Nationals, Game 5: Marlins 7, Natinals 4

2011 April 7
by Don Hammack

Record:1-4 . Standing: 5th, 3 GB. Streak: L3.

Loss

Feeling good: Only for 4.5 innings. Livan Hernandez was pitching well, Ian Desmond finally gave Washington a base hit out of the leadoff spot (he wound up 4-for-5 to raise his average 222 points to, um, .222.

Feeling bad: Outside of him, the Nats didn’t hit much. Their three runs in the second inning were a bit of a mirage: a walk, a single, a fielder’s choice, a sac bunt, a safety squeeze for a base hit, a walk, a sac fly and a groundout. Lots of runners left on base.

Feeling shame: The bottom of the fifth was ugly. “Watching” via MLB.com’s game tracker, it was death by a thousand cuts. Hernandez with five walks in five innings, struggling to find Tim Tschida’s strike zone. Chad Gaudin was not effective. Again.

Nationals or Natinals: No “O”.

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