Nationals Vs. Angels: Nationals Suffer Some Angst In Anaheim In 11-5 Loss

It was a bad night for the Nationals in Anaheim as plenty goes wrong in manager Davey Johnson's second game as manager. Outfielder Laynce Nix went 4-for-4 before going down with an injury while the Angels offense unloaded on the Nationals bullpen in the eighth.

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Nationals Vs. Angels Final: Nationals Bullpen Collapses In 11-5 Loss

Washington Nationals fans can call it the "Angst In Anaheim." The Nats dropped their second game in a row Tuesday night to the Los Angeles Angels by the score of 11-5 after an implosion by the bullpen. The loss puts Washington 0-2 under new manager Davey Johnson, snaps the Nats streak of five consecutive series wins and the Nats have fallen back to a .500 record. On top of it all, Washington lost one of their power bats for at least a game, but possibly more.

Outfielder Laynce Nix went 4-for-4 with a RBI in Tuesday's game, but left the game due to right Achilles tightness and will not play in he series finale in Anaheim Wednesday night. Nix hit a solo home run in the sixth-inning off Joel Pineiro that helped the Nats get within one run of the Angels. However, the Angels opened the flood gates and overpowered relievers Todd Coffey and Ryan Mattheus in the eighth-inning scoring a combined five runs to put the game out of reach. For seven innings the game was another tight battle for the Nationals before the bullpen implosion.

Not that it gives much comfort.

Nationals starter Jason Marquis gave up four runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out five in five innings of work. Reliever Collin Balester was tagged with the blown save and loss while Coffey gave up three runs and Mattheus gave up two in the eighth. Offensively Ryan Zimmerman collected an RBI while DH Matt Stairs had a great game by his standards going 2-for-4 with a RBI.

The Nationals fall to 40-40 and a .500 record they aren't too happy to be at right now and have fallen into fourth place in the NL East behind the New York Mets.


Nationals Vs. Angels: Nationals Look For First Win Under Manager Davey Johnson

The Washington Nationals are hoping the second time is a charm in L.A. as they look for their first win under the management of Davey Johnson against the Los Angeles Angels. The Nationals were just edged by the Angels on Monday night in extra innings by the score of 4-3.

Johnson is still getting a feel for his new team and is taking stock of what he actually has in front of him. The team has a lot of promise, but there are still some questions to be answered such as is the offense truly built to click and keep hitting and are the performances from the starters and relievers all sustainable. On Monday Johnson used Matt Stairs in the DH position, but he went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk and he put Jayson Werth second in the line-up to hopefully drive in some runs, but Werth went for an abysmal 0-for-5 including not being able to hit in a run in the 10th inning that would have given the Nationals the lead.

Johnson also did not have his best reliever on hand in Tyler Clippard who was given the night off because of a tired arm. Clippard will most likely be available Tuesday night in possible support of the Nationals starter Jason Marquis (7-2, 3.53 ERA). Marquis was dominating in his last start against the Seattle Mariners taking a no-hitter into the sixth-inning. He will oppose Joel Pineiro (3-3, 4.09 ERA) on the mound and face Torii Hunter who is returning to the Angels line-up after suffering a posterior rib contusion last Wednesday.

The Nats and Halos square off at 10:05 P.M. EST.

Nationals Line-Up

Roger Bernadina - CF

Jayson Werth - RF

Ryan Zimmerman - 3B

Laynce Nix - LF

Michael Morse - 1B

Danny Espinosa - 2B

Wilson Ramos - C

Matt Stairs - DH

Ian Desmond - SS

-- Jason Marquis - SP

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