by Mike Maher | Tue, Aug 13th 9:09am EDT
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle earned his 27th save of the season in Monday's win over the Reds, but he allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk in the process.
Doolittle has now allowed six earned runs over his last three appearances to see his ERA jump to 3.73 on the season. He was pitching for the second day in a row and third time in four days, so it's possible he just didn't have it on Monday. He is not in any danger of losing the closer's job in Washington at this point, but that has as much to do with the lackluster Nationals bullpen as it does their confidence in Doolittle.