We're headed into the top of the seventh inning at Nationals Park, and the Nationals' lead over the Braves is down to two runs. They lead 4-2, with Tyler Clippard still on the mound, and barely survived the sixth inning with the lead.
After John Lannan came out of the game at the start of the sixth, Chad Gaudin gave up a homer to Dan Uggla on the first pitch he threw - or, the first pitch he threw as a member of the Nationals. He pitched to two more batters, retiring one and walking one, before Doug Slaten came in and gave up a deep double to Freddie Freeman. Clippard got the Nationals out of the inning, and got a double play on Chipper Jones here in the seventh after allowing a single to Nate McLouth.
And after Wilson Ramos singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, collecting his third hit of the day, the Nationals couldn't do anything else. He had a stolen base called back because of batter's interference, and after Laynce Nix struck out, Ian Desmond flied to center, dropping the Nationals' new leadoff hitter to 0-for-8 on the season. Jayson Werth struck out to end the inning, and because of a double switch, the Nationals have to finish the game without Michael Morse.
With Adam LaRoche due up second in the seventh and a pinch hitter coming for Clippard (probably a left-hander, unless the Nationals decide to use Ivan Rodriguez), they'll have a run of three consecutive lefties and Danny Espinosa, who is worse from the right side and would hit that way against a left-handed pitcher. It's a perfect time for the Braves to use Eric O'Flaherty to mow through a group of lefties.