The Nationals couldn't do enough against Rodrigo Lopez and his pedestrian stuff. Ross Detwiler again did enough for them to hang around, but not enough for them to win. And like they've done in most of Detwiler's starts, the Nationals ended the night with a loss.
They fell 4-2 to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night, dropping Detwiler to 3-11 in his career. He allowed three runs in five innings, giving up a pair of home runs that put him in line for the loss despite his ability to escape the jams he'd created by allowing five other hits.
Detwiler, the sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft, is getting a solid look in the rotation after an impressive spring made the Nationals think he had finally found a delivery that worked. But he's been largely the same pitcher they've seen in the majors the last two years, looking some moments like he's on the verge of turning a corner, only to give up a homer or let an opponent string together a big inning against him. It was the homers that did him in on Wednesday, and kept the Nationals from clinching a series win against the team with the second-worst record in the National League.
The two teams will finish their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound against Ryan Dempster.