Yet again, ANOTHER loss due to a crappy performance by the Nationals bullpen. The Nats spotted the Pirates a 5-0 lead in the 3rd inning, and then came back to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th inning to send the game into extra innings. Mind you, the Nats had a chance to win the game in the 9th, but failed to do so. Nick Johnson hit a triple, Ryan Zimmerman walked, and then Johnson scored on a wild pitch by Pirates’ starter Russ Ohlendorf. With Zimmerman on 2nd as the potential game-winning run, Adam Dunn struck out. Josh Willingham walked, but then Willie Harris struck out, sending the game into the 10th inning. Since the Nationals had not won an extra innings game yet this season, I changed the channel from the Nationals game to the finale of “Dancing with the Stars.” (Congrats to Olympic champion gymnast Shawn Johnson, who won the DWTS mirror ball trophy!)
Changing the channel was a good idea.
Joe Beimel pitched a scoreless 9th inning, but then Ramón Vázquez singled, and Nyjer Morgan hit a sac fly, sending Vázquez to 2nd. Freddy Sánchez was intentionally walked, Nate McLouth flied out, and Vázquez moved to 3rd. And then…Adam LaRoche doubled, scoring Vázquez and Sánchez. Anderson Hernandez, Wil Nieves, and Alex Cintron (pinch hitting for Beimel) came to bat at the bottom of the 10th, but failed to even get a hit, much less score a run.
For some reason, Beimel seems to have some sort of cult following among at least a few Dodgers fans.
Personally, I can’t figure out why. The guy’s record is 0-3 for Washington, and he’s got 3 blown saves. I am not impressed.
I will give the Nats credit for coming back from a 5-0 deficit. They did make the game exciting. Too bad Beimel had to screw up the comeback.
Monday’s loss to the Pirates was thanks to a blown save by Garrett Mock, and it spoiled Ross Detweiler’s first start of the season. Detweiler allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits while pitching 5 innings, with 6 strikeouts. All of the damage came in the 3rd inning, when Detweiler gave up a home run to Craig Monroe. Although the Nationals scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th to take the lead, the Pirates scored 5 runs in the top of the 6th and never looked back. The loss was just the same old same old for the Nats, but Detweiler’s performance was somewhat encouraging. I hope that he remains in the rotation when Scott Olsen comes off the DL, and the Daniel Cabrera is sent packing.
The Nationals beat the Astros last night, 9-4. After being down 4-0 at the top of the 5th inning, the Nats began their rally in the bottom of the 5th, scoring 2 runs. They added another 5 runs in the 6th inning and 2 more in the 7th, providing enough run support to give starting pitcher John Lannan his first win of the season. This game could have been a true blowout were it not for the 14 LOB by the Nationals.
A terrifying moment came at the top of the 7th inning when Joel
Suckrahan Hanrahan entered the game for Lannan. Amazingly, he got three quick outs without giving up a hit…and he even had a strikeout. Congrats, Joel, for not sucking last night! Garrett Mock pitched the 8th and 9th innings and didn’t suck either…he gave up just 1 hit, struck out 1, and didn’t give up any runs. What a delightful change of pace to have a 5-run lead actually hold up!
Oh and, for the record, Ryan Zimmerman is Superman!
He was 4-4 in last night’s win over the Astros. Zimm has gotten off to the best offensive start of his career…he has always been a slow starter, but he’s currently hitting .333. Part of this turnaround may be the effect of working with a new hitting coach (Rick Eckstein), but it’s more likely due to the protection of Nick Johnson and Adam Dunn in the lineup…particularly having Dunn hitting after him. He has also playing great defense as well. Of course, the fact that he’s now stinking rich, after having signed his 5 year $45 million contract, has also probably gone a long way towards putting him in a pretty good mood! 😉
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I had to split my TV viewing time between the Nats game and the Capitals game (and “Dancing With the Stars” — shut up, I love that show!), and a bit later, the Yankees/Red Sox game. My TV remote control had a busy evening! The Capitals/Penguins game was one hell of a game, with both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby scoring the first postseason hat tricks of their careers. But the Capitals came out on top, 4-3, to go up 2-0 on Pittsburgh. I’m pleased about this, of course, but the Penguins have come back to knock the Caps out of the postseason after being down 0-2 before, so the Caps still have a tough road ahead in this series. But last night was awesome…GO CAPS — ROCK THE RED!!!
Win # 5 that is…that’s what the Nationals got tonight — a 4-1 win over the Phillies. That’s their second win on the road, and it’s the first time the Nats have won in Philly since August 21st of last year.
When I saw Garrett Mock enter the game, I nearly threw my remote control at my TV. I guess manager Manny Acta felt like Mock needed to get back out there and get some outs, after giving up three runs on Monday night. I guess tonight was a confidence builder for Mock (and for Kip Wells and Julian Tavarez too, for that matter).
Nice effort from Scott Olsen tonight. I’m glad the bullpen didn’t blow the lead/game again so he could get a much deserved win.
And…not trying to jinx anything…but…there’s a player for the Nationals who has a streak going…and I’m very pleased to see him doing so well!