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Luis Atilano’s career high seven innings pitched and six strikeouts in Saturday’s game versus the Cincinatti Reds was not enough to secure a victory for the Washington Nationals.
Reds starter Mike Leake held the Nationals scoreless through four innings and continued to outplay both the Nats and his own team while owning a 1.55 ERA in his last eight starts and driving in run support for himself. The rookie is hitting .417 after tonight’s game where he hit two singles and scored a run.
To make matters worse for the Nats, Manager Jim Riggleman got tossed in the eighth from arguing a call along side shortstop Ian Desmond due to a play at third base caused by a wild pitch thrown by Tyler Walker.
First Desmond’s ejected in game one, then Riggleman’s tossed in game two. Things at Nats Park are getting tense as Washington seeks to strengthen their Win-Loss ratio to bring themselves back to the .500 mark.
What’s to blame for the Nats 5-1 loss? Hits with no run support to back them up. The Reds had ten total hits on the night, which is just two more than the Nats, the difference being the Reds scored in clutch situations and the Nats continued to struggle on the defensive end with a total of three errors on the night.
Right-hander Craig Stammen (1-2, 5.88) takes on Bronson Arroyo (5-3, 4.92) Sunday to close out the Reds series before the Pirates come to town for Stramas on Tuesday.