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May 19, 2010 [LINK / comment]
Nationals lose fifth straight
What a revoltin' development this has been! After doing better than they had done in any of their first five seasons in Washington, the Nationals have now lost five games in a row. After getting off to a good start on this road trip, winning three of their first four games, they just fell apart. Admittedly, the Cardinals are a tough team to beat, but they have been slipping lately, ceding first place to the Cincinnati Reds, so the Nats should have won at least one of the two games in St. Louis. On Monday, Craig Stammen gave up four runs in the first inning, a troubling sign, but he hung in there for another five innings, to his credit. Last night, John Lannan had one of his best performances this season, giving up only two runs in six innings. In the eighth inning, Ian Desmond tied the game 2-2 with a clutch RBI single, but then the Cardinals got another run in the bottom of the inning, and that's what decided the game. That means Tyler Clippard's record is now 7-3.
And so, the Nats have gone from a very promising 20-15 record, one game behind the division leading Phillies, to a so-so 20-20 record, clinging precariously to third place. Time to kick some butt in the clubhouse. This evening they begin a five-game home stand, facing the New York Mets and then the Baltimore Orioles, as interleague play begins.
Storen replaces Bruney
One piece of good news is that the highly ineffective relief pitcher Brian Bruney was "designated for assignment" (fired) over the weekend, replaced by Drew Storen, who was called up from the Nats' Triple A farm club in Syracuse. Storen went right to work on Monday in St. Louis, getting two outs in the seventh inning, and striking out the Cardinals' Matt Holliday. His only mistake was hitting Ryan Ludwick with a pitch. Storen was the 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft. See MLB.com.
As with Nationals Park, Target Field, and other recently-built baseball stadiums, you can keep track of the construction progress in Miami by means of a webcam. It's at MLB.com. You can also follow the commentary on the future home of the
Florida Miami (!) Marlins at baseball-fever.com; hat tip to Bruce Orser.
Also, I've got a lot of news to report from Mike Zurawski. Stay tuned...
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