Mike Morse continued his hot streak with a hit and a walk in Washington's victory over the Phillies on Wednesday, a result that only accentuated his longer run of dominance. The 29-year-old batted a league-best .403 (25-for-62) with six home runs and 15 RBIs in the month of May, and he's now hit in 10 straight games at a .410 clip (16-for-39). The Nationals have used Morse at first base and in left field this season, and he's hit in all but two of the batting slots in the order. Morse has been primarily used as the No. 5 or No. 6 hitter, and he's batting a combined .292 (33-for-113) in those two slots. Morse, who set a career high with 15 homers last year, has gone deep in five of his last nine games. D-backs: Demel still a ways out
D-backs reliever Sam Demel, who has been on the DL since May 24 with tendinitis in his right shoulder, is at least a couple of weeks away from returning. "I would say in a best-case scenario, Demel will be back in the middle of the month," Gibson said. Worth noting
Washington went 11-17 in May, but 20 of those 28 games were against teams with a winning record.
Nats second baseman Danny Espinosa is the only rookie in the Major Leagues to lead his team in RBIs (33). Ryan Zimmerman is the only Washington rookie to have done that, having driven in 110 RBIs during his first season in 2006.
Washington made 47 errors through its first 54 games last season, but it's made only 32 miscues in its first 55 games this season.
D-backs reliever Juan Gutierrez, on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, could return at the end of the month.