Nats get Clipped, can’t hold 5-1 lead, fall to Brewers 7-5

Despite breaking out to an early 5-1 lead, the Washington Nationals bullpen could not hold on as the Brewers came back to score six runs in the final four innings to win 7-5 in Milwaukee Friday night.

Mike Morse must have been having such a great time too. The lightly used utility player had a breakout game to help the Nationals build their early lead. Morse, who has only played in 38 games despite batting .338/.386/.636 with six homers in 77 at bats, went two-for-three on the night with two homers and four RBI.

It wasn’t enough.

Nationals starting pitcher Craig Stammen pitched five full innings, allowing three earned on five hits and a walk, however when Riggleman put the game in the usually capable hands of the bullpen, things collapsed. Clippard came on and allowed two earned runs on two hits in a walk in two-thirds of an inning, earning his eighth blown save of the year.

Sean Burnett came on in relief, and allowed two more earned runs for the loss.

The Brewers lineup was too much for the Nats pitching staff to contain. With four players totaling 15 homers-or-more this season, and four with at least 50 RBI, the Brewers have one of the most explosive lineups in baseball. While five runs may be enough to beat most ball-clubs…more runs have to go on the board to contain the likes of Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks, and Corey Hart.