The Washington Nationals just had another interesting weekend, beating the reigning World Champion San Francisco Giants 3 out of 4 times in a wraparound series. DC got strong pitching every game of the series with Jason Marquis getting a complete game shutout on Friday night, John Lannan taking a hard-luck loss on Saturday because the Nats could not convert 12 free passes (!) into more than a run, Jordan Zimmermann tossed 107 pitches in 5-2 win on Sunday that was 3-2 until old man Ivan Rodriguez hit a 2 RBI single late and finally last night Tom Gorzelanny pitched 8 shutout innings to beat the Giants.
The Nats have had a starter go last at least 5 innings every game this season, 28 in a all. The starters have all pitched through the sixth inning and allowed 2 runs or less over the six games (source: The Post). They are now tied for third with the Atlanta Braves, 4.5 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies (whom they play for three games starting tonight) and the Florida Marlins. They are doing this despite the fact that the lineup is punchless and sometimes has 7 position players over the age of 30. It hardly seems sustainable, especially with this looking like a lost season for Ryan Zimmerman (The Nats Blog).
The Nats had Military Appreciation Night last night, pretty good timing it would seem. They were giving away up to 4 tickets with a military ID, but only 15,000+ showed up last night.
Thanks for the bragging rights too, Nats.