To say Jake Arrieta labored through two innings would be a major understatement.
The Washington Nationals just took a 3-0 lead in the second on Danny Espinosa's three-run run homer. The second baseman's sixth homer broke a 20-inning scoreless streak for the Nationals, and finalized a 10-pitch at-bat that included five consecutive foul balls.
Arrieta's problems started when he issued consecutive walks to Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos with no outs before Espinosa connected on a 2-2 pitch.
In the inning, Arrieta threw 37 pitches, leaving his pitch count at 58 after two. He didn't get his first out in the second until Jerry Hairston Jr. fouled out on Arrieta's 53rd pitch in the game.