This is the fifth consecutive season the Nationals have headed into the All-Star break with at least 50 losses. They also managed to strand 13 runners in yesterday's game, second most all season.
Mike Rizzo wants to win as much as he can in 2010, but also wants to be sure he builds for the future. He said it would take an "extraordinary offer" to take Adam Dunn, but didn't deny the possibility.
Since May 14, the Nats have gone 19-35, leaving them 13 1/2 games back of the Braves. They also haven't won consecutive series in that timeframe.
In his last seven appearances, Tyler Clippard has taken three losses and given up 13 runs. On Saturday, he entered with a one run lead, and ended up giving up four runs.
Jesus Flores was shut down once again after feeling pain in his surgically repaired shoulder. Unfortunately, his injuries have begun to take an emotional toll on him.
Jason Marquis threw his first live batting practice session yesterday, but wasn't ready to set a timetable for his return.
Ross Detwiler earned his first AA win yesterday, going 5 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out 3.
According to Pat Corrales, a player development assistant, Danny Espinosa is the best all-around prospect in the Nats organization.