Cardinals 3, Nationals 2
Wait, what happened? Oh, I guess there was a baseball game played too. It was much of what you would expect. Pete Kozma was booed, and the Nats lost. A few good things happened...sort of.
Dan Haren had another rough outing. He is doing a 4 inning 5 inning rotating pattern and hasn't pitched more than 5 innings all season long. Not good for the 4th starter on a "World Series Contender". Haren gave up 6 hits and 3 runs, but his pitch count was too high once again. In his past 3 starts he has thrown almost 300 pitches (292) in 14 1/3rd innings. The team is going to have to address this issue.
Haren wasn't the only reason the Nats lost, especially after the bullpen combo of Stammen, Mattheus, and Storen gave up 2 hits and 0 runs in 4 innings of inning eating to pick up the Nats starter. It was the offense once again struggling to score runs when they don't hit homers. Just 5 hits on the night for the Nationals.
One of the bright spots in a rather uneventful night was the first Major League hit by recent call-up Anthony Rendon. (GIF here) After an Ian Desmond RBI double Rendon notched his first hit, a double in the gap and picked up his first RBI to tie the game, a huge momentum swing. But Haren gave the lead away in the 6th inning.
TOP PERFORMER: Craig Stammen
WINNERS: Anthony Rendon, Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen
LOSERS: Dan Haren, Nats Offense
Oh there was another bright spot. No errors. Amazing. The Nats are in a funk right now and look to get out of it on Tuesday against the Cardinals once again...