If you wanted an exciting game, you got it. If you wanted a Washington Nationals win, you left disappointed. The Nationals clawed back into this game and tied it in the 7th inning 5-to-5 and even after giving up a run in the 8th inning — the Nationals loaded the bases in the 8th inning and did not score and in the 9th inning Edwin Jackson was thrown out at the plate.
The Nationals had 19 baserunners in this game of which 14 came via hits and 4 from walks. The team just didn’t capitalize in key spots with some missed opportunities. The Nationals were 5-for-16 in RISP batting, but also left 13 runners-on-base.
Howie Kendrick was left on the on-deck circle when Edwin Jackson was thrown out at home in the 9th inning. Kendrick had 3 hits in the game and along with Alejandro De Aza, they were the offensive stars of the game. Anthony Rendon was the hard luck 0-for-5 batting in the 3-hole and he struck out twice stranding 5 runners on-base.
Erick Fedde gave up 5-runs in the gave and they all came via two home runs. Fedde definitely struggled pitching from the stretch and as noted during the game, Fedde’s velo was down by 2.8 mph but he was kept in the game to throw a career high 112 pitches. Luckily, with bases loaded in the 6th inning he got out of that situation unscathed.