Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for May – the second consecutive month a pitcher on the team has earned that honor. Stephen Strasburg earned the distinction for April.

Teenage outfielder Bryce Harper was awarded the National League Rookie of the Month award.

Gonzalez, 26, who was acquired for four of the Nationals best prospects, was a perfect 5-0 in his five May starts, with a 2.24 ERA in 32 innings and a league-best 45 strikeouts. Overall, Gonzalez is 7-1, with a 2.04 ERA, second-best in the major leagues, and a remarkable 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings, also second-best in baseball. He is pitching Sunday against the Braves.