After a rough outing, Luis Atilano still on for Tuesday
Luis Atilano's effort to remain fresh sort of backfired last night. The Nationals shipped Atilano, their fifth starter, to Class AAA Syracuse to get his work in over the all-star break. Thing is, he allowed five earned runs on seven hits and three walks and lasted only 2 1/3 innings.
After Pawtucket roughed up Atilano, the Nationals did not alter their plans. He'll still take his regular spot in the rotation, Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds.
"He didn't have a good night," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "He just didn't get his ball sinking, get the groundballs on hittable pitches. Hopefully it's just an aberration that he didn't have a good day there. But it's challenging. Double A, Triple A hitters, they're trying to get you. They got him. But we're confident the games he gave us here are more of indication of what he can do for us."
What he's done lately, though, hasn't been so hot. Atilano has lasted more than 5 1/3 innings once in his last six starts. The Nationals are 1-5 in those outings, and Atilano has a 5.87 ERA during the span. Atilano survived in the Nationals rotation when Stephen Strasburg came aboard. With another influx of arms potentially coming, he may have to show improvement to remain in the Nats' rotation much longer.
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