Thru 6: Still can't get a clutch hit

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This story is getting old. The Nats have no trouble putting guys on base. They have all kinds of trouble actually scoring them.

In the afternoon’s first five innings, they came to bat 13 times with a man on base. They did not record a hit in any of those at-bats.

The streak finally snapped in the sixth, when Wil Nieves and Nick Johnson each singled to load the bases. But then Cristian Guzman grounded into a forceout at third, pushing a run across but recording another out. And then Alberto Gonzalez flied out to end the inning.

So the Nats are 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position today. Since June 4, they are 7-for-46 in such situations. That’s not good.

Entering the seventh, it’s Reds 2, Nats 1.

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