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.
8.7.13 – Braves 6, Nationals 3
Stat of the Game: Jayson Werth broke up Kris Medlen’s early no-hit bid with a two-run shot in the fourth, collecting Washington’s lone multi-hit performance.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Tanner Roark tossed a pair of scoreless frames in his Major League debut.
It Was Over When: Washington loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but Wilson Ramos‘ liner found the mitt of Jason Heyward in right field for the final out.
8.6.13 – Braves 2, Nationals 1
Stat of the Game: Bryce Harper hit the longest home run by a Nationals player at home this year (437 feet) for Washington’s lone run.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Gio Gonzalez turned in a quality start but took the hard-luck loss, allowing two earned runs over seven frames.
It Was Over When: The Nationals loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh inning, but could not push across a run.
8.4.13 – Brewers 8, Nationals 5
Stat of the Game: Jayson Werth tallied his third consecutive multi-hit game, finishing the series 7-for-11.
Under-the-Radar Performance: After hitting just one home run in his previous 19 contests, Adam LaRoche blasted his second longball in as many days to pull into a share of the team lead with 16 on the year.
It Was Over When: After taking the lead in the sixth, the Brewers added single runs in the seventh and eighth to pull away.
8.3.13 – Nationals 3, Brewers 0
Stat of the Game: Dan Haren delivered his second straight sparkling start, shutting out the Brewers over seven innings to earn the win.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Adam LaRoche became the fourth Nationals player with 15 or more home runs this season, using Jayson Werth‘s bat to drive an opposite-field blast.
It Was Over When: Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano retired all six batters they faced to close the door.
8.2.13 – Nationals 4, Brewers 1
Stat of the Game: Jordan Zimmermann delivered six scoreless frames for his career-high 13th win of the season.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Bryce Harper tied the team lead with his 16th home run and drove in a pair.
It Was Over When: Washington added an insurance run in the top of the ninth to pad the lead and provide the final margin.