"It wasn't just a 14-6 win over the Rockies on Thursday night on a sodden night at Coors Field, a game in which every Nationals position player but one had a hit and all but two had multiple hits. It's been the last few days when the Nationals have finally started to win games at the plate. They've now scored 26 runs in their last three games, winning two of those despite a trio of mediocre starting pitching performances...This team has found a different way to win every night, and it's now 20-15, in second place in the NL East and five games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 17, 2005. And if the Nationals' offense is rounding into form, they could be about ready to go on the long winning streak they've so far been unable to put together."
"Ian Desmond ends the first inning diving to get to a sharp grounder up the middle byBrad Hawpe, then Desmond doubles to right with one out in the fifth, hustling around to second in front of Dexter Folwer's throw and scoring on Nyjer Morgan's RBI single. In the sixth Desmond's sac fly puts Washington up 7-4 after Colorado had rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth. A double play in the sixth, Kennedy to Desmond to Dunn. After Dunn doubles to start the eighth, Josh Willingham singles, and Pudge Rodriguez bunts both of them into scoring position for Roger Bernadina, who gets the intentional walk in front of Desmond, who singles in a run and scores on Cristian Guzman's three-run single. The Nats' 24-year-old shortstop goes 2 for 3, with a double, his 6th, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's, his 16th and 17th in 34 games."
"Walking out of Coors Field late last night, a couple of Denver writers were raving to me about the Nationals club that had just thumped the Rockies, 14-6...We started breaking down the roster and the compliments kept flying. One writer called Ryan Zimmerman "one of the 10 best players in the game right now." Another spoke glowingly of Nyjer Morgan and couldn't understand how the Pirates could have let him go last year. Another guy who has been covering baseball for decades remarked how well-liked and respected Jim Riggleman is around the sport. All agreed Mike Rizzo has done a fantastic job refashioning the roster in his image and ridding the clubhouse of Jim Bowden's underachievers."
"The Nationals will wake up Friday morning in an unfamiliar position, with a chance to finish the day tied for first place. They moved to 20-15, one game behind the Philadelphia Phillies and five games above .500 for the first time since Sept. 17, 2005 ¿ 16 days after Zimmerman made his major league debut."
"Hopes raised by a four run comeback by the Rockies in the bottom of that fifth inning (keyed mostly by a two run Miguel Olivo home run) were quickly dashed, as the Nationals went on to score eight more runs on a Rockies bullpen that competed with the clouds over Coors Field in terms of the deluge they displayed to the fans (what few there were left in the cold) with a seven run eighth."