The Nationals fell 7-4 in the first game of their doubleheader against the Dodgers this afternoon, letting a tie game slip away when Drew Storen hit Jerry Sands and gave up a single to Rod Barajas, setting the stage for Tony Gwynn Jr. to put Los Angeles ahead with a double.
Gwynn ripped a first-pitch fastball to center field, scoring a pair of runs, and by the time manager Davey Johnson came to get Storen - hooking his closer to preserve him for the second game of the doubleheader - the Nationals were down 7-4.
They paid for an inability to score against the Dodgers' bullpen after knocking Chad Billingsley out of the game in the third inning. The Nationals scored four runs there against the Dodgers' starter, but didn't have a hit after that inning. We've seen them struggle against bullpens a few times this year after knocking the starting pitcher out early, and it cost them a win early today.
Ross Detwiler will oppose Dana Eveland in the second game. More in a little bit.