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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 29 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Washington Nationals (75-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-70)

RHP Tanner Roark [13-7, 2.99] | RHP Jake Thompson [1-3, 9.78]

Monday, August 29 l Game #131 / Road #67 l Citizens Bank Park l Philadelphia, P.A. l 7:05 P.M.

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

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

After a brief, five-game homestand, the Nationals head back out on the road for a seven-day, six-game road trip to Philadelphia and New York…In something of a rarity, the Nationals’ current road trip will feature exclusively night games with three evening contests here in Philadelphia, two 7:10 p.m. games in New York and an 8:08 p.m. start on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on Sept. 4 at Citi Field.

  • 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 8-9.
  • At 75-55 (.577), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (82-47, .636)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +135 run differential, behind the Cubs (+217).
  • Since August 10, the Nationals lead Major League Baseball in runs scored (108) while ranking second in AVG (.287), fifth in OBP (.345) and sixth in SLG (.478).

TRÈS CHIC

Nationals rookie INF/OF Trea Turner continued his blistering hot August with a leadoff home run to left field on Sunday…He added a single in the fifth for his sixth consecutive multi-hit game — tying the longest streak in the Major Leagues this season…Turner has reached base safely in his last 18 straight games and hit safely in 16 of those 18…In that stretch, Turner is hitting .410 (34-for-83) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, nine RBI, nine stolen bases and 21 runs scored.

  • Turner has 42 hits this month, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month…With three games remaining in the month, Turner is chasing 2B Daniel Murphy for the Nationals record for hits in a month (47, May), as well as the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) of 47, held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Turner’s 27 runs this month set a new franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, topping the 26 Bryce Harper scored in Sept. 2012…Only Turner, Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman (26, July 2012) have scored at least 26 runs in a month since baseball returned to D.C. in 2005.
  • With one more stolen base, Turner will tie Harper (18 in 2012) for the most stolen bases in a rookie season in Nationals history (2005-present).
  • Since the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB in triples (6), while ranking among hitters in stolen bases (3rd, 17), hits (5th, 58), and runs scored (T5th, 34).
  • Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Turner leads in average (.345) while ranking in the top five in slugging percentage (4th, .548) and on-base percentage (5th, .366)…He leads all rookies in triples (6) and ranks third with 17 stolen bases.

POWER UP

Nationals C Wilson Ramos hit his 20th home run of the season on Sunday, one of three blasts by the Nationals (also Trea Turner and Bryce Harper) in a 5-3 loss to Colorado…Ramos’ longball made him the fourth Nationals player to cross the 20-homer threshold this season…He joined 2B Daniel Murphy (25), Harper (23), and SS Danny Espinosa (20).

  • The Nationals and the Rockies are the only teams in the National League to boast four players with 20 home runs this season…They are joined in the American League 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 Game Notes: August 21 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (73-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-79)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [8-9, 4.28] | RHP Joel De La Cruz [0-6, 3.72]
Sunday, August 21 l Game #123 / Road #64 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 1:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BROOM POTENTIAL
The Nationals will look to finish off a four-game sweep of the Braves on Sunday afternoon, going for their ninth sweep of the 2016 season and potentially their fifth road sweep…Washington won the series with an 11-9 victory over Atlanta on Saturday night, picking up their 11th road series win of the year (21st overall)…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 11-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 25-6 against Atlanta and is outscoring the Braves 183-101.

  • At 73-49 (.598), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (78-44, .639)…The Nationals and Cubs are the only 70-win teams in the National League…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 +146 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+215).
  • After today’s series finale in Atlanta, the Nationals will travel to Baltimore to open the home-and-home Beltway Series with the Orioles with two games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, before returning home to finish it with two games at Nationals Park.

KEEP THE LINE MOVING
The Nationals’ 11-9 win on Saturday was due, in large part, to a record-setting fourth inning…The frame featured eight runs off nine hits (seven singles, two home runs), one walk, one stolen base, and 12 plate appearances, busting open what had been a 3-1 Braves lead.

  • Nine hits in a single inning set a new Nationals record (2005-present), and were the most in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) since Montreal tallied 13 hits in the top of the sixth inning at San Francisco, May 7, 1997.
  • A solo home run by 2B Daniel Murphy kicked off the inning, followed by a RF Bryce Harper walk and a fly out by C Wilson Ramos…Then came eight consecutive hits (seven singles and a three-run home run by CF Trea Turner)…The eight straight hits were also a Nationals record and, via the Elias Sports Bureau, matched 5/7/97 at SFG as the only times in franchise history the team hit safely in eight straight plate appearances.
  • The eight runs were a new single-inning season high for the Nationals, as were the 12 plate appearances.

