Maya unravels in fifth; Padres, Nationals tied 4-4

I was about to start writing this post, and I just saw it’s not the first time I’ve written “Maya unravels” as the first two words of a headline. Anyway, as he’s done before, Yunesky Maya unraveled in the fifth inning.

He issued back-to-back, two-out walks, then gave up a two-run single to Brad Hawpe that put the Padres up 3-2. When Doug Slaten - who’s now allowed 12 of 24 inherited runners to score this season - gave up a single to Chase Headley, the Padres went up 4-2.

The Nationals pulled back within a run in the bottom of the inning, on Roger Bernadina’s double to center. But while Bernadina tried to stretch it into a triple, he took a wide turn around second base and got thrown out easily at third. And instead of having the tying run in scoring position with one out, the Nationals had the bases empty with two outs, where Ian Desmond struck out to end the inning.

And I know it’s only been one start this year, but I didn’t see anything to convince me Maya was going to be a solid big league starter last year. He showed many of the same problems today as he did last year, and while he’ll probably stay in the rotation for a couple weeks, he didn’t make a strong case for a new and improved pitcher today.