Game 64: Yankees 4, Nationals 1

“It only takes one….” Yeah, I call total BS on that.

Despite 2-hit days from Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche, the Nationals scored only one run this afternoon, which led to a three-game sweep for the Yankees, giving them their eighth straight win. The rest of the team accounted for only three hits, accounting for no runs; the only run coming on a LaRoche solo shot off Ivan Nova in the second inning.

Jun 17, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (33) throws in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Edwin Jackson took the mound for Washington and gave two runs over six innings, walking three while striking out only one. As mentioned by MASN broadcaster F.P Santangelo, the Yankees really took Jackson deep into counts and forced the issue by putting the ball in play. Jackson’s command was not horrible, as displayed by the two earned runs, but his strikeout stuff was not there tonight. Look for him to bounce back against the more free-swinging Baltimore this Saturday at Camden Yards.

Really nothing doing for Washington tonight; an all-in-all quiet game. Minimal offense, sub-par pitching and a third consecutive loss for the Nats. Hopefully they also bounce back on Tuesday as they take on Joe Maddon’s Rays.

Champ of the Game: Adam LaRoche provided the only pulse for the Nationals tonight, going 2-4 with the one Nationals run.

For the Yankees, Robinson Cano went 2-3 with a home run and an RBI as well as two walks.

Chump of the Game: Every non-Harper/LaRoche offensive player gets this award today. A combined three hits is completely unacceptable and will not win ballgames.

Raul Ibanez went 0-5 and stranded five runners for New York; obviously they’d like him to pick that up a bit…

Unsung Hero: Though he did only have one strikeout, Edwin Jackson managed to contain the first place Yankees to two runs over six innings. For goodness sake we can give him a little love can’t we?

For all you Harper fans, he can be the other Unsung Hero. We don’t discriminate based on position here at District On Deck.

Next Game: 6/19 @ Nationals Park (or #Natitude Park if you buy into that gimmick), , 7:05 ET. Probables: Wang (2-2) vs. Price (8-4).

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