WELCOME BACK, ZIM
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman returned from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (left wrist contusion) and wasted no time making his presence felt…Zimmerman homered on the first pitch he saw, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

  • Saturday marked Zimmerman’s third three-plus hit game of the season (also May 4 at KC (three hits) and May 28 vs. STL (four hits)).

SNEAKY POP
Better known for his exceptional speed, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner hit his fourth home run of the season on Saturday (in 33 MLB games), the biggest swing in that eight-run fourth…It was Turner’s first career HR with runners on base and his third (of 5 career HR) vs. ATL.

  • Turner stole his 13th base of the season on Thursday night…All of Turner’s 13 steals have come since the All-Star break, the third-most stolen bases in MLB in that span.
  • Turner’s 13 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 10 games, Turner is 18-for-47 (.383) with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, eight RBI, five stolen bases and 14 runs scored.
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (13).

Nationals Game Notes: August 16 at Colorado Rockies

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Washington Nationals (70-47) at Colorado Rockies (56-63)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [8-9, 4.24] | RHP Chad Bettis [10-6, 5.27]
Tuesday, August 16 l Game #118 / Road #59 l Coors Field l Denver, CO l 6:40 P.M. (MT)
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SWEET SEVENTY
The Nationals opened this three-city, nine-game road trip on Monday night with a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field…The win was Washington’s 70th of the season, joining the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers as the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark 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.

  • At 70-47 (.598), the Nationals’ record is the second-best mark in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (73-43, .629).
  • WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +143 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, 156), runs scored (4th, 556), and walks (4th, 405)…Washington’s 883 strikeouts, as a club, are the second-fewest in the National League.

MOVE OVER, ZIM
With a walk in his first at-bat on Monday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 43 games, forging his way into Nationals history…Werth now joins 1B Ryan Zimmerman as co-owners of the longest on-base streaks in Nationals history (2005-present) as Zimmerman reached base in 43 consecutive games from 4/8-5/25/09.

  • Werth is now chasing Tim Raines (44) and Rusty Staub (46) for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos)…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 40 hits (13 2B, 6 HR) & 31 walks (.384 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last nine games on Monday night and is hitting .314 with a .714 slugging percentage in that stretch.

SEE TREA STEAL
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner stole his 11th and 12th bases of the season on Monday night, his 28th Major League game this season…Trea’s 12 stolen bases already rank fourth-most among all rookies, and all those ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…Turner, who finished a double shy of the cycle on Saturday, 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 five games, Turner is 10-for-24 (.416) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI, four stolen bases and eight runs scored.

  • Turner is hitting .333 (28-for-84) with five doubles, three triples, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks, nine stolen bases and 18 runs scored in his last 19 games (since July 24).
  • Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (5) & ranks third in SB (12).
  • Among players with at least 10 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only four who hasn’t been caught more than once.

BUFFALO ON THE BASES
Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in nine of his last 10 and 23 of his last 28 games played, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 21.

  • Ramos extended his new career high for HR in a season with a solo shot on Monday night, tying the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning…Ramos’ 19 home runs are the seventh-most by a catcher in a single season in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) with only Gary Carter (who hit 20+ six times) ahead of him.
  • Ramos ranks fourth among Major League hitters (3rd in NL) in batting average (.331) and ninth in the National League in average with runners in scoring position (.347).
  • In addition to batting average, Ramos leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.379), SLG (.546) and RBI (66), and he is tied for first (with TEX’s Jonathan Lucroy) in home runs with 19.
  • 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.

HE’S BAAAACK
Nationals RF Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and an RBI on Monday, his fourth three-hit game of the season and the second time this season he’s reached base five times…Harper drove in the game-winning run on Monday, his 10th GW RBI this season.

  • Since returning to the lineup on Sunday after missing five games due to injury, Harper is 4-for-6 (.667) with three doubles, three walks, two RBI and two runs scored.
  • Harper is tied (with CIN’s Joey Votto) for the MLB lead in walks with 85.

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.

Nationals Game Notes: August 7 vs. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants (63-47) at Washington Nationals (65-45)
LHP Madison Bumgarner [10-6, 2.25] | RHP Tanner Roark [11-6, 3.02]
Sunday, August 7 l Game #111 / Home #54 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

The Nationals will wrap up their season series with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, playing a season rubber match with the teams tied, 3-3, through the first six of the year…Washington’s four-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday night in a 7-1 loss to the Giants.

