Leftover notes and observations from the Nats' 10-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night…
Revere reaches base three times: Ben Revere did something he doesn't often do on Tuesday night and that is walk twice in one game. It was the second time he's walked twice this season in 28 total outings, which is more than the one two-walk game he had in 152 outings in 2015. Revere didn't walk twice in a game once in 2014 in 151 total appearances. He has never walked three times in one game.
Revere has now reached base multiple times in two straight games for the first time since May 21-22 and for just the third time this season. He's been very streaky this year. Before his two recent multi-hit games, Revere went hitless in six straight (23 ABs). Maybe this will get him going.
Taylor has a big night: With all the key contributors in Tuesday's win, it was difficult to pick whom to highlight in the main game story. Michael Taylor didn't make the cut, but his two-hit night deserves some recognition. Taylor singled to lead off the fifth and then drove in two runs on a double to left field off White Sox reliever Matt Albers in the sixth. Those two runs gave the Nats some breathing room at 8-5.
Taylor did make some mistakes on Tuesday. He did ground out to end the second inning with Anthony Rendon on third. He also got tagged in a rundown on a mistimed steal attempt after his fifth-inning single. But all in all, it was a solid night for the Nats outfielder. Taylor's best play may have been a diving grab on a Dioner Navarro line drive to end the bottom of the third.
Zimmerman returns with a bang: In his first game back from the paternity list, Ryan Zimmerman picked up right where he left off with a double - his second in as many games - a walk and two runs. His first run came after he walked in the second inning on a groundout by Danny Espinosa. Zimmerman later scored again Taylor's double.
Like Taylor, Zimmerman's best play may have been on defense. In the bottom of the seventh, Zimmerman caught a Brett Lawrie flyball deep into foul territory. He caught it over the shoulder 94.2 feet from first base and close to the wall at U.S. Cellular Field. He demonstrated great spatial awareness in a park he hasn't played in since 2011.
Nats face Purke, Duke: The Nationals saw some familiar faces emerge from the White Sox' bullpen on Tuesday night. First, it was lefty Zach Duke, who pitched for the Nationals in 2012 and 2013 and has since resurrected his MLB career.
The other blast from the past was Matt Purke, a former Nats third round pick (2011) who never appeared in a big league game for the organization. Purke, a 25-year-old lefty, spent five years in the Nationals' system before moving on to Chicago.
Purke had Tommy John surgery and battled other injuries through five minor league seasons with 59 total appearances for Nats affiliates. This year he finally debuted with the White Sox and on Tuesday tossed three scoreless innings with four strikeouts against his former team.