Washington Nationals Weekly-11

Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth (28) stops at second with an RBI double, with St. Louis Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta at right duirng the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth (28) stops at second with an RBI double. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

After beating the San Francisco Giants in the first three games of a four-game series on the road, the Washington Nationals fell in the finale game before dropping two more contests against the St. Louis Cardinals. As of June 15, the Nationals held a 35-32 record and were
tied with the Atlanta Braves atop the NL East.

June 9-12: Nationals vs. Giants–Win Three Straight, Fail to Complete Sweep

Washington delivered an outstanding performance in a 9-2 road win over the San Francisco Giants on June 9 in Game One of a four-game set. Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out seven batters and allowed just four hits and one earned run in six innings. The Nationals had 12 hits as a team on offense; shortstop Ian Desmond led the team with three hits and five RBI.

Starter Doug Fister followed with a solid outing of his own for the Nationals in a 2-1 win in Game Two on June 10. Fister gave up eight hits but no runs in seven innings of work; reliever Rafael Soriano closed out the game for his 13th save of the season.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, June 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Starting pitcher Tanner Roark did his best to keep the hot pitching streak going for the Nationals in a 6-2 win over the Giants in Game Three on June 11. Roark allowed seven hits and two earned runs in seven innings, but the Nats clicked on offense with six runs scored. Outfielder Jayson Werth went yard with a home run and also had three RBI; first baseman Adam LaRoche added two RBI.

Unfortunately, Washington failed to complete the four-game series sweep, losing Game Four, 7-1, on June 12. The Nationals struggled on offense, generating just seven hits and one run, but also pitched poorly. Starting pitcher Blake Treinen lasted only five innings and allowed two runs.  Reliever Craig Stammen wasn’t any better, surrendering two more runs before Aaron Barrett took over and relinquished another three earned runs.

June 13-14: Nationals’ vs. Cardinals–Losing Slump Extends to Three Games

The losses continued to mount as the Nationals finished their road trip in St. Louis for three games against the Cardinals. The Nats fell 1-0 in Game One on June 13 despite an eight-inning performance from starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who surrendered just three hits and one run. But Washington’s bats delivered just two hits in the shutout.

Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth, right, is out at second. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A 4-1 loss followed in Game Two on June 14. Strasburg delivered another quality start in 6 2/3 innings of work until allowing three runs in the seventh inning. The Nationals’ bats were quiet yet again, generating just four hits against a quartet of Cardinals pitchers.

Next up: The Nationals will attempt to salvage the finale of their series against St. Louis on June15 before returning home to host the Houston Astros in a two-game series on June 17 and 18 and the Atlanta Braves in a four-game series from June 19-22.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor