The Nationals have been having trouble hitting any teams bullpens this year. They have gone to a tired and blue formulae of no offense plus poor fielding equals another loss. Their impotence against opponents bullpens makes comebacks challenging. They finally found a bullpen they could hit. The Mets and Bobby Parnell.
The Nationals came back from a 2-1 deficit, woke up a lethargic offense and scored two for a 3-2 win. Ryan Zimmerman started the inning off with a double off the scoreboard. Rick Ankiel recovered the ball quickly and it appeared his throw beat Zimmerman to the bag. After the tag was made the umpire looked at the glove and then made the safe sign. A wild pitch by Bobby Parnell advanced Zimmerman to third where he scored when Adam LaRoche slapped a single to the right side of the drawn in infield. Ian Desmond roped a double into the left centerfield gap, advancing LaRoche to third. Terry Collins made the questionable move to walk the .151 hitting Roger Bernadina intentionally. Bernadina had already struck out twice in the game. With the bases loaded and no outs Steve Lombardozzi fouled off a number of two strike pitches before lifting a fly to shallow left field. The ball was caught by Mike Baxter going back on the ball and his desperation throw to home was too late to get Adam LaRoche who slid into home with the winning run.
Jordan Zimmerman pitched well enough to get the victory. A lack of offense and shoddy fielding allowed two unearned runs to score in the fifth. Jordany Valdespin started the rally with one out by hitting a slow roller to first. If Jordan had caught up with the ball to flip to LaRoche they may have gotten Valdespin. When the ball was allowed to roll to LaRoche it was too late to get Valdespin, though a dropped throw by Zimmermann prevented a call from being made by the umpire. Rick Ankiel hit a slow grounder to Adam LaRoche, whose throw to Ian Desmond at second pulled him off the bag. Omar Quintanilla bounced the first pitch past the diving LaRoche just inside the first base bag for a 2-out, 2-run triple.
The only run the Nationals scored until the ninth was on an Ian Desmond blast in the second inning. Ian latter came up in the sixth with the bases loaded and two out and grounded to third. He made up for that with the double in the ninth.
Jeremy Hefner limited the Nationals to just four hits in six innings of work. Jordan Zimmermann went eight innings but it was Tyler Clippard, who retired the side in the ninth that got the win with his one inning of work.
Game Notes: The Nationals shook things up before today’s game with a number of moves. They took Jayson Werth off the disabled list, called up Anthony Rendon to improve the offense and called up Ian Kroll to help the bullpen. The three corresponding moves was to put Danny Espinosa on the disabled list. When he is healed he will be sent to the minors to rediscover his hitting. Championship teams are not made of .150 hitting second baseman. Henry Rodriguez and Zach Duke were both designated for assignment. Henry can throw three digits, but when he walks a hitter it turns into a double because he has no concept of holding runners on base. Zach just could not get anyone out consistently…Jordan Zimmermann was humming the ball at 95-97 pretty consistently.