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Washington Nationals news & notes: Jake Irvin & Nats take loss in series opener with Brewers...

Jake Irvin took the mound for last night’s series opener in Milwaukee, WI’s American Family Field unbeaten in his previous 11 starts, with a 3.57 ERA, a 5.27 FIP, and a .253/.246/.312 line against in 60 innings pitched over that stretch.

Irvin, 26, was coming off a six-inning, 88-pitch outing against LA’s Dodgers in D.C., which saw the rookie starter give up one run on three hits in a 7-6 win, in which he received no decision.

“He’s been really, really good,” manager Davey Martinez told reporters. “And he’s building confidence. I can see the growth in him.