WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: Manager Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals watches the action against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park on July 4, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

Marlins Vs. Nationals: Davey Johnson Speaks Out After Nationals Fall, 11-2

Washington's season has gone from positive to last-place negative with a forgettable performance against the Marlins on Tuesday night. Afterwards, manager Davey Johnson spoke out.

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Marlins Vs Nationals: Davey Johnson Growing Frustrated With Nationals Performance

The Nationals looked pretty bad last night. They couldn't hit for much of the contest, and they couldn't seem to stop the Marlins from hitting themselves. That's kind of the point of baseball, isn't it? As you can imagine, the man in charge of these Nationals is starting to get a little hot under the collar, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington.

"It's not sitting well with me," he said. "I have a high boiling point, and I'm getting closer to it."

Somebody get Davey off the stove! Seriously, he is too old for this kind of stress. He elaborated.

"I know we're a better ballclub than we've shown at times," Johnson said. "Anytime like today when the pitching doesn't do what it's capable of doing, and one of my relievers doesn't do what he's capable of doing, it gets ugly. It's painful for everybody in this clubhouse."

It's painful for everyone watching on television as well. The Nationals are now in the bottom of the NL East, a place they have become too familiar with over the last few years. Maybe this changes their approach to the trade deadline. Maybe Davey Johnson goes absolutely ballistic and runs around SE with no pants on. We'll have to see what happens next.


Marlins Vs. Nationals Final: Nationals Enter NL East Cellar With 11-2 Loss To Marlins

Welcome back to the bottom of the division, Natstown. The Washington Nationals were humiliated by the Florida Marlins in front of a home crowd at Nationals Park on Tuesday night in a 11-2 loss. With the loss the Nationals officially drop to last place in the NL East, a spot they've held since 2005.

Nothing seemed to go right for the Nationals. Their pitching failed them, their offense went on a cold spell (again) and they could not take advantage of or open up any opportunities. It was a vicious beating that saw starter Jordan Zimmermann go six innings giving up six runs on eight hits. Tuesday night was a night that saw reliever Henry Rodriguez completely implode in the ninth and surrender five runs in the inning.

While the Marlins hammered the Nats for 13 hits the Nationals merely put together three. The only Nationals runs came off a Laynce Nix solo homerun in the fifth and a Michael Morse RBI double in the sixth.

The Nationals record is 49-53.


Marlins Vs. Nationals Score: Laynce Nix Homers, But Nationals Down 5-1

As has happened so many times before since 2005 the Washington Nationals seem completely unable to unravel the riddle that is the Florida Marlins. Jordan Zimmermann has had a terrible Tuesday night as has the Nationals offense which has led to the Florida Marlins taking a commanding 5-1 over the Nats at Nationals Park.

The only Washington run and hit of the night came from outfielder Laynce Nix. In the bottom of the fifth inning Nix crushed a pitch from Ricky Nolasco into the Nationals right field bullpen to break up Nolasco's no hit bid. Nix's hit ended a 39-out hitless streak for the Nats. Other than that, it has been completely Florida's ballgame.

Zimmermann has only gone a little over five innings and has given up five runs on seven hits. He has walked three and struck out three. The young right hander has not looked solid at all which does not bode well for the rest of the game. The Nationals need offense in a big way.


Marlins Vs. Nationals: Nationals Starts Crucial Homestand Against Rival Marlins

The Nationals are finally back in Washington on Tuesday night after a rough nine-game road trip where they scraped out a 3-6 record. Being back home will not take much pressure off the Nats as they start a crucial homestand where three NL East rivals will come into Nationals Park back-to-back-to-back and some believe how the Nationals do during these three series will determine the 2011 season for the Nationals. The Nationals need to win some games to maintain hovering around .500 and keeping themselves out of the NL East basement.

First up is the Florida Marlins who two weeks ago looked completely dead in the water and the division cellar but since then have gone on an impressive surge to pull within a half game back from the fourth place Nationals. To halt the Fish, the Nationals are putting their trust and ball in the glove of starter Jordan Zimmermann (6-8, 3.00 ERA). Zimmermann is coming off his worst start of the season where the Houston Astros gave the young hurler some trouble. He allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings, but looks to regain form and dominance against Ricky Nolasco (6-7, 4.08 ERA) who also is coming off a bad start, in fact, the worst of his career. Nolasco  gave up nine runs on nine hits in 1 1/3 innings against the San Diego Padres.

First pitch is at 7:05 P.M.


Nationals Line-Up

1. Roger Bernadina, CF

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Michael Morse, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Laynce Nix, LF

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Ian Desmond, SS

9. Jordan Zimmermann, SP

Marlins Line-Up

1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3B

2. Omar Infante, 2B

3. Greg Dobbs, 1B

4. Hanley Ramirez, SS

5. Logan Morrison, LF

6. Mike Stanton, RF

7. Mike Cameron, CF

8. John Buck, C

9. Ricky Nolasco, SP

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