The Washington Nationals dropped the fourth and final game of a four game series to the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday night by the score of 8-1. At the start of the week the Nationals were riding high moving into sole possession of third place in the NL East and taking two from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies. By the end of the week the Nationals were wondering just where did that winning magic go as they are now on a three game losing streak.
Nationals lefty John Lannan pitched five scoreless frames before the Diamondbacks cracked him in the sixth inning. Chris Young took Lannan deep for a two-run bomb and that itself would have won the game since the Nationals have seemed to have lost any and all offensive ability, but the real damage was done in the final innings of the game. In the eighth inning the usually reliable Tyler Clippard gave up three runs only to be replaced by reliever Ryan Mattheus who then hit Aaron Hill with a pitch and walked the only other batter he faced before being taken out of the game with an injured shoulder. Reliever Henry Rodriguez took over the relief duties in the ninth, but was anything but relieving as he too gave up three runs in the frame.
The only Nationals run of the game came in the seventh inning when Michael Morse hit a RBI single off Bryan Shaw to score shortstop Ian Desmond who was hit by a pitch to start off the inning.
It was another abysmal performance by the Nationals offense who have yet again seem to have entered a sort of offensive void or cold spot.
The Nationals fall to 62-67 and remain in third place in the NL East.