Leftover notes and observations from the Nationals' 7-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday night…
Zimmerman drives in two runs
It was another solid game for Ryan Zimmerman, who went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a sacrifice fly in Wednesday's win. The Nationals first baseman brought Daniel Murphy home twice, once with his double in the first inning and again with the sac fly to right field in the seventh following Murphy's triple.
Zimmerman now has hits in five straight games, matching his longest streak of the season. During this five-game stretch he has nine hits, two homers, five RBI, two doubles and a triple. Zimmerman has raised his batting average to .250 and his .763 OPS ranks fourth on the team. Since May 1, Zimmerman has seven homers and 19 RBI in 29 games with a .550 slugging percentage and .869 OPS.
Rendon also keeps heating up
Anthony Rendon had two hits himself on Wednesday night to finally break through after two hitless games to begin the Nats' series against the Phillies. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and a double. Eleven of Rendon's last 21 games have been of the multi-hit variety and during that stretch he's batting .351 with a 1.002 OPS. He leads the team with 35 runs and is second only to Murphy with 12 doubles.
Phillies keep sliding
After getting swept by the Nationals, the Phillies have now lost six straight, having also been swept by the Chicago Cubs in the series before. They've lost 10 of their last 12, with another series loss coming at the Detroit Tigers. \
Maybe their supposed luck is starting to catch up to them. The Phillies are 27th in baseball in run differential with an average deficit of a run per game. Yet, despite that they are 14-5 in one-run games. The Phillies should have a good chance to bounce back with a four-game home series against the Milwaukee Brewers beginning on Thursday night. But after that it's another three against the Cubs, three more against the Nats and then four against the Toronto Blue Jays in a home-and-home split.
The Phillies have enjoyed the 22nd-best strength of schedule so far, but their road is about to get tougher. The Nats, by the way, have had the 23rd-best strength of schedule this season.