What to Watch for: 8/3
Miami Marlins (48-57) vs. Washington Nationals (62-42)
Game 1: LHP Brad Hand (NR, -.–) vs. LHP John Lannan (1-0, 2.57)
Game 2: RHP Josh Johnson (6-7, 4.04) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (13-5, 3.27)
The Nationals play their second doubleheader of the season tonight, coming off a 3-0 shutout victory over the Phillies on Thursday night. Ross Detwiler tossed 7.0 innings of three-hit ball in the victory, lowering his second-half ERA to 1.75.
NATIONALS GAME 1 LINEUP
1. Espinosa SS
2. Lombardozzi 2B
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. Werth CF
5. LaRoche 1B
6. Moore LF
7. DeRosa RF
8. Flores C
9. Lannan LHP
LET’S BE KURT
The Nationals announced before the game that they have made a trade for with the Oakland Athletics for catcher Kurt Suzuki, sending minor league catcher David Freitas to Oakland. Suzuki is a .254 career hitter and led all American League catchers in fielding percentage (.996), caught stealings (23) and CS percentage (38.3) at the time of the deal.
JORDAN RULES IN JULY
Jordan Zimmermann went 4-0 with an ultra-stingy 0.97 ERA in six July starts and was named NL Pitcher of the Month for July. Rotation-mates Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez earned the same citation in April and May, respectively. The Nationals became the first team with three different pitchers to earn NL Pitcher of the Month awards in the same season since 1979, when HOU had four turn the trick: Ken Forsch, Joaquin Andujar, J.R. Richard and Joe Niekro.
Adam LaRoche went deep in the 2nd inning off Cole Hamels to trigger Thursday’s 3-0 home win over the Phillies. In so doing, LaRoche reached the 20-homer plateau earlier (by date) than any Nationals outside of Alfonso Soriano (2006) and Adam Dunn (2009 and ‘10).