8.30.13 – Mets 3, Nationals 2
Stat of the Game: Steve Lombardozzi recorded his first career pinch-homer in the eighth inning.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Jordan Zimmermann tossed 7.2 innings to earn a quality start, but took the tough-luck loss.
It Was Over When: The Nationals got back within one, but could not push across the tying run with two on and two out in the eighth.
8.29.13 – Nationals 9, Marlins 0
Stat of the Game: The Nationals swatted three home runs – by Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond – en route to the rout.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Gio Gonzalez allowed just three hits over seven scoreless frames, striking out eight.
It Was Over When: Werth’s team-leading 21st blast, a three-run shot, landed about 20 rows deep in left field.
8.28.13 – Nationals 4, Marlins 3
Stat of the Game: Jayson Werth tied the game with a solo shot in the sixth, becoming the first National to 20 home runs this season.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Ian Desmond came through with the go-ahead RBI in the seventh, following an intentional walk with two outs.
It Was Over When: For the second night in a row, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano put up zeroes in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to preserve the one-run win.
8.27.13 – Nationals 2, Marlins 1
Stat of the Game: Ian Desmond had three hits, including an RBI-single with two out in the first that proved to be the difference.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Four Washington relievers – Tanner Roark, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano – combined to throw four innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.
It Was Over When: Soriano locked up his 34th save, inducing a game-ending groundout from Adainy Hechavarria.
8.24.13 – Nationals 7, Royals 2
Stat of the Game: Jordan Zimmermann earned his National League-leading 15th win of the season, matching the total accrued by Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Tyler Moore had yet another multi-hit game, his fifth straight since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.
It Was Over When: Fernando Abad struck out David Lough with the bases loaded to end the bottom of the 8th inning.
8.23.13 – Nationals 11, Royals 10
Stat of the Game: The Nationals rallied from a 6-0 deficit, their largest comeback win of the season.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Tyler Moore continued his hot hitting, collecting three of the Nationals 13 hits. He has multi-hit games in each of his four games since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.
It Was Over When: Moore caught a short fly ball to left field for the final out, giving the Nationals their fourth consecutive win.
8.22.13 – Nationals 5, Cubs 4 (13 innings)
Stat of the Game: Steve Lombardozzi hit his first career home run from the right side of the plate, a solo shot in the 7th inning.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the top of the 1st, which gave the Nats their fifth player with 15 or more home runs this season (Adam LaRoche 18, Jayson Werth 18, Ian Desmond 17 and Bryce Harper 17).
It Was Over When: Drew Storen stuck his glove in front of a Dioner Navarro liner, deflecting it into a game-ending 1-4-6-3 double play.
8.21.13 – Nationals 11, Cubs 6
Stat of the Game: Scott Hairston‘s pinch-hit, three-run home run gave him his first roundtripper and first RBI in a Nationals uniform.
Under-the-Radar Performance: For the third time in five Major League appearances, Tanner Roark earned the win in relief.
It Was Over When: The Nationals added two more runs on Denard Span‘s RBI-triple and Ryan Zimmerman‘s RBI-single in the eighth.
8.20.13 – Nationals 4, Cubs 2
Stat of the Game: The Nationals had a season-high 21 men reach base safely (14 hits, seven walks), one more than the 20 they accumulated in a 14-1 drubbing of the Mets on July 28.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard did not allow any base runners in the seventh and eighth innings, holding onto the Nats slim 2-1 lead.
It Was Over When: Denard Span, a late-game defensive replacement, ripped a two-out, RBI single in the top of the ninth to give Washington a 4-1 advantage.
8.17.13 – Nationals 8, Braves 7 (15 innings)
Stat of the Game: Adam LaRoche‘s 15-inning home run was the deciding blow in the longest game in franchise history at five hours, 29 minutes.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Tanner Roark tossed four innings of one-hit, shutout relief, striking out six batters.
It Was Over When: Dan Haren earned his first Major League save with a scoreless 15th inning.