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Phillies' Aaron Nola: Impressive streak snapped Thursday
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Nola (9-8) took the loss Thursday in San Francisco, surrendering five earned runs with just three strikeouts over 5.0 innings.

Nola's ten-start streak of holding opponents to two-or-fewer runs came to an end Thursday as he was surprisingly touched up by a floundering Giants offense in a pitcher's park. He was relatively effective through his first four innings, but things began to fall apart for Nola in the fifth inning with the Giants scratching three runs across against him to force him from the game. Considering how effective Nola has been since late June, Thursday's hiccup was likely little more than an aberration for the 24-year-old ace. He'll look to bounce back Tuesday against the Marlins in the nightcap of a doubleheader.

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Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Homers in second straight game Thursday
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Zimmerman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's win against the Padres.

Thursday marked Zimmerman's second game in a row with a home run, and this time his long ball gave the Nationals the decisive lead. Zimmerman's 29 home runs on the year tie him with Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt for the fourth-most homers in the National League. He's only slashing .252/.316/.563 since the All-Star break, but Zimmerman appears to have rediscovered his power stroke with four home runs in his last three games.

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Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Picks up another save Thursday
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Doolittle picked up his 13th save of the season and 10th since joining the Nationals on Thursday, firing a clean frame with two strikeouts to finish off the Padres.

Doolittle continues to be a revelation in the back end of the Nationals' bullpen as his 10 saves give him the team lead over Koda Glover despite having just joined the team in mid-July. The southpaw has fired seven scoreless innings with just five base runners allowed in August. With each dominant outing, Doolittle continues to further entrench himself as the Nationals' clear answer in save situations.

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Padres' Jhoulys Chacin: Holds own against Nationals
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Chacin (11-8) did not factor into the decision Thursday despite holding the Nationals to one earned run over 5.0 innings. He notched six strikeouts and issued four walks over 104 pitches.

Chacin and Edwin Jackson were locked in an unlikely pitcher's duel Thursday as each hurler held their opponent to one run apiece. Chacin did his best to keep the Padres in it, leaving the game with the score tied after his pitch count climbed into the triple digits after five innings. A Ryan Zimmerman home run off of Kirby Yates ultimately did the Padres in as the Friars simply couldn't find an answer against Washington's pitching. Chacin has allowed less than three runs in five of his last six outings, but he's notched just one win in his last four starts. He's lined up to face the Cardinals on Wednesday in St. Louis for his next start.

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Reds' Raisel Iglesias: Closes out Cubs for 22nd save
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Iglesias struck out three batters during a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 22nd save of the season during Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Iglesias has now converted 10 consecutive saves and struck out 32 batters through 24 innings during that stretch. The Reds aren't going to provide their closer with oodles of save chances, but Iglesias fantasy value remains high because of his strong ratios (1.94 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 11.5 K/9).

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