Bryce Harper lost out to the Cardinals' David Freese for the final spot on the NL All-Star roster, but the Nationals actually preferred their rookie take some time off next week.
Ross Detwiler and Co. will attempt to make it three in a row against the previously red-hot San Francisco Giants.
Jhonatan Solano, fifth on the Nationals' catching depth chart at one point, is proving himself to be a solid big-league backstop.
With a 9-3 win over the Giants, the Nationals improved to 15 games over .500. And they still believe the best is yet to come.
Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse delivered back-to-back homers in the fifth inning and the Nationals beat the Giants on Independence Day.