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Ian Desmond has been brewing something special lately.

Even as the Nationals have been swaying around the .500 mark this season, they’ve been fortunate enough to boast some exceptional performances. Anchoring the pitching rotation is Jordan Zimmermann, who is tied for second in the National League wins and is seventh with a 2.44 ERA. Rookie left-hander Ian Krol has been impressive in short relief, and Ross Ohlendorf — he of the vintage kick-and-deliver windup — shone in his Nationals debut Wednesday in Colorado.

A Gold Glove finalist last season, Desmond is stating his case again this year.

A Gold Glove finalist last season, Desmond is stating his case for the award again this year.

Then there’s Desmond. Fresh off a career-high 15-game hitting streak that ended Friday night in Cleveland, Desmond has quietly provided consistency in a lineup desperately in need of a spark.  After batting .220 in May, Desmond turned it up, starting with a visit from Baltimore on May 27. Since then, he’s hit .357 (25-for-70) and is a scorching .385 so far in June. He’s also reaching base at a .439 clip for the month.

During a 3-2 win over the New York Mets on June 4, Desmond was 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and RBI and a run scored. In a doubleheader against the Twins on June 9, Desmond belted three hits, tallying two RBI and two runs scored in the afternoon bill, while providing the game-winning RBI double in the seventh inning of the nightcap. He knocked in three of the Nats five runs in a win over the Rockies on June 12, all with two outs, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk. The next day, he added four more hits on a 4-for-4 outing with an RBI and a run. The Nats won 5-4.

The shortstop has 14 RBI through 14 games in June to bring his total to 34. He’s also leading the team with 73 hits.

If that’s not enough, Desmond’s stepped up his game on defense as well. After a shaky start of the season, during which he committed seven errors in the first three weeks, Desmond hasn’t had a miscue since April 21. That’s a career-high 50 games without a mistake in the field, the longest active streak among Major League shortstops.  His recent performance hearkens back to a stellar 2012 in which Desmond was a Gold Glove finalist.

That’s the kind of production that will hopefully rub off on the rest of the clubhouse as the season wears on. Perhaps it’s already starting to: rookie infielder Anthony Rendon has hit safely in 10 straight games and first baseman Adam LaRoche strung together a nine-game hitting streak of his own to start the month. On the defensive side, Ryan Zimmerman has committed just two errors since May 18.

If nothing else, Desmond is providing a blueprint for the rest of the lineup to follow. Hopefully his performance is a harbinger for things to come.

Highlights: 6.16.13

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6.16.13 – Indians 2, Nationals 0

Stat of the Game: Anthony Rendon had three of Washington’s seven hits, and is now batting .361 on the season.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit over five innings, but absorbed the tough-luck loss.

It Was Over When: The Indians added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to stretch the lead to its final margin.

What to Watch for: 6.16.13

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Washington Nationals (34-33) vs. Cleveland Indians (33-34)

RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-5, 2.54) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (4-4, 4.08)

Following Saturday night’s thrilling, 7-6 victory, the Nationals activated Stephen Strasburg for the series finale in Cleveland. Strasburg was 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA (4 ER/25.0 IP) in his final four starts before landing on the Disabled List.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Rendon 2B

3. Zimmerman DH

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Werth RF

6. Desmond SS

7. Tracy DH

8. Solano C

9. Bernadina LF

Strasburg RHP

THE ROOKIE IS RAKING

Anthony Rendon brings a nine-game hit streak into today’s contest, having batted at a .429 (15-for-35) clip with three walks, five doubles, his first career homer, six runs scored and five RBI during the stretch. He has posted multi-hit efforts in five of the nine contests. Rendon has also reached base safely in 13 straight MLB games, pocketing a .472 on-base percentage (18 hits, 7 walks) during that stretch that spans two stints with the Nationals.

