Most one run losses can be traced back to one or two mistakes. Tanner Roark was the hard luck loser in this game going 7.0 innings holding the Angels to 4 hits and 2 walks but 2 of the hits were home runs adding up to 3-runs. It was the Kole Calhoun‘s 2-run home run in a 2-1 game in the 6th inning which was the difference in this one.
Ryan Zimmerman staked the Nationals to a 2-0 lead on a booming home run. After that it was a whole lot of missed opportunities with runners in scoring position for the Washington Nationals.
In relief, Sammy Solis was excellent once again out of the bullpen striking out Mike Trout on his way to a perfect 1 2/3 innings.
Michael Taylor turned in a Web Gem to run down a ball in the left-center gap that ended in a full dive to catch the ball. It was just another great defensive play that this team has turned in on this 9 game homestand.
The Nationals will depart shortly for a flight across the country to San Diego for the start of the final west coast road trip of the regular season against the Padres and Astros. The Nationals have a 4-game series with the Padres beginning tomorrow followed by 3-games against the Astros with an off-day in between on Monday.