6 runs scored! That's almost like a real team! Now three homers will make you think the Nats maybe turned a corner but really they didn't (yet). Their 8 other hits were all singles and they only got 2 walks. 6 runs is a bit low for 11 hits and 3 homers, but it is certainly better. Let's see if they can manage something similar tonight.
Livan wasn't his best but he was good enough and with Burnett is rounding into usable form and Riggleman dragging out Clippard and Capps again the Nats were golden. It's an interesting study in bullpen use we're seeing from Riggleman. Bringing in Capps last night was kind of questionable. A three run lead with one man on and one out? I know Batista is... well Batista, but it still seemed like he pulled the trigger early.
Riggleman's constantly playing for the game in front of him. It's a strategy that actually works better with a so-so team than a good one. He's gambling he's not going to get 3 games in a row or 4 out of 5, that need good relief work. This works well for the Nats because their pitchers do get shelled and their offense can't keep up. Their losses are no-question losses. He's basically assuming there's a game he can give up on every few games or so, and he's been right so far.
Of course this can only last as long as the pitchers he depends on are nearly flawless. Good thing Clippard and Capps have been so far.