Washington Nationals Drop 8-4 Decision To Arizona Diamondbacks, Hit Four HR's, Commit Three Errors.

Tonight's Top 5:

5. The Great RF Debate: The DC Faithful have been calling for more (moar?) Michael Morse for some time now and according to several reports during the game last tonight, they'll get what they want, as Nyjer Morgan has apparently been placed on the 15-Day DL tonight with a right hip flexor issue (inflammation). According to reports on Twitter by Nats Insider.com's Mark Zuckerman (@markzuckerman), Morgan was not happy with the decision. And according to reports late last night, the Washington Nationals have decided to call outfielder Kevin Mench up from Syracuse to replace Morgan on the Nats' roster...Mench? Kevin Mench, who'll be making his first major league appearance since September 28th, 2008 when he next enters a game, is hitting .249/.331/.338 in 87 games and 281 at bats with Triple-A Syracuse this season after signing a minor league deal on February 3, 2010. Mench spent the previous season plying his trade with the Japanese Central League's Hanshin Tigers. So those of you waiting for the Nats to try out the Josh Willingham, Roger Bernadina and Michael Morse outfield are in for two weeks worth.

4. Dunn Claimed On Waivers: FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi was first with the news last night that Adam Dunn had, in fact, been claimed on waivers by an unnamed team. The Nats now have until Monday to work out a deal with whichever team it was that claimed the 30-year-old left-handed-hitting 40/100 first baseman, who was 1 for 4 in Thursday night's loss to Arizona after hitting two HR's in game three of the four-game set with the D-Backs on Wednesday. #signDUNN. Do, however, have to menton that Dunn should've gotten to Ryan Ryal's run-scoring grounder off Collin Balester in the fifth inning of last night's game...but that wasn't an error and that run only made a 5-2 game 6-2, the one Dunn committed on a Ryal grounder in the second... 

3. E: 6, E 84, 85, 86: Dunn-D!  Adam LaRoche was ready for Ross Detwiler's first pitch curve, and the D-Backs' first baseman doubled to right to start the bottom of the second before scoring on a grounder to third by teammate Ryan Ryal that Nats' first baseman Adam Dunn blew. 1-0 Arizona, and 2-0 an at bat later when Bobby Crosby doubles him in. (E: 6, 84) on the year by Dunn lifts the Nats into a tie for the League-lead with the Florida Marlins, but the Fish committed error no.85 on the year in their loss to the Phillies, so the Nats respond with an error by Ryan Zimmerman (E:11, 85) which leads to two runs in the fourth and maybe more if the Diamondbacks don't blow a squeeze attempt. Willie Harris puts the Nats back atop the leader board in the eighth when he comes on as a defensive replacement for Morse in a 7-4 game and commits an error (E: 2, 86) that leads to Arizona's eighth run. 

2. Four Solo Shots Not Enough: The Washington Nationals got their four runs last night one hit at a time as Adam Kennedy, Ryan Zimmerman (twice) and Roger Bernadina hit HR's in the losing effort. Kennedy's 3rd of the year, and first since May 10th in Citi Field in New York, comes on a 3-1 fastball from D-Backs' starter Barry Enright in the third inning. Ryan Zimmerman sends a 90mph sinker by Enright out to right in the fifth and then crushes a 3-1 fastball from D-Backs' reliever Esmerling Vasquez in the eighth to momentarily give tired Nats fans hope. No.'s 20 and 21 on the year for Ryan Zimmerman. Roger Bernadina got hold of a slider inside from Arizona reliever Sam Demel and drove it to right for his own 7th HR in the seventh.

1. Rotation Situation: Nats' right-hander Jason Marquis, who underwent surgery to remove "loose bodies" from his elbow three starts into his 2-year/$15 million dollar contract with Washington, was (0-3) with a 20.52 ERA in 8.1 IP for the Nationals, in which he surrendered 18 hits and 19 ER culminating in an April 18th outing in which he gave up 7 runs without recording an out before he went on the DL. Marquis made 5 starts at four levels of the organization while rehabbing in the Nats' system, and according to reports last night, he'll take the mound again for the first time since April this Sunday in the finale of the Nats' three-game series with the LA Dodgers. MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling wrote yesterday that Marquis will be taking Scott Olsen's scheduled start, but for now Olsen will remain on the roster. Marquis back Sunday. Stephen Strasburg back Tuesday. Jordan Zimmermann threw 39 pitches, 26 for strikes in 3.0 scoreless and hitless innings for the Syracuse Chiefs last night...Remember when Nats' team President Stan Kasten talked about the next wave coming...

• Miss The Game? The DC Faithful Were Watching...

Num Name - Comments
1 Doghouse - 174
2 souldrummer - 134
3 Jorgath - 80
4 Mevans 49
5 ajk9hy - 47
6 rachel216 - 46
7 MissB - 23
8 bluelineswinger - 22
9 PerryMason - 21
10 G8RB8 - 20

• Final Score: D-Backs 8, Nats 4.

Nationals now 48-61.

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