Nats' Pen Falters Against Yankees
by Al Galdi
Jun 16, 2012 -- 6:20am

Nationals lose to the Yankees 7-2 on Friday night (June 15, 2012).

1.    The Nats fell to 38-24 overall and 18-11 at home.
     a.    The Nats fell to 24-20 since their 14-4 start.

     b.    The Nats fell to 6-1 on their 15-game swing against opponents from the American League East.
     c.    The Nats fell to 0-1 on their six-game homestand.
     d.    The loss snapped the Nats’ season-best six-game winning streak.

2.    Announced attendance was 41,406.

3.    Three Nats relievers combined to allow four runs in three innings on five hits and two walks.
     a.    The Yankees scored four runs in the seventh inning.
          i.    Reliever Brad Lidge faced four batters in the seventh: walk, sacrficice bunt, intentional walk and a bases-loaded infield single that, coupled with a throwing error (9) by shortstop Ian Desmond, resulted in two runs.  All three runs allowed by Lidge were earned.
          ii.   Reliever Michael Gonzalez faced three batters in the seventh: two-run double, groundout and a strikeout.
     b.    Reliever Tom Gorzelanny allowed one run in two innings, giving up a solo homer in the ninth.
     c.    The Nats still lead the majors with a 3.01 ERA.

4.    The Nats went 8-for-34 overall and 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, totaled just two walks and struck out 12 times.

     a.    The Nats now are 24th in the majors with a .311 on-base percentage.
     b.    Second baseman Danny Espinosa went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and an RBI groundout.
     c.    First baseman Adam LaRoche went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk.

5.    Starter Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs in six innings, giving up five hits and two walks versus eight strikeouts on 109 pitches.

     a.    Gonzalez fell to 8-3 with a 2.52 ERA over 13 starts this season.

6.    Positives from the loss:

     a.    Right fielder Michael Morse had a double, an RBI single and a run.  He did strike out twice.
     b.    Catcher Jesus Flores had a double and a single but went 0-for-1 on runners trying to steal.
     c.    Rookie left fielder Steve Lombardozzi had a single, a walk, a run and an outfield assist.
     d.    19-year-old rookie right fielder Bryce Harper had a single.

7.    Injury/absence/roster update:

     a.    Outfielder Roger Bernadina went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter.  He had been out with a strained right hamstring.
     b.    Right fielder Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on May 7 and was expected to miss 10-12 weeks.
     c.    Closer Drew Storen (right elbow) is on the 60-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on April 11 to remove a small bone fragment from his right elbow and is expected to return sometime around the All-Star break.
     d.    Reliever Henry Rodriguez is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right index finger, which he suffered when he slammed a bathroom door on the finger.
     e.    Reliever Ryan Mattheus (left foot injury) on the 15-day disabled list.
     f.     Catcher Wilson Ramos (torn right ACL) is on the 60-day disabled list and is done for the season.  Manager Davey Johnson has said that Ramos underwent a first surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the knee but still needs to undergo a second surgery, which will repair the torn ACL.
     g.    Catcher Sandy Leon (high right ankle sprain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     h.    Catcher Carlos Maldonado (lower back strain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     i.     Infielder Chad Tracy (right groin tear) is on the 15-day disabled list.  He underwent surgery on May 31 and was expected to miss six to eight weeks if not the rest of the season.
     j.     Infielder-outfielder Mark DeRosa (left oblique strain) is on the 15-day disabled list.
     k.    Reliever Cole Kimball (right shoulder surgery) is on the 60-day disabled list.
     l.     First baseman Chris Marrero (torn left hamstring) is on the 60-day disabled list.

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