In most games the Nationals have lost this year, they’ve been able to legitimately point to chances to turn the game around. In this one, there’s been only one of them.
It came in the fourth inning, when Nick Johnson doubled home Nyjer Morgan and Adam Dunn followed with a single. Third-base coach Pat Listach waved Johnson around, but center fielder Michael Bourn made a perfect throw and Ivan Rodriguez tagged Johnson out at home easily. But Dunn went to second on the play, and had he not, the inning probably would have ended on the next at-bat anyway; Josh Willingham hit a grounder to short that could have easily become a double-play ball.
For the most part, Astros starter Roy Oswalt has just been too good. Scott Olsen has settled down some after giving up a walk and a hit to the Astros’ seventh and eighth hitters that turned into two runs in the fourth, but it doesn’t look like Oswalt is going to give the Nationals much room for a comeback tonight. It’s 4-1 Astros heading into the seventh.