The Nationals looked to get back to within a game of .500 with a win against the Dodgers.  After his late-game heroics the previous night, Jerry Hairston was rewarded batting in the lead-off spot.  Unfortunately, the late-game heroics weren’t there – Hairston was pinch-hit for by Laynce Nix – and the Nationals couldn’t score a run after the third inning.  The Nats fell 7-6 to the Dodgers after a Rafael Furcal double in the bottom of the 9th scored Jamey Carroll.

Tom Gorzelanny put in anything but an inspiring performance.  He pitched three innings giving up five runs, eight hits and a walk while striking out three.  This is Gorzelanny’s second poor performance in a row, not an encouraging sign given the way he started the month of July.

The bullpen had to work overtime again thanks to a starter getting shelled early.  Ross Detwiler put in another great performance in long-relief.  Detwiler went 2 and 2/3 innings giving up just one hit and a walk while striking out two.  Henry Rodriguez and Ryan Mattheus had rough outings, both giving up runs.  Sean Burnett managed to not do any damage, but then again, he only threw two pitches to get an out.

The offense for both teams put pressure on the bullpens as both teams attacked early, and often.  Ted Lilly, the Dodgers starter, managed 5 innings miraculously. 

The Nationals were lead by, and stop me if you’ve heard this before, Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse as both went 2-for-4.  Jayson Werth had another decent outing going 1-for-3 with a walk.  The Dodgers had 14 hits as a team and were lead by All-Star Matt Kemp and the night’s hero, Rafael Furcal.

The Nationals and Dodgers finish their series at 4:10 pm and the game can be heard on The Fan.  The Nationals send Jason Marquis (8-4, 3.94 ERA) against Chad Billingsley (8-8, 4.04 ERA).


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