Originally written on The Nats Blog  |  Last updated 11/5/14
On a hot, muggy, sellout crowd night at Nationals Park, the Nats offense was once again incompetent behind strong Nats pitching. Gio Gonzalez struck out a career high 11 Dodgers on 98 pitches in six innings, but the bats were completely impotent with runners on base. With the loss, the Nats moved to a game below. 500 on a day when they could've made up ground on both the Braves and Phillies. Instead, they made what may have already been an insurmountable deficit even more difficult to overcome. The Nats offense tried, and hard, to get on the board in the first few innings, but their inability to get anything going offensively showed in a big way. Through the first three innings, they stranded runners in scoring position in every inning, including a bases loaded opportunity in the first with just one out. They went 0-for-6 with RISP in the first three innings alone. Meanwhile, Gio Gonzalez pitched a gem, especially early. He struck out six through four innings and surrendered just two hits and two walks. The Nats got another leadoff hit from Chad Tracy in the fourth, but Ramos, Gonzalez, and Span all hit into fielder's choices, so the Nats, once again, got nothing. And through four, they had 13 chances with runners on bases and failed to score a single one. But Gio was doing his part. Through the top of the fifth, Gio had nine strikeouts, including two against young stud Yasiel Puig. He just needed his offense to wake up for some run support. The game got down to the pitcher's spot in the sixth, so Davey hit for Gio Gonzalez, ending his 11 strikeout, four hit, no run performance. Roger Bernadina came in and hit an RBI single to right field that scored Chad Tracy, giving the Nats a narrow 1-0 lead heading into the seventh. Drew Storen came into the game for the Nats and showed his, and the bullpen's, inconsistency so far this year. He shut down the first two batters before giving up a double to pinch hitter Skip Schumaker and an RBI single to Mark Ellis to tie the game. The boos rained down from the stands to show displeasure for Storen's performance. Once again in the seventh inning, the Nats got runners on base and tried to threaten. They had two runners on with just one out for Bryce Harper, who struck out before Jayson Werth grounded into a fielder's choice to shortstop to end yet another scoring opportunity. Tyler Clippard continued to have success in the eighth inning as he was able to shut down the Dodgers despite a Ryan Zimmerman error on what should have been the third out of the inning. Ian Desmond helped the Nats answer in the bottom half of the inning on a single to right, which was immediately followed by a stolen base. Tracy moved him to third on a grounder to the second baseman with just one out. Ramos walked on five pitches, which set up a pitch hitting opportunity for Scott Hairston. Hairston struck out, Span flew out, and the Nats stranded another couple base runners. Rafael Soriano made things tough for himself in the ninth, and then Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, and Bryce Harper were retired in order in the ninth to force extra innings. Craig Stammen entered the game for the 10th, and Adrian Gonzalez and Hanely Ramirez put together back-to-back doubles to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead before an out was recorded. Andre Either drove Hanley in from third on a sacrifice fly, giving the Dodgers the 3-1 lead. By the bottom of the 10th, well more than half of the 41,816 fan crowd had left the park. They missed Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond being called out looking at strike three, followed by a Werth ejection for yelling from the dugout, and a Chad Tracy groundout to first base to end the game. I'm simply not convinced there is a solution to resolve the Nats struggles this season.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Klay Thompson takes knee to head from Ariza

WATCH: Ducks score controversial goal

Report: Ray McDonald arrested for violating restraining order

Braves, Dodgers complete six-player swap

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’


Report: Tom Brady suspension appeal date not set yet

Are the St. Louis Rams setting up Nick Foles for failure?

LeBron: Didn't see Cavs reaching Finals at start of season

Pete Carroll: Communication with Russell Wilson is ‘great’

Mike Zimmer: Adrian Peterson can play for Vikings or not at all

RG3 misses 'having fun playing football' after two tough seasons

Warriors beat Rockets in Game 5, advance to NBA Finals

Jared Dudley: 'Melo is most overrated player in NBA

Garrick Sherman bashes NCAA in epic drunken Twitter rant

Adrian Peterson denies reports that he wants to be traded

Report: Bulls players told Tom Thibodeau will not be back

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders "gets it"

Bucs DE George Johnson is a dog show enthusiast

The 3-point shot has become a divisive metaphor in the NBA

Corey Crawford is the weakest link for the Blackhawks

Propaganda season begins with SEC spring meetings

Indians support Aviles, ailing daughter by shaving heads

McIlroy will donate his winnings if he wins Irish Open

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.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’

The 3-point shot has become a divisive metaphor in the NBA

Corey Crawford is the weakest link for the Blackhawks

Star player missing OTAs? Keep calm...

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Cano's slump: The good news, bad news

Disappointments of the MLB season

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with misconduct issues

Long's great reaction to Bears releasing McDonald

Crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs

Royals' Guthrie sets records in blowout

Bears cut McDonald after incident

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.