major Leagues with 11 pinch-hit home runs this season, and fourth in slugging percentage (.551)…On the season, the Nationals have 33 pinch hits, with 19 of them going for extra bases (7 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR)…The 11 pinch-hit home runs hit by Washington are already a single-season Nationals record (2005-pres.).
- Five of WSH’s 11 pinch-hit HRs this season have tied the game or given WSH the lead.
- Stephen Drew & Heisey are tied for the most WSH pinch-hit home runs (3), as well as the most in a career Nationals history (2005-present)…They are also second in MLB.
ANOTHER TREY FOR TREA
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner collected his sixth triple of the season (in his 30th game) on Wednesday, part of a 2-for-4 afternoon with a double, RBI and two runs scored…Turner’s six triples are already tied for the eighth-most in the Major Leagues and lead all MLB rookies.
- Turner’s 12 stolen bases also rank fourth among all rookies, and all ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…In his last seven games, Turner is 13-for-33 (.382) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, three RBI, four stolen bases and 10 runs scored.
- Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (12).
- Among players with at least 12 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only three who hasn’t been caught more than once.
Washington Nationals (63-44) at Arizona Diamondbacks (43-64)
RHP Max Scherzer [11-6, 2.85] | RHP Zack Godley [3-1, 5.63]
Wednesday, August 3 l Game #108 / Road #57 l Chase Field l Phoenix, AZ l 12:40 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
For the second consecutive night the Nationals posted a double-digit run total, topping the Arizona Diamondbacks, 10-4…Washington recorded 15 hits, marking the first time since April 28-29, 2015 vs. ATL that the club recorded at least 15 hits in back-to-back games…LF Jayson Werth (3-for-5, HR, RBI, R) and 2B Wilmer Difo (3-for-5, RBI, R) led the way on offense.
- With the win, the Nationals (63-44, .589) boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (65-41, .613).
- Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +131 run differential, also behind only the Cubs (+170).
- A win Wednesday afternoon at Arizona would secure Washington’s fourth road sweep of the season, first since May 30-June 1 at Philadelphia.
MURPH KEEPS ON HITTING
2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 16 of the 18 games he’s played since July 7…During this current stretch, Murphy is hitting .413 (64-for-63) with nine doubles, one triple, six homers, 23 RBI, five walks, one stolen base and 15 runs scored.
- Murphy leads the National League in average (.356), slugging percentage (.623), OPS (1.018), hits (136), doubles (32), extra-base hits (57) and multi-hit games (43).
- In addition to those categories, Murphy leads all NL 2B in HR (20), RBI (79) and XBH (57).
ROAMING AROUND THE BASES
Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games, including multi-hit efforts in six of his last 12 contests.
- With 16 home runs this season, Ramos has matched his career high of 16 in 2013…His 27 walks this season are the second-most in his career behind his 38 in 2011.
- Ramos ranks among National League hitters in batting average (2nd, .331) and average with Runners In Scoring Position (7th, .351).
- He leads all MLB catchers in on-base percentage (.381), slugging percentage (.536) and RBI (59)…He is tied for first among NL catchers (T2nd in MLB) with 16 home runs.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.
Nationals reinstate INF Anthony Rendon and recall RHP A.J. Cole, option RHP Taylor Jordan and INF Wilmer Difo
The Washington Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated infielder Anthony Rendon from the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday. They optioned right-handed pitcher Taylor Jordan to Triple-A Syracuse and infielder Wilmer Difo to Double-A Harrisburg.
Rendon, 24, missed the first 53 games of the 2015 season recovering from a left knee sprain, and then a left oblique strain. He returns to the Nationals’ active roster after eight total Minor League rehab games (five on his most recent assignment). Over the course of his rehab, Rendon hit .250 with three doubles, three RBI, three walks and one run scored in eight games for Double-A Harrisburg.
The Nationals’ first-round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Rendon is coming off a superb 2014 season in which he took home the National League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award for third basemen and finished fifth in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting.
Rendon, who is an exceptional defender at second and third base, hit .287 with 39 doubles, six triples, 21 home runs, 83 RBI, 58 walks and 111 runs scored in 153 games in 2014. The gifted infielder ranked fourth in the Major Leagues (second in the NL) in wins above replacement (6.6), according to FanGraphs.com, at the conclusion of the season.
Cole, 23, returns to the Nationals for his third Major League assignment of 2015. He has appeared in three games for the Nationals, recording his first career save on May 15 at San Diego. In six games for Triple-A Syracuse, he is 0-2 with a 3.26 ERA. Cole entered the 2015 season ranked as the Nationals’ No. 6 prospect, and the No. 91 prospect in all of baseball, according to Baseball America.
Difo, 23, appeared in five games in his first big league assignment. The Nationals’ No. 7 prospect and “Best Defensive Infielder” in Washington’s system, according to Baseball America, went 1-for-5 during his call-up. He picked up the first Major League hit of his career in his first at-bat, a pinch-hitting appearance on May 19 vs. the New York Yankees.
Jordan, 26, appeared in two games for the Nationals during his second MLB stint of 2015. He went 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA, making one relief appearance and one start for Washington.
Wilmer Difo named South Atlantic League MVP; Lucas Giolito named Most Outstanding Pitcher & Top Prospect
by Amanda Comak
Two more Washington Nationals prospects earned end-of-year accolades on Thursday with the South Atlantic League announcing Single-A Hagerstown infielder Wilmer Difo as the league’s Most Valuable Player and right-hander Lucas Giolito the league’s Most Outstanding Pitcher and Most Outstanding Major League Prospect. Additionally, Suns center fielder Rafael Bautista was named to the SAL post-season All-Star team and Single-A Potomac manager Tripp Keister was named the Carolina League Manager of the Year.
Difo, a mid-season SAL Northern Division All-Star and post-season All-Star second baseman, currently leads or is tied for the league lead in hits (174) and total bases (257). Hitting .321 this season, good for sixth in the league among qualifiers, Difo has worked to a .366 on-base percentage and a .474 slugging percentage for the Suns.
The 22-year-old native of the Dominican Republic is among the SAL leaders in RBI (88, third), stolen bases (49, second), runs scored (90, tied for second), extra-base hits (50, fourth) and most plate appearances per strikeout (9.55, fifth).
Giolito, ranked by Baseball America as the No. 11 prospect in all of baseball at mid-season, went 10-2 with a 2.20 ERA for the Suns in 20 games this season. Over 98.0 innings he allowed 28 runs (24 earned) on 70 hits, including seven homers. Giolito, the Nationals’ first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, walked 28 and struck out 110.
The 20 year old was named the SAL Pitcher of the Week on two occasions this season and represented the Nationals at the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game, along with outfielder Michael A. Taylor, in Minneapolis in July.
Bautista, like Difo, was named to the mid-season Northern Division All-Star team as well. The 21-year-old currently leads the league in stolen bases (66), and is tied with Difo for second in runs scored. Bautista is hitting .283 this year with a .337 on-base percentage and .373 slugging percentage. His 66 stolen bases are a Suns single-season record since the team has been a member of the South Atlantic League.
Keister managed Potomac to the first- and second-half Northern Division titles, clinching the second-half crown on Wednesday night. With a 75-55 record this season, Potomac will host Game 1 of the Northern Division Championship Series on Sept. 3 at Pfitzner Stadium.