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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.

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).