Nationals Game Notes: May 24 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (26-18) vs. Washington Nationals (27-18)
RHP Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77) | RHP Stephen Strasburg [7-0, 2.80]
Tuesday, May 24 l Game #46 / Home # 21 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHERE THINGS STAND
The Nationals continue a seven-game homestand Tuesday night with the second of three games against the New York Mets before the St. Louis Cardinals (four games) come to town this weekend…Washington will then depart on a three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip to Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago (White Sox).

  • At 27-18 (.600), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (29-14; .674) and possess the third-best record in Major League Baseball.
  • The Nationals’ 27-18 record matched the best mark in team history (2005-pres.) through 45 games, joining the 2015 (27-18) and 2012 Nationals (27-18).
  • The Nationals have posted a +50 run differential, the third-best mark in the National League (CHI: +110, STL: +51) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +110; BOS: +66, STL: +51).

BULL(PEN) MARKET
Nationals relievers turned in four scoreless innings of work on Monday night, pushing their ERA since May 9 (13 games) to a miniscule a 0.50 (2 ER/36.1 IP)…In that stretch, the Nationals’ ‘pen has struck out 9.4 batters per nine innings, posted a 3.80 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and surrendered just four extra base hits (4 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 1.55).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (20 IR, 0 IRS)…No other team that’s inherited 10 or more runners in that span has kept all of them from scoring…Only the Milwaukee Brewers (6 IR, 0 IRS) relievers have joined the Nationals in keeping all of their runners inherited since May 9 from crossing the plate.

THE TALENTED MR. MURPHY
With two more hits on Monday night, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy (2-for-4) posted his MLB-best 22nd multi-hit game…Murphy also leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.389) and hits (65), and ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (4th, 1.027), slugging percentage (T6th,.605), on-base percentage (6th, .422) and doubles (T8th, 14).

  • Having played in 44 of the Nationals’ 45 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half of the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 20 of his last 24 games, going 38-for-94 (.404) with seven doubles, four homers, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored.
  • With 35 hits in May, Murphy is closing in on the Nationals record (2005-present) for hits in a month (Denard Span, 40; August, 2014).

Nationals Game Notes: May 23 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (25-18) vs. Washington Nationals (27-17)
RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75) | LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-1, 1.86]
Monday, May 23 l Game #45 / Home # 20 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WELCOME HOME
The Nationals open a seven-game homestand tonight that will feature visits from the New York Mets (three games) and St. Louis Cardinals (four games).

  • At 27-17 (.614), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (29-13; .690) and are tied for the third-best record in Major League Baseball.
  • Washington’s 27-17 record is the best in team history (2005-pres.) through 44 games, topping the 2015 Nationals (26-18) and the 2012 Nationals (26-18).
  • The Nationals have posted a +50 run differential, second-best in the National League (CHI: +110) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +110; BOS: +66).

HEATING UP
In 12 games dating to May 10, 3B Anthony Rendon is 17-for-42 (.405) with five doubles, one triple, eight RBI, 10 walks, two stolen bases and eight runs scored…He has posted seven multi-hit efforts over that stretch, including four in his last five games…During that five-game stretch, Rendon is 9-for-17 (.529) with three doubles, one triple, seven RBI, five walks and four runs scored.

SETTING THE PACE
The Nationals’ pitching staff, as a whole, leads MLB with 412 strikeouts and ranks second in MLB with a 2.79 ERA…The staff also ranks in MLB in opp. slugging percentage (2nd, .344), opp. OPS (2nd, .637), WHIP (2nd, 1.14), hits/9.0 innings (3rd, 7.46), opp. average (3rd, .226), and opp. OBP (3rd, .292).

  • The Nationals boast four starting pitchers in the top 18 in ERA in the National League: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3rd, 1.86), RHP Joe Ross (T11th, 2.70), RHP Stephen Strasburg (15th, 2.80) and RHP Tanner Roark (18th, 2.89)…No other team has more than three.

