7.24.13 – Pirates 4, Nationals 2
Stat of the Game: Stephen Strasburg became the first National League pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) with eight or more innings pitched and 12 or more strikeouts while allowing two or fewer hits and no walks in a loss.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Jayson Werth homered for the fourth time in five games. Eight of Washington’s 13 runs since the All-Star break have come on Werth homers.
It Was Over When: Neil Walker whiffed on a tag of Wilson Ramos, but was given credit for the out, starting a game-ending, 4-3 double play.
7.23.13 – Pirates 5, Nationals 1
Stat of the Game: Tyler Clippard continued his dominant stretch with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, and has allowed just one hit over his last 12 appearances (12.0 IP), striking out 15.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Rookie Taylor Jordan delivered another solid start, tossing a career-long 7.2 innings.
It Was Over When: The Pirates added a pair of runs in the eighth inning to stretch the margin to four runs.
7.21.13 – Dodgers 9, Nationals 2
Stat of the Game: Jayson Werth homered twice to provide the entirety of the offense, and is now batting .322/.400/.538 with eight home runs in 40 games since returning from the disabled list on June 4.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Ross Ohlendorf delivered six innings of relief out of the bullpen, allowing just two runs.
It Was Over When: The Dodgers sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven times in the second inning.
7.19.13 – Dodgers 3, Nationals 2
Stat of the Game: Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman each collected multi-hit performances in the first game after the All-Star break.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Stephen Strasburg allowed just two runs over seven frames for his 12th quality start of the season.
It Was Over When: Andre Ethier broke a 2-2 tie with a ninth-inning home run for the last score of the game.
7.13.13 – Marlins 2, Nationals 1 (10 innings)
Stat of the Game: Dan Haren turned in one of his sharpest performances of the seasons, shutting out the Marlins on three hits and a walk over six innings, striking out seven.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Tyler Clippard turned in his eighth straight scoreless outing, over which he’s allowed a single hit and three walks with eight strikeouts.
It Was Over When: Ed Lucas beat out the back end of a potential inning-ending double play ball with the bases loaded to give the Marlins a 2-1 victory.
7.12.13 – Marlins 8, Nationals 3
Stat of the Game: Ross Ohlendorf tossed four scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out four.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Jayson Werth extended his hitting streak to nine games with a booming double off the left-field wall, just shy of a home run.
It Was Over When: The Marlins added two more runs in the second following their five-run first inning and the Nationals would get no closer.
7.11.13 – Phillies 3, Nationals 1
Stat of the Game: Jayson Werth continued to stay hot since returning from the disabled list, collecting two hits to extend his streak to eight games.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Bryce Harper scored Washington’s lone run (and, arguably, a second one) thanks to a sixth-inning triple followed by Ryan Zimmerman‘s sacrifice fly.
It Was Over When: The Phillies added a run in the bottom of the eighth to provide the final margin.
7.10.13 – Nationals 5, Phillies 1
Stat of the Game: The Nationals hit back-to-back home runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, the fifth and sixth times they’ve gone back-to-back this season.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Gio Gonzalez won for the fourth time in as many starts to improve to 7-3 and lower his ERA to 3.03.
It Was Over When: After Philadelphia scored in the seventh, Washington added a fifth run in the top of the ninth to provide the final margin.
7.9.13 – Phillies 4, Nationals 2
Stat of the Game: Scott Hairston had a pair of hits, batting leadoff in his Nationals debut.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Jayson Werth launched his ninth home run of the season in the second inning off Cole Hamels.
It Was Over When: Washington scored once and got the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but could not complete the comeback.
7.7.13 – Nationals 11, Padres 7
Stat of the Game: Ryan Zimmerman hit his fourth career grand slam, an opposite field blast that broke a 1-1 tie and put the Nationals ahead for good.
Under-the-Radar Performance: Anthony Rendon also homered and matched his career high with three RBI.
It Was Over When: Washington added a four-run fifth inning following a six-run third frame to put the game away.