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).

Nationals Game Notes: July 22 vs. San Diego Padres

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San Diego Padres (41-55) vs. Washington Nationals (57-39)
RHP Luis Perdomo [3-4, 7.36] | RHP Tanner Roark [9-5, 2.82]
Friday, July 22 l Game #97 / Home #49 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 open a three-game set on Friday to close out Washington’s first homestand of the second half…After the 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)…After Sunday’s contest vs. SDP, the Nationals will not return to Nationals Park until August 5, when they’ll welcome San Francisco.

  • Washington is a National League-best 14-7 in its last 21 games, dating to June 26…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 110-65.
  • The Nationals’ 57-39 (.594) record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Giants (57-38, .600) and the Chicago Cubs (57-37, .606).

YOU CAN FIND HIM ON BASE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth’s pinch-hit double in the eighth inning on Thursday afternoon extended his current on-base streak to 25 games — 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 11th-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…During this stretch, Werth has collected 20 hits and 23 walks.

NOBODY’S PERFECT
Washington’s 6-3 loss to the Dodgers was the first losing decision of the season for RHP Stephen Strasburg, halting his personal 16-game winning streak, as well as the sixth-longest winning streak to begin a season in MLB history (tied with RHP Max Scherzer (2013) and LHP Ron Guidry (1978).

  • Strasburg’s 16-game personal winning streak dated to Sept. 15, 2015 and was the second-longest in D.C.-baseball history, behind only the 17-game run of RHP Firpo Marberry (June 23, 1930-July 25, 1931).
  • Strasburg was the third National League starting pitcher ever to start a season 13-0, and the first since NYG LHP Rube Marquard began the 1912 season 18-0.

ALL HE DOES IS HIT
Daniel Murphy has a hit in eight straight games, going 12-for-20 (.400) in this stretch, with five doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, one walk, one stolen base, and six runs scored.

  • Murphy currently leads all National League batters in average (.350), doubles (28), and multi-hit games (39), while also leading all NL second basemen in doubles, home runs (18), RBI (69), multi-hit games, OPS (.996), and SLG (.607).
  • 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).

Nationals Game Notes: July 21 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers (53-43) vs. Washington Nationals (57-38)
LHP Julio Urias [1-2, 4.95] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [13-0, 2.51]
Thursday, July 21 l Game #96 / Home #48 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 12:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals rode four home runs, two doubles, a triple and a steal of home to an 8-1 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday night…The victory was Washington’s 30th home win of the 2016 season…The 2015 Nationals did not notch their 30th home win until Aug. 6, 2015, their 51st home game…RF Bryce Harper, CF Ben Revere, LF Jayson Werth and 3B Anthony Rendon all went deep in the victory, the 10th straight game with a home run for the Nationals.

  • Washington is an MLB-best 14-6 in its last 20 games, dating to June 26 when the Nationals snapped their season-long seven-game losing at Milwaukee…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 107-59.
  • The Nationals’ 57-38 (.600) record is tied with San Francisco for the second-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (57-37, .602).

BACK-TO-BACK BONANZA
CF Ben Revere and LF Jayson Werth hit their home runs in succession in the fifth inning on Wednesday night, the 12th set of back-to-back home runs the Nationals have hit this season.

  • The 12 back-to-back home runs are already a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for back-to-back jacks in a season (as well as a club record, 2005-pres.)
  • On the season, the Nationals’ 12 back-to-back home runs lead the Major Leagues, two ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in second place with 10…WSH leads the National League with 132 home runs overall this season.

YOU CAN FIND HIM ON BASE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth’s home run in the fifth inning on Wednesday extended his current on-base streak to 24 games — the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and the fourth-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…During this stretch, Werth has collected 19 hits and 23 walks.

BIG POP
Nationals RF Bryce Harper clubbed his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday night, and he certainly wasn’t cheated: The blast traveled 451 feet, according to StatCast, making it the longest he’s hit this season…The ball landed in Section 236, in the third deck in right field at Nationals Park…It was the third time Harper has hit a home run to the third deck in his home yard.

  • Harper has now reached the 20-homer mark for the fourth time in his five Major League seasons…According to Baseball Reference, Harper is just the 12th player in Major League history to post four 20 (or more) home run seasons before his 24th birthday.