Nationals Game Notes: May 22 vs. Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (26-17) at Miami Marlins (22-20)

RHP Max Scherzer [4-3, 4.01] | LHP Adam Conley [3-2, 3.40]

Sunday, May 22 l Game #44 / Road #25 l Marlins Park l Miami, F.L. l 1:10 P.M.

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

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD

The Nationals will wrap up this six-game, two-city road trip Sunday afternoon with a rubber match in Miami and head home to open a seven-game homestand that will feature the New York Mets (three games) and St. Louis Cardinals (four games).

  • Washington reached the approximate quarter pole of the season this week, and have matched the best start in Nationals history (2005-present) through 43 games…The 2012 Nationals also went 26-17.

MR. MULTI-FACETED

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 Saturday night, his Major League-leading 21st multi-hit game of this season…Having played in 42 of the Nationals’ 43 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half of the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 18 of his last 22 games, going 35-for-86 (.407) with seven doubles, four homers, 18 RBI and 14 runs scored.

  • Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.390), multi-hit games (21), and hits (62)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (2nd, 1.037), slugging percentage (6th, .616), doubles (T8th, 14), and on-base percentage (7th, .421).

PRACTICALLY PERFECT

Since May 9, the Nationals bullpen has posted a 0.57 ERA (2 ER/31.1 IP), 9.77 strikeouts per nine innings, a 3.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has surrendered just four extra base hits (4 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 1.72).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (20 IR, 0 IRS)…Since May 9, no team in MLB has inherited as many runners without allowing one to score.

Nationals Game Notes: May 21 vs. Miami Marlins

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 Washington Nationals (26-16) at Miami Marlins (21-20)

RHP Joe Ross [3-3, 2.63] | RHP Jose Fernandez [5-2, 3.21]

Saturday, May 21 l Game #43 / Road #24 l Marlins Park l Miami, F.L. l 7:15 P.M.

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

ROLLING ALONG

The Nationals reached the approximate quarter pole of the season this week and sealed the best start in Nationals history (2005-present) through the season’s first 42 games…No previous Nationals team won as many as 26 of its first 42 games (2015 & 2012 teams went 25-17)…The 1996 Montreal Expos went 27-14.

NO FEAR OF FISH HERE

With his home run in the second inning Friday night, Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman upped his career home run total vs. the Marlins to 28…The gaudy home run total for Zimmerman, who has homered three times already this season vs. MIA, trails only Chase Utley (30) and Ryan Howard (39) among active players against the Marlins.

  • In his career, Zimmerman has hit .304 vs. the Marlins, with 37 doubles, six triples, 28 home runs, 88 RBI, 66 walks and 99 runs scored.

TRADING PLACES

When the Nationals opened this road trip in New York on Tuesday, they did so with a slight tweak to manager Dusty Baker’s lineup…Baker swapped two-hole hitter 3B Anthony Rendon and No. 6 hitter LF Jayson Werth in the lineup, putting Werth at No. 2 and Rendon sixth…Since that switch, Werth is 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles and is reaching base at a .500 clip while Rendon is 8-for-14 (.571) with two doubles, four RBI and a .625 on-base percentage.

  • The Nationals have scored 20 runs in this four-game stretch with Werth scoring four, while Rendon has scored three and driven in four.

BULLETPROOF BULLPEN

Since May 9, the Nationals bullpen has posted a 0.62 ERA (2 ER/29.0 IP), 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, a 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has surrendered just three extra base hits (3 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 1.93).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (19 IR, 0 IRS)…Since May 9, no team in MLB has inherited as many runners without allowing one to score.

SPOTLESS SHAWN 

Nationals RHP Shawn Kelley is one of only two relievers in MLB who has pitched at least 10.0 innings and is yet to allow an earned run…Kelley, who signed a three-year contract with Washington this offseason, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 19 appearances (15.0 IP) this season…He has struck out 21 batters against just two walks (one of which was intentional) and surrendered 10 hits…SDP RHP Fernando Rodney (16 G, 16.0 IP, 10 SV) is Kelley’s only company.

