For the third day in a row, the Nationals are out to an early lead against the Rays, with a young pitcher (Ross Detwiler) holding the majors’ highest-scoring offense down. We’ll see if it lasts.
The Nationals scored three in the top of the third off James Shields, with a double from Alberto Gonzalez scoring two runs. The infielder continues to look like he might be around for a while—he’s now 9-for-19 since being recalled at the end of May, and he hasn’t been making the flurry of errors that got him sent to Class AAA Syracuse in April.
Ross Detwiler has only given up three hits, though he’s walked four batters to this point. But he’s gotten out of two jams with double plays. If his control continues to be an issue, though, this game could turn just like the last two have.