WASHINGTON - Bryce Harper homered on his first swing since coming off the disabled list and his Washington Nationals teammates quickly joined in, beating the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 10-5 on Monday night.
Auburndale native Jordan Zimmermann picked up his National League-leading 12th win, and Washington won for the eighth time in 12 games. Zimmermann, notched the first three-hit game of his career while pitching six solid innings.
From the mound, Zimmermann sailed easily through four innings but gave up two runs on three singles in the fifth. He got two outs in the sixth before Rickie Weeks and Juan Francisco crushed long back-to-back home runs.
Zimmermann (12-3) saw his ERA rise, to 2.46, after giving up four runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked none.
Now 42-40, the Nationals need a win on Tuesday to reach three games over .500 for the first time since May 18.
Yovani Gallardo was out after three-plus innings and an already burned-out bullpen was burned some more.
The Brewers marked the mathematical midpoint of their season with their sixth consecutive loss. At 32-49, they are 17 games under .500 for the first time since the final week of 2004 and within two games of the Marlins for the poorest record in the National League.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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