St. Louis Remains House Of Horrors For Nationals

Posted on June 15, 2014 by David Driver

Series recap: Nationals at Cardinals

Series dates: June 13-15

Series location: St. Louis

Results: The Nationals lost, 1-0, June 13; lost, 4-1, June 14; and lost, 5-2, June 15

Did you know?: Washington began its 10-game road trip 5-1, but lost the last four to finish up at 5-5. … The Nationals have lost 18 of their last 20 regular-season games at St. Louis. … Matt Adams, a first baseman for the Cardinals, came off the disabled list June 13 and hit a home run during each game of the series against the Nationals.

Nationals' record: 35-33 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY WASHINGTON PLAYERS: Right-hander Stephen Strasburg allowed one run through the first six innings June 14, but gave up a leadoff homer to Adams in the seventh as the Cardinals took a 2-1 lead.

Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run in eight innings and pitched a complete game June 13. But he was tagged with the loss as he gave up a solo homer to Adams in the second inning -- the only run of the game.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE NATIONALS: Not a lot went right for Washington during the series against St. Louis. The Nationals got solid starting pitching June 13 and 14, but Doug Fister picked up his second loss of the season June 15.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE NATIONALS: The Washington bullpen failed Strasburg June 14 as Jerry Blevins and Drew Storen pitched in the seventh after Strasburg was lifted. The Cardinals scored two more runs in the inning on the way to a 4-1 lead.

The bats went silent for the Nationals during the first two games of the series, and they trailed, 5-1, going into the top of the ninth June 15. After starting the inning with two outs, Washington did rally to score a run, and Jayson Werth represented the go-ahead run when he made the third out with the bases loaded to end the game.

THE M*A*S*H WATCH: Washington ended the series against the Cardinals with left fielder Bryce Harper (left thumb sprain), left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez (left shoulder inflammation) and catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) on the disabled list. Gonzalez is slated to come off the DL and start June 18 against Houston, who will counter with Scott Feldman.

ROSTER MOVES: On June 13, before the series opener, the Nationals sent right-handed pitcher Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse and called up left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeno from the Chiefs.

WHAT WE LEARNED: The Nationals appeared poised to make a solid road run after winning the first three games at San Francisco June 9-11. But St. Louis continues to be a house of horrors for Washington, who didn't even have to face pitchers Adam Wainwright or Michael Wacha during the series.

WHAT IS NEXT: The Nationals, after a three-city road trip, will return home and begin a two-game series against Houston June 17. The starting pitchers for the first game will be Tanner Roark of the Nationals against Dallas Keuchel of the Astros. … The Astros are managed by Bo Porter, who was the third base coach for Washington in 2012. … The Houston 40-man roster includes pitcher Paul Clemens, who pitched at Robinson High in Fairfax, Va., and outfielder L.J. Hoes, who graduated from St. John's College High in Washington, D.C. 

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