The Washington Nationals are certainly not getting the same sort of performance out of their starters on Saturday as they did on Friday. In fact, if it wasn't for an error by Baltimore Orioles first baseman Brandon Snyder the Nationals probably would not have even scored. The Nationals trail the Orioles 4-2 in the sixth.
Nationals pitcher John Lannan and Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie battled each other tight for the first two-innings before the top of the third when the Nationals broke open the scoring. Outfielder Laynce Nix hit a ball right at Snyder who botched it. Two runs crossed the plate on the error. Going into the bottom of the inning Lannan was looking sharp, but soon unraveled. The O's roughed Lannan up a bit and thanks to a Nix error Baltimore put a crooked number up in the inning and now lead the Nationals 4-2.
Pitcher Jason Marquis was taken out after four-innings on Friday giving up five runs on eight hits. Lannan is in a similar boat giving up four runs on six hits, but manager Jim Riggleman has kept with him into the sixth.