Nationals Game Notes: May 20 vs. Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (25-16) at Miami Marlins (21-19)
RHP Tanner Roark [2-3, 3.10] | LHP Justin Nicolino [2-1, 3.75]
Friday, May 20 l Game #42 / Road #23 l Marlins Park l Miami, F.L. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

NO NATIONALS LIKE THESE
The Nationals reached the approximate quarter pole of the season this week in New York, taking two of three from the Mets and sealing the best start in Nationals history (2005-present) through the season’s first 41 games…No previous Nationals team won as many as 25 of its first 41 games (2015 & 2012 teams went 24-17)…The 1996 Montreal Expos went 27-14.

  • The Nationals continue this six-game road swing Friday night in Miami…Washington has played to a 13-9 record on the road in 2016.

BREAK OUT THE BATS
The Nationals had their longest inning of the season on Thursday night, sending 11 batters to the plate in the top of the third vs. the Mets…The 11 batters produced seven runs, which, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the most the franchise (Nationals/Expos) had scored in an inning against the Mets since July 26, 2004 at Montreal, and the highest-scoring inning that any Nationals or Expos team had ever produced in New York.

  • Four Nationals (CF Ben Revere, 2B Daniel Murphy, 3B Anthony Rendon, and SS Danny Espinosa) produced multi-hit games as Washington tallied 11 hits one night after registereing 11 walks and 11 strikeouts (Weds. vs. NYM).
  • With the win, RHP Stephen Strasburg improved to 7-0 on the season…Washington has won each of Strasburg’s last 13 starts, a franchise record (Nationals/Expos), besting the 12 straight earned when Jordan Zimmermann started from Aug. 2, 2015-April 8, 2015.

HAVE YOU MET MR. MURPHY?
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy is leading the Major Leagues with 20 multi-hit games this season…Having played in 40 of the Nationals’ 41 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games, going 33-for-78 (.423) with seven doubles, four homers, 18 RBI and 14 runs scored in that stretch.

  • Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.397), multi-hit games (20), hits (60), OPS (1st, 1.065)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in slugging percentage (3rd, .636), doubles (T5th, 14), and on-base percentage (6th, .429).
  • On the season, Murphy has hit safely in 34 of his 40 games played.

BULLETPROOF BULLPEN
Since May 9, the Nationals bullpen has posted a 0.68 ERA (2 ER/26.2 IP), 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings, a 3.88 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has surrendered just three extra base hits (3 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 2.05).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (17 IR, 0 IRS)…Since May 9, no team in MLB has inherited as many runners without allowing one to score.

Join the Nationals in celebrating D.C.’s international community at Taste of the World

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For the first time ever, the Nationals are set to host Taste of the World, a special event celebrating the unique, international community in Washington, D.C., featuring embassies from all over the world.

On Saturday, May 28 before the team plays the St. Louis Cardinals, the Taste of the World event will feature an array of international cuisine and beverages for fans to enjoy.

Here’s how it works:

With the purchase of a special ticket, fans will have access to the “Taste of the World” event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. under the large blue tent on 1st Street. Embassies will each bring food and drink samples from their respective countries. Tickets can be purchased at nationals.com/taste.

You won’t want to miss out on this fun experience featuring delicious cuisine from over a dozen countries! Participating embassies include:

  • Afghanistan
  • Barbados
  • Dominican Republic
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Qatar
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Uzbekistan

In addition to tasting cuisine from all over the world, each guest will receive a Nationals Salt & Pepper Shaker upon arrival (pictured below).

Nats Salt and Pepper

All fans are invited to enjoy other international-themed activities around the ballpark for Taste of the World, including cultural dance groups performing in Center Field Plaza, special pregame ceremony and in-park activations.

In preparation for Taste of the World, the Nationals have reached out to few embassies to get recipes of the food they are planning to bring on Saturday. Check back next week when we’ll be posting a few of those delicious recipes on the blog!

