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  W: J. Nelson (11-6)   L: T. Roark (11-9)   S: C. Knebel (32)
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Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 40,044

Nats' health improving as Brewers series continues

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According to STATS

Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Nationals took two of three games from the Brewers last month, winning the last two games of the series. Washington will be seeking its first three-game winning streak versus Milwaukee since 2013. The franchise hasn't won four in a row against the Brewers since the Montreal Expos captured six straight in 2003.
  2. After sweeping three games from Miami, the Nationals have won four in a row overall for the first time since posting a six-game winning streak that spanned the All-Star break. With 30 games to play, Washington (81-51) is assured of at least a .500 record for the sixth consecutive season.
  3. The Brewers' 6-5 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday was Milwaukee's fifth straight win in games decided by one run. At 14-12 this month, the Brewers are assured of their first winning August since 2012 (16-12).
  4. Over his last four games, Anthony Rendon is 5-for-6 with runners in scoring position, raising his season average in such situations to .374. The surge also has lifted Rendon's RBI total to 86 in 2017, establishing a career high.
  5. Gio Gonzalez has won each of his last five starts while compiling a 0.79 ERA, the lowest mark in baseball since July 31 (minimum 25 IP). The only two pitchers in Nationals history to win six consecutive starts were Livan Hernandez in 2005 (6) and Stephen Strasburg in 2012 (6).
  6. Zach Davies also has pitched very well recently, fashioning a 1.67 ERA over eight starts since July 19, the second-lowest mark in MLB (Jake Arrieta 1.62, minimum 35 IP). Davies also has surrendered just one home run in 54.0 innings over that span, the lowest rate (0.17 home runs per nine innings) in MLB.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/31/2017 thru 9/3/2017

MILWAUKEE -- There won't be too many new faces in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse at Miller Park on Friday afternoon when active rosters expand from 25 to 40 players.

Instead of promoting a crop of promising young prospects or an influx of minor league talent for the stretch run, the Nationals instead will bolster themselves with healthy talent off the disabled list.

"A lot of the guys that would've been September call-ups have already been here, in July and August and now September," manager Dusty Baker said Thursday before the Nationals lost 6-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a four-game series. "We've got a few guys slated to come back. I think almost all the guys that are slated to come back have been here."

Among the first wave of players expected to join the team Friday is right-handed reliever Enny Romero, who was a key contributor out of the Washington bullpen before a strained left forearm sent him to the disabled list on Aug. 3.

In seven minor league rehab appearances, Romero allowed five runs (three earned) over 6 1/3 innings.

"He's been pitching," Baker said. "Hopefully he can come back and learn something where he was and come back sharp."

Right-hander Tanner Roark (11-8, 4.63 ERA) gets the start Friday as the Nationals try to even the series at a game apiece. Roark has never lost to the Brewers, going 3-0 with a 3.07 ERA in five career appearances (four starts), including a 1-0 mark and 3.29 ERA in two career starts at Miller Park.

Milwaukee will turn to its ace, right-hander Jimmy Nelson, who is in the midst of a breakout season. Nelson (10-6, 3.75 ERA) was impressive his last time out, no-hitting the Dodgers through five innings then holding them to two runs over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two.

"Jimmy was really good," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He pitched beautifully. No hits through five innings. We probably should've escaped with just giving up one run. He pitched beautifully."

Nelson has made four career starts against Washington, going 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA, including a no-decision after yielding two runs in seven innings on July 26 at Nationals Park.

The Brewers expect to have Travis Shaw back in the lineup Friday after he missed two games with a sore left foot, but catcher Manny Pina's status is still uncertain thanks to a sore hip that forced him from the Tuesday game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pina is slated to undergo further testing on the hip Friday.

"Manny is hurting a little bit, still," Counsell said Thursday. "He's improving a little bit and able to play in an emergency, but we're concerned enough where we want to make sure he is all right."

Catcher Andrew Susac will return from the disabled list Friday, providing Milwaukee depth in case Pina needs more time.

Updated September 1, 2017

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