In seven games this season, the Nationals and Diamondbacks have combined to score only 39 runs, as two hit-or-miss offenses run into a top-end pitching staff (in Arizona's case) or a respectable one (in Washington's).
We're through six of the eighth and final game these two teams will play this season, and they've still only combined for 41.
John Lannan had a shutout going through five innings, until he threw a grapefruit of a fastball to Chris Young in the sixth inning. Young belted it to left, putting the Diamondbacks up 2-0. As the Nationals continue to miss chances to get something going against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley, they're putting themselves in danger of losing the series and ending their 10-game homestand with a 5-5 record after three straight losses.
They left nine runners on base in the first six innings, stranding two runners four times. Miley has thrown 98 pitches, and the Diamondbacks have their bullpen warming, but the 24-year-old left-hander doesn't exactly have overpowering stuff.
The Nationals will have to try and come back against Arizona's bullpen, though. Otherwise, what started as a promising homestand will end on a sour note.