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Today’s games

Yankees 3, Rays 2

Nick Swisher’s 2 home runs helped the Yankees beat the Rays…particularly the second home run, which came at the bottom of the 9th with one out and the score tied at 2.

swish.jpg[sarcasm]Don’t you just love Nick’s calm personality?[/sarcasm]

Derek Jeter was hitless, remaining three hits shy of tying Lou Gehrig’s club record of 2,721 career hits.

Phillies 5, Nationals 3

John Lannan pitched 6 strong innings for the Nats, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits. Unfortunately, his 7th inning wasn’t so good; he gave up 2 home runs in the top of the 7th, which gave the Phillies at 4-2 lead. The inning got off to a great start for the Nats with another brilliant defensive play by Ryan Zimmerman on a ground ball from Ryan Howard. Playing near second base on the shift, Zimm dove to make the catch and threw the ball to Adam Dunn in time to get the out at first. But then Lannan gave up those 2 home runs, and the game went downhill from there for the Nats. Another night, another loss. *sigh*

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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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Phillies 9, Nationals 8

@&#$% ?<>&*! #@%$^ +!!$%#@ &%$*# !!!!!!!!!!!
screeeeeeam.jpg*ahem* Sorry about that…I had to get it off my chest……

I was going to title this blog entry “Phillies spoil Nationals home opener,” but the Nats spoiled it for themselves. They had chances to put the game away, but instead they gave the game away.

Of course, the game was marred by the tragic passing of longtime Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, who collapsed in the press box at Nationals Park several hours before the game began today. An announcement was made at the ballpark before the start of the game, and there was a moment of silence to honor Mr. Karas.

harrykalastribute.jpgThat choked me up a bit. My sincere condolences to the Kalas family, his friends and loved ones, the Phillies organization, and Phillies fans.

There was also a moment of silence to mark the tragic death of Silver Spring, MD native Nick Adenhart.

nickadenharttribute.jpgThat also choked me up.

As for the game itself, here again is the good, the bad, and the ugly —

The Good:

  • Cristian Guzman’s 5-5 day
  • Home runs from Elijah Dukes, Adam Dunn, and Ryan Zimmerman
  • 8 runs scored
  • Daniel Cabrera giving up just 1 earned run despite his usual wildness
  • Impressive catches by Lastings Milledge in center field (!!) and Elijah Dukes in right field

The Bad:

  • Cristian Guzman limping off the field with a hamstring injury in the 9th inning

The Ugly:

  • Daniel Cabrera walking in a run in the 2nd inning
  • Two consecutive HBP by Saul Rivera in the 7th inning, followed by a Ryan Howard HR
  • Three Errors (two by Anderson Hernandez, one by Adam Dunn)
  • The new statues honoring Frank Howard, Josh Gibson, and Walter Johnson
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Speaking of those statues…they really aren’t as horrible in person as they look in pictures. In fact, parts of them are really quite amazing.

hondostatueface.jpgThe detail here is fantastic! I just really hate that “motion” effect. It’s waaaay too artsy for my (admittedly simple) artistic taste.

Oh, and I’ve officially decided that I’m afraid of the new, “teenage” Screech. Yes, he has slimmed down so that he no longer looks like a pregnant chicken…but now he looks possessed!

scaryskinnyscreech.jpgYikes!!

Oh, and — big surprise here — once again, Teddy failed to win the Presidents Race. Abe won, as usual.

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Back to the Nats…it’s frustrating to see bits of improvement in the team that don’t translate into wins. *sigh* Maybe the off day tomorrow will help, and then the Nats will come back strong on Wednesday.

(All photos from Nationals Park taken by me today.)