The Red Sox fell to the Nationals 7-4 Friday night as Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper put on a display befitting their hype in Fenway Park.
While the real standouts of the day were the aforementioned dynamic duo, it might be more accurate to chalk this loss up to a poor performance from Felix Doubront. It did have to happen sometime. After being the Sox' most consistent pitcher for the year, and putting up two solid innings to start the game, Doubront finally lost it. A walk and a double (the latter from Harper) put two men on for Ryan Zimmerman in the third, and Zimmerman responded with an RBI single to center. The difficulty would not end there, as another walk loaded the bases before Ian Desmond found the gap in right, doubling home two more.
Doubront's night would just get worse in the fourth, and this time Bryce Harper was the principal actor, smashing a two-run shot that nearly caught the Jordan's sign in the bleachers next to the triangle. With another run already having come in on a ground rule double, the Nationals had six total runs.
The Red Sox had actually managed to briefly take the lead before all of this, scoring two on a Mike Aviles double in the bottom of the second. Adrian Gonzalez just missed adding more against Strasburg when Xavier Nady leapt at the bullpen wall and brought back a home run ball. The real chance for the Sox, however, would come in the sixth, when they loaded the bases with one out. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would not manage to cash in, striking out on a curveball, but Youkilis would put up a battle, running the count full before being caught looking at a borderline strike low-and-away. The man known for his eye at the plate would disagree vehemently with the call, and find himself sent to the showers early by home plate umpire Doug Eddings.
The Nationals would give up a couple runs as the game went on, with Adrian Gonzalez hitting a very deep shot to center field to make up for the earlier robbery and Daniel Nava bringing home another in the ninth, but in the end it was simply too large a deficit to overcome.
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|WP: Stephen Strasburg (7 - 1)
SV: Tyler Clippard (6)
LP: Felix Doubront (6 - 3)