OK, Scott Olsen figured out how to pitch with a lead after all.
After nearly handing the game back to the Marlins in the second, Olsen has rediscovered his form and kept the opposition in check since then. He’s retired 14 of the last 18 batters faced, and though he allowed one more run in the fifth, it wasn’t his fault.
With runners on the corners and two out, Jorge Cantu hit a routine popup to the right of first base. Anderson Hernandez moved toward it, but Nick Johnson had a bead all along and called Hernandez off. But as the ball came down, Nick stuck his glove out to the side and the ball glanced off it and fell harmlessly to the ground. Looks like he was blinded by the sun — he’s wearing eye black but not sunglasses. Anyways, that allowed an unearned run to score and made it 6-3.
Still, Olsen has done his job — two earned runs in six innings. And now he’s headed back out for the seventh. Will the Nats’ bullpen hold on this time and close out a victory? Stay tuned.