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Break up Nats -- and Shawn Hill update

Felipe Lopez has fielded both balls hit to him in left without a problem, and he even received a few fistbumps from Jerry Morales and Austin Kearns after returning to the dugout following the first one.

The Phillies, by the way, look awful. Four errors -- Rollins (though it should have been on Howard), Utley, Moyer and Feliz. The natives here are getting restless. It's tense.

The Nationals, meanwhile, have five doubles -- two each by Cristian Guzman and Jesus Flores (who is, nonetheless, headed to Harrisburg soon). Jason Bergmann allowed a homer to Chad Coste (and Lopez even gave the proper courtesy look to that one), but has been quite efficient otherwise, striking out five and walking one through four. Nationals lead 6-1 and bat in the top of the fifth.

Shawn Hill: Threw in an intrasquad game today down in Viera, Fla. Threw 64 pitches over four innings (though a couple of those were quick, so they sent up extra batters -- the magic of a controlled environment). Allowed three hits, one earned run, walked no one and struck out four. Fastball was generally 86-89 mph, which is perhaps a tick slower than normal. Nationals' internal report was that he looked good.

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 3, 2008; 2:20 PM ET
 
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Bump you Shawn Hill. From the past 24 hours - Redding & Bergmann are the new Webb & Haren.

O.k., somebody reel me back in. But, seriously, quality starts for those guys against a pretty potent order.

Posted by: Corey | April 3, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Ooops...Tim Kurkjian just pooped all over your alls hopes and dreams for the season.

He said the Nationals will finish 4th.

Enjoy this little run while it lasts guys.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

O's Exec! No need to get crude, just because you've gotten desperate.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to say that the O's will continue their tradition of futility all year.

Posted by: Tim Kurkjian | April 3, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh buddy I'm not desperate. The O's are on their way to the top of the AL East and will be in the WS soon enough.

No need to get bitter just because the O's are a much better organization (top to bottom) than your Nationals.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This Orioles Promotion Just Announced:

"The first 40,000 fans in August (and into September) will receive an Orioles Beach Towel, courtesy of the Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Towels will be orange and black, and have the slogan, 'Wouldn't You Rather Be At The Beach?' screened on the front.

"While supplies last..."

Posted by: Orioles Swag | April 3, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Because of the crab-cakes?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The O's are on their way to the top of the 2009 draft East and will be on the golf course soon enough.

Posted by: Brian_ | April 3, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to say that the O's will continue their tradition of futility all year.

Posted by: Tim Kurkjian | April 3, 2008 02:35 PM
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From the Rules of the Washington Post comment site:

"Furthermore, you may not impersonate others."

I call for the Post to step in and ban this imposter for life. Violation of forum rules is very bad, mmmkay.

Posted by: Johnny The Lawman | April 3, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

You're not trying to be funny, are you O's exec? What you just wrote pretty much defies all logic and flies in the face of the fact that the Orioles are probably about to post their worst season in the last 4-5 years and then will likely be rebuilding for another 1-2 after that.

While I can understand why an Orioles fan would want to troll the Nats in the light of such a season (nice record low attendance yesterday, btw), it's pretty classless.

Posted by: Michael | April 3, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Should Lopez have gotten to the Feliz liner? Or maybe the right question is, would an average left fielder have caught it, or was it just a normal hit?

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 3, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to say that the O's will continue their tradition of futility all year.

Posted by: Tim Kurkjian | April 3, 2008 02:35 PM
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From the Rules of the Washington Post comment site:

"Furthermore, you may not impersonate others."

I call for the Post to step in and ban this imposter for life. Violation of forum rules is very bad, mmmkay.

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And I smell bad!

Posted by: Johnny The Lawman | April 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love Nats fans discussing the O's on a Nats messageboard.

Just goes to show that there are tons of closet-O's fans out there but they're just scared to show their O's-fandom because of a few rude, ruthless, immature, boorish Nationals fans.

It's ok, come on out of the closet and support the real team in the area, the Orioles, and come on up to OPACY and eat those delicious CRABCAKES!!!!!

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Someone has to talk to Jason Bergmann about his performance. I mean 0-for-3?! We're doomed!

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Technically, only one quality start so far - Redding's outing last night.

But if Bergmann goes another inning and 2/3, the Nats will be averaging quality start numbers over the first four games.

Posted by: John in Mpls | April 3, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

RE: O's Exec's last post.

The middle school boy in me is giggling uncontrollably, the adult is sternly telling him to grow up.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, best to leave that one alone, 506.

Posted by: John in Mpls | April 3, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Only Zimm and Bergmann don't have hits today, thus far. I predict Zimmerman having 50 hits this year, all of them home runs that win games.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

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"O, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave........"

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Post of the Day -

This Orioles Promotion Just Announced:

"The first 40,000 fans in August (and into September) will receive an Orioles Beach Towel, courtesy of the Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Posted by: lowcountry | April 3, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Jason...

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

This is the big moment, two on, one out. Bring it, Bergy.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 3, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Come'on ground ball double-play

Posted by: lowcountry | April 3, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I wish Howard would stick to bunting.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 3, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe those O's DO have a chance -- as long as their execs are goofing off here rather than throwing their useless two cents into micromanaging the team.

Posted by: just sayin' | April 3, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Uh-Oh

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Jason looks like he's just lost all control by pitch location. How's he look on TV?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Belli looked a little Jose Vidro-ish on those two balls off his glove.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 3, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Jason looks like he's just lost all control by pitch location. How's he look on TV?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 02:55 PM
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How can you tell what Jason looks like he is/isn't doing if you're not actually watching the game on tv/in person?

Interesting, these Nat's fans are.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Saul Rivera's pitching now.

