Jordan Zimmermann was asked after tonight's game whether all this winning has given the Nationals a new attitude in their clubhouse.
"Yeah, it's Natitude," he responded, cracking a smile.
Here we go with the Natitude stuff.
The Nationals needed to make two separate comebacks in tonight's game. They trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the seventh before Roger Bernadina's RBI double tied the game, and then were down 2-1 in the eighth only two score two small-ball runs on a Jayson Werth RBI walk and a Wilson Ramos sac fly. That was enough for Washington to earn a 3-2 win.
The offense hasn't been there on a consistent basis, especially not when Jordan Zimmermann's been pitching, but enough runs are crossing the plate in order for the Nats to keep piling up the wins.
"I really have confidence in our offense. I really do," manager Davey Johnson said. "Ramos got a big hit, Bernie got a big hit, but just some bats where we laid off some pitches out of the zone. Jayson Werth had a good at-bat there, and (Ryan Zimmerman's) warming up now and getting big hits for us. So I think it's going to eventually all come together, and I'm not going to worry about it. We're doing enough to go along.
"Throughout the lineup, I'm seeing better at-bats, and I'm seeing something growing, which is good."
Werth now has six RBIs on the season, two of which have come on bases-loaded walks. For a guy who has racked up the extra-base hits in his career, Werth has been very patient with the sacks packed so far this season.
"Just how it turns out," Werth said. "You want to get the job done, no doubt, however you can do it. But, you know, in a bases-loaded situation, the pressure's on the pitcher. He's got to come to you, and so far, walks have been good enough. But hopefully as the season goes along we'll mix in some hits."
Ramos' sac fly served as the game-winning run, and was nice to see considering the Nationals' recent issues with situational hitting. But after the game, Ramos still found himself questioning his swing on the fastball which he skied to center.
"I missed it. I missed the pitch," Ramos said. "God, I missed it. That was a good pitch for hit a homer."
Zimmerman's 2-for-4 day bumped his season average up to .240, the highest mark he's been at all season.
"I've felt great. There's only a couple of games where I've had bad games at the plate. It's one of those things that was frustrating, but you just have to continue to work and stick with your plan and not panic."