Braves 11, Nationals 10 (10 innings)
The Washington Nationals led the Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Friday night, but a rough inning for Stephen Strasburg and some bad bullpen pitching contributed to a Braves comeback and a Nats loss. The Braves are now only 2.5 games back of the Nattys.
The Nats were rolling with help from three run homers by Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman. But in the 6th inning Strasburg began his collapse. The Nats All-Star finished with 5 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings, but he couldn't get into his groove all night. Strasburg was lucky to make it into the 6th unharmed, and after giving up 2 runs and several baserunners, his night was done.
The bullpen came in and things did not get any better. Each of the next 4 relievers for the Nats gave up 2 runs (Mike Gonzalez' were earned by Stras). That included both Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard who blew his 2nd save in 3 games.
In the 10th, Zimmerman made a throwing error to first and Dan Uggla made it to 2nd base. A passed ball later and the go ahead run was on 3rd. Ian Desmond couldn't make the catch on a little duck snort (my favorite baseball word), Uggla scored, Nats lose.
Your Tyler Clippard update:
After his 14th save on July 7th, Clippard has given up 9 hits, 3 walks, and 8 runs in 6 appearances that included one save, 2 blown saves, and a loss.
The fun doesn't stop, 2 more games on Saturday in the Nats Braves series...