Jun 15, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals’ Offensive Struggles Continue as Cardinals Sweep

For the third straight day, a scuffling Washington Nationals lineup was unable to produce against St. Louis pitching as the Cardinals defeated the Nationals, 5-1, completing a three-game sweep.

Doug Fister got the start for the Nationals as he looked to continue his recent dominance and help put an end to Washington’s three-game losing streak. Fister entered the game with a 2.68 ERA but struggled against the Cardinals, giving up four runs on seven hits over six innings of work.

The Cardinals started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run home run off the bat of Cardinals slugger Matt Adams, who hit his third home run in as many days against the Nationals. St. Louis made it a 3-0 game an inning later on another home run against Fister, this time off the bat of  Matt Holiday.

After wasting a one out, bases loaded opportunity in the top of the second inning, the Nationals finally got on the board in the fifth on a bases loaded walk by Jayson Werth. But that was all the damage the Nationals would do in the inning as Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia got Ryan Zimmerman to ground-out, ending the Nationals’ threat.

The Cardinals got the run back in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Holliday, making it a 4-1 game. St. Louis would add another run in the seventh inning on an RBI double off the bat of Allen Craig.

Washington had yet another chance to get back in the game in the ninth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Nationals scored their second run of the game when Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal walked Adam LaRoche. But once again that was all the damage the Nationals would do in the inning and the Cardinals took game three, 5-2.

With the loss, the Nationals stretch their losing streak to four games and sit a half game behind the Braves in the division.

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  • Shawn Casey

    Wow what a difference a week makes. First let me be clear I was all for Denard Span the last few weeks (I even opined for him in the allstar game). But upon second review I think it’s time for him to be traded (once Bryce returns). For me the two straws that broke the camels back began in game 1 of this weekend’s Stl series. Our leadoff man swings at the first pitch easy out. For me the job of the leadoff hitter is to grind the pitcher gain some knowledge of how the game will be called and the stuff the pitcher has, so he can either increase the pitch count right off, get on base, or provide knowledge for the next batter(s). How can you on one pitch learn anything about the opposing pitchers stuff. Second straw, bases loaded 2 out, 8th inning, Denard up to bat. FP in his broadcasts repeats ad naseum that the PITCHER has the pressure not the batter in these situations. So what does Nardy do? Does he go lead off mode? NO! Does he grind the pitcher? NO! HE SWINGS AT THE FIRST PITCH!!! INNING OVER, GAME OVER, and soon series over. He either needs to be dropped from lead-off (half a season is a large enough of a sample) or traded. Matt has given this man the opportunity to prove himself as a lead-off hitter and time and time again he breaks our collective hearts. He is waaaay too streaky to be a lead-off.

    • http://districtondeck.com Pablo Roa

      I couldn’t agree more. Streaky hitters do NOT belong in the lead-off role and over the last two years, Span has proven to be one of the streakiest players on the team. That being said, I don’t see him being traded given what Mike Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Post…

      “I haven’t even entertained it yet. I’m waiting for Harp to get closer to make sure where he’s at, what his timeline is. Then we’ll make those decisions. I don’t foresee making any roster moves or big trades because Bryce Harper is coming back off the disabled list.”

      Of course, that means absolutely nothing with Rizzo, who, as we all know, has one of the best poker faces around. We’ll see what happens on the trade front but, if nothing else, I’m confident we’ll see Span near the bottom of the order come the All-Star break.

      • Shawn Casey

        Now the Span pundits will point to the Houston series as a “see I told you that Span should be leadoff” moment. Here is what I would loooove to see…Span and Espinosa and a pitcher for Altuve. Could you imagine him as leadoff setting the table for Rendon, Werth, LaRoche? That little dude has a postage stamp size strike zone and combines it with power, and grinding down pitchers. Very impressed…heck I would almost be willing to trade Harper for Altuve.