Jackson Shuts Down Birds in B-more

DC Sports Nexus ---- Saturday, June 23, 2012

Nationals 3, Orioles 1

Edwin Jackson improved to 4-4 on the year and the Nationals gave themselves to take their three game series in Baltimore with their 3 to 1 victory tonight over the birds.  The Nationals scored twice in the second inning on a throwing error that allowed Morse and LaRoche to cross homeplate. 

That would turn out to be all the run support Jackson would need on the night, as he cruised through 6.1 innings while giving up only 1 run on a homer via Adam Jones in the 7th.  Chen pitched good, but not great as Morse and LaRoche came alive at the plate.  LaRoche notched his 13th homerun of the season in the 4th to give the Nats an extra insurance run.

Ryan Zimmerman continued to look lost at the plate and committed his 4th fielding error at third base this season...Yikes.  The defensive play of the night has got to go to Ian Desmond, who recorded an unassisted double play at second base.

Finally, all is well at the back end of the bullpen as Burnett and T-clip used their 1-2 combo in the 8th and 9th inning to close out the game, Clip's 12th of the season.  The rubber game of the series is tomorrow.


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