The Washington Times - August 2, 2012, 05:24PM

By Zachary Holden
The Washington Times

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann was named National League Pitcher of the Month for July on Thursday, the first time in his budding career that Zimmermann has earned a monthly league award.

In six July starts, Zimmermann went 4-0 and led the major league with a 0.97 ERA, while allowing only four earned runs in 37 innings. He issued four walks and gave up one home run, and finished the month ranked third in innings pitched and strikeouts (31).

Zimmermann finished his month with a superb performance in his home state of Milwaukee this past weekend,holding the Milwaukee Brewers to just one run over six innings and striking out six. 

Zimmermann’s recognition is the Nationals’ third of the season, and third in four months. Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez received the same honors for the months of April and May respectively.

The Nationals become the first team in 33 years to have three different pitchers named N.L. Pitcher of the Month. The Houston Astros were the last team to do it when they had four pitchers receive honors back in 1979.

Zimmermann is 8-6 on the season with a 2.28 ERA, third-best among qualifying Major League pitchers.

He’s also pitched at least six innings in all 21 of his starts this season a streak that, until this week, was the second-longest active one in the majors. But Justin Verlander, who had done it in 63 straight, had only completed five innings in his last start when the Detroit Tigers’ game was rained out. Zimmermann is now the active leader. He’ll make his next start on Saturday against the Miami Marlins.