You can’t say the Nationals aren’t getting their chances against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw today. He’s walked three, thrown a wild pitch and committed a balk in just four innings, in addition to giving up four hits. But to this point, all that wildness from Kershaw has led to just one run. Craig Stammen has given up two, and the Nationals trail 2-1 after four.
Stammen hasn’t made many mistakes, but one of them came in the second inning against Casey Blake, who hit a two-run homer on an 88-mph fastball Stammen put in the middle of the strike zone. He’s done a good job getting groundouts otherwise, but the homer looks worse when the Nationals have left six runners on base in the first four innings.
They loaded the bases with two out in the third, but Justin Maxwell struck out to end that inning. And with Maxwell on third and one out in the second, the Nationals couldn’t hit a ball out of the infield.
So that’s where we stand after four innings. The middle of the Nationals’ order will have a crack at Kershaw in the fifth.