BALTIMORE — Before Friday afternoon’s game, several Nationals who had never played in Camden Yards mentioned the park’s reputation as a hitter’s ballpark. They then went out and in record-setting fashion proved that to be completely true.
Here are the basics: The Nationals scored a club record 17 runs Friday night — the most ever since the team relocated to Washington D.C. and became the Nationals. They pounded Orioles pitching for 19 hits, hit a club record six home runs and went 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position (a deceptively low statistic).
But here are a few more numbers from tonight’s onslaught, most courtesy of Nationals PR man Bill Gluvna:
— Wilson Ramos (who was 3-for-4) scored a career-high five runs as part of his near-cycle night matching a franchise record — a mark that includes both Nationals and Expos.
— Jayson Werth, who was previously 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on his birthday, turned 32 Friday and belted two home runs for his ninth career multi-homer game — first as a Washington National.
— Danny Espinosa, who also finished a double-shy of the cycle, hit his sixth homer of the season on the 10th pitch of an epic at-bat in the second inning. The home run, which was a three-run shot, was the fourth three-run homer of the season for Espinosa and all of his home runs have been multi-run hits.
With Friday’s, Espinosa became the only player in the major leagues this season with at least six home runs where all of them have been multi-run blasts, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Since 2000, Espinosa is one of just 27 MLB players who have hit multi-run homers in each of their first six to begin a season and he now leads all MLB rookies with 27 RBI.
— The Nationals 7-8-9 hitters Friday night (Ramos, Espinosa, Jerry Hairston Jr.) combined to go 8-for-13 with nine runs scored, two triples, two homers and nine RBI.
— Every member of the Nationals’ starting lineup reached base at least once except for designated hitter Matt Stairs, who was 0-for-4 and is now just 2-for-26 on the season.
— The six home runs allowed was the most Baltimore has given up in a game since September, 2009.