I hate the Nationals. Every time we get on a good run, we run into the Nationals and lose our momentum.
We saw another strong performance by Mike Foltynewicz, who is slowly improving his peripherals and making a huge stride on his ERA. His 5.71 ERA last year left many wondering if he was going to figure it out as a starter, but this year has seen a huge improvement on his H/9, BB/9, and HR/9. He’s lowered his ERA to a respectable 4.16, and you have to start wondering if he’s an answer in the future rotation. Of all of the AAA and pitching prospects, he has the highest ceiling by far.
And then Lieutenant Dans hit his first over-the-fence home run, giving him home runs in consecutive nights. The defense is already there, so if his bat comes around this quickly, it’s going to get really fun really quickly. Nick Markakis and Matt Kemp both had three hits, and Jace Peterson had a go-ahead single in the 10th.
But other than that, the game pretty much stunk. The bullpen blew three different leads and eventually lost it in the 11th. I’m not sure I’m understanding why Jim Johnson and Mauricio Cabrera are pitching multiple innings late in the game, but Johnson blew the save in his second inning of duty.