After ending June and opening July with double-digit run totals, the Washington Nationals have again gone cold at the plate.
The Nationals hope to get their offense back on track and avoid their first series loss at home in nearly two months Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Though Washington (42-42) is among the majors' lowest-scoring teams with 306 runs, it displayed some pre-Fourth of July fireworks by totaling 23 runs and 26 hits in victories over the New York Mets and Milwaukee on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
The Nationals had 17 extra-base hits over those two games but have only one in the last two. They stranded 10 runners in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Brewers (34-49) and were held to five hits in a 4-1 defeat Wednesday. Rookie infielder Anthony Rendon homered in the seventh inning to snap Washington's 15-inning scoreless drought.
"It's putting me in my loony bin," manager Davey Johnson said of his team's offensive issues.
"It looks like we're getting good at-ba...