Originally posted on The Nats Blog old  |  Last updated 9/23/12

Sunday’s Washington Nationals game turned into a bit of a disaster for the home team, and it actually had little to do with Chien-Ming Wang’s start. Wang put together a pretty good outing for his first start since June 19, but the Nats defense was full of rare miscues in a 6-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The sun was the main reason for the Nats defensive debacles. Yes, you read that right. The large star in the sky. Bryce Harper lost a Ryan Braun flyball in the sun to lead off the fourth inning. It’s at least the third time this season that Harper has done that. That run later scored as one of just two runs given up by Wang in his final inning of work. In the seventh inning, Jayson Werth lost a Carlos Gomez flyball in the big fiery ball in the sky that allowed Aramis Ramirez to score.

And those were the misplayed balls that were ruled hits. There were also to errors charged late in the contest. Norichika Aoki reached on an error by Steve Lombardozzi, who was a late replacement for Danny Espinosa on a double switch. Rickie Weeks singled up the middle in the eighth, and Harper tried to barehand the ball that got passed him. It moved Aoki to third and allowed Weeks to move to second. Aoki scored on a Braun sac fly with the next batter.

So, there were four huge defensive missteps, and every one of them cost the Nats runs. It’s hard to win baseball games when you make mistakes and almost impossible to do so when you commit this many. These games happen to the best of teams, and the Nats still have some of the best defenders in the game. There’s nothing to be concerned about long term.

Since I lambasted Wang in a post just before the game, it’s worth noting that he looked pretty good in his first start in more than three months. His sinker did a decent job of sinking, and quite a few of his eight hits surrendered were just BABIP raisers, seeing eye singles, or whatever you want to call them.

Ryan Mattheus had the roughest outing of them all though. He gave up three runs on four hits in just one inning of work. Sure, one of those runs scored when Werth lost the ball in the sun, but he let himself get into a jam early in the inning and even got a gift call from second base ump Tim McClelland when he called Rickie Weeks out on a throw from Ryan Zimmerman.

The Nats only mustered two runs of support, both in the fifth inning, from Ian Desmond, who walked and later scored on a Chad Tracy single, and Danny Espinosa, who doubled and later scored on a Werth sacrifice fly. All-in-all, it’s probably a game the Nats want to forget about and move on, which is exactly what they’ll do.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jerry Jones sets deadline for decision on Tony Romo’s future with Cowboys

Jason Kidd believes Isaiah Thomas is in NBA MVP race

Kyrie Irving takes blame for Cavs’ recent skid: ‘I need to demand more out of myself’

Ichiro Suzuki wants to play until age 50

Minute Maid Park doesn’t look the same without Tal’s Hill

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Six NFL teams have not renewed their daily fantasy deals

A Chicago Bulls and Jimmer Fredette reunion makes sense

Cardinals may look at a veteran to ultimately replace Carson Palmer

Ottawa Senators visit sick teen during road trip to Minnesota

Adrian Peterson works out with Jameis Winston, gets Dirk Koetter’s attention

Report: Martavis Bryant reinstatement ‘imminent’

The 'So, is this the last ride for the Dead Man?' quiz

Athletes in other sports (or famous professions) who played in the NCAA Tournament

2016 MLB playoff teams that won't make it back this season

Box Score 3/29: Free hats (Caps fans only)

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

Box Score 3/28: Wilt's last game

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Athletes in other sports (or famous professions) who played in the NCAA Tournament

The 'So, is this the last ride for the Dead Man?' quiz

2016 MLB playoff teams that won't make it back this season

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker