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Instant analysis: Dodgers 8, Nats 3

May 6, 2014, 10:21 PM EST

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GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Dodgers had Clayton Kershaw on the mound making his first start in more than a month. The Nationals had Blake Treinen on the mound making his first career start. Gross mismatch? Well, not for the first five innings. Kershaw and Treinen traded zeroes, each impressing in his own way as a crowd of 30,143 watched on in appreciation of this surprise pitchers’ duel.

But then the wheels fell off for the Nationals in the top of the sixth, with three unearned runs crossing the plate off Treinen and reliever Craig Stammen. It only got worse after that, with the Dodgers piling on late against Ross Detwiler to open up an 8-0 lead.

The Nationals tried to mount a late rally and managed to push across three runs in the bottom of the eighth, but they stranded the bases loaded and after that went down quietly. This loss, combined with the Braves’ first win in eight days, left the NL East standings flip-flopped. One night after taking over first place in the division, the Nats are now 1/2-game back, tied with the Marlins for second place.

HITTING LOWLIGHT: You have to give credit to Kershaw, who is merely the best pitcher on the planet and looked every bit like it in his first start in more than a month. But the Nationals certainly didn’t take advantage of what few opportunities they had against the Dodgers ace. They went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position in the fourth and sixth innings alone. Four of the outs were recorded via strikeout. This remains a recurring issue for the Nationals. At times when they need merely to put bat on ball and advance a runner, they swing and miss. They’ve gotten away with it at times this season, but eventually that might catch up to them.

PITCHING HIGHLIGHT: The Nationals entered this game with no real expectations for Treinen. The 25-year-old hadn’t stretched himself out more than four innings since joining Syracuse’s rotation a couple weeks ago, so he didn’t figure to go much deeper than that in his first career start. Turns out Treinen was far more effective than anyone could have imagined. He shut out the Dodgers over his first five innings, blowing them away with 97-98 mph sinkers early and then mixing in some sliders the second time around the order. Sitting on only 61 pitches, Treinen returned for the top of the sixth, at which point things fell apart, though not entirely his fault. Treinen did bobble a ball for a costly error, but the Dodgers never hit a ball hard off him in the inning, yet scored three runs. It was a rough ending to an otherwise outstanding debut start for Treinin.

KEY STAT: The Nationals have given up 26 unearned runs in 33 games, most in the majors.

UP NEXT: The series wraps up with a Wednesday matinee, and yet another nice pitching matchup. Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the Nationals against ex-teammate Dan Haren, who is off to a fantastic start for the Dodgers (4-0, 2.39 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

  1. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Wooooh….whoops, we lost one but against the best

  2. David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    We split the games between Greinke and Kershaw. That’s all you can reasonably ask. Now we face Dan Haren tomorrow. Beat him and win the series.

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 10:24 PM


  3. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    One of our favorite com plates. Batting with RISP 2 for 10. Batting with non RISP 10 for 27. Big problem most of the season.

  4. Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Blake Treinen deserves a lot of credit for that pitching performance.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Pitch 5 innings great.

      However the down fall started with his error. Field that correctly, the 6th goes a whole another way possibly.

  5. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    MW surely will say Det rusty and needs more work blah blah blah.

    Last I look MW is the one that hands out the work. So that is 109% on him.

    • NatsNut - May 7, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      I agree. Detwiler is not Detwiler’s fault.

      • Brookstoor - May 7, 2014 at 8:01 AM

        Detwiler is most certainly Detwiler’ fault. How about serving up two homeruns, but worst of all in my opinion is not fielding his damn position. That doesn’t change since little league. He knows LaRoche had the site quad, he needs to get after any grounder to that side. He looks like he just has a terrible attitude this year. He was blind sided by there being a competition for the fifth spot in the first place.

  6. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    So buffalo back tomorrow…you know he knows what DH knows

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      I hope he comes back like last year.

  7. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    We’ll call this the “what if” game. So many.

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      what if Kershaw could have taken another couple days off

  8. texnat1 - May 6, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Could really use the series win tomorrow. C’mon Stras!

  9. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Took a shower. Did they show MW presser yet

  10. Eric - May 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    On the bright side, we hit Kershaw a LOT, even when he was pitching *very* well. I also like that we kept hitting and plated runs once he was gone…the fight never left us.

    It’s too bad things fell apart on the field…And then the mound…

  11. philipd763 - May 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    That was the final nail in the coffin for Ross Detwiler tonight.

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Not a chance.

      • NatsNut - May 7, 2014 at 7:28 AM

        I agree. Detwiler is not Detwiler’s fault.

  12. philipd763 - May 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Both Nats and Marlins have identical 18-15 records.

  13. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Afternoon game tomorrow, bust out against Dan and out this one behind us.

    • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      We got this. Haren getting shelled would only be appropriate.

  14. Doc - May 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    It just shows how baseball outcomes depend on doing the small stuff right.

    Had we fielded the ball in the 6th, we might have had that game.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Little things are what MW promised would be cleaned up. In general it has not happened, but plenty of time to do it.

  15. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Was thinking Dat thought he was a starter and gave up 4 runs in the first.

  16. David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    MASN not showing Matt’s presser apparently

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      That is poor. Nothing on twitter yet.

      • Eric - May 6, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        About what?

      • Eric - May 6, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        Oh, Ramos?

  17. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Looking for nightly MW excuse for Det, when the fact is he misusing him.
    Main thing I want is a Buffalo report

    • Eric - May 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      This is it so far (from Mark’s feed):
      Treinen was optioned back to AAA after the game. No corresponding move til tomorrow morning, but Ramos coming off DL is a possibility.

    • Candide - May 7, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      “Misusing him?”

      Look, you come into a game, your job is to get batters out. That’s your job whether you’re starting, you’re closing, you’re trying to hold a lead, or you’re just mopping up.

      If you’re such a delicate little snowflake that the wheels fall off (mixed metaphor alert) when you’re not used in exactly the way that perfectly suits your talents, you need to be playing football, where everyone’s a specialist.

  18. pchuck69 - May 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Why isn’t MASN showing the Williams post game press conferences anymore?





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