Nationals 7 9 2
WP- Lannan (7-6)
LP- Kuroda (6-12)
HR- Lannan (1), Hairston (4)
It's really quite amazing how a team like the Nationals who are now 3 games under .500 seem like a far superior team to the Dodgers. Even with two bumbling errors in one inning from their shortstop Ian Desmond, the Dodgers can't manage to score more than 2 runs which is their average offensive output for this month. Kuroda loses his 12th game, and you can't keep but think that all these trade rumors are getting into his head and stressing him out.
The Nationals score right away in the first inning. With 2 outs, Zimmerman singles and steals 2nd. Morse promptly doubles him home making it 1-0. Ethier singles in the bottom half of the inning but both Gwynn and Kemp whiff.
|The League Knows They Can Steal On Our Catchers|
In the 2nd, Desmond singles, and Lannan the pitcher, hits his first career homerun making it 3-0 Nationals. The Dodgers waste an opportunity when Rivera walks, Uribe hits into a force, Big Rod walks, but Carroll hits into a double play to end the inning.
|Lannan Gets a W and a HR|
Both pitchers strike out 2 batters in the 5th and have 1-2-3 innings in the 5th and 6th.
In the 7th Kuroda walks Desmond and Lannan singles. He is pulled out and Elbert brought into pitch to Hairston who he gets to pop out on 6 pitches. Then Jansen comes in and strikes out Espinosa. Miles doubles to lead off the inning, and we ask ourselves why isn't he playing everyday instead of the useless Uribe? Burnett comes into relieve Lannan and Gwynn grounds out and Hit Machine strikes out.
Kuroda goes 6.1 innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts on 116 pitches.
|Poor Hiro, Another Loss|
Jansen continues his fire strike and blows away the side in the 8th getting Zimmerman, Morse, and Werth. Clippard sends the Dodgers down in order in the 8th.
In the 9th, Dougie is awful and promply serves up a meatball to Ankiel who doubles over Kemp's head. Ramos grounds Ankiel to 3rd, and then Desmond walks. Next pitcher is Kuo who walks Flores. Then Alpha Bum Guerrier comes in and does what he does best. Hairston grand slam. 7-2 Nationals. Storen strikes out Loney and Carroll and shuts the door on the Dodgers.
Things are really bad right now Dodger fans, there's no doubt about that. They can't hit. They can't pitch. Mattingly can't manage. Tomorrow, game #100 on the season, is a Lilly game at 7:10, and I'm not sure I can even stomach watching.