It was a battle of young pitchers in the nation’s capital on Tuesday night and neither one fared very well. Nathan Karns made his major league debut for the Washington Nationals and was unable to make it out of the fifth inning, although he was handed a 7-3 lead. A couple of walks in the fifth forced manager Davey Johnson‘s hand and Karns would have to settle for a no-decision.
His counterpart on the mound had a night that was much worse. Kevin Gausman took the hill for the Baltimore Orioles and got lit up like a Christmas tree. The 22 year old lasted just four innings, giving up seven earned runs with eight hits and no strikeouts. Adam LaRoche, Roger Bernadina and Tyler Moore all connected for home runs off of Gausman.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Orioles sent Gausman back down to the minors after his showing on Tuesday. He has made two starts and has been hit around pretty hard in both of them. He is still very young. If he continues to get beat around like this, it could screw up his confidence for a long time. The fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft is much too important to the team’s future to keep sending him out there if he is not ready. He has had all of 13 starts in the minors. There is nothing wrong with taking a step back and maybe calling him up again later in the year.