Mike Pelfrey had turned in five straight quality starts, but this wasn’t a good one against the Nationals, leaving after five, allowing five runs, eight hits and two walks while also hitting Elijah Dukes in the fifth.
It looked like Dukes overreacted in the fourth when the first-pitch fastball came inside and he started yelling at Pelfrey; it wasn’t that blatant a brushback pitch, although it did come in the at-bat after his long homer. Pelfrey, you’ll recall, ticked off Cody Ross a couple of starts back in Florida. Pelfrey didn’t strike out anybody in this start and only 56 of his 96 pitches went for strikes. They’ll need better than this going forward.