  • Despite the loss, the Nationals (65-45, .591) continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (68-41, .624).
  • The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +134 run differential, again behind only CHI (+180).
  • After Sunday’s matinee, the Nationals’ homestand will continue on Tuesday when Washington will welcome the Cleveland Indians to Nationals Park for the first time in the ballpark’s history…The Atlanta Braves (three games) will then visit to finish out this stay at home.

ALONE AT THE TOP

Nationals LF Jayson Werth worked a walk in the fifth inning on Saturday night, making it his 37th consecutive game reaching base…Werth now 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 now 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), 27 walks and has posted a .377 on-base percentage.

WATCHING WILSON WORK

With a 3-for-4 performance on Saturday night, Nationals C Wilson Ramos turned in his third multi-hit effort in his last four games and his 29th multi-hit game of the season…Ramos, who clubbed his 17th home run of the season on Friday night, set a new single-season career high in home runs, topping the 16 he clubbed in 2013.

  • Ramos, who is now tied for the Major League lead in home runs among catchers, has also hit safely in 18 of his last 22 games, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 14…His 27 walks this season are also the second-most in his career behind the 38 he worked in 2011.
  • Ramos ranks third among Major League hitters in batting average (.337; 2nd in NL) and 11th in average with Runners In Scoring Position (.351; 6th in NL).
  • He leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.385), SLG (.547) and RBI (61).
  • 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 Game Notes: August 6 vs. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants (62-47) at Washington Nationals (65-44)

RHP Matt Cain [3-6, 5.53] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-1, 2.63]

Saturday, August 6 l Game #110 / Home #53 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

ROLLING RIGHT ALONG

The Nationals opened their eight-game homestand on Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants…Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez dazzled, tossing 7.0 innings of one-run ball (solo home run) in his longest start since June 9…In his last five starts, since July 10, Gonzalez is now 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA…The Nationals bats also drove in runs in four of eight innings, including home runs from CF Trea Turner and C Wilson Ramos.

  • With the win, the Nationals (65-44, .596) boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (67-41, .620)…At 32-20 (.615), the Nationals also own the second-best home record in the National League (also behind CHI, 37-17; .685).
  • WSH ranks second in MLB with a +140 run differential, also behind only CHI (+176).
  • The Nationals’ homestand will continue on Saturday with the second of three games against the Giants…Washington will also welcome Cleveland (two games) and Atlanta (three games) during this stay at Nationals Park.

OFF THE BLOCKS

The Nationals opened Friday night’s game with authority, tagging the Giants for two runs in the first inning…They were the 86th and 87th first-inning runs Washington has scored this season, the most in the Major Leagues by a wide margin, per STATS, LLC (BAL ranks second with 79).

  • In contrast, the Nationals’ pitchers have surrendered just 57 first-inning runs.
  • The 2014 Nationals are the current owners of the record for most first-inning runs in Nationals history (2005-pres.) with 93.

STARTING STRONG

The Nationals’ starting pitchers, who already lead the Major Leagues with 700 strikeouts this season, have been doing yeoman’s work lately…Since July 27, the Nationals’ starting staff leads the National League in ERA (2.16) and opponent batting average (.183), while ranking second in innings pitched (58.1).

  • The 2015 Nationals starting staff struck out a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 921 batters in 162 games (8.58 K/9.0 IP)…The 2016 Nationals are currently outpacing that mark, striking out 9.26 batters per nine innings thus far this season.
  • Including Gonzalez’s performance on Friday night, the Nationals’ starters have now allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of the Nationals’ last 12 games.

LEADING THE WAY

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy’s RBI-single put Washington on the board on Friday…Murphy, the NL Player of the Month for July, has hit safely in 18 of the 20 games he’s played since July 7…During this current stretch, Murphy is hitting .408 (29-for-71) with nine doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 25 RBI, six walks, one stolen base and 17 runs scored.

  • Murphy’s single, which gave the Nationals the 1-0 lead in the first, was his 25th go-ahead RBI of the season — the most in the Major Leagues and three more than anyone else in the National League.
  • Murphy also leads all National League hitters in average (.356), slugging percentage (.626), OPS (1.022), hits (139), doubles (32), extra-base hits (58) and multi-hit games (44).
  • In addition to the categories above, Murphy also leads all NL 2B in HR (21) & RBI (81).

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR JW, HE’S ON BASE

With a single in the first inning on Friday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-high 36 games…It is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and tied for the longest on-base streak in MLB this season (MIA OF Marcell Ozuna 36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • Werth’s run is now tied for the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), tied with Denard Span (36 games, 6/28-8/10, 2014), and behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 33 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 26 walks and has posted a .383 on-base percentage.