HOME? CONSIDER IT STOLEN
With one out in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, Nationals 2B Trea Turner stood on third base (after an RBI-triple) and SS Danny Espinosa waited at first base (after a HBP)…With PH Clint Robinson at the dish, Turner and Espinosa executed a double steal and Turner swiped home plate for the third successful steal of home in Nationals history (2005-present).

  • Turner now has two triples in the past two games, reaching 22.4 and 22.7 mph max speed on his triples (per StatCast data), joining CF Ben Revere (22.5 mph) as the fastest max speed on a triple in the Major Leagues this season.
  • Turner’s steal of home puts him into the Nationals’ record books alongside former SS Ian Desmond, who executed the first in Nationals history on April 20, 2011 vs. STL (also part of a double steal), and RF Bryce Harper, who stole home outright on May 6, 2012 vs. PHI.

Today in Nationals’ History: Jayson Werth hits walk-off double & Mike Stanton joins elite MLB club

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July 20, 2014 – OF Jayson Werth answered RHP Rafael Soriano’s third blown save of the season with a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the 9th inning to nudge the Nationals past the Brewers, 5-4. Werth’s two-out double to left field sent INF Anthony Rendon on a 270-foot mad dash from first base to score the decisive run and give the Nationals’ their 11th final at-bat win of the season. OF Denard Span also went 2-for-4 with a walk on his Bobblehead day.

July 20, 2005 – Facing Colorado at RFK, LHP Mike Stanton pitched in his 1,000th big league game, becoming the 10th player in MLB history to do so, joining Jesse Orosco, John Franco, Dennis Eckersley, Hoyt Wilhelm, Dan Plesac, Kent Tekulve, Lee Smith, Mike Jackson and Rich “Goose” Gossage on the impressive list.

Nationals Game Notes: July 20 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers (53-42) vs. Washington Nationals (56-38)
RHP Bud Norris [5-7, 4.17] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [5-8, 4.70]
Wednesday, July 20 l Game #95 / Home #47 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

YOU CAN FIND HIM ON BASE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth doubled in the seventh inning on Tuesday, extending his current on-base streak to 23 games — the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and the fourth-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…During this stretch, Werth has collected 18 hits and 23 walks.

WHERE THINGS STAND
The Nationals dropped the opener of this three game set to the Dodgers on Tuesday night, falling 8-4…Despite the loss, Washington is still an MLB-best 13-6 in their last 19 games, dating to June 26 when the Nationals snapped their season-long seven-game losing at Milwaukee, and are outscoring opponents 99-58.

  • The Nationals’ 56-38 (.596) record is good for the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (56-37, .602) and San Francisco Giants (57-37, .606).

KODA COMETH
The Nationals selected the contract of RHP Koda Glover from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday…The 22-year-old’s rise through the Nationals’ system has been meteoric as he began the 2016 season with Single-A Potomac before promotions to Double-A Harrisburg, Triple-A Syracuse and, now, the Major Leagues…Glover, an eighth-round selection in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft becomes just the second member of that class to make the Major Leagues…CWS first-round pick, RHP Carson Fulmer, made his MLB debut on July 17.

VIDEO: Bryce Harper spends the day with local softball player on ESPN’s “My Wish”

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2016 Washington Nationals

Last night, ESPN’s “My Wish” featured OF Bryce Harper and Kaylan, a 16-year-old softball player from Gaithersburg, Md. Kaylan, who has battled a kidney condition since she was born, spent the day with Bryce earlier in July, fulfilling her wish. The full video, part of the 10th-anniversary season of the “My Wish” series, can be seen here.

TONIGHT: ESPN’s “My Wish” series to feature OF Bryce Harper & local softball player

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Earlier this month, Kaylan, a 16-year-old softball player from Gaithersburg, Md., spent the day with OF Bryce Harper at Nationals Park, as Bryce fulfilled Kaylan’s wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Their day together will be featured on ESPN’s “My Wish” series, and will air for the first time tonight, July 19, during the 6 p.m. episode of SportsCenter.