Nationals Game Notes: May 19 vs. New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (24-16) at New York Mets (22-17)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [6-0, 2.95] | RHP Matt Harvey [3-5, 4.93]
Thursday, May 19 l Game #41 / Road #22 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BEST. START. EVER.
The Nationals reached the approximate quarter pole of the season on Wednesday night, and their 7-1 victory over the Mets sealed the best start in Nationals history (2005-present) through the season’s first 40 games…No previous Nationals team won as many as 24 of its first 40 games (2015 & 2012 teams went 23-17).

  • The Nationals will look to take the series here in New York Thursday night before traveling to Miami for a weekend set…The Nationals have played to a 12-9 record on the road in 2016…Since the start of the 2014 season, Washington is 15-7 at Citi Field.

SO…WHAT BRINGS YOU TO FIRST BASE TODAY?
The Nationals matched a club record (2005-present) and re-set their season high with 11 walks in Wednesday night’s game, including five issued by Mets RHP Bartolo Colon, who hadn’t walked back-to-back batters in nine years but did it twice in Washington’s 7-1 victory…The 11 free passes to first base were the Nationals’ most since Aug. 9, 2006 vs. Florida.

  • The Nationals, who also struck out 11 times, are the first team to post at least 11 walks and 11 strikeouts in a nine-inning game since the Mets did so vs. the Chicago Cubs in 2007, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

A WALK. I WALKED.
Nationals RF Bryce Harper’s streak of walks in 10 straight games may have come to an end on Tuesday night, but he was right back at it on Wednesday, walking four times for the fourth time in his career (second time this season: 6 at CHI)…Harper, who leads the Major Leagues in walks with 45, has now drawn 28 walks in his last 12 games alone…According to Elias, the only other player in modern MLB history (since 1900) with 28 walks in a 12-game span was Barry Bonds in 2004…Bonds did so several times that season, reaching a high of 30 BB.

  • Harper’s previous 10-game walk streak (5/5-5/15) matched a career-high (4/15-4/25, 2015) and a Nationals high (2005-pres.)…The record for consecutive games with a walk in franchise history is 11 (Peter Bergeron, 4/5-16, 2002)…In addition, Harper’s is the longest streak in MLB this year behind Mets 3B David Wright (11, 4/27-5/12).
  • Harper has taken at least one walk in 22 of the 39 games he’s played in this season.
  • The 2015 NL MVP is also tied for first in the National League with nine go-ahead RBI this year, and tied for fourth with five game-winning RBI.
  • Harper leads the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.455), walks (45) and intentional walks (11)…He also ranks in the NL in OPS (2nd, 1.040), home runs (T3rd, 11), RBI (T5th, 29) and slugging percentage (6th, .585).

SPOTLESS SHAWN
Nationals RHP Shawn Kelley is one of only two relievers in MLB who has pitched at least 10.0 innings and is yet to allow an earned run…Kelley, who signed a three-year contract with Washington this offseason, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 18 appearances (14.0 IP) this season…He has struck out 20 batters against just two walks (one of which was intentional) and surrendered 10 hits…SDP RHP Fernando Rodney (16 G, 16.0 IP, 10 SV) is Kelley’s only company.

Nationals Minor League Report: May 18, 2016

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Welcome to the latest installment of the 2016 Washington Nationals Minor League Report.

All the information listed here, and linked below, reflects games played through May 17.

Organizational Record: 81-65 (.555, 5th in MLB)

Organizational Top Performer: OF Victor Robles – Hagerstown Suns

OF Victor Robles is pacing the strong Hagerstown Suns offensive attack…Through May 17,
the 18-year-old outfielder is hitting .338 (44-for-130) with two doubles, three triples, four home runs, 19 RBI, 10 walks, 12 stolen bases and 31 runs scored…He has posted a .424 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage…His .338 batting average is second in Washington’s system and ranks sixth in the South Atlantic League…He also ranks among South Atlantic League hitters in runs scored (2nd, 31), on-base percentage (5th, .424) and stolen bases (T5th, 12).

