What to Watch For: 9/1

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St. Louis Cardinals (71-61) vs. Washington Nationals (80-51)

RHP Kyle Lohse (14-2, 2.64) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (9-8, 2.63)

On the heels of dominant pitching performances by both Edwin Jackson and Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound Saturday afternoon in search of their fourth consecutive win and third in a row to open their series with the defending World Champion Cardinals.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Werth RF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Morse LF

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Zimmermann RHP

OH, WHAT A NIGHT!

Gio Gonzalez scattered five hits and three walks to notch his first career shutout (in career start #116) as the Nationals blanked the Cardinals, 10-0, on Friday at Nationals Park. Gonzalez fanned eight while tossing Washington’s first complete-game shutout since Livan Hernandez turned the trick, coincidentally in a 10-0 home win over St. Louis, on June 15, 2011. Jayson Werth reached base in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI, three runs scored and two walks. Washington equaled its ‘11 win total with the victory.

AUGUST IN REVIEW

Washington posted the National League’s best record in August at 19-10. The corresponding .655 winning percentage the Nationals best in a single month this season and was the first winning August since the team moved to D.C., with 17 of the month’s 29 contests coming against NL East foes. The Nationals outscored their opposition, 137-98, on the month and their +39 run differential paced the NL and ranked fourth in MLB (Tampa Bay +52, Oakland +44, Texas +40). Washington entered August with a 2.5-game lead in the NL East and exited with an advantage of 6.5 games over second-place Atlanta.

DATE IN D.C. BASEBALL

2005: Ryan Zimmerman is promoted to the big leagues, becoming the first player drafted and developed exclusively by the Nationals to reach the Major League level. Zimmerman is also the first player selected in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft to reach the big leagues. That night, at Turner Field, Zimmerman dons uniform #25 and, facing Jim Brower, strikes out in the seventh inning while pinch-hitting for Jason Bergmann. The Braves win the game, 8-7, in 10 innings.

2008: Tim Redding rides a no-hitter into the sixth and settled for his 10th win as the Nationals post their seventh consecutive win in a 7-4 home triumph over the Phillies.

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