The Washington Nationals went toe-to-toe Saturday night with arguably the top pitcher in the National League, Dan Haren.
A month ago a statement like that would be a sure fire loss for the club that had made losing an art form this season.
Not tonight. The Nats took it to the Diamondbacks ace for the tune of seven hits and five runs over six innings pitched. Every starting position player for the Nationals contributed with either a hit or an RBI, and the Nats manufactured runs with their bats for the seventh consecutive game.
With those seven consecutive games have come seven consecutive wins. In the Nationals last fifteen games the club has won 11. Not bad for a club that many were betting on setting the MLB record for the worst season in modern baseball.
That fifteen mark stretch has been marked by the emergence of Ryan Zimmerman to arguably the top third basemen in the National league. Zimmerman has batted .424 with nine homers, 21 runs and 18 RBI. A stretch like that leaves him batting .300 24 homers, 75 RBI with 82 runs overall on the season.
Garret Mock started tonight for the Nationals and provided arguably his best start of the season. Through six innings he allowed only five hits and two earned runs. Mock earned his first win of the season while striking out seven.