Ian Desmond congratulates Adam LaRoche after his second-inning homer.
Hitting highlight: Obviously, there were no shortage of offensive highlights today, but let's focus on what the Nationals did early against Wheeler. They put six men on base in a span of 11 batters during the second and third innings, and most of the hits (including home runs by LaRoche and Werth) came on fastballs. Funny how this lineup often has no trouble inflicting damage on the supposedly feared flamethrowers like Wheeler but can't handle the soft-tossers like Dillon Gee. This is a good fastball-hitting team, though, and they showed it today, not only against Wheeler early but late against the Mets bullpen.
Pitching highlight: Three batters into this game, Gonzalez appeared to be in trouble. He just gave up a single to Daniel Murphy and then walked David Wright after getting ahead in the count, 2-0. So Suzuki went to the mound for an animated discussion, and the left-hander responded with maybe his best performance of the season. Gonzalez retired 17 of the next 18 batters he faced and complete seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Most impressive: He threw 84 of his 119 pitches for strikes, shattering his previous career-high of 79 strikes (set in 2010 while with the Athletics). Gonzalez has been on a real roll lately, completing June with a sparkling 1.79 ERA.
Key stat: The Nats have played .581 baseball (25-18) when Bryce Harper has been in their starting lineup this season. They've played .421 baseball (16-22) when Harper hasn't been in the lineup.
Up next: The Nationals open a seven-game homestand, and guess who's ready to rejoin them in D.C.? Bryce Harper is expected to come off the DL and return to the lineup for Monday's 7:05 p.m. opener against the Brewers. Jordan Zimmermann faces Milwaukee veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo.