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Nationals Game Notes: July 23 vs. San Diego Padres

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San Diego Padres (42-55) vs. Washington Nationals (57-40)

RHP Edwin Jackson [1-1, 4.76] | RHP Max Scherzer [10-6, 2.94]

Saturday, July 23 l Game #98 / Home #50 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 continue their three-game set on Saturday, the final series of Washington’s first homestand of the second half…After Sunday’s contest concludes this 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)…Following Sunday’s game, the Nationals will not return to Nationals Park until August 5, when they’ll welcome San Francisco.

  • Washington is a National League-best 14-8 (.636) in its last 22 games, dating to June 26…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 113-70.
  • The Nationals’ 57-40 (.588) record is good for the third-best mark in the Major Leagues, behind only the Giants (57-39, .594) and the Chicago Cubs (58-37, .611).

JW? YEAH, HE’S ON BASE

When Nationals LF Jayson Werth’s 12th home run sailed out to center field in the first inning on Friday night, he extended his current on-base streak to 26 games…That is 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 10th-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…During this stretch, Werth has collected 21 hits and 23 walks.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE

Going 3-for-4 against the Padres on Friday night, C Wilson Ramos extended his current hitting streak to 10 games…It is Ramos’ second-longest hitting streak of the season (11 games, June 15-28) and tied for the fourth-longest by a catcher (including if/when they’ve served as a pinch-hitter or DH) MLB-wide in 2016.

  • During this streak, Ramos is hitting .333 (14-for-42) with one double, four RBI and two walks.

ALL HE DOES IS HIT

Daniel Murphy has a hit in nine straight games, going 13-for-34 (.382) in this stretch, with five doubles, five home runs, 14 RBI, one walk, one stolen base, and seven runs scored.

  • Murphy currently leads all National League batters in average (.348), doubles (28), and multi-hit games (39), while also leading all NL second basemen in doubles, home runs (19), RBI (70), multi-hit games, OPS (.999), and SLG (.612).
  • 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).

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!

Today in Nationals’ History: Back-to-back HRs in back-to-back innings & Wily Mo Pena sets defensive record

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WilyMoPena

 

July 10, 2013INF Anthony Rendon and C Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back solo shots in the fifth inning, then INF Ryan Zimmerman and OF Jayson Werth did the same in the sixth, as the Nationals powered past the Phillies for a 5-1 road win. The Nationals hit at least four home runs for the 9th time in 2013.

 

July 10, 2008OF Wily Mo Pena recorded 11 putouts to establish a Nationals (2005-pres.) single-game record for outfielders in an 11-inning 7-5 loss against the Diamondbacks. The Major League record for an outfielder in a 9-inning game is 12.

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: 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 27 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-34) vs. Washington Nationals (44-32)
RHP Noah Syndergaard [8-2, 2.08] | RHP Joe Ross [6-4, 3.11]
Monday, June 27 l Game #77 / Home #33 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME SWEET HOME
The Nationals return home to open a 10-game homestand that will feature the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers…Washington headed home on a high note Sunday evening after a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park to conclude their 10-game, 11-day road trip west…The win snapped the Nationals’ seven-game losing streak, halting what had been the team’s longest skid since 2009.

  • Washington kicks off its longest homestand of the season to date on Monday…With 76 games in the rearview, the Nationals will enjoy their first homestand longer than seven games (10) as the Mets come to town…Washington will play 19 of its next 23 games at home.
  • At 44-32 (.579), the Nationals have the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-28, .636) and the Chicago Cubs (48-26, .649).

HITTING 100, AND MORE
Nationals C Jose Lobaton’s solo home run in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon was Washington’s 100th of the season…Reaching that milestone mark in just 76 games, the 2016 Nationals are now the fastest in team history (2005-present) to club 100 longballs, per STATS, LLC…The 2006 Nationals, the previous fastest, hit their 100th home run Game No. 93.

  • The Nationals added home run No. 101 with 1B Clint Robinson’s blast in the eighth, and it appears they were not alone in home run heaven: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were 52 homers hit on Sunday, the most on any single day in MLB in more than 10 years (since June 11, 2006), when 54 home runs were hit…Over the first three months this season, home runs have increased league-wide — from 2.09/game in April, to 2.28/game in May, and a near-record 2.52/game in June.
  • Also via Elias, there are only two months in Major League history in which the per-game home-run average was as high is it currently is for June (min. 10 G: The first two months of the 2000 season: 2.56 in April and 2.64 in May.

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting is expected to be released Monday evening…As of the previous update (Wednesday), here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes, leads all Major League catchers and is fourth in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.342)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (41), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.563), and fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez and Houston’s Evan Gattis for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy had racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.349), paces the National League in hits (98) and multi-hit games (31), and ranks second in the NL in OPS (.968)…He also ranks among NL hitters in slugging percentage (4th, .577) and on-base percentage (10th, .391)…Murphy leads NL second basemen in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.577).
  • Based on Wednesday’s update, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks second in MLB in walks (60) and 13th in on-base percentage (.395)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for seventh in the NL.

