Thru 6: In trouble again

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Nats are down 5-2 at the end of the sixth, thanks to a horrendous fifth inning from Daniel Cabrera. The key moments:

—John Baker’s two out RBI single. Cabrera battled here, working Baker to a seven-pitch at-bat, but this hit eventually kept the inning alive.

—Hitting Jorge Cantu to load the bases. Sometimes it seems like Cabrera’s mechanics send the ball too far inside on right-handers—his shoulder might be flying open. I’ll save the diagnosis for Randy St. Claire, but at any rate, he hit Cantu here, which set him up for disaster.

—The middle-of-the-zone fastball he threw to Dan Uggla on 1-0. That’s going to get hit every time against this team, and it led to three runs.

Overall, Cabrera gave up seven hits and five runs with two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch in six innings. Not terrible, but the four-run fifth made it a lot worse, overshadowed his ability to get out of trouble earlier and put the Nats in position to get swept.

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