The news gets no brighter with the pitching matchup. The only time the Nationals faced Cole Hamels this year, back in May, Hamels allowed one run in a complete-game victory. In his last four starts, Hamels has allowed six runs while walking three and striking out 26 in 30 2/3 innings.

Ryan Zimmerman is 14 for 51 in his carrer against Hamels, notable because he carries a 19-game hitting streak into tonight’s game. If he gets a hit, he’ll join Vladi­mir Guerrero as the only two active players with a 30-game hitting streak and a separate 20-game hitting streak in their careers.

For the Nationals, Livan Hernandez will try to bounce back from a rough start in Colorado, when he recorded only 11 outs. As always, talk about the game right here.