Kaylan first found out that her wish to meet Bryce would be granted at the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Evening of Wishes gala through a personalized video Bryce had filmed to surprise her.

Kaylan and Bryce’s day together included shopping at Under Armour, a VIP tour of Nationals Park, batting practice with the Nationals and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. MLB.com’s Jamal Collier had the opportunity to interview Kaylan, who has battled a kidney condition since she was born, while she was spending the day at the ballpark. His story can be found here.

“Make-A-Wish is grateful for Bryce Harper who provided Kaylan and her family with an experience they will always cherish,” said Laura Caldwell, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. “When times are difficult, we hope Kaylan and her family will remember the wish experience and feel a renewed sense of hope and optimism.”

Kaylan’s wish is part of the 10th-anniversary season of the “My Wish” series. Other featured athletes include J.J. Watt (Houston Texans), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) and players from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.

Tune into SportsCenter tonight at 6 p.m. to watch the footage of Bryce and Kaylan’s very special day together! If you don’t get a chance to watch, we will be posting the video on Curly W Live after it airs tonight. Be sure to check it out!

Nationals Game Notes: July 19 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers (52-42) vs. Washington Nationals (56-37)
LHP Scott Kazmir [7-3, 4.52] | RHP Reynaldo Lopez [0-0, -.–]
Tuesday, July 19 l Game #94 / Home #46 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

MARATHON MEN
The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates locked horns for an unscheduled doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, dueling in a 1-1 tie until the 18th inning before the Pirates prevailed, 2-1…The contest was the longest, by innings, ever played in Nationals history (2005-present)…The only scoring from innings 7-18 came on a two-out, two strike, game-tying home run by Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the ninth inning, and nine full innings later when Pirates LF Starling Marte hit the first pitch he saw in the 18th inning out to left.

  • Despite the double-length loss on Sunday, the Nationals took the series vs. the Pirates…Since snapping their season-long seven-game losing streak on June 26 at Milwaukee, are 13-5 (.722) — the best record in the Major Leagues in that 18-game stretch — and are outscoring opponents 95-50.
  • The Nationals’ 56-37 (.602) record is good for the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (56-35, .609) and San Francisco Giants (57-36, .613).

WELCOME, LOPEZ
The Nationals selected the contract of RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday…Lopez, the No. 48 prospect in all of baseball (per Baseball America), will start vs. LAD Tuesday night and, in doing so, become the first Dominican pitcher signed and developed by the Nationals (2005-present) to start a Major League game.

Nationals Game Notes: July 17 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates (46-45) vs. Washington Nationals (56-36)
RHP Chad Kuhl [1-0, 6.08] | RHP Max Scherzer [10-6, 3.03]
Sunday, July 17 l Game #93 / Home #45 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.
Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

GOING STREAKING
The Washington Nationals shutout the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night, 6-0, to run their current winning streak to five games and move 20 games over .500 for the season…Since snapping their season-long seven-game losing streak on June 26 at Milwaukee, the Nationals are 13-4 (.765) — the best record in the Major Leagues in that 17-game stretch — and are outscoring opponents 94-48…The Nationals’ current seven-game lead in the National League East is the second-largest lead of any first-place team in baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs, who hold an eight-game advantage over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.

  • The Nationals have picked up right where they left off before last week’s All-Star festivities, as their 54 wins before the break were the most in team history (2005-present) and matched the 1994 Expos for the most in franchise history before the Midsummer Classic.
  • With win No. 2 of the second half secured, the Nationals’ 56-36 (.609) record is good for the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (55-35, .611) and San Francisco Giants (57-35, .620).

NO TACKLING TANNER
Shining in the Nationals’ seventh shutout victory of the season on Saturday night was RHP Tanner Roark, who tossed 8.0 innings and allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out five…Roark, who improved to 9-5 with a 2.82 ERA in the win, owns the 11th-lowest ERA in the National League.

  • Saturday’s outing was the 12th time (in 19 starts this season) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only LAD LHP Clayton Kershaw (14), CWS LHP Chris Sale (13), and SFG RHP Johnny Cueto (13) (all of whom were NL All-Stars) have pitched at least 7.0 innings more than Roark this season.
  • No one has thrown 7.0 (or more) shutout innings more often than Roark, who has done it six times this season…Second on that list is CHI RHP Jake Arrieta (5).

