Zimmerman Keeps Surging
by Al Galdi
Jul 02, 2012 -- 9:19am

Nationals win at Atlanta 8-4 on Sunday afternoon (July 1, 2012).

1.    The Nats improved to 45-32 overall and 25-18 on the road.
     a.    The Nats improved to 31-28 since their 14-4 start.

     b.    The Nats concluded a 5-5 road trip.

2.    The Nats went 9-for-35 overall and 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position and totaled four walks.

     a.    Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had a solo homer (6), a two-run double and an RBI single and finished with two runs.
          i.    Zimmerman now is 14-for-37 over eight games since receiving a cortisone shot in his ailing right shoulder before the 2-1 at the Orioles on June 24.

3.    The Nats had three players selected to the National League All-Star team and one player selected as part of the N.L.’s Final Vote.

     a.    Starter Stephen Strasburg was named to the N.L. All-Star Team.  He leads MLB with 122 strikeouts and is 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA over 16 starts.
     b.    Starter Gio Gonzalez was named to the N.L. All-Star Team.  He allowed four runs in five innings on 114 pitches on Sunday but is tied for eighth in MLB with 112 strikeouts and is 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA over 16 starts this season.
     c.    Shortstop Ian Desmond was named to the N.L. All-Star Team.  He had a double, a walk and two runs on Sunday and leads all MLB shortstops in doubles (24) and is second in homers (13) and slugging percentage (.484).
     d.    19-year-old rookie right fielder Bryce Harper is one of five candidates for the N.L.’s Final Vote.  He had a single, a walk and two runs on Sunday and leads the Nats with four triples, is tied for second with 38 runs and is third in homers (8) and walks (25).  Harper’s done all of this in just 57 games.

4.    Relievers Craig Stammen, Sean Burnett and Tyler Clippard combined for four scoreless innings.

     a.    Stammen did not make the N.L All-Star team despite what’s now a 1.41 ERA over 31 games this season.  He’s recorded 45 strikeouts versus 17 walks.
     b.    Burnett did not make the N.L All-Star team despite what’s now a 1.52 ERA over 35 games this season.
     c.    Clippard did not make the N.L All-Star team despite what’s now a 1.83 ERA over 35 games this season.  He also is 13-for-14 on saves.

5.    Injury/absence/roster update:

     a.    Right fielder Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on May 7 and was expected to miss 10-12 weeks.
     b.    Outfielder Xavier Nady (right wrist tendinitis) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     c.    Reliever Drew Storen (right elbow) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on April 11 to remove a small bone fragment from his right elbow and is expected to return sometime around the All-Star break.
     d.    Reliever Henry Rodriguez is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right index finger, which he suffered when he slammed a bathroom door on the finger.
     e.    Catcher Wilson Ramos (torn right ACL and meniscus) is on the 60-day disabled list and is done for the season.
     f.     Catcher Sandy Leon (high right ankle sprain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     g.    Catcher Carlos Maldonado (lower back strain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     h.    Infielder Chad Tracy (right groin tear) is on the 15-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on May 31 and was expected to miss six to eight weeks if not the rest of the season.
     i.     Reliever Cole Kimball (right shoulder surgery) is on the 60-day disabled list.
     j.     First baseman Chris Marrero (torn left hamstring) is on the 60-day disabled list.



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