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Hitting highlight: Just when you thought Werth couldn't get any hotter at the plate, he finds a way to turn things up a notch. With two more hits tonight, the veteran right fielder is now batting .521 (25-for-48) in August. This after he won NL Player of the Month honors for July. Put everything together, and Werth is now hitting .335 with a .409 on-base percentage for the season. He still needs another week's worth of plate appearances to qualify for the league leaderboard, but Werth would currently lead the NL in batting average and rank third in OBP.
Pitching highlight: Pressed into emergency duty after Strasburg's ejection, Roark would've been given a pass had he struggled. Instead, the rookie right-hander dazzled, tossing four scoreless innings of relief to save the Nationals bullpen. Very quietly, Roark is really impressing at this level. He's got legitimate big-league stuff and he seems to have the mental makeup for the job as well. He has now pitched 10 total innings for the Nationals, during which time he has allowed one unearned run on five hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Roark even put a charge into a pitch off his bat, coming a few feet short of a stunning home run in the top of the fifth. He had to settle for a mere double and RBI, the first of his career in each category.
Key stat: Five days after pitching nine innings for the first time in his career, Strasburg completed only one inning for the first time in the big leagues.
Up next: Who knows what to expect in Sunday's finale of this eventful series? All we know is that Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to take the mound against Julio Teheran at 1:35 p.m.