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.
8.15.13 – Giants 4, Nationals 3
Stat of the Game: Dan Haren continued his run of solid starts since his return from the disabled list, allowing a single run on three hits over six innings.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Jayson Werth collected two more hits and is now batting .331 for the season.
It Was Over When: Down to their last strike, the Giants flipped the script with a three-run home run to snap Washington’s five-game winning streak.
8.14.13 – Nationals 6, Giants 5
Stat of the Game: Ian Desmond‘s 17th home run of the season – the longest of the year at Nationals Park (448 feet) – put him into a four-way tie for the team lead.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Jordan Zimmermann notched his National League-leading 14th win, extending his career high.
It Was Over When: Denard Span tracked down Hunter Pence’s deep liner in the left-center field gap to save the day, stranding the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base.
8.13.13 – Nationals 4, Giants 2
Stat of the Game: Adam LaRoche‘s two-run shot in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie and helped the Nationals to their fourth straight victory.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Tanner Roark earned his second win in four days, allowing one unearned run over two innings of relief.
It Was Over When: Kurt Suzuki‘s eighth-inning sacrifice fly scored Jayson Werth with an insurance run to provide the final margin.
8.11.13 – Nationals 6, Phillies 0
Stat of the Game: Stephen Strasburg needed just 99 pitches to record his first-ever complete game and shutout, holding the Phillies to just four hits while striking out 10.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Jayson Werth turned in his second straight three-hit game and now owns an August slash line of .571/.647/.821.
It Was Over When: Ian Desmond scored from second base on Wilson Ramos‘ fielder’s choice to put Washington ahead 5-0 in the fifth inning.
8.10.13 – Nationals 8, Phillies 5
Stat of the Game: Jayson Werth had three knocks, the last of which was a go-ahead, two-run home run for the 1000th hit of his career.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Tanner Roark recorded six outs on just 12 pitches for his first Major League win.
It Was Over When: Anthony Rendon‘s two-out, bases-loaded single in the seventh capped a five-run frame to put the game out of reach.
8.9.13 – Nationals 9, Phillies 2
Stat of the Game: Dan Haren became just the 13th pitcher in Major League history to notch a win against all 30 MLB clubs, beating the Phillies for the first time.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Every Nationals position player recorded at least one hit in the victory.
It Was Over When: The Nationals scored four times in the fifth inning to break open a close game.