Tonight was that tale of missed opportunities and misplays which added up to a loss. The Nationals were 1-for-9 batting with runners-in-scoring-position. Tanner Roark was not sharp tonight as he gave up 7-hits and 5-walks on his outing while being tagged for 4-runs in this 4-to-2 loss.
The Nationals 6-game winning streak came to an end and unfortunately they fell back to second place with this loss. There were other streaks alive tonight as Trea Turner extended his hitting streak to 12-games and he was the sparkplug scoring 2-runs on a hit, a walk, and 2 stolen bases. Anthony Rendon had both RBIs on his 2-for-3 night and that was most of the offense. Pedro Severino and Michael Taylor had the other hits in the game.
Manager Dave Martinez decided not to pinch-hit for Tanner Roark in the top of the 7th inning, and it cost the Nats because Roark came out for the bottom of the 7th inning and gave up the 4th run of the game which put the game out of solo home run range.
Juan Soto made one nice play in the game but also didn’t take charge on a flyball that led to the 3rd run of the game. At the plate, Soto was overmatched, and you expect that to happen in some games.