BUMP FROM THE BENCH
Nationals 2B Stephen Drew continued to show the strength of Washington’s bench as he stepped into the starting lineup on Saturday and clubbed a single-game career-high three doubles…Drew’s extra-base bonanza came one day after 1B Clint Robinson joined the starting lineup on Friday and went 2-for-4, including the game-tying RBI, and CF Michael A. Taylor added a two-run home run when he got the start in the outfield on Friday as well.

  • For Robinson, the RBI-single marked the seventh time in his last 10 starts that he has contributed an RBI, and in 21 starts this season he has collected 17 RBI.
  • Taylor has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 starting assignments, going 28-for-99 (.283) in that stretch with eight doubles, four homers, nine RBI, six walks, six stolen bases and 16 runs.
  • With the three doubles on Saturday, 15 of Drew’s 25 hits this season have gone for extra bases (eight doubles, seven home runs).

Nationals Game Notes: July 16 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates (46-44) vs. Washington Nationals (55-36)

RHP Gerrit Cole [5-4, 2.77] | RHP Tanner Roark [8-5, 3.01]

Saturday, July 16 l Game #92 / Home #44 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.

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

LIKE THEY NEVER LEFT

The Washington Nationals opened the second “half” of the 2016 season on Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Nationals’ fourth straight win — dating to before the All-Star break…The Nationals seemed to pick up right where they left off, as their 54 wins before the break were the most in team history (2005-present) and matched the 1994 Expos for the most in franchise history tallied before the Midsummer Classic.

  • With win No. 1 of the second half secured, the Nationals’ 55-36 (.604) record is good for the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (54-35, .607) and San Francisco Giants (57-34, .626).

STRASBURG SHINES IN LUCKY NO. 13

Nationals All-Star RHP Stephen Strasburg tossed 8.0 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball on Friday night to secure his 13th victory of the season and run his record to 13-0 this season…Strasburg’s streaks continue to forge his way into history:

  • Strasburg is the eighth starting pitcher in Major League history to begin a season 13-0, and the first since teammate RHP Max Scherzer opened the 2013 season 13-0 for the Detroit Tigers…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scherzer and Strasburg are the first set of teammates (at any point in their careers) to begin a season 13-0 since Hall of Famers “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity and Rube Marquard…McGinnity went 14-0 for the New York Giants in 1904, while Marquard started 19-0 for the Giants in 1912 (18-0 as a starting pitcher)…While Strasburg and Scherzer figure to remain teammates for quite some time, McGinnity and Marquard were teammates only briefly with NYG in 1908.
  • Strasburg’s personal winning streak now sits at 16 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015), a franchise best (Nationals Expos)…The streak trails only that of RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31) for the longest by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.
  • Strasburg is also just the third National League starting pitcher ever to open a season with a 13-0 record, first since Marquard’s in 1912…He also now owns the sixth-longest streak to open a season in MLB history, tied with Scherzer & LHP Ron Guidry (1978)…Via Elias:

Rk Name Year Streak

1 Rube Marquard (NYG) 1912 18

T2 Dave McNally (BAL) 1969 15

T2 Johnny Allen (CLE) 1937 15

T2 Jim McCormick (CHC) 1886 15

5 Roger Clemens (BOS) 1986 14

T6 Max Scherzer (DET) 2013 13

T6 Ron Guidry (NYY) 1978 13

T6 Stephen Strasburg (WSH) 2016 13

BUMP FROM THE BENCH

Nationals 1B Clint Robinson stepped into the starting lineup on Friday evening and went 2-for-4, including the game-tying RBI…Meanwhile, CF Michael A. Taylor got the start in the outfield and added a two-run homer to give the Nationals’ some cushion in the seventh.

  • For Robinson, the RBI-single marked the seventh time in his last nine starts that he has contributed an RBI, and in 20 starts this season he has collected 17 RBI.
  • Taylor has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 starting assignments, going 28-for-99 (.283) in that stretch with eight doubles, four homers, nine RBI, six walks, six stolen bases and 16 runs.
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