In 13 games from April 20-May 5, Robles went 22-for-51 (.431) with two doubles, one triple, two homers, 10 RBI, six HBP, five stolen bases and 13 runs scored…Robles is in his third professional season after signing as a non-drafted free agent, July 2, 2013…He entered 2016 as the No. 3 prospect (No. 33 overall) in Washington system, per Baseball America.

It’s Voth, not Voth

Through seven starts, RHP Austin Voth is 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA (12 ER/39.1 IP) and leads Washington’s Minor League system (ninth in the International League) with 41 strikeouts…In addition, his 2.75 ERA is good for second among Nationals farmhands…Voth also ranks among International League leaders in strikeouts per nine innings (9.38), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4th, 6.83) and walks per nine innings (5th, 1.37)…Voth entered the 2016 season as the No. 9 prospect in Washington’s system, per Baseball America.

Eastern League Player of the Week

INF Neftali Soto was named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of May 9-May 15…He hit .387 (12-for-31) with one double, two home runs, 13 RBI, three runs scored, one stolen base and three walks in seven games during the week…Soto reached base safely in all seven games and recorded six RBI on two separate occasions, May 10 at Richmond (SFG) and May 13 vs. Akron (CLE)…On the season, Soto is hitting .256 (22-for-86) with four doubles, three home runs, 21 RBI, eight walks, one stolen base and seven runs scored in 23 games for the Senators.

For more information & notes on the Nationals’ Minor League system, view the full Minor League Report here:

 

Nationals Game Notes: May 18 vs. New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (23-16) at New York Mets (22-16)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [2-1, 1.93] | RHP Bartolo Colon [3-2, 3.53]
Wednesday, May 18 l Game #40 / Road #21 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHERE THINGS STAND
The Nationals and Mets will lock horns twice more here in New York before Washington travels to Miami for a weekend set…The Mets took the opening game, 2-0, on Tuesday night, just the third shutout of the season for the Nationals’ offense…The Nationals have played to an 11-9 record on the road in 2016…Since the start of the 2014 season, Washington is 14-7 at Citi Field.

ANOTHER RECORD FOR THE BOOKS
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer struck out 10 more batters on Tuesday night, bringing the total from his last two starts to an even 30…Scherzer matched CLE RHP Corey Kluber (5/13/15 vs. STL (18); 5/18/15 at CWS (12)) for the record for most Ks in a two-game span among active players…Three of the previous four 20-strikeout games in MLB history were followed by a double-digit strikeout effort by the pitcher his next time out; Scherzer joined that club as well.

  • On May 11 vs. the Detroit Tigers, Scherzer became just the fourth pitcher in Major League history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game…Scherzer joined Randy Johnson (May 8, 2001), Kerry Wood (May 6, 1998) and Roger Clemens (Sept. 18, 1996 & April 29, 1986) in the elite group…Scherzer’s 20 K’s are a Nationals record (2005-pres.), a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) and the most in D.C.-baseball history since Tom Cheney struck out 21 batters on Sept. 12, 1962 at Baltimore, but in 16 innings.
  • In Scherzer’s three historic performances with WSH (two no-hitters, 20-K game), he has combined for 47 strikeouts and no walks.

WARMING UP
Since returning from the bereavement list on May 3 at Kansas City, Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit .370 (17-for-45) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI and five walks…Ramos has ground into just two double plays in that 13-game stretch

  • Ramos is also hitting .500 with runners in scoring position in that span, going 5-for-10 with one double, one home run, one walk and five RBI…He is slugging .900.

Nationals Game Notes: May 17 vs. New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (23-15) at New York Mets (21-16)
RHP Max Scherzer [4-2, 4.15] | RHP Noah Syndergaard [3-2, 2.53]
Tuesday, May 17 l Game #39 / Road #20 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Nationals head back out on the road for six games, visiting New York for three against the Mets and then traveling to Miami for a weekend set…The Nationals have played to an 11-8 record on the road in 2016…Since the start of the 2014 season, Washington is 14-6 at Citi Field.

