Stat of the Day: Ryne and shine

12:09 AM UTC is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Nationals this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

Sept. 18: Rockies 6, Nationals 0 -- Harper's scoreless outing
Ryne Harper tossed two innings on Saturday as the first man out of the bullpen. It marked his 26th scoreless relief outing in 31 appearances. This season, he has held opponents to a .169 (20-for-118) batting average.

Sept. 17: Rockies 9, Nationals 8 -- More free passes for Soto
Juan Soto entered as the only qualified player in the Majors with more walks than strikeouts. The trend continued when he walked three times, one intentional. His three free passes added to his career-high 123 on the season. He is now tied with Ken Singleton (1973) for the third-most in franchise history. Soto is just seven behind Bryce Harper who holds the top two spots on the leader board (124 in 2015; and 130 in 2018).

Sept. 15: Marlins 8, Nationals 6 -- Bell HRs, nets 3 hits again 
Josh Bell pieced together his fifth three-hit game of the season, falling a triple shy of the cycle. His home run was his 27th of the year, giving him the team lead in that category.

Sept. 14: Nationals 8, Marlins 2 -- Fedde vs. Marlins
With eight strikeouts against the Marlins on Tuesday, Erick Fedde's 2021 season total vs. the National League East opponent rose to 22. That is the highest strikeout tally against a single team over a single season in his five-year career.

Sept. 13: Marlins 3, Nationals 0 -- Espino's longest career outing
Paolo Espino tossed six innings of one-run ball, marking the longest outing of his Major League career. He didn't receive any run support for the first time this season.

Sept. 12: Nationals 6, Pirates 2 -- HRs come in threes for Nats
Powered by Luis García, Alex Avila and Lane Thomas, the Nationals belted at least three home runs in a game for the 15th time this season. Of those games, Sunday was the first time since Aug. 4 against the Phillies that Juan Soto was not one of the players to homer.

Sept. 11: Pirates 10, Nationals 7 -- Double up
Keibert Ruiz's first big league double had major results. He connected with the bases loaded and drove in all three runners. The double was also his first extra-base hit as a member of the Nationals.

Sept. 10: Pirates 4, Nationals 3 -- One three-bagger down ...
Riley Adams connected for his first Major League triple when he sent a sharp line drive into center field off Pirates starter Steven Brault. He also picked up an RBI on the triple by driving in Carter Kieboom.

Sept. 9: Braves 7, Nationals 6 (10) -- Soto's intentional walks
Juan Soto received his 16th and 17th intentional walks of the year, extending his already league-leading total. That's the second-highest season total by a Washington Nationals player, behind only Bryce Harper's 20 in 2016. Vladimir Guerrero holds the all-time franchise record with 32 in 2002.

Sept. 8: Nationals 4, Braves 2 -- Nats overcome abbreviated start When the Nationals won after Sean Nolin's first-inning ejection, it was historic. They had not won a game in which their starting pitcher got fewer than two outs since moving to Washington. The last time a Nationals or Expos team accomplished the feat was April 17, 2002, a 15-8 Montreal win against the Cubs in which Tomo Ohka allowed six runs and didn't record an out.

Sept. 7: Braves 8, Nationals 5 -- Above zero
The loss marked the Nationals' 79th consecutive game without being shut out, dating back to June 11. That's the longest active streak in the Majors, and it breaks a tie with the Braves (April 26-July 26) for the longest by any team in the Majors this year. It's also the longest such streak in Washington Nationals history (since 2005).

Sept. 6: Nationals 4, Mets 3 -- Corbin in workhorse mode
Patrick Corbin's 114 pitches on Monday weren't just his season high. The southpaw had not thrown as many in an outing since he tossed 116 in a complete-game shutout against the Marlins on May 25, 2019.

Sept. 5: Mets 13, Nationals 6 -- Thomas sets tone
Hitting comfortably at the top of the batting order, Lane Thomas belted a leadoff home run for the second straight game. Thomas joined Kyle Schwarber on the list of Nationals to hit leadoff homers in back-to-back games this season. Schwarber accomplished the feat in three instances in June.

Sept. 4: Mets 11, Nats 9 (9 innings, Game 1) -- Soto's career high in walks
Juan Soto leads all players in walks, and he is on track to set a Nationals franchise mark in the category this season. While drawing walks at this rapid pace, Soto passed his own single-season mark of 108 (set in 2019) during Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Mets.

Sept. 3: Mets 6, Nats 2 (10 innings) -- Adams raking as a starter
Riley Adams is making the most of his opportunity with consistent at-bats. The catcher extended his hitting streak in games in which he starts to nine. During that stretch, he is batting .483 with six runs, five doubles, one homer and five RBIs.

Sept. 2: Phillies 7, Nationals 6 -- Soto in HOF company
Juan Soto drew a walk in the first inning and followed up with a home run in the third, his 40th career game doing both. In doing so, the 22-year-old joined elite company for the most games with at least one walk and one homer before the age of 23 (since 1901): Mel Ott (55), Eddie Mathews (45), Ted Williams (44) and Jimmie Foxx (41).