Reporting Sky Kerstein
The Nationals hit three solo shots, including a ninth inning two out bomb by Danny Espinosa to tie it up and send it to extras, but it wasn’t enough as the Nationals lose in the bottom of the 10th 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Davey Johnson get’s his first loss in his Nationals managerial debut.
Michael Morse got the Nats on the board early when he hit a 2nd inning bomb to center, his 15th of the season, and the Nationals had an early 1-0 lead. Ryan Zimmerman gave the Nats a 2-0 lead when he hit a solo shot, his 3rd of the season, in the top of the fourth and the Nats were rolling. But in the bottom of the fourth the Angels tied it right back up.
First Alberto Callaspo singled home Bobby Abreu to cut the Nats lead to one. Then Peter Bourjos hit a bloop single to right field that scored Vernon Wells to tie the game at two. In the sixth a Bobby Wilson RBI single gave the Angels their first lead of the game 3-2. That lead held till Danny Espinosa crushed the first pitch he saw with two outs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at three and help send it to extras. For Espinosa that’s his 15th of the season as he continues to make a statement in the rookie of the year debate.
But in the bottom of the tenth, the Angels got the bases loaded and Maicer Izturis hit it right up the middle to single home Alberto Callaspo and give the Angels a 4-3 lead. It’s only the third loss for the Nationals in their last 16 games. Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan had his first rough outing in a while, only going 5.2 innings, giving up 11 hits, three runs, two walks and getting two strikeouts. Nationals relief pitcher Sean Burnett got the loss only getting one out in the tenth inning before loading the bases and giving up the game winning hit. Burnett is now 3-4 on the season.
Nationals pitchers Ryan Mattheus and Henry Rodriguez combined going 3.1 innings, two hits and zero runs. Michael Morse when two for four on the day and is hitting .303 as he tries getting some All-Star consideration. Ryan Zimmerman also went two for four as he is still getting his swing back after coming off the DL.
The Nationals and the Angels meet again in Anaheim Tuesday at 10:05 pm eastern on 106.7 The FAN. Jason Marquis (7-2, 3.53 ERA) is expected to take the mound for the Nationals against the Angels Joel Pineiro (3-3, 4.09 ERA).