WP: Joe Ross
LP: Jimmy Nelson
HR: Yunel Escobar (3), Wilson Ramos (5)
Some days, the Brewers get great Jimmy Nelson. Other days, the bad one shows up. On Saturday, the bad one made his sixth appearance of the season.
The Nationals kicked off the scoring right away in the first inning. After getting Denard Span to ground out to open the game, Nelson allowed three straight singles to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead. The Brewers would respond (the first time, at least) in the second, with two singles and a double to take a 2-1 lead, their only lead of the game.
After that, the Nationals offense took over. Yunel Escobar hit a two-run home run in the third inning to give the Nationals the lead again at 3-2. Wilson Ramos would add on a two-rum home run of his own in the fifth inning to increase the lead to 5-2. Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper each added an RBI to get the score to the final of 7-2.
Bryce Harper was unstoppable for the Nationals. He went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. He also took a HBP in the ninth inning, and would be removed there for precautionary reasons.
Meanwhile, it was another rough start for Jimmy Nelson. In 5+ IP, he allowed seven runs on ten hits and two walks. In was his sixth start this year allowing four or more runs. In his other seven, he's allowed two or less. His ERA now sits at 4.60 with a 4.39 FIP and 3.95 xFIP
On offense, Jean Segura and Scooter Gennett each had two-hit days with an RBI a piece. Jonathan Lucroy also added a two-hit day in the loss. Meanwhile, in the bullpen, Neal Cotts, Will Smith, and Michael Blazek combined to picked four scoreless innings after Jimmy Nelson left the game.
The Brewers can win their third straight series with a win on Sunday against the Nationals. To get it, they will have to go through Nationals ace Max Scherzer. Taylor Jungmann will make his second start of the season for the Brewers. First pitch is at 1:10 pm.