Nationals Blow Strasburg’s Lead, But Gut Out 3-2 Win

Despite a blown two-run lead in the top of the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins, the Washington Nationals were able to hold on to rally in the bottom of the 10th to earn their 12th win of the season.

Wilson Ramos and Ian Desmond were the hero’s in extra innings for the Nats. Ramos started things off with a leadoff single. An error on a potential double play ball allowed him to reach third with no outs, and Desmond earned his second RBI of the game with a walk-off sacrifice fly. The win was the club’s fifth in their last six games, and their sixth one-run victory. 

Despite the heroics, the lost lead kept Stephen Strasburg from earning his third win of the season. The 24-year-old allowed no earned runs through six innings while fanning six batters and walking one. Despite not earning his own Curly W, he now leads the National League in strikeouts with 25. 

The blown save belonged to Brad Lidge. It was the second of 35-year-old’s season. Lidge walked Hanley Ramirez to start the inning and then let up a two-run bomb on a hanger to Logan Morrison the next at bat. It was the first earned run the former All-Star had let up in three appearances, but marked the third consecutive game in which he allowed two-or-more base runners. 

With just one game remaining before a travel day on Monday, Washington is 8-2 in their current homestand. 

Some Thoughts:

- Lidge had been suffering from some vertigo earlier this week, so it’s possible that he may have simply not been at 100 percent today. He told the Washington Post Thursday that he was having trouble even walking in a straight line, which to me makes it sound like it would be hard to pitch. Even so, Lidge has been allowing too many baserunners to keep pitching him in high leverage situations like this. I know that he has a strong history as a closer, and that Davey likes to work players into a role early and keep them there through thick and thin, but with a bullpen that has so many options, it just doesn’t seem right to me. At this point, Lidge has one really effective pitch, his slider. But when he can’t locate it and is forced to throw his fastball over the plate, stuff like this happens. 

- Ryan Zimmerman was a late scratch from today’s lineup. He was announced as one of the club’s starters but when the team ran out to take the field in the top of the first, Mark DeRosa jogged out to third. According to reports, Zimmerman has shoulder inflammation, he likely wont play tomorrow either. The Nationals don’t think there is any structural damage, but given how these things have gone for Washington in the past, this is not something you want to read. 

- Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond both hit solo home runs this afternoon. Washington had just had eight total round-trippers entering today’s game.

- DeRosa went 1-4 and had his first hit since April 13. Chad Tracy, playing first today for Adam LaRoche, went 0-4. He has not had a hit since April 7.