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Another terrible start for the Nats
The Nationals weren’t much better in the field, committing three more errors to extend their major league-leading total to 108.
“Sloppy defense a little, but what’s effort when you get down six runs in the second inning against a tough pitcher?” Robinson said. “All you can do is the best you can.”
Nick Johnson committed two of those errors, giving him a career-high 12 on the season. The first baseman’s worst moment, though, came in the sixth, when he was leveled by Atlanta’s Jeff Francoeur on a popup along the first base line. Francoeur, a former football player, slammed into Johnson, and both of them hit the ground.
“I was just trying to focus on the ball,” Johnson said. “Next thing you know, you’re on the ground.”
Johnson was helped off the field, diagnosed with a strained neck. He said his head was sore after the game and said it’s possible he suffered a mild concussion, though he won’t know the extent of the injury until he wakes up today.
Johnson said he didn’t believe Francoeur ran into him on purpose and Francoeur called him after the game to apologize.
“I wanted to make sure he was all right,” said Francoeur, who hurt his shoulder on the play. “Obviously, I didn’t mean to do that. It’s just one of those things, a freak accident. Hopefully, we’ll both be all right.”
The Nationals can only hope their starting rotation heals after its latest pounding.
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