A strong first inning, punctuated by consecutive RBI singles from Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig, made it seem like Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg was set for a day of humiliation. However, other runs were hard to find for the Dodgers, who ended up 0-for-5 with RISP after that (Strasburg ended up going 7.1 innings with 2 BB and 6 Ks. When Dan Haren gave two runs back to Washington in the bottom of the first inning, and then slipped by giving up another run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth, the Nationals had what they needed to take the game, and the series, from the Dodgers.
Thus endeth a 5-4 road trip which had started with such promise (a sweep in Minneapolis), but ended with two graceless series in Miami and Washington. The Dodgers will be thinking about these demons on the transcon flight back to LA today, and then have to get set for four with the West-leading Giants (who lost in Pittsburgh again today, and are now 2.5 games ahead of third-place Los Angeles).
Man, these missed opportunities sting like open wounds. I should live in salt.