Not a must win game but it was a should win game: Postgame

Perhaps the biggest positive takeaway today was that the Nats lead-off man Ben Revere scored 2 runs today in Game #30, and that was never accomplished by Michael Taylor who was the primary lead-off man filling in for Revere as Taylor never scored more than 1 run in a game all season.

This was a tough loss where Gio Gonzalez could not be the stopper as he had multiple leads and could not hold them as the Nats fall into a 3 game losing skid. Gio had a 2 run lead in the 6th inning and was pulled to watch 3 runs score and the Nats fell behind 5-4 in the bottom of the 6th.

The Nats then tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the 7th inning but could not hold that the game in the bullpen.

Every key decision that Joe Maddon made seemed to work and the key decisions Dusty Baker made seemed not to. Perhaps the biggest decision was leaving Gio in to hit for himself in the top of the 6th inning with Stephen Drew on 3rd base and 1 out. Gio bunted and ran into a doubleplay to end the inning. At that moment Gio was at 89 pitches.

The bullpen in the bottom of the 7th couldn’t maintain the 5-5 the game that led to the 8-5 loss.

Pick the spots that went wrong as their were many.

One thing that went right was Ben Revere. He had a double and a triple in the game and scored twice.

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