SUMMER SIZZLERS

Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner is hitting .362 (17-for-47) in his last 11 games, including a 2-for-4 evening on Friday that included a double and a home run (his second HR in as many games)…Since July 24, Turner has three doubles, two triples, two home runs, two walks, five stolen bases and 10 runs scored.

  • Similarly, since July 16, 3B Anthony Rendon is hitting .328 (20-for-61) with five doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, seven walks, three stolen bases and 11 runs scored…He has hit safely in 12 of the 16 games, including seven multi-hit efforts.

Nationals Game Notes: August 5 vs. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants (62-46) at Washington Nationals (64-44)
RHP Jeff Samardzija [9-7, 4.30] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [6-9, 4.29]
Friday, August 5 l Game #109 / Home #52 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HEADING HOME WITH A HIT PARADE
The Nationals finished off their three-city, nine-game road trip by sealing a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 8-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field…The Nationals’ bats remained the focus as Washington posted 14 hits in the win, bringing their three-day hit total to 48 — tied for the most hits by any team in a three-game series this season (BOS also tallied 48 hits vs. OAK May 9-11).

  • This is just the second time in club history (2005-present) that the Nationals have posted 14 hits or more in three consecutive games (also April 18-20, 2006)…The Nationals record for consecutive games with at least 14 hits/game is four, done by the 2012 club June 26-29.
  • The sweep was the Nationals’ eighth of the season, their fourth on the road…With the win, the Nationals (64-44, .593) boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (66-41, .617).
  • WSH ranks second in MLB with a +136 run differential, also behind only CHI (+171).
  • The Nationals will open an eight-game homestand Friday evening with the first of three games against the San Francisco Giants…Washington will also welcome Cleveland (two games) and Atlanta (three games) during this stay at Nationals Park.

MURPH = MACHINE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy clobbered his 21st home run of the season on Wednesday, part of his 2-for-4 afternoon in Arizona…Murphy, the NL Player of the Month for July, has hit safely in 17 of the 19 games he’s played since July 7…During this current stretch, Murphy is hitting .418 (28-for-67) with nine doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 24 RBI, six walks, one stolen base and 17 runs scored.

  • The home run, which put WSH up 2-1 in the eventual 8-3 victory, was Murphy’s 24th go-ahead RBI of the season — tied with LAA’s Albert Pujols for the most in the Major Leagues (and two more than anyone else in the NL).
  • Murphy also leads the National League in average (.358), slugging percentage (.630), OPS (1.027), hits (138), doubles (32), extra-base hits (58) and multi-hit games (44).
  • In addition to the categories above, Murphy also leads all NL 2B in HR (21) & RBI (80).

LET THE BUFFALO ROAM
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 third among Major League hitters in batting average (.331; 2nd in NL) and 13th in average with Runners In Scoring Position (.351; 7th in NL).
  • 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.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR JW, HE’S ON BASE
Going 3-for-5 on Tuesday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-high 35 games…It is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and the second-longest on-base streak in MLB this season: MIA OF Marcell Ozuna owns the longest streak in MLB in 2016 (36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 32 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 26 walks and has posted a .387 on-base percentage.

PITCHERS WHO RAKE
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer struck out 11 and picked up his 12th win of the season with 8.0 strong innings over ARI on Wednesday…Scherzer also added a two-run single in the sixth which, via Elias, made it the second time in his career Scherzer has struck out 10 or more batters and driven in at least two runs in the same game (also 5/26/09)… Scherzer joins Madison Bumgarner as the only active players with multiple games of that type (Bumgarner as one game with at least 10 strikeouts and multiple RBIs in each of the last two seasons).

  • The last pitcher with 10 or more strikeouts and more than one RBI in a game in franchies history (Nationals/Expos) was Javier Vazquez (MON vs. MIL, 8/2/03).

Nationals Game Notes: August 3 at Arizona Diamondbacks

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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

MORE OFFENSE
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.

Today in Nationals’ History: Adam Dunn hits ball out of Miller Park & Wilson Ramos’ first career grand slam

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July 28, 2009 – INF Adam Dunn’s fourth-inning solo shot off Carlos Villanueva became the first ball to leave Miller Park. It was tracked down by a young boy who did not have a ticket to the game. The Nationals defeated the Brewers by a score of 8-3 behind RHP Collin Balester.

July 28, 2013 – C Wilson Ramos hit his first career grand slam and matched a career high with five RBI as the Nationals beat the Mets at home, 14-1. Blessed with ample run support, RHP Taylor Jordan pitched well enough to record his first career win, allowing one run on five hits in 6 innings. He also struck out a career-high seven.

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