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Dan Haren struck out 10 over six innings but received no decision.
Hitting lowlight: How many chances did the Nationals give themselves tonight, only to come away with very little? Far too many chances. Though Adam LaRoche and Denard Span each delivered two-out, RBI singles, the Nats as a whole went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, stranding 11 men on base. Particularly troubling was their penchant for swinging at the very first pitch thrown by a just-inserted reliever, killing potential rallies in the process. Ian Desmond and Chad Tracy each were responsible for that infraction tonight. It's one thing to be aggressive at the plate. It's another thing to be foolish.
Pitching lowlight: Davey Johnson spoke before this game about the poor job he's done defining relievers' roles, specifically mentioning Storen and Tyler Clippard. Is the manager to blame for Storen's performance? Perhaps he's played some role, but ultimately Storen is responsible for retiring batters when he's on the mound, no matter the situation. He entered tonight for the top of the eighth in a tie game and again got himself into trouble, issuing a one-out walk to Michael Young. Though he struck out Ryan Howard, Storen couldn't close out the inning, surrendering an RBI single to Delmon Young and then an RBI double to Domonic Brown. Storen now sports a 5.21 ERA and has either given up a run or been charged with a blown save in each of his last three appearances.
Key stat: Tonight marked the first time Henry Rodriguez appeared in a game with the Nationals either ahead or tied since April 4. His last four appearances all came with the Nationals trailing by at least five runs.
Up next: The series concludes Sunday afternoon with a premier pitching matchup (even though their records aren't so hot this season). Stephen Strasburg (2-5) takes on Cole Hamels (1-7) at 1:35 p.m.