TIME FOR THE ENCORE
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer joined an exclusive club on Wednesday night vs. the Detroit Tigers as he became just the fourth pitcher in Major League history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game…Scherzer joined Randy Johnson (May 8, 2001), Kerry Wood (May 6, 1998) and Roger Clemens (Sept. 18, 1996 & April 29, 1986) in the elite group…Scherzer’s 20 K’s are a Nationals record (2005-pres.), a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) and the most in D.C.-baseball history since Tom Cheney struck out 21 batters on Sept. 12, 1962 at Baltimore, but in 16 innings…In Scherzer’s three historic performances with WSH (two no-hitters, 20-K game), he has combined for 47 strikeouts and no walks.

  • Making his first start since striking out 20, Scherzer’s encore will be closely watched…Via ESPN Stats & Information, three of the previous four pitchers to strikeout 20 batters in a game followed it up with a double-digit strikeout total in the next outing…Wood currently owns the modern MLB record for strikeouts in a two-game span with 33…CLE RHP Corey Kluber holds the record among active players with 30.
  • Scherzer, who in 2015 became just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to throw two no-hitters in the same regular season, now joins Randy Johnson as the only pitchers in MLB history to have a no-hitter and a 20-strikeout game on his resume.
  • Perhaps most remarkable about Scherzer’s performance on Wednesday was his strike efficiency…Of the 119 pitches he threw, 96 were strikes (80.7%)…Per Elias, that is the highest percentage of pitches that were strikes in an outing of at least 110 pitches since 94 of 114 (82.5%) of Curt Schilling’s pitches were in the zone on Sept. 20, 2002 vs. COL.
  • The 23 total balls (of his 119 pitches) were the fewest ever thrown in a 20-strikeout game, nine fewer than Randy Johnson’s 32: Scherzer: 23; Johnson: 32; Wood: 38 ; Clemens (2nd): 50; Clemens: 41…Scherzer had nearly as many swings against pitches out of the strike zone (19) as he had total balls in the game.
  • In addition, Scherzer’s complete game win over Detroit gave him at least one win over all 30 teams in Major League Baseball…He joins RHP John Lackey as the only active players to accomplish that feat.

THE MULTI-TALENTED MURPHY
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy is leading the Major Leagues with 19 multi-hit games this season…Having played in 37 of the Nationals’ 38 games, Murphy has at least two hits in more than half of the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 14 of his last 17 games, going 29-for-67 (.432) with six doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored in that stretch.

  • Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.400), hits (56), and multi-hit games (19)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (4th, 1.062), slugging percentage (6th, .629), doubles (T7th, 13), and on-base percentage (7th, .433).
  • On the season, Murphy has hit safely in 31 of his 37 games played.

WALKIN’ THE WALK
Nationals RF Bryce Harper walked in the first inning on Sunday, giving him 10 straight games with at least one four-ball pass to first base…The 10-game stretch matches a career-high for Harper (April 15-25, 2015) and a Nationals high (2005-pres.)…The record for consecutive games with a walk in franchise history is 11 (Peter Bergeron, 4/5-16, 2002)…In addition, Harper’s is the longest streak in MLB this year behind Mets 3B David Wright (11, 4/27-5/12).

  • Harper smashed his 11th home run of the season on Friday night, breaking a 2-2 tie and putting the Nationals ahead, 4-2…Harper is tied for first in the Major Leagues with nine go-ahead RBI this year, and tied for third with five game-winning RBI…Per the Elias Sports Bureau, it was Harper’s MLB-best fourth home run this season on a full-count pitch.
  • Harper leads the National League in OPS (1.066), on-base percentage (.456), walks (41) and intentional walks (11)…He also ranks in the NL in home runs (T3rd, 11), RBI (T4th, 29) and slugging percentage (6th, .611).
  • In 11 games dating to May 4 at Kansas City, Harper is hitting .304 (7-for-23) with two homers, five RBI, 24 walks, one stolen base and eight runs scored…He has posted a .653 OBP in this stretch and has reached base safely in all 11 games.
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