Washington Nationals Rapid Reaction: Offense nowhere to be found in loss to Blue Jays

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Jun 3, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Taylor Jordan (38) pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor Jordan Does Not Fool The Blue Jays

Taylor Jordan took the place of the injured Stephen Strasburg to get the start against the Jays.

While the Nationals hitters could get nothing going against Buehrle, the Jays jumped all over Jordan right from the get go. Jordan gave up four runs in the top of the first inning. His sinker wasn’t sinking. He was leaving pitches up and out over the plate. The Blue Jays, one of the most prolific offenses in baseball, did not let any opportunities to get on base pass them by. Walking Jose Reyes to start the game didn’t help Jordan’s night.

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Jordan got in the groove in the second, third and fifth innings, working quickly and efficiently to get outs and allowing no runs. He had trouble in the first, fourth and sixth innings–allowing runs to score. In all he gave up seven runs in those three innings.

Jordan’s outing was like watching two pitchers in one body. From inning to inning, you didn’t know which Jordan was going to show up on the mound: the good one or the bad one.

Taylor threw six innings in this game and gave up seven runs. After Jordan spotted Buehrle four runs to work with, it became apparent that there was no point in chewing up the bullpen by taking Jordan out and wasting pitchers in a lost cause.

Taylor Hill pitched the last three innings of the game and did a credible job, only allowing one run in those three innings. That run was a home run to Jose Bautista in the top of the ninth.

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