The Washington Times - July 27, 2009, 10:25PM

The Nationals’ pitching staff has struggled with the Brewers’ offense all night, giving up five runs in six innings. That’s OK. Josh Willingham has driven in eight runs in two.

Willingham became the sixth player in MLB history to hit grand slams in consecutive innings. and the first since Bill Mueller on July 29, 2003 to hit two slams in a game. It was all part of a 13-run explosion between the fifth and sixth innings for the Nationals, who now lead 13-5.


Craig Stammen gave up three runs in the fifth, helping the Brewers get back in the game after the first grand slam put Washington up 6-2. But the Nationals scored seven in the sixth, most of the rally coming after Jason Kendall tagged Jason Bergmann on a bunt before firing to second, rather than forcing Alberto Gonzalez at second and starting a double play. Because there was no force at second, Gonzalez was safe, and he scored on Cristian Guzman’s double.