Roberto Hernandez' kryptonite was the longball: four HR off of three Nationals (former Dodger Jayson Werth, Asdrubal Cabrera, and two from Denard Span). After he left following 4.1 IP, (5 ER, 1 BB and 4 Ks), the only other run scored was off Brandon League in the seventh. But the six runs held up, as the Dodgers couldn't make extended rallies happen in either the seventh inning (with one run in and two on, A.J. Ellis lined out and PH Justin Turner struck out) or the ninth inning (with one run in and two on, PH Joc Pederson struck out). And so we drop the first game of the series to the Nationals, which we hoped would be -EZ. Oh, well.
Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with two runs and 2 RBI; Juan Uribe had the same line save the two runs scored. Aside from that, the Dodgers' offense still looks sleepy: Dee Gordon 0-fered again, as did Hanley Ramirez in the two-hole.
Not only that, but the Giants actually won a resumed game for a change, beating the Rockies in Colorado. On the positive side, however, the Giants were up 7-2 in the real game in Colorado, only to watch the Rockies take a 9-7 lead into the ninth inning. The Giants countered with two runs to tie it in the top of the ninth. And then Sergio Romo came in for the tenth and gave up the game-winning run. Rockies 10, Giants 9. So the lead is now two games. But it could have been worse.