INTERLEAGUE UPDATE

After today’s matinee tilt against the Indians, the Nationals will take a 43-day hiatus from Interleague Play before opening a two-day series at Detroit on July 30. Washington is 9-5 against the AL this season, having gone 3-1-1 in series play against the junior circuit. The Nationals lead the National League and are tied with Tampa Bay (9-1) for the Major League lead with nine Interleague wins this season.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

In addition to GM Mike Rizzo, who came from a baseball scouting family (grandfather Vito, father Phillip), three Nationals players have followed in the footsteps of their big-league dads: Adam LaRoche (father Dave LaRoche played 14 seasons, ‘70-83), Steve Lombardozzi (father Steve Lombardozzi Sr. played six seasons, ‘85-90) and Jayson Werth (grandfather Ducky Schofield played 19 seasons, ‘53-71; stepfather Dennis Werth played four seasons, ‘79-82).

The Fresh Grind

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There’s no other way to put it. This was a game the Nationals needed to win.

Especially after scoring just once behind Gio Gonzalez the night before, with the Indians winning in the bottom of the ninth. Especially with the offense responding for five runs, including three homers, through the first three innings behind Jordan Zimmermann. Especially after Zimmermann couldn’t hold that early advantage, the Indians chipping away and finally pushing ahead with a half-dozen two-out RBI.

And then, the hit that always seemed to be there in 2012, but seldom thus far in 2013, came to save the day. With two outs in the eighth, on an 0-2 pitch, pinch-hitter Chad Tracy smoked a rocket to the right of dead center field, the ball escaping the reach of a leaping Michael Bourn over the wall for a game-tying, solo home run.

Anthony Rendon's first Major League home run was a big one, giving the Nationals a crucial road win.

Anthony Rendon’s first Major League home run was a big one, giving the Nationals a crucial road win.

Then, again, the Nationals saw something they had seen precious little of to this point in the season. The baseball gods smiled down upon them, as with two outs in the ninth, Anthony Rendon skied a pop-up behind first base in foul territory. Nick Swisher backed up to make the play, but stopped as he seemingly expected to be called off by second baseman Jason Kipnis at the last moment. The ball dropped between them in foul territory, breathing new life back into the Nationals rookie’s at-bat.

Two pitches later, Rendon cashed in, sending a line shot to the opposite field for what would turn out to be the game-winning home run. As anyone who follows the game closely knows baseball has a funny way of doing that, of making teams pay for giving the opposition extra opportunities.

“(Jhonatan) Solano and I were calling it after the miscue on the pop-up,” said Tracy of Rendon’s blast. “We could have easily put our heads down and folded up. But that’s the makeup of this team, (even though) we may not have showed it a lot so far.”

The Nationals still needed to survive the bottom of the ninth, though, which included a two-out double, followed by a bullet off the bat of Bourn right at Adam LaRoche for the final out. A night after the first baseman’s throw to the plate was a hair late to cut down the winning run, he secured the game’s final out in his mitt.

Instead of another setback for Washington, it was a step forward, a return to a winning record. With Stephen Strasburg rejoining the club and taking the hill Sunday, the Nationals can set their sights on winning a third consecutive series.

Even in just his 16th Major League game, Rendon recognized the importance of that single result, of what it means to any team, in any season.

“It’s great to have the comeback win,” he said. “Especially when we had a pretty good lead at the beginning of the game. (The Indians) fought their tails off to come back. We never gave up, though. We kept going out there and kept grinding.”

It’s a win the Nationals needed, but on a larger scale it is the exact type of win the Nationals needed to prove to the rest of the league, and to themselves, just what this team is capable of accomplishing.

Highlights: 6.15.13

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6.15.13 – Nationals 7, Indians 6

Stat of the Game: The Nationals matched a season high by swatting five home runs off the bats of five different players (Desmond, Rendon, Tracy, Werth, Zimmerman).

Under-the-Radar Performance: Chad Tracy came off the bench to swat the game-tying blast on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth inning.

It Was Over When: Anthony Rendon‘s first Major League home run snuck over the right-field wall in the top of the ninth to put the Nationals ahead for good.

