The Nationals gave stars Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon the day off on Thursday as they prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves.
Winners of eight of their last 11, the Nationals have a chance to secure a sweep over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday afternoon.
Jordan Zimmermann kept the Nats rotation train rolling on Wednesday, extending that group's streak of scoreless innings to 34 1/3.
Despite dealing with an extended slump and a heavy heart, Ian Desmond was the hero for the Nats on Wednesday night.
Bryce Harper suffered what appears to be a minor right leg injury, but he will be evaluated further on Thursday.