Nationals Game Notes: June 26 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Washington Nationals (43-32) at Milwaukee Brewers (34-40)

RHP Tanner Roark [6-5, 3.18] | RHP Jimmy Nelson [5-6, 3.92]

Sunday, June 26 l Game #76 / Road #44 l Miller Park l Milwaukee, W.I. l 1:10 P.M.

Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting was released Wednesday…Here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes as of Wednesday, leads all Major League catchers and is fourth in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.342)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (41), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.563), fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy has racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.354) and paces the NL in OPS (.982), hits (98) and multi-hit games (31)…He also ranks among NL hitters in slugging percentage (2nd, .585) and on-base percentage (9th, .397)…Murphy leads NL second baseman in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.585).
  • If the voting ended today, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes as of Wednesday, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks in the NL in walks (2nd, 59) and on-base percentage (8th, .397)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for seventh in the NL… Harper clubbed his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night.

WHAT A RELIEF

Since June 19, Dan Firova’s bullpen has pitched to a 0.63 ERA (1 ER/14.1 IP) while allowing 11 hits, one walk (intentional) and striking out 18 in those six games…During this stretch, Nationals relievers have not allowed a home run while holding batters to a .212 average.

Nationals Game Notes: June 25 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Washington Nationals (43-31) at Milwaukee Brewers (33-40)

LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-6, 4.25] | RHP Matt Garza [0-0, 0.90]

Saturday, June 25 l Game #75 / Road #43 l Miller Park l Milwaukee, W.I. l 3:10 P.M.

Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting was released Wednesday…Here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes as of Wednesday, leads all Major League catchers and is third in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.341)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (40), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.567), fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy has racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.349) and paces the NL in hits (95) and multi-hit games (T1st, 30)…He also ranks among NL hitters in OPS (3rd, .970), slugging percentage (5th, .577) and on-base percentage (9th, .392)…Murphy leads NL second baseman in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.577).
  • If the voting ended today, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes as of Wednesday, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks in the NL in walks (2nd, 58) and on-base percentage (8th, .397)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for sixth in the NL…Harper clubbed his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night.

Nationals Game Notes: June 22 at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Washington Nationals (43-29) at Los Angeles Dodgers (40-33)
RHP Joe Ross [6-4, 3.13] | LHP Julio Urias [0-2, 4.50]
Wednesday, June 22 l Game #73 / Road #41 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

THE MIDWEST BECKONS
The Nationals and Dodgers will wrap up their three-game set on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium with Washington looking to snap its four-game losing streak…The four-game skid is only the second of that length for the Nationals this season (matching a four-game losing streak from May 5-8)…Washington split a four-game series with the San Diego Padres over the weekend and have opened this road trip 2-4…At the conclusion of Wednesday’s contest, the Nationals will pack up and head east overnight before an off day and a three-game weekend series in Milwaukee.

  • Since May 29, the Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 4.5 games…They’re averaging 5.5 runs per game and outscoring opponents, 121-91.
  • At 43-29 (.597), the Nationals have posted their best record through 72 games in club history (2005-pres.), and boast the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (45-27, .625) and the Chicago Cubs (47-22, .681)…Washington’s 43-29 record is also the fourth-best record in MLB, behind SFG, TEX (46-26, .639) and CHI.

SLUGGIN’ SHORTSTOP
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 13th home run of the season on Tuesday night…In just 70 games, 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 two shortstops in Major League Baseball have hit more home runs this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 17.46 at-bats…He trails only COL SS Trevor Story (18) and LAD SS Corey Seager (15) for total HR hit by a shortstop thus far.

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting was released Wednesday…Here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games, posting a .343 (22-for-64) average with three doubles, five homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 14 runs scored during that span….Ramos, who is currently third in the NL among catchers with 899,063 votes, is tied for fifth in MLB in batting average (.332) and leads all Major League catchers in average, on-base percentage (.378), slugging percentage (.548) and fewest strikeouts (28)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 38 RBI and his 11 home runs are T2nd behind KCR’s Salvador Perez…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy, who has racked up 1,573,890 votes to date and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist, is tops in MLB in batting average (.352)…Murphy also leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T3rd, 29), OPS (3rd, .978), and hits (3rd, 93) while his .395 on-base percentage is 14th in MLB and 10th in the NL.
  • If the voting ended today, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes to date, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is tied for first in MLB in walks (57) and also ranks in the NL in on-base percentage (6th, .403) and OPS (14th, .901)…His 13 go-ahead RBI rank tied for fifth in the NL…Harper clubbed his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night and is hitting .333 (8-for-24).
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