Let’s make it five straight for the offensive struggling Washington Nationals.
Nats fell 3-2 last night to the St. Louis Cardinals, despite a stronger performance from starter John Lannan. Lannan gave the Nationals 6 quality innings, scattering 5 hits and allowing 2 runs. Tyler Clippard (7-3), who started the season out on fire, has dropped his 2nd straight decision. In his last 10 games, Clip has a 4-3 record, but has given up 6 runs and 1 hits in 7.2 innings. Prior to that, Clip carried an ERA of 0.45.
Christina Guzman added 3 hits for the struggling Nationals offense going 3 for 5. Guzman is 18 for 40, .40, over his last 12 games. Ian Desmond was 2 for 4 with a run drive in. Will Nieves hit his first home run of the year. Desmond has 7 hits in his last 12 at bats and has raised his average to .279.
The Nationals 5 game losing streak drops then to .500 at 20-20. Nats send Livan Hernandez to the mound tonight to face the Mets.
Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)were postponed again for rain. Stephen Strasburg continues the wait for his third AAA start. Harrisburg Senators (AA)won 5-4. Erik Arnesen (2-2) pitched 7 innings allowing 6 hits and 3 runs with 5 strikeouts to earn the win. Danny Espinosa was 1-2 with a triple and RBI. Chris Marrero was 2 for 4 and is struggling a bit at .231. Mike Martinez was also 2-3 with a double, run, and RBI. Potomac Nationals (A)Got swept in a double header by Frederick. In Game 1, Robinson Fabian tool the loss, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. The Nats only managed 2 hits the whole game, both coming from Boomer Whiting. They dropped Game 2 by a score of 3-2. 2009 draftee Evan Bronson pitched 5.2 shut out innings, striking out 6, but Marty Beno (2-2) could not hold the lead out of the bullpen, getting shelled for all 3 runs in just .1 inning. Michael Burgess was 1-3 and hit his 4th homer. He is hitting .297. Derek Norris was 1-1 with a double and an RBI. He is hitting .286 in his 10 game since returning from injury in the off-season. Hagerstown Suns (A)were opposite Potomac, sweeping a double header last night. In Game 1, Mitchell Clegg (4-0) pitched 5 innings allowing 7 hits and 1 run to stay perfect on the season. Dean Weaver picked up his 7thsave pitching 2 scoreless innings. Suns only managed 2 hits. Jose Leon and Steve Souza drove in 2 runs each. In Game 2, the Suns won 1-0 behind great pitching from Paul Applebee, Kyle Morrisonn, and Patrick Arnold (2-0). Applebee threw 3.2 scoreless innings. Morrisonn threw 2 scoreless innings and struck out 5. Again, the Suns struggled at the plate, only managing 3 hits, but walked away with the win on a 7thinning RBI single by Destin Hood.