What to Watch for: 6.12.13

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Washington Nationals (31-32) vs. Colorado Rockies (35-30)

RHP Ross Ohlendorf (0-0, -.–) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (7-3, 3.38) 

Washington has summoned Ross Ohlendorf from Triple-A Syracuse as the club finally hopes to get its starting rotation back in order later this week. The right-hander has been particularly sharp over his last three outings with the Chiefs, going 1-0 with a 1.56 ERA (3 ER/17.1 IP) and 27 strikeouts over that span.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Kobernus LF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Werth RF

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Rendon 2B

8. Solano C

9. Ohlendorf RHP

NUMERO OH-CHO

When right-hander Ross Ohlendorf takes the mound tonight, he will become the eighth pitcher to make a start for Washington in 2013, joining Gonzalez (13 starts), Haren (13), Zimmermann (13), Strasburg (12), Detwiler (8), Karns (3) and Duke (1). That matches the total number of starting pitchers the Nationals employed all of last season.

SAINT ANTHONY’S RAKING

Anthony Rendon has reached base safely in 10 straight MLB games, going 12-for-34 (.353) with six walks, three doubles, five runs scored and three RBI over that span. The 10-gamer spans a pair of stints with Washington.

ABAD HAS BEEN A-GOOD

In 10 relief appearances since joining the Nationals from Syracuse on May 21, Fernando Abad has held opponents scoreless thru 8.2 innings of work. During that stretch, he has fanned nine and walked just one batter, while posting a .138 batting average against and stranding all four runners he has inherited.

Highlights: 6.9.13

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6.9.13 Game 1 – Nationals 7, Twins 0

Stat of the Game: Jordan Zimmermann cruised, allowing just two hits over seven scoreless frames to earn his ninth win.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Anthony Rendon plated three RBI to guide the offense to its largest output since May 28.

It Was Over When: Ian Desmond‘s two-out, two-run single helped lead to a a five-run fifth frame and knocked Twins starter Scott Diamond from the game.

6.9.13 Game 2 – Nationals 5, Twins 4

Stat of the Game: The Nationals overcame an early three-run deficit with single runs in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Six different relievers combined to throw six innings of three-hit, shutout ball to preserve the victory.

It Was Over When: Rafael Soriano got the final out, popping up Josh Willingham to strand the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at first.

What to Watch for: 6.9.13 – Game 2

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Minnesota Twins (27-32) vs. Washington Nationals (30-31)

RHP Sam Deduno (2-1, 3.44) vs. RHP Nathan Karns (0-1, 6.00) 

Jordan Zimmermann’s seven innings of scoreless, two-hit ball led Washington to a 7-0 victory in Game 1 of this split twin-bill. Ian Desmond hit safely in each of his first three at-bats and Anthony Rendon plated three to lead the offense. Nathan Karns will look to deliver a sweep of the doubleheader and a series win as he takes the hill in his fourth Major League start at 1:05 p.m.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Bernadina LF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Werth RF

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Rendon 2B

8. Solano C

9. Karns RHP

GAME 1 NOTES

Anthony Rendon has now reached base safely in eight straight big leagues games, going 10-for-26 (.385) with six walks, three doubles, two runs scored and three RBI…Ian Desmond has hit safely in 11 straight games at a .349 clip (15-for-43) with a walk, three doubles, two homers, six runs scored and six RBI…the streak matches the longest of his career (June 5-17, 2011). Meanwhile, defensively Desmond has played a career-high 42 consecutive errorless games…Jordan Zimmermann has not lost since May 17 of last season, a span of 19 starts. Zimmermann is 11-0 over that stretch at home, and the Nationals have not lost a game he has started in his last 13 outings in D.C.

Enjoy this GIF of Anthony Rendon’s fist-pump from Game 1.

