This was the part of the schedule when many fans thought the Nationals could string some wins together and get back into the NL East mix.  Instead, the Nationals finished it at 1-7, capped by a 6-4 loss to Milwaukee Brewers yesterday.

Milwaukee’s pitcher Zack Greinke struck out 10 over seven innings, and provided the Brewers with run support by hitting a tiebreaking home-run in the fifth.  Prince Fielder drove in four runs for the Brewers, who have won 13 out of their last 16 games.

Michael Morse continued to stay smoking hot for Washington, hitting a home run for the third game in a row. For the series, Morse was 5-for-13 with three homers, a double and eight RBIs.

After Morse’s homer in the forth though, Grienke buckled down, and retired 12 out of the next 13 Nationals.  In the midst of that, Grienke also provided the go-ahead solo shot, his first since 2005.

The Nats fall to 21-28 on the season, and nine games behind the Phillies. They have an off-day Thursday before gearing up for a weekend series with the San Diego Padres.

-Matt Cahill


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