The hard-luck starter tries to end a personal seven-game losing streak Saturday when the Nationals continue their series with the Cincinnati Reds.
Bergmann (1-8, 4.13 ERA) has posted six quality outings in his last seven starts, giving up three runs or fewer while lasting six or more innings. But the right-hander has been given next to nothing by the Nationals’ offense, which has scored seven total runs and been shut out twice in those games.
His most recent outing typified his current run without a win. Bergmann allowed two runs in six innings of a 2-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, but refused to give in to the frustration of his lack of support.
“There’s no other way to go about it,” he said. “You can’t get down on yourself, your teammates or anybody else, for that matter. … I’m not going to be a selfish guy and say I wish I could be winning more. My mindset is just to try to do my best to keep the team in the game and try to get wins.”
That other shutout loss came July 4 at Cincinnati, where he was reached for three runs in six innings of a 3-0 defeat. Bergmann—winless since defeating the New York Mets on May 15—is 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA in seven starts at home, where the Nationals have scored just seven runs in those games.
But Bergmann has reason to be optimistic after the Nationals (39-70) posted a 5-2 victory Friday, ending a nine-game losing streak. Jesus Flores had a two-run double in the first and Elijah Dukes added a two-run single in the second as Odalis Perez allowed one run in 7 1-3 innings.
“I’m just fortunate in being a quick healer,” said Dukes, who went 2-for-4 in his first game back after missing 19 with a knee injury. “If I didn’t hit that double, Odalis would have stepped it up and probably giving up no hits.”
Washington, which has scored 14 runs in its last three games after being held to 10 in the previous seven combined, has not won consecutive games at home since June 25 and 27.
Cincinnati (51-59) has dropped six of its last seven and was held to two runs or fewer for the fifth time in that span. Center fielder Jerry Hairston went 0-for-4 in the leadoff position in his first game back after being sidelined since July 17 with a strained right hamstring.
While Reds starter Josh Fogg (2-3, 7.84) was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in just 3 2-3 innings Sunday against Colorado in an 11-0 defeat, even he has been able to stifle the Nationals. The right-hander did not get a decision July 5 despite yielding just one run in six innings in a 3-2 win.
Fogg is 1-3 with a 2.98 ERA in nine starts against Washington.