I’m gonna be real, this team the Washington Nationals have does not appear to be a playoff team. The reason being because this team just can’t seem to put a whole nine innings together. Either they start slow and rally late, only to come up short, or they start fast and fall apart late. This inconsistency once again reared its ugly head today against the Chicago Cubs.
The game got off to a solid start, with an RBI single by Juan Soto in the first inning and another RBI single by Adam Eaton in the second inning, the Nationals had an early 2-0 lead. Additionally, starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson had his best game of the season, pitching 5.2 innings without allowing a hit! Unfortunately, this is where the bullpen comes in and everything goes south.
Sammy Solis was the first one out of the bullpen and he allowed a 2 run single to Jason Heyward (both runs charged to Hellickson) to tie the game. Chicago then took the lead when newly acquired bullpen hand Greg Holland walked Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded, allowing the winning run as the Nationals fall 3-2 in yet another game they should’ve easily won. And to add insult to injury, base running remains a problem as Juan Soto was picked off of first base twice.
When all is said and done, the only bright sides in this game aside from Hellickson we’re Daniel Murphy, who had a 3 hit day, and Koda Glover, who retired both runners he faced in his much anticipated return to the big leagues.
All in all, this paired with the news of Derrius Guice of the Washington Redskins being out for the season with a torn ACL, makes this a very frustrating day to be a DC sports fan.
Nationals will attempt to even up the series tomorrow as Tanner Roark takes the mound at 4:05 PM, 3:05 PM Chicago time.