The Washington Times - July 29, 2009, 10:15PM

We said after three that this game would turn into a battle of attrition between two not-so-great pitching staffs. And that’s kind of where it’s gone after six innings.

Both starters—Garrett Mock for the Nationals, Manny Parra for the Brewers—are out of the game, and the Nationals trail 6-5 after six.


To say Mock ever really hit a groove would be stretching it, but he did get out of the fourth inning with just one run after allowing a leadoff homer to Mike Cameron and a double to J.J. Hardy. Mock showed flashes of the stuff the Nationals keep raving about tonight, but never really attacked hitters like they would like to see him do.

He handed the ball to Tyler Clippard, who was immediately helped by a slick fielding play from Ryan Zimmerman that turned into a double play. Clippard, though, walked Mike Rivera after that and gave up a pinch homer to Casey McGehee that put the Brewers up 6-5.

But the pitching staffs for both teams are shaky enough, we could have a couple more lead changes yet tonight.