Rendon's extra-base capability an important asset for Nationals

One main reason the ">Nationals have been able to get on a roll since late June has been their ability to compile extra-base hits on offense. The Nationals have gone 11-6 in July and 14-6 since June 28. The offense has averaged 5.24 runs per game in the past 17 games, totaling 89 runs. The Nats are enjoying a stretch of 23 consecutive games with ... read more

Rockies tee off on Strasburg early (Nats lose 6-4)

The Nationals were able to grab the lead in the first inning thanks to a fielding mistake. With Denard Span on base after a single, Scott Hairston's grounder to DJ LeMahieu was mishandled on a force attempt. The throwing error allowed Span to score all the way from first and the Nationals led 1-0. But in the bottom of the first, the Rockies teed off ... read more

Espinosa's value highest is now, staying with the Nationals

It seems like any time the trade deadline talk comes up relating to the Nationals, inevitably Danny Espinosa's name comes up in the conversation. Especially when Bryce Harper returned to the lineup June 30, Espinosa was relegated to the bench for spot duty in the late innings on defense or a pinch-hit appearance here and there. General manager Mike Rizzo has fielded calls from prospective ... read more

Rockies get to Zimmermann for early lead (LaRoche homers, Nats lead 7-4)

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann battled through the first inning against the Rockies, and despite allowing two hits, was able to come through it unscathed. Unfortunately, the Rockies were able to get a couple of more hits in the second inning to take their first lead of the series. Ben Paulsen doubled, and one batter later, DJ LeMahieu smacked a triple down the right field line ... read more

Starters keep game scoreless early (Desmond 5-for-5 in 7-2 win)

The Nationals looked to settle in against the Rockies' Franklin Morales, who was making his first start against the D.C. club after five previous relief appearances. And the third inning was the time. Especially against a reliever-turned-starter, who you would expect would run out of ways to get you out. But Morales was up to the task. With one out in the third, Denard Span ... read more

Werth on the anatomy of a walk-off win and looking down the road

That one play, really that one at-bat, made the game. Bottom of the ninth, Anthony Rendon at first base, two outs. Brewers reliever Rob Wooten was on the cusp of getting out of the inning. He had relied on his slider and curveball to get to two outs and had made it difficult for any Nationals to get a good swing. But veteran Jayson Werth ... read more

Zimmerman, Werth and bullpen find a way to beat the Brewers 5-4 (updated)

The Nationals battled with the Brewers all day, finally ending it on a Jayson Werth double that scored Anthony Rendon all the way from first base in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 victory. The up-and-down affair had both teams with leads. The Nationals led 1-0. Milwaukee went up 2-1 and then 3-1. The Nationals tied it on a Ryan Zimmerman two-run shot ... read more

Gonzalez fights through jam in second unscathed (Nats walk off with 5-4 win)

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez has been able to go long into games in his last three starts, totaling 21 2/3 innings. While averaging seven innings in those games, he has allowed the bullpen to enjoy short work and keep it fresh. Gonzalez will look to do that again Sunday against the Brewers. The Nationals are 3-0 in three games Gonzalez has started against Milwaukee. In the ... read more