Saturday, 5/30

Phillies 9, Nationals 6

Once again, the Nationals took the early lead over the Phillies, when Josh Willingham and Alberto Gonzalez scored on a Wil Nieves double, and then Nieves scored on an Anderson Hernandez single. But Ryan Howard hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the Phillies over the Nats. Shairon Martis got his first loss of the season, after a poor performance in which he surrendered 7 runs on 7 hits, including the 2 homers to Howard, in just 4 innings. Shockingly, the 6 Nationals relievers who followed Martis did not give up any earned runs; Mike MacDougal — recently called up from Triple A Syracuse — had two unearned runs thanks to an error from Anderson Hernandez. How ironic and frustrating that when the bullpen finally seems to be pitching a bit better, the starting pitching falls apart!

ugly.gifAs if ANOTHER loss isn’t bad enough, it looks like Jesus Flores will be out for a lot longer than expected. He had been scheduled to return from the disabled list this weekend, but he has suffered a setback in his recovery from a shoulder injury. Jesus experienced some pain in his shoulder. His shoulder has been examined by the Nationals team physician, and he’ll be examined by orthopedist James Andrews on Monday. This does not sound good at all…I am worried.

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Yankees 10, Indians 5

There were 4 home runs hit in this game…and it wasn’t even played at Yankee Stadium!

Jorge Posada (HIP HIP JORGE!) and Nick Swisher hit home runs for the Yankees, while Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo hit home runs for the Indians. Jorge had just one hit for the night, but he made it count!

CC Sabathia had a no-hitter going into the 5 inning against his former team. Choo broke up that no-no with a single in the bottom of the 5th. For the night, CC allowed 3 runs on five hits, with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in 7 innings of work. Even without a no-hitter, it was a pretty good way to return to Cleveland. Good job, big guy!
thumbs_up.gifOh, and it should be noted that this was the 16th consecutive errorless game for the Yankees. That is one short of the MLB record set by the Red Sox in June 2006. That deserves another thumbs up……
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3 comments

  1. Elizabeth D

    Maybe the Nats starting pitching and bullpen will level out soon! Good to see Josh Willingham performing well, I enjoyed watching him on the Marlins.
    As for the Yankees… I don’t want them to break the record! There will definitely be a lot of great competition for first place throughout the rest of the season.
    Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

  2. diamonddiva

    Julia, if you think the picture is creepy, you should watch the Nats play sometime…now THAT’S creepy!
    Elizabeth, on the rare occasions when the Nationals bullpen actually does perform well, the starting pitching is bad or the offense goes to sleep. It’s frustrating when they can’t put it all together at the same time. :-/

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