Washington Nationals: Takeaways From 5-2 Loss To Brewers
Golden Opportunity Lost In The 7th
Although the Washington Nationals didn’t have many chances to drive in runs against Zach Davies, their best chance to comeback in the game was in the bottom of the seventh during a two-out rally.
After back-to-back singles by Danny Espinosa and pinch-hitter Stephen Drew, Ben Revere’s second single of the night cut the deficit to 5-2. That hit got Craig Counsell to go to his bullpen and bring in Carlos Torres to face Jayson Werth; Werth showed his usual good plate discipline and loaded the bases with a four-pitch walk.
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Counsell would make his second bullpen change of the inning and bring in the left-hander Will Smith to face Harper, who has two grand slams this season. However, Harper ended up striking out on four pitches as he looked at a fastball on the outside corner.
Two innings later, the Nats had the first two baserunners had on in the ninth, but Clint Robinson (pinch-hitter) grounded into a 1-6-3 double play and stopped the rally. In all, the Washington Nationals were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position, but the seventh inning was their chance to erase the early defensive mistakes and they failed to capitalize.
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In two games, the Washington Nationals have managed just two runs against the Brewers after putting up 32 against the Reds. The offense will go through peaks and valley throughout the season, but this is not the way the offense wants to be playing with a big series against the Mets beginning tomorrow night at Citi Field.