A Corbin gem and Rendon power were wasted as the “Little Things” piled up…

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The Nationals got a 7.0 inning 1-run gem out of Patrick Corbin, and Anthony Rendon put the Nats up 2-1 on a home run which looked like the game winner until manager Dave Martinez summoned reliever Tony Sipp to pitch the 8th inning and he was not up to the task. By the time the top of the 8th inning ended, the score was 3-2 in favor of the Pirates, but that is also where we saw a big mistake when Adam Eaton airmailed a throw allowing two baserunners to get into scoring position. It did not take long for them to score. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Anthony Rendon hit his second home run of the game to tie it at 3-to-3.

In the the bottom of the 9th inning, the Nationals got their break with a pinch-hit double by Howie Kendrick but the Nats could not push him across the plate. In the top of the 10th inning, Martinez allowed Matt Grace to start the inning and he gave up two hits. Martinez then brought in Justin Miller who warmed up an hour earlier in the 7th inning and was not used and Miller gave up a 3-run home run which put the game at its final score of 6-to-3.

“Pitching is execution,” Martinez said. “We threw some balls that rightfully so should get hit. We have to come in and make better pitches. I told you before we need all eight of those guys in the bullpen. … Again it is about pitch execution. We had the day off yesterday. They all said they felt good. They all said they were fresh. Executing pitches just was not there.”

The Nationals had other chances to score like the 7th inning when Matt Adams entered as a pinch-hitter and led-off the inning with a double and was bunted to 3rd base, but Adam Eaton grounded out with one out to strand Adams. This was one of those games that Eaton just could not get the big hit or make the smart play on defense. It was Eaton in the 9th inning with Kendrick on 3rd base and two outs who had a chance at a walk-off but he struck out.

The first run of the game for the Nats was knocked in by Patrick Corbin who was 2-for-2 as a batter and struck-out 11 Pirates in this game. He made one mistake pitch and that was it. He was brilliant in this one as was Anthony Rendon.

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