Drew Storen worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 14th save as the Nationals wrapped up a 4-1 victory over the Phillies on Sunday.
Storen allowed a one-out double to Grady Sizemore, but struck out Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera to end the contest. The right-hander is 14-for-15 in save opportunities with a stellar 0.93 ERA and a 25/3 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings.
Collin Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's game against the Red Sox after he hurt his top hand while swinging in batting practice pregame.
He was sent out for precautionary X-rays which came back negative. Cowgill has also been battling back tightness in recent days, which many had thought was the reason for his late scratch from Sunday's lineup. He should be considered day-to-day and looks as though he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Mike Foltynewicz threw a beautiful game in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Brewers, tossing 7 2/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball.
Just magnificent. Foltynewicz struck out seven and walked just one in his domination of the Brewers. Outside of an Elian Herrera sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, Folty was almost perfect. He's been up-and-down, as rookies tend to be, but starts like Sunday's are confirmation of the talent that's there. He's now putting up a 4.25 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 30/12 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings. Foltynewicz will try to back it up with another strong outing when he faces the red-hot Giants on the road in his next start.
Aaron Harang continued to pitch well but took a loss against the Nationals on Sunday, yielding only two runs in six innings.
Harang allowed the first run to score on a Jose Lobaton single in the fourth, and the go-ahead run on a Bryce Harper ground out in the fifth. A smidge more run support would have resulted in a better outcome for the right-hander, who gave up seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. Harang maintains an impressive 1.93 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP and a 46/15 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings. With the way he's pitching, he's mixed-league relevant and should get more fantasy value later in the season as he'll likely be traded to a contending team with a better offense. Harang won't pitch at a sub-2.00 ERA clip going forward, obviously. His next start will come against the Rockies at home.
Jimmy Nelson couldn't find the strike zone in Sunday's loss to the Braves, walking five as he allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Nelson threw just 60 of his 108 pitches for strikes. In addition to the five walks, he scattered five hits and struck out four. Both runs against him came in the sixth inning, when A.J. Pierzynski hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice and Andrelton Simmons managed an RBI single. When Nelson's able to control his stuff, he's an effective pitcher. He's posting a 3.67 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 47/23 K/BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings, numbers he'll take into a home start against the Diamondbacks next time through the rotation.
Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer in Sunday's 9-1 win over the Mets.
Marte launched his bomb off of Erik Goeddel in the sixth inning. It was the young outfielder's ninth homer of the season and pushed his RBI total to an even 30. This is just a continuation of what's been a stellar year for Marte, who's hitting .278/.326/.513.
Jeff Mathis (finger) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday.
Mathis has been on the shelf since April 13 due to a fractured right ring finger. In his absence, J.T. Realmuto has emerged as the starting catcher for the Marlins, which isn't expected to change once Mathis returns.
Gio Gonzalez picked up his fourth win of the season after holding the Phillies to a lone run in 6 1/3 innings of work on Sunday.
The run scored in the fourth inning on a Jeff Francoeur single to left field. The lefty allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out seven in what was one of his best outings of the season. Gonzalez has otherwise been inconsistent, owning a 4.53 ERA with a 1.51 WHIP and a 50/19 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber in Cincinnati against the Reds in his next start.