Friday, July 15, 2005

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers 4, Nationals 2 (July 14)

WP: Matt Wise (3-2)
LP: Gary Majewski (2-1)
S: Derrick Turnbow (18)

WAS: 52-37 (1st in NL East, 2.5 ahead of Atlanta)
MIL: 43-46 (4th in NL Central, 13.5 behind St. Louis)

Preston Wilson homered in his first Nationals at bat, but it wasn't enough to keep Washington from losing their third straight game. (They have now lost six of eight.)

Brewers catcher Damian Miller ended up being the game's hero, going 2-3 with three RBI, including a double that scored the winning runs.

Nationals starter John Patterson went six innings only giving up two runs, but he left with the game tied 2-2. With Gary Majewski pitching in the eighth, Miller smacked a double to deep center field that scored Geoff Jenkins and Russell Branyan. It was Jenkins who homered to tie the game at two in the sixth.

For Washington, Wilson hit a solo shot in the top of the second to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead, but they promptly gave up that lead in the bottom half on a Miller sacrifice fly.

Luckily for the Nats, the Braves fell to the Mets 6-3 at Shea Stadium, so Washington still leads the National League East by 2.5 games. The Nationals and Braves are both on a three game losing streak.

Milwaukee has now won three games in a row.

The Nats play the Brew Crew again tonight at 8:05 in the second game of the four game series in Milwaukee.

Nationals ace Livan Hernandez (12-3, 3.48 ERA, throws right) will start against Brewers ace Ben Sheets (5-6, 3.41 ERA, throws right).

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