WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals are approaching July 4 on the verge of becoming what nobody predicted them to be when the season started — a .500 club.
Washington fell to 42-41 Monday night with 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox http://www.jetsfootballauthentics.com/trevon-wesco-jersey-authentic , their sixth loss in seven games. Once again, they did almost enough to win, falling behind 3-0 and rallying within one before Craig Kimbrell retired Anthony Rendon with the tying run on base to end it.
Max Scherzer, who has had an impressive year at the plate as well as on the mound, ironically was done in by friend and former pitching teammate Rick Porcello, whose bases-loaded double off Scherzer in the second inning made it 3-0.
“I wish I had a lot to say about that, but I don’t really know what happened,” Porcello, who improved to 10-3, told NESN.com. “Obviously I know he’s got a big fastball and I just got lucky. He got to the top of his windup and I told myself start swinging and I hit it.”
With the loss Clelin Ferrell Jersey , Washington dropped seven games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
“This is where the test is, that even when things aren’t going your way, when things are bleak, when we haven’t been playing great baseball, you have to find a way to take and find certain things you are doing well and just try to build off those,” Scherzer, winless in his last five starts, told MASN.com. “That’s just what the whole team has to do.”
The Red Sox (57-29) survived solo homers by Rendon in the fourth, Daniel Murphy in the sixth and Bryce Harper in the eighth.
Reliever Joe Kelly surrendered the Harper homer to cut Boston’s lead to 4-3. Since the start of June, Kelly has pitched 9 1/3 innings and allowed 12 hits and nine earned runs.
Boston left-hander Brian Johnson (1-2, 4.28) opposes right-hander Tanner Roark (3-9, 4.10) on Tuesday night.
Johnson allowed a run in four innings for the Red Sox Thursday night against the Angels in place of Steven Wright, who went on the disabled list with a knee injury early last week. Tuesday could be Johnson’s last turn in the rotation with Drew Pomeranz close to returning.
Roark is glad to put June in his rearview mirror. He went 1-4 with a 6.08 ERA in five starts and one relief appearance, surrendering 18 earned runs in 26 2/3 innings. He did show improvement last time out, allowing two runs — one earned — on seven hits over six innings of a 4-3 loss to the Phillies while sporting a mustache and mutton chops.
“Tanner pitched good enough to win and that was good to see,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez told the Washington Post. “He started off a little erratic and then all of a sudden he started getting the ball down Kyler Murray Jersey , which is good. He pitched well.”
Roark, sounding like any respectably superstitious baseball player, told the Post he’s keeping the mutton chops.
“I feel like it’s a pretty decent look,” he said.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt are among the five finalists for the NFL Players Association’s Byron ”Whizzer” White Award.
The award annually recognizes players for exceptional community service in their team cities and hometowns.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, Eagles defensive end Chris Long and Broncos linebacker Von Miller are the other finalists.
The winner, who will receive $100,000 for his foundation or a charity of his choice, will be announced Feb. 1 at the NFLPA’s Super Bowl news conference.
The award is named after former NFL running back and Supreme Court Justice Byron Raymond ”Whizzer” White.
Kaepernick, a free agent, has spoken out on behalf of racial and social justice. He pledged $1 million to organizations working in underserved communities.
When Houston was devastated by Hurricane Harvey in August, Watt came to the city’s aid. His social media campaign generated more than $37 million in disaster relief.
Dalton and his wife provide financial assistance to families of seriously ill and physically challenged children through the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation.
Long, who will be going to his second consecutive Super Bowl, donated his entire 2017 salary to educational initiatives. He was selected the Week 2 NFLPA Community MVP for using six game checks to fund a scholarship program at his high school in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Miller has struggled with near-sightedness and donated 2,013 eyeglass frames to Denver youngsters through the Anchor Center for Blind Children and his Von’s Vision Foundation.