MILWAUKEE - The Nationals' eight-game road trip to New York, Baltimore and Milwaukee was supposed to be an easy stretch of their schedule, compared to what they'd faced in the first six weeks of the season. Instead, it looks like the spot where their season veered off-line.
With a 6-4 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon, in a game where Milwaukee pitcher Zack Greinke provided the go-ahead run with his first homer since 2005, the Nationals were swept in Milwaukee for the second year in a row. And they finished the eight-game road trip 1-7.
Michael Morse homered for the third straight day for the Nationals, but they had just two hits after the fourth inning. And aside from Greinke's homer, they gave up a run after Cole Kimball walked two batters and threw a wild pitch, then allowed another with the help of Jerry Hairston Jr.'s throwing error.
The loss dropped the Nationals to seven games under .500. They'll return home for three against the last-place Padres on Friday, but then come the Phillies and another 11-game road trip.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit.