Nats Drop The Rubber Game Against The Pirates, Look Forward To A Tough Home Stand

The Washington Nationals (10-11) lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates (10-12) by a score of 2-4 at PNC Park.

Talking Points:

-       Ian Desmond was inserted back into the lineup today. The shortstop took the day off Sunday after having a seriously bad week in the field. Riggleman hoped a day off would help the struggling youngster find his barring in the field, unfortunately it didn’t help, Desmond committed his seventh error on the season.

-       Jayson Werth went 2-3 on the night with a walk and a double. He also committed his second error of the season.

-       The Nationals only mustered five hits on the night, and just three walks.

-       John Lannan did his best today but the righty still allowed eight base runners in 5.2 innings pitched. That wont get it done.

-       Brian Bixler went 0-3 with a strikeout in his Washington Nationals debut.

Our Reaction:

The Nationals have gotten lucky all season. Their starting pitchers have kept runs off the board despite allowing a good deal of runners on the basepaths. The club has scored a fair amount of runs despite not getting a ton of people on, and not tallying many hits. While it’s been fun to watch, fans have to know it’s not sustainable unless changes are made.

With the loss of this rubber match against the Pittsburgh Pirates the club has now lost two consecutive series, and their record has fallen below .500. Next they will welcome to Nats park the red hot New York Mets, who have won four games in a row. Then they will take on the World Series defending champion San Francisco Giants, who are bound to wake up form their slumber soon.

It’s going to be a tough week for the Nats, but an important one to prove they belong.