The Nationals are back to .500, having lost their second game in a row. They lost their starting pitcher in the fourth inning after he got hit in the face by a line drive. They got back to having problems on offense. And with two games to go before the All-Star break, they've squandered a fair amount of their momentum.
They lost 3-2 to the Rockies on Friday night, in a game where they struggled to figure out Colorado starter Jason Hammel, a fairly pedestrian right-hander. Jayson Werth struck out twice in four at-bats, once with men on second and third in the first inning, the other time on a bouncing slider in the ninth inning.
John Lannan, who left with a nasal contusion after getting hit by a Ty Wigginton line drive, took the loss.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit.