What to Watch For: 9/6
Chicago Cubs (51-85) vs. Washington Nationals (84-52)
RHP Justin Germano (2-5, 5.52) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (9-8, 3.01)
Gio Gonzalez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and for the second straight night the Nationals rode six home runs to a victory over the Cubs, their third straight to open the series and fourth in a row overall. Jordan Zimmerman looks to rebound from his toughest start of the season tonight as Washington aims for the four-game sweep.
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
Washington launched six home runs, including a pair from Bryce Harper, during its 9-1 win over the Cubs. The Nationals, who homered six times the night prior, became the first team in MLB history to hit six or more homers in two straight home games. Between the homers Wednesday night and Thursday night, the Nationals became only the third team in MLB history to hit six or more home runs in each of two consecutive games. The Dodgers did so 6/29-30, 1996 at Colorado and the Angels turned the trick 6/3-4, 2003 at Montreal.
With two home runs last night, Harper became the third teenager since 1918 to hit two home runs in a game twice in a season, joining Mel Ott and Ken Griffey, Jr. Harper has hit 17 home runs this year, behind only Tony Conigliaro (24) and Mel Ott (19) for most home runs as a teenager.
Adam LaRoche clubbed his fourth home run in three games last night, hitting a solo shot off Chris Volstad in the third inning. LaRoche ranks among NL first basemen in home runs (first, 28), extra-base hits (second, 56), RBI (first, 90) and walks (tied-second, 56). Before he struck out in the seventh, LaRoche was 7-for-7 with two walks in his previous nine plate appearances.