I’m watching the Nats
play lose to the Marlins on MASN this evening. The fact that the Nats are losing isn’t breaking my heart (it is, after all, only spring training), but I was not happy to see Ronnie Belliard leave the game in the 4th inning after turning his ankle. I hope it’s nothing serious and that a bit of ice on it tonight plus a few days rest will take care of it.
John Lannan donned a headset for an interview from the dugout. At one point during the interview, he started laughing and looking to his left…he said Collin Balester was throwing sunflower seeds at him! LOL (Ahh, children!) MASN commentator Bob Carpenter asked Lannan for his opinion about the Joe Beimel signing…looking confused, Lannan said he had no idea what Carpenter was talking about. So Bob let him know that Joe Beimel had been acquired earlier in the day. Lannan was pleased. (Speaking of Lannan, congrats to John on being named the Opening Day starter! Great accomplishment for a kid in his second full MLB season.)
Every time I hear MASN mention “Nats Town,” I want to hurl. So lame…so very lame……..
Crap…now Lastings Milledge is being helped off the field after going knee to knee with the Marlins first baseman. I hope that’s nothing serious. At least the Nats scored to make it a 7-2 game in the 9th inning.
RBI single by Willie Harris makes it 7-3, Marlins!
RBI single by Pete Orr makes it 7-4, Marlins!
Bases loaded after a hit batter. Ryan Langerhans with an RBI single. 7-5 Marlins with 1 out!
Oh well, the game ends on a 3-2 double play. Fun game in the 9th inning despite the loss. Keeping my fingers crossed that Belliard and Milledge will be OK.
Per BIll Ladson on Nationals.com:
Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman left Monday’s game against the
Marlins in the top of the third inning because of a cut on his left
pinkie toe. He is listed as day-to-day….
“He has [torn] skin underneath his toe. It’s very painful, so we had to
take him out of the game,” manager Manny Acta. “He is going to take the
day off tomorrow anyway, so we’ll see how it feels the day after
On the brighter side: appearing to be recovered from a bout of forearm soreness, Shawn Hill pitched one inning vs. the Marlins, throwing 16 pitches (12 for strikes) in today’s 3-1 win over Florida. Hill did not allow a hit and had two strikeouts. Top pitching prospect Jordan Zimmermann stretched his scoreless innings streak to 12 1/3 innings, after pitching four scoreless innings in relief of Hill. Zimmermann struck out six, allowed 2 hits, and did not give up a walk. Lastings Milledge was 3-4 at the plate.
Good to see the Nationals get some strong pitching performances from their starters (and would-be starters) in recent games — Collin Balestar, Hill, and Zimmermann. One of my biggest concerns about the Nats this season is pitching. I’m hoping that these young arms can continue to pitch well.