What to Watch for: 6.9.13 – Game 1

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Minnesota Twins (27-31) vs. Washington Nationals (29-31)

LHP Scott Diamond (4-4, 4.66) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-3, 2.16) 

The Nationals will play the second and third/final games of this series as part of a split doubleheader, with Game 1 beginning at 1:35 p.m. Washington will send Jordan Zimmermann to the hill, still in search of his ninth victory of the season after a loss and a no decision in his last two outings. The Nationals need wins in both games to secure a winning homestand before hitting the road for nine games, beginning Tuesday.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Kobernus CF

2. Lombardozzi LF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Werth RF

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Rendon 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Zimmermann RHP

SAINT ANTHONY, RAKING

Anthony Rendon has reached base safely in seven straight big leagues games, going 8-for-23 (.348) with five walks, two doubles and two runs scored. The seven-game surge spans a pair of stints with Washington. Incidentally, in between the big league stints, Rendon combined to hit .316 (25-for-79) with 18 walks, eight doubles, two triples, four home runs, 11 runs scored and 17 RBI in 22 games for Double-A Harrisburg (19 games) and Triple-A Syracuse (three games).

GOOD WOOD, SLICK LEATHER

Ian Desmond has hit safely in 10 straight games at a .308 clip (12-for-39) with a walk, three doubles, two homers, four runs scored and four RBI. Desmond now has five career double-digit hit streaks to his credit, two this season (also a 10-gamer, April 24-May 3). He is currently a game shy of matching the longest hit streak (11 games, June 5-17, 2011) of his career. Meanwhile, defensively Desmond has played a career-high 41 consecutive errorless games (164 total chances) since last committing a miscue on April 21 at New York (NL). This is currently the longest streak of its kind among big league shortstops. The longest previous string of errorless games during Desmond’s career was 39 straight games, May 5-June 21, 2011.

HOME COOKING

Jordan Zimmermann has been particularly strong within the confines of Nationals Park, where he has not lost since May 17 of last season, a span of 18 starts. Zimmermann is 10-0 over that stretch at home, and the Nationals have not lost a game he has started in his last 12 outings in D.C.

What to Watch for: 6.8.13

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Minnesota Twins (26-31) vs. Washington Nationals (29-30)

RHP Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.09) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.64) 

After two rainouts, the Nationals are ready to get back on the field as they welcome the Minnesota Twins to Washington for the first time since 1971 in the first of a three-game set. Exactly a week after his last start in Atlanta where he received a no decision, despite only allowing one run on three hits, Gio Gonzalez takes the mound again, looking to replicate his stellar performance.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Werth RF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Rendon 2B

7. Bernadina LF

8. Suzuki C

9. Gonzalez LHP

YOUTH IS SERVED HERE

At the completion of play on June 4, the Nationals had the fourth-youngest 25-man roster in Major League Baseball with an average age of 28.11 years. When combining each team’s active roster and Disabled List, Washington is tied for the second-youngest MLB roster at 27.74 years. Of the 32 players either on the Nationals active roster or DL, nine are aged 25 or younger: Nathan Karns (25), Wilson Ramos (25), Drew Storen (25), Steve Lombardozzi (24), Stephen Strasburg (24), Jeff Kobernus (24), Anthony Rendon (23), Ian Krol (22), Bryce Harper (20).

THE NEWEST NEOPHYTE NATIONAL

Ian Krol struck out three (Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Lucas Duda) during a scoreless sixth inning in an impressive MLB debut for the Nationals on Wednesday. vs. NYM. Krol became the fifth Nationals to make an MLB debut this season. Krol joined Anthony Rendon (April 21 at NYM), Jeff Kobernus (May 25 vs. PHI), Nathan Karns (May 28 vs. BAL) and Erik Davis (June 2 at ATL) on this list. Only three teams in MLB have had more players make MLB debuts this season: Cardinals (7), Marlins (6), Twins (6).

SAINT ANTHONY

Anthony Rendon was selected by the Nationals two years (June 6, 2011) with the sixth overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Rice University. During a pair of big league stints, Rendon has played in nine games for the Nationals this season. The only other position player from the ‘11 Draft to have played in more MLB games is Boston’s Jackie Bradley, Jr. (19).

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