Sep 1, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT
Coming off a series opening loss to the New York Mets, the Nats entered Saturday’s game hoping for the consistent Dan Haren they’ve come to know over the last two months. Perhaps the resurgent veteran could be their stopper.
Instead Haren imploded early for the second consecutive outing and left his team with what proved an insurmountable deficit. He gave up seven earned before getting the hook in the third inning, and has now allowed more runs (11) in his last two starts than he did in his eight previous games combined.
Haren’s seven runs came on nine hits, eight of them singles. It was that fact he and Davey Johnson pointed to after the 11-3 loss. The Mets didn’t do major damage with any lone swing, their hits just kept falling.
“Just wasn’t my night really,” Haren said. “It seemed like everything they put in play was a hit. Literally, almost everything they put in play was a hit. Can’t go out there striking out everybody. That’s baseball. I’ve had a good stretch. Maybe I’ve had a little bit of luck. Today was just one of those days.”
“It was just one of those days with 1000 little singles,” Johnson said. “He must have given up seven in a row or something. That’s baseball. Strange things can happen.”
Ian Desmond was more frank in his assessment.
“To be honest. They won, we lost,” he said. “They beat us in every aspect of the game.”
“I’m not taking anything away from the way Dan pitched, because he made good pitches. But that’s part of hitting: being able to be in position long enough and good enough to be able to produce a hit like that.”
However the Mets did it, their blowout of the Nats came at an unfortunate time for the home team. Washington has now lost two straight and enters September down 7 ½ games to the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Wild Card race. The Reds took care of the Rockies 8-3 on Saturday night after losing four of their previous five.
“Obviously we know that we’re running out of time,” Denard Span said. “Tonight, just a terrible game. A type of loss like this came at the wrong time.”
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