Zimmerman on 4-for-4 night: “I felt good for awhile”

It was in a loss, but Ryan Zimmerman demonstrated again that he is coming around at the plate. Zimmerman went 4-for-4 with two singles, two homers and three RBIs in the Nationals’ 9-4 setback to the Cardinals. Zimmerman has hit .387 (12-for-31) with five homers, six runs and eight RBIs the past eight games. “It felt good. Any time you do that, it always feels ... read more

Cardinals jump on Gonzalez early, go on to win 9-4

A Nationals starter gave up a big inning early in his outing for the second straight game. Similar to Friday night, a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals in which Max Scherzer allowed five runs in the third inning, lefty Gio Gonzalez had a difficult second inning. The Cardinals scored four runs with two outs in that inning, highlighted by an Adam Wainwright two-run double. They ... read more

Lobaton back with Gonzalez, but not because lefty didn’t mesh with Ramos

Jose Lobaton will be behind the plate tonight against the Cardinals, resuming his regular battery with left-hander Gio Gonzalez.Wilson Ramos got the unusual call to catch for Gonzalez in his last start May 23 in a 7-1 loss to the Mets. Gonzalez struggled, going five innings and allowing seven runs on 10 hits, including three homers, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Nationals manager Dusty ... read more

Good numbers for Espinosa, Revere and Rendon

Shortstop Danny Espinosa’s home run in the fifth inning was the 19th of his career while hitting right-handed. Even Espinosa didn’t now if he had gotten all of the Jaime Garcia offering. “I wasn’t sure. Kind of low and hooking a little bit, so really hoping for a double right there,” Espinosa said. Later, Espinosa almost was able to hit a ball the opposite way. ... read more

Benches warned after Garcia close call, but Nats understand it wasn’t personal

Left-hander Jaime Garcia went seven innings for the Cardinals in their 6-2 victory over the Nationals. He allowed only two runs, but he wasn’t close to having his best command. That led to a few pitches that hit or came close to Nationals hitters. Daniel Murphy was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth inning. Then in the fifth, Garcia came close to ... read more

Scherzer allows grand slam, Cardinals down Nats 6-2

Last Sunday in Miami, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer pitched well in an 8-2 victory over the Marlins. After that game, Scherzer said he felt like he might be rounding into “midseason form.” Friday night against the Cardinals was a different story. Scherzer’s season-long issue of allowing home runs continued. But this time, it was a major home run that changed the complexion of the game. ... read more

Taylor Jordan undergoes second Tommy John procedure (updated)

Right-hander Taylor Jordan underwent Tommy John ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery Thursday performed by Dr. James Andrews, the Nationals announced. It is the second time Jordan has undergone the procedure. He first had the surgery in 2011 and returned in late 2012. Jordan was a ninth-round selection by the Nationals in 2009. Nationals assistant general manager and vice president, player personnel Doug Harris said the ... read more

Baker likes his team, but wants them to get a little “meaner”

The Nationals went 16-7 in April and are 13-12 in May with five games remaining before June 1. Manager Dusty Baker has said in the past if you can win at least 15 games per month, you are on a pace to have a good shot at the postseason. “It doesn’t guarantee you anything, but it puts you in a pretty good position,” Baker said. ... read more