--LHP Tom Gorzelanny, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation Friday night, said Saturday he is only planning to be on the disabled list for two or three starts. He felt discomfort in his elbow while playing catch Wednesday, and he said he's had trouble when trying to pitch through pain in the past.
--RHP Jordan Zimmmermann lost Saturday for the fourth time this year when he's made a quality start, giving up two runs in six innings against the Padres. It was the third straight game Zimmermann has lost with a quality start, and he's 1-4 in seven quality starts this season.
--RHP Yunesky Maya made his first major league start of the season Sunday, allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Maya threw 29 strikes in 38 pitches in the first three innings, but he got in trouble in the fourth and fifth, as he did on several occasions last year. He will likely be in the rotation for the next two weeks with Tom Gorzelanny on the disabled list. He was called up from Class AAA Syracuse, where he was 1-4 with a 3.79 ERA in nine starts this season.
--RHP Drew Storen gave up a run on two hits in the ninth inning Sunday, taking his second loss of the season in the Nationals' 5-4 defeat against the Padres. Storen has given up runs in each of his last three appearances after posting a 21-inning scoreless streak earlier this season.
--RF Jayson Werth went 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI on Sunday, raising his season average to .255. Werth is hitting .324 in his last 10 games with two homers and five RBI, and his season average is .255, the highest it's been since April 8.
BY THE NUMBERS
5-11 -- The Nationals' record in one-run games this season after a 5-4 loss to the Padres on Sunday. Their .313 winning percentage in those games is the worst in baseball. In games not decided by one run, the Nationals are 17-19.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's not about breaks. It's about playing the game the right way. I don't know. I honestly don't know. It's not luck. We're not unlucky. We have runners in scoring position and we can't score them. It starts with me. I left runners out there. I've been leaving runners out there. I've got to do something different. We've all got to do something different." -- SS Ian Desmond, on how the Nationals' struggles on offense have hurt the team in one-run games. The Nationals are now 5-11 in one-run games, which is the worst winning percentage in baseball.
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