ATLANTA, GA - MAY 25: Davey Johnson #5 of the Washington Nationals pulls Ross Detwiler #48 in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
• Streaks And Streaks And: The Washington Nationals started Friday night's game on a six-game win streak. The Nats had also won four-straight Ross Detwiler starts. The Milwaukee Brewers were on a seven-game losing streak and they were 0-3 the last three times 27-year-old right-hander Mike Fiers took the mound. So you know how this one was going to end, right? Fiers, an '09 22 Round pick in his second MLB season, gave up a two-out walk to Ryan Zimmerman but completed a scoreless 13-pitch first when he popped up Adam LaRoche. Detwiler, the Nats' 07 1st Round pick, needed just six pitches to set Milwaukee's first three batters down in order in the bottom of the inning. One more streak? According to the Nationals on Twitter (@NationalsPR) that was Detwiler's 11th straight scoreless first inning... 0-0 after one in Miller Park.
• 2.0 Scoreless: Michael Morse walked in a six-pitch at bat to start the Nationals' second, but 16 pitches later Brewers' starter Mike Fiers was through a 22-pitch frame. Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez singled through the left side of the infield to start the bottom of the inning, but he was erased on a 6-4-3 DP off Brewers' first baseman Corey Hart's bat. Rickie Weeks took a 94 mph 1-1 four-seamer through short for a two-out single and took second on a wild pitch from Detwiler, but the Nats' left-hander got a weak grounder back to the mound from Jonathan Lucroy to end a 14-pitch frame. 20 pitches total through two scoreless for Detwiler. Still no score in Wisconsin...
• 1-2-3 vs 6-4-3: Ross Detwiler struck out in a five-pitch at bat. Steve Lombardozzi battled for seven pitches before he K'd looking at a 3-1 fastball. Bryce Harper was first-pitch swinging, but he flew out to center to end a 13-pitch third by the Brewers' Mike Fiers. Detwiler needed just 11 pitch to retire Milwaukee's 8-9-and-1 hitters in a 1-2-3 third, after which the left-hander was at 31 pitches overall with 3.0 scoreless in Miller Park. Mike Fiers allowed two walks in his first three innings, and retired Ryan Zimmerman to start the fourth before Adam LaRoche connected with an 0-1 change and sent a soft fly ball to center for the Nationals' first hit. A 1-0 curve to Michael Morse got the Brewers' right-hander a grounder to short, however, and Cody Ransom, Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart combined on an inning-ending 6-4-3. Still 0-0.
• All W/ 2 Outs: Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun K'd swinging for outs no.1 and 2 and K's no. 2 and 3 for Ross Detwiler tonight, but Aramis Ramirez doubled to right-center with two down, just out of Bryce Harper's reach, and Corey Hart pulled an 0-1 fastball to left and just over the wall for a line drive two-run HR and a 2-0 Brewers' lead. Double no. 34 for Ramirez. HR no. 18 for Hart. While Detwiler's thrown 11-straight scoreless first innings, the fourth has been a problem for the Nats' starter. Before tonight's game, opposing hitters had a .298/.355/.333 line against the left-hander in the fourth innings he's pitched. Rickie Weeks doubled to center for the third-straight two-out hit, and a two-out walk to Jonathan Lucroy earned Detwiler a visit from Steve McCatty before a throw to second by Sandy Leon on an attempted double steal arrived in time to catch the Brewers' catcher and get Detwiler out of a jam. 2-0 Brewers after 4.0. 34-pitch inning for Detwiler.
• Ross Detwiler's Not Sharp: The Nationals managed just one hit off the Brewers' Mike Frier through five. The right-hander needed just 13 pitches to retire the Nats in order in the top of the fifth, after which he was up to 69 pitches overall. Ross Detwiler started the bottom of the fifth inning at 65 pitches total. Detwiler struck out the first two batters for the second-straight inning, getting Cody Ransom looking and the opposing pitcher swinging for outs 1 and 2 and K's 4 and 5 on the night, but Norichika Aoki doubled with two down and stole third when Detwiler forgot about/ignored him. Aoki then scored on Carlos Gomez's RBI single and Detwiler was done for the night with the score 3-0 Milwaukee. Craig Stammen came on and let Gomez steal third in front of Ryan Braun, who sent an opposite field RBI single to right to make it 4-0 Milwaukee. Braun stole second too, for the Brewers' third stolen base in four attempts, and Aramis Ramirez connected with a full-count slider, sending a towering HR to left-center to make it 6-0 Brewers. Ramirez's 12th HR.
• No, Livan! Not the Curve!!: Steve Lombardozzi singled to center and Bryce Harper took a one-out walk in the Nationals' sixth, bringing Ryan Zimmerman up with two on, but the Nats' third baseman K'd looking on a 72 mph 2-2 bender on the eighth pitch of his at bat with Mike Fiers. 2 on, 2 out for Adam LaRoche? But a fly to right ends the sixth and Fiers' sixth scoreless. 6-0 Milwaukee. Craig Stammen gave up a two-out walk to Cody Ransom in the Brewers' sixth, but one pitch later he'd retired Mike Fiers to end a 14-pitch inning. Still 6-0. Michael Morse singled to start the seventh, took a base on a wild pitch and went to third on a one-out single to center by Mark DeRosa that ended Mike Fiers' night. Livan Hernandez took over with runners on the corners and one out and a got a 6-3 DP off Sandy Leon's bat to end the top of the inning. Still 6-0 Milwaukee.
• Storen and H-Rod = Filthy At Least?: Nats' right-hander Drew Storen gave up a leadoff single by Norichika Aoki in the Brewers' seventh, but retired the next three batters in order in a nine-pitch inning. Corey Brown, Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper in order in a scoreless eighth that ended with Harper swinging through a 70 mph full-count curve. Henry "Lightning" Rodriguez struck Corey Hart out on three pitches, got a groundout to short by Rickie Weeks and fly to center from Jonathan Lucroy in a 10-pitch, 1-2-3 inning. Jose Veras got Ryan Zimmerman looking to start the ninth. Adam LaRoche grounded out to second for out no.2. Michael Morse grounded out to third to end it. Nats' six-game win-streak snapped. 6-0 Brewers win.
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