Monday, July 18, 2005

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers 5, Nationals 3 (July 17)

WP: Tomo Ohka (6-4)
LP: Ryan Drese (7-8)
S: Derrick Turnbow (19)

WAS: 53-39 (1st in NL East, 1.5 ahead of Atlanta)
MIL: 45-47 (3rd in NL Central, 14.5 behind St. Louis)

The Nationals dropped three of four to the Brewers this weekend, losing the final game of the series 5-3.

Tomo Ohka, who was a National at the start of the season before a confrontation on the mound with manager Frank Robinson that earned him a one-way trip to Milwaukee (the Nats got Junior Spivey in return), pitched gave up three runs on four hits in seven innings to beat his former team.

The Nats took an early 1-0 lead on a first inning homer from Jose Guillen, but Ryan Drese gave up a pair of runs in the bottom half on a Geoff Jenkins double. Milwaukee would never relinquish the lead, adding three more in the third to go up 5-1.

Washington got back within two in the seventh when Brian Schneider hit a double that scored Jose Guillen and Preston Wilson, but the rally ended there and the Nats lost.

Atlanta lost 8-1 to the Mets, so the Nationals' lead in the NL East remains 1.5 games.

The Nationals return home and open a three game series tonight at 7:05 against the team that they just made a trade with, the Colorado Rockies. Tony Armas Jr. (4-4, 4.97 ERA, throws right) will face Byung-Hyun Kim (2-7, 5.46 ERA, throws right). The Nats have only won three of their last 11 games.

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