Denard Span's on-base streak halted at 36 games, and you can blame ... Doug Fister?
Four Nationals are traditionally better hitters in the second half of the season: Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond, Denard Span and Adam LaRoche.
Denard Span's mom told him to keep riding his hot streak.
'I was anticipating actually sliding but got stuck in the turf,' Span said.
Manager Matt Williams has been rewarded for sticking with Denard Span atop the Nationals' lineup.
Only two hitters in baseball have more walks than Span's 16 this month.
The Nationals leadoff hitter is hitting .387 in July and standing taller in the batter's box.
The Nationals center fielder and leadoff hitter is third in the NL in doubles, and ranks highly in extra-base hits, too.
After Bryce Harper implied Denard Span should be on the bench, Span said he still supports Harper.
On the day he returned to the Nationals lineup, Bryce Harper shared some pointed opinions about how Matt Williams should fill it out.