After literally throwing away a two-run seventh-inning lead, the Nationals dropped to 2-6 on the season with an 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night.
Many Nationals fans had to be thinking, “They had it. I mean they just had it.”
Strangely, the Nationals, trailing 5-1 heading into the fifth inning, experienced an offensive breakthrough, the type of explosion fans had sat through five previous losses to see.
In one full cycle through the lineup, the top of the inning featured two Nationals being hit by pitches, three singles (one off a broken bat), a walk, a throwing error and a triple — resulting in Washington’s most offensive inning of the year, and a 7-5 Nationals lead.
But it wouldn’t hold. The Nationals, befitting of their season to that point, would have a meltdown of their own in the seventh.
After another Ian Desmond fielding error and Craig…
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