Chris Hatcher couldn't clean up Clayton Kershaw's mess in the eighth inning, as was handed a blown save after allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning in Monday's loss to the Brewers.
Kershaw entered the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead, but allowed a one-out solo home run followed by a double, prompting manager Don Mattingly to bring Hatcher into the game. Hatcher immediately served up an RBI double to Carlos Gomez to tie the game, then saw Ryan Braun bring in the go-ahead run on a two-out infield single. With the Dodgers' bullpen in a state of flux, Hatcher has seen plenty of high-leverage situations but hasn't done a great job. He has a 7.20 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 10 innings. Hatcher's only two saves came nearly a month apart (April 6 and May 2). He may still see some save situations as the Dodgers are currently utilizing a closer-by-committee strategy until Kenley Jansen returns from the disabled list.
Joc Pederson hit his seventh home run in a losing effort against the Brewers on Modnay.
Pederson led off the ballgame with a solo home run off of Kyle Lohse. The rookie now has seven round-trippers on the season, including four in his last five games. The Dodgers couldn't have asked for a better start, as he's batting .274/.426/.630 with 16 RBI. With the way he's been hitting, the Dodgers won't want to move him from the top spot in the lineup.
Hector Gomez went 2-for-3 with a triple and a solo home run Monday in a victory over the Dodgers.
Gomez tripled and scored the Brewers' first run in the sixth inning, then hit a solo home run in the eighth off of Clayton Kershaw in what became a three-run inning. Gomez got the start at shortstop as Jean Segura was hit in the helmet on Sunday. As long as Segura is sidelined, Gomez should be in the starting lineup. He's batting .250/.286/.450 in 44 plate appearances.
Anthony Rendon (knee) will be shut down indefinitely after being diagnosed with a left oblique strain.
It's been a nightmarish start to the season for Rendon, who has been out all year with a left MCL sprain and now a strained oblique. The Nationals aren't sure how serious the oblique strain is at this point, so it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. It's probably a safe bet that we won't see Rendon this month.
Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, helping the Nationals take down the Marlins 6-4 on Monday.
Desmond clubbed a Bryan Morris offering over the fence in center field to tie the game up at 4-4 in the eighth inning. The shortstop had slumped badly until recently. He now has two home runs, seven RBI, and a .236/.302/.377 triple-slash line.
Jordan Zimmermann delivered his best outing of the young season in a no-decision, holding the Marlins to two runs (one earned) in seven innings of work in Monday's win.
Marcell Ozuna singled in a run in the first inning, providing the Marlins their only run until the seventh, when Justin Bour hit a solo home run. Zimmermann only allowed six hits in total while walking none and striking out four. He got off to a slow start, but the Nationals hope Monday's outing is a sign he's turned the page. He has a 4.15 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a 22/6 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. Zimmermann toes the rubber against the Braves next.
David Phelps pitched well in 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, but got a no-decision as the Marlins lost late to the Nationals on Monday.
The Nats' only two runs served as bookends on Phelps' start, as they scored once in the first inning on a sacrifice fly and once in the seventh on Jayson Werth's RBI single. The right-hander, overall, allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out four. Phelps has been solid in four starts, now boasting a 3.24 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 16/10 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. He'll look to keep it going in his next start, a date with the Giants in San Francisco.
Tanner Roark picked up his first career save after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's comeback win against the Marlins.
Regular closer Drew Storen had pitched on back-to-back days and manager Matt Williams didn't want to make it three in a row, so Roark took the mound with a two-run lead after the Nationals stormed for four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Roark worked around a one-out single from Dee Gordon to close out the ballgame. The right-hander has a 3.21 ERA and a 3/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this season, pitching mostly as a middle reliever. Save opportunities should continue to be a rarity for Roark.