MILWAUKEE -- Washington has had the National League's best offense in July, and Ryan Zimmerman has been the hitter most responsible for that offensive outburst.
The Nationals entered Sunday's game at Miller Park having scored 121 runs in July, behind only the Twins' 123 for the Major League lead. Zimmerman has played a big role in that success, driving in 24 runs this month while posting a .368/.439/.768 batting line. He leads the NL this month in RBIs and runs scored, and he's second in hits and homers.
The third baseman has hit eight doubles and 10 homers in July, becoming just the third Nationals player since 2005 to record double-digit homers in a single month. The only others were Alfonso Soriano, who did so with 12 in May 2006 and 11 that August, and Adam Dunn, who hit 10 in May 2009.
In 31 games since he received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder June 24, Zimmerman is hitting .362 with a 1.158 on-base plus slugging percentage, 11 doubles, 12 homers and 33 RBIs.