The Nats haven’t scored a run since Saturday

Photo by Paul Kim of Kevin Long

The eyes are on Kevin Long whose batters haven’t scored a run since Saturday, and other eyes are focused on Bryce Harper‘s toes as he took a pitch off of his left toes in a hit-by-pitch as he immediately exited the game and headed to the clubhouse. The Nationals lost this one 3-to-0 while the Nationals had plenty of baserunners with a total of ten, they were 0-for-4 in RISP situations. Credit the Yankees for some big pitches and some big defensive plays.

The Nationals also had some big defensive plays but you weren’t going to catch either of the Yankees two home runs that were crushed. You have to put together some good consecutive at-bats, and it just has not happened.

Bryce Harper got up to bat four times and reached base four times via two walks and two hit-by-pitches. The Yankees were pitching Bryce inside and once he was plunked on the elbow and then on the tip of his toes. You would think when your #3 hitter is on-base four times that you have a great chance to score runs, but Rendon-Murphy-Reynolds were a combined 0-11 although Anthony Rendon smacked a pitch in the 1st inning to the outfield wall which was as close as the Nats came all night to scoring.

The Nationals officially announced that Erick Fedde would pitch in Stephen Strasburg‘s spot for tomorrow’s game. Strasburg was placed on the 10-day DL with shoulder inflammation.

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