The Washington Times - June 7, 2009, 03:27PM

Once the Nats fell into a 5-0 hole after one inning today, it was clear their only chance to come back and win this game would be to play perfect baseball the rest of the way.

Well, they’ve done just that on the pitching side of things. Craig Stammen, after that horrendous first inning, tossed four scoreless, allowing three hits. After needing 33 pitches to get through the first, he needed only 54 to get through the next four. Nice recovery on his part, and for Jesus Colome, who tossed a scoreless sixth.

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Unfortunately, the Nats aren’t playing perfect baseball on the offensive side of things. They still haven’t scored against Livan Hernandez, who is pulling his old tricks once again. Washington’s best chance just came in the bottom of the sixth, when Ryan Zimmerman led off with a single and Adam Dunn drew a walk. So what happened? Elijah Dukes popped out to first, and Austin Kearns grounded into a very predictable 6-4-3 double play.

For those keeping score at home, Kearns is now batting .216. He’s hitting .186 with runners in scoring position, which may explain why he only has 15 RBI despite 125 at-bats this season.