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Nationals lose despite ‘Riding Solo’

Jason DeRulo would’ve been proud of the Washington Nationals last night. Despite the Nationals cranking out four solo home runs last night, the team fell 8-4 to the high powered Diamondbacks offense.

Ryan Zimmerman connected for two of the four solo shots, with Adam Kennedy and rookie Roger Bernadina banging out the other two.

On the pitching side for the Nats, Ross Detwiler was done in by some timely D’Backs hitting and some untimely defensive gaffes by his teammates. On the night, Detwiler went four innings, giving up seven runs (four earned) on nine hits while striking out five and walking two.

In the second, the Nats could’ve escaped trouble until a Adam Dunn error at first allowed Adam LaRoche to score and continue the inning. Bobby Crosby would follow with an RBI double to bring home the second run of the game and put the Nats in an early hole.

However, those runs wouldn’t prove to be the difference in the game, as the Diamondbacks continued to hit the ball all over the field, including an RBI single from opposing pitcher Barry Enright.

Speaking of Enright, he has been impressive thus far in his major league career. Tonight, Enright lasted six innings, giving up two solo home runs as part of his six hits while striking out three and walking two. In his previous two starts, Enright had shut down the Mets, which really hasn’t been that hard as of late.

ANALYSIS:

The positive I take away from this game is the continuing strong performance from now lead-off hitter Roger Bernadina. He went 2-4 from the top spot in the order with his solo homer. He’s now hitting an encouraging .277 on the year with seven homers and 31 RBI. Add to that his .332 OBP and .433 SLG and you have a very strong, very underrated freshman campaign.

People don’t realize just how good this Diamondbacks offense is. And when you add in the continuing strong performances from pitchers like Barry Enright, this team can compete with the best of them.

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