(July 30-31) Nats’ Bats Fall Silent Against Tigers
Two weeks after replacing their hitting coach, the Washington Nationals’ bats remained quiet in two straight losses to the Detroit Tigers to start the week.

Washington lost 5-1 to Detroit in Game One of the series, followed by a 15-1 loss in Game Two of the series, scoring just two runs and combining for just 11 total hits in both games. The starting pitching wasn’t any better as Stephen Strasburg gave up five runs in the first game, and Gio Gonzalez gave up an awful 11 hits and 10 runs in the second.

(Aug. 1-2) Nats’ Dominate Brewers in Two Straight Wins
Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann righted the ship and earned his 13th win of the year with a 4-1 victory in Game One of a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Bryce Harper hit his 16th homerun and Rafael Soriano gathered his 27th save of the season in the win.

The pitching continued to improve as starter Dan Haren pitched perhaps his best game as a Nationial, giving up only four hits and no runs over seven innings in a 3-0 win in Game Two of the series the next night. Soriano recorded his 28th save of the year.

In one game, the Nationals’ pitchers can’t be stopped, and in the next game they look like bums. One day the team can’t generate any hits, and the next, they come alive at the plate. This kind of inconsistency is the main reason why Washington is three games under .500 and slowly falling out of playoff contention. It’s a shame, but Washington just isn’t a good team this season.

Nationals Player of the Week: Dan Haren
Haren hasn’t been great by any stretch of the imagination this season, with an ERA of 5.14. But he put on a career performance against the Brewers, allowing only four hits and keeping Milwaukee off the scoreboard.

Washington will complete its series against the Brewers on Sunday, Aug. 4 and then host the Atlanta Braves Aug. 5 to Aug. 7. Their home stand continues when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies Aug. 9 to Aug. 11.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor