Nats lose the first series in the bullpen!

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When you waste an ace start like the Nats did with Patrick Corbin‘s gem, with a blown save and loss in the bullpen, it magnifies the issues we saw in April and May of last season. Sure, the Nats didn’t get much offense from the middle and end of the order, but you have to save these ‘playoff’ type games and put them in the ‘win’ column. Newbie to the Nats, Will Harris, gets the blown save, and Sean Doolittle took the loss.

This tweet is a big part of the story,

The rest of the story was not cashing in on the Yankees mistakes. The Nats had Trea Turner on 3rd base with one out and Starlin Castro struck out. Eric Thames had one RBI hit earlier but left five runners on-base.

Maybe the biggest play was Emilio Bonifacio overslid third base on a steal with no outs in the 9th inning.

Overall, the biggest question mark continues from Spring Training to Summer Training to today’s 2020 debut for Doolittle, what is wrong with him? His velo was up but he was not sharp, and was saved by some perfect positioning by his defense when Aaron Judge lined a baseball that was clocked at 101 mph right at Michael Taylor. In 2/3 of an inning he gave up a lead-off walk, two hits, and the winning run before he was pulled.

Besides Patrick Corbin being so great, the other positive was Trea Turner getting off the schneid with a home run, infield hit, and forcing an error to get on-base three times. Adam Eaton remains hot.

Tough luck for Roenis Elias who is all but done for the season.

The Nats fall to 1-2 on the young season.

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