After winning eight of eleven to start the Spring, the Nats have turned off one faucet in favor of the other, losing their seventh straight today by a 6-1 count to the Detroit Tigers.
Tom Gorzelanny ended the string of poor starts from the starts, turning in a mediocre performance with two runs allowed over five inning, both coming on a third-inning HR on another breezy day in Viera. The bullpen struggled again as none of the three that followed — Todd Coffey, Drew Storen, & Tyler Clippard — were dominant.
None of this mattered much as the Nats offense, which managed to outhit the Tigers 12-10, couldn’t score unless they hit the ball over the wall (Matt Stairs, 7th) and stranded 10 baserunners, while the defense committed four errors, including errors by Danny Espinosa and Wilson Ramos.
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- Ramos went 1-for-3 with a strikeout
- Espinosa grounded into a double play in his lone at-bat
- Tyler Moore followed Adam LaRoche on defense and had an assist
The Nats are now 10-12 and have afternoon games the next two days (at St Louis, vs. Houston) before an off day on Wednesday.