First, let’s give credit where credit is due: The Nationals came back to score three runs in the fourth with a homer from Ryan Zimmerman. J.D. Martin has done a solid job getting through six innings while holding the Brewers to three runs. And Nyjer Morgan continues to look like an absolute terror in the leadoff spot.
But episodes like the one in the sixth inning have bit the Nationals all year, and it could again today.
Here’s what happened: Morgan blasted a double to right field, his third hit in as many at-bats today, to lead off the inning. Alberto Gonzalez moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt, giving the Nats the go-ahead run at third with one out and their third and fourth hitters coming up. A base hit, a fly ball or even a well-placed grounder scores the fleet-footed Morgan there. But both Nick Johnson and Adam Dunn struck out, the latter missing a low 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
There’s no excuse for not scoring in those situations. We’ll see if the Nats pay for it in the final three innings.