Posted by: Juan-John | April 3, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I am home sick today and to my delight, I'm getting the game on MASN out here (in CA)! But, OMG, maybe I should stop watching because it's now 6-5!

Posted by: Patty | April 3, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hard luck, Jason, that's those Phoolies for you! C'mon, Saul!

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

on MLB gameday, it shows the release location, the curve, and the arrival location of each pitch. Along with Spd, break angle, and pfx, not sure what that last one is.

Posted by: SF Fan | April 3, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Ahah, I believe O's Exec has just shown his cards ... he obviously does not have the pitch location microchip installed in his brain like many of us.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 3, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

UH-OH

What's that Nats/Phils score now?

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Or, you can say that Nats fans are Clairvoyant. I dunno, that may be better for you non-technical types.

Posted by: SF Fan | April 3, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Youve gotta be kidding me...

Posted by: Jason | April 3, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

SF Fan, don't feed the trolls!

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 3, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah shut up you stupid, fecal matter eating O's fan. The O's are dumb and stupid and idiots. The Orioles smell and they're ugly too.

Posted by: So-Cal Nats Fan | April 3, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

So... Rivera has retired nobody?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

What's the record for consecutive singles??

Posted by: SwiftIt | April 3, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

*whimper*

Posted by: JennX | April 3, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

. . . and thank God, Manny's yanking him. They're tied 6-6.

Posted by: Juan-John | April 3, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA


What's the score of that game now?

Leave it to the NATIONALS to blow a 5-run lead.

This team is full of laughs.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I guess you might say that Rivera doesn't have his best stuff today. Waste of a good outing by Bergy. Let's get out of the inning. Zimmerman is up next.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 3, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Man, 3 BS in 4 games for our bullpen. Perhaps they need a team meeting.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Eight straight singles?

Posted by: lowcountry | April 3, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh Please, it's just a bunch of ground balls with eyes (and wild pitches). It's not like anybody's getting smoked

Posted by: SwiftIt | April 3, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA

It gets even better.

Ray King throws 1 pitch, hits a batter and loads the bases.

Classic.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Five of those runs were on Bergmann, though. He wasted his own effort.

Posted by: John in Mpls | April 3, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I bet somebody's stealing signs. It's the only explanation.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 3, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Rivera a little overworked already? Three appearances in four games is quite a bit.

Posted by: natrat | April 3, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Ray King is quite the jokerster eh?

He's atleast making me laugh.

2 pitches, 1 hit batter, 1 single, 1 run.

Phils - 7
Nats - 6

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Good one!

Posted by: SwiftIt | April 3, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

what the @!#$@$^#$^$%&%^&%^&@#$@#$!@#@%#$^$& is happening?!!!!!!!!!?!??!?!?!

Posted by: gretchen | April 3, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

One would expect Saul Rivera to be able to get one out, at least.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Time for the Nats to rip up that awful Phillies bullpen again

Posted by: SwiftIt | April 3, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Shoot...I disappear for an hour and a half to go to a meeting, and now instead of a 5-0 lead, the Nats are losing 7-6. What the heck? At least a double play just ended that horrible half-inning...

Posted by: BSG | April 3, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

And the Nats magical run OFFICIALLY comes to a close with an utter collapse.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the boys in the bullpen started drinking champagne after Bergmann had such a studly start and the bats racked up five in the first.

Rivera starts off with a wild pitch and (how many batters later?) King starts off with a hit batsman.

I _DO NOT_ want to see the Nats lose this game.

C'mon Nats! Rev those engines! Let's get some runs!

N-A-T-S! Nats! Nats! Nats!

Posted by: i hate walks | April 3, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Who was it who always wreaked havoc when he went to burger king?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Dagger! Lets get it going and grab that lead back though...

Posted by: Jason | April 3, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for coming back when you did BSG - now don't leave your desk again!

Posted by: lowcountry | April 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Five earned for Bergmann, yeah, but the bullpen is supposed to bail him out. I hate inherited runners scored. And seven straight singles with a HBP in between. We needed that DP a long time ago.

Let's go Zim!

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

MASN just said the record for consecutive singles is 10, and it was in 1920

Posted by: SwiftIt | April 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

That was me. I've been here the whole game, though.

Posted by: John in Mpls | April 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Hi, I've taken up residence in the O's camp.

Posted by: Jealousy | April 3, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Just remember my invitation is still open to all of you to come on up to OPACY to watch a team that WON'T choke or collapse, the Orioles.

Plus, the crabcakes are to die for.

mmmm-good.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

errr, I think that was 7 singles, an HBP, and then an 8th single. But who's counting?

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 3, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Don't you all think that I'm hot?

Posted by: Dana Jacobson | April 3, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

You are correct, they didn't break the record, I just knew it had to be close

Posted by: SwiftIt | April 3, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

So how much does Guzzie's getting caught in a rundown hurt now?

Posted by: Juan-John | April 3, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

You've got kinda big teeth, Dana, but that's okay.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

You are correct, they didn't break the record, I just knew it had to be close

Posted by: SwiftIt | April 3, 2008 03:15 PM

The record was 11 by the 1920-something Cubs.

Posted by: Stat-geek | April 3, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

If the Nats do wind up coughing this one up, there will be more than one source of irony.

Like Manny giving away a baserunner with the double steal.

Or the stalwart bullpen giving up inherited runs, their own runs, Bergmann's chance at the win, and eventually the game.

Or the fact that all six Nats runs come not against the bullpen, but rather against Moyer.

Posted by: John in Mpls | April 3, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Well that last inning sucked. Let's hope we get a chance to see Tom Gordon again.

By the way, at opening day I realized I don't particularly like where my 20-game pass seats are (RF Bullpen area, under the scoreboard). Anyone know if I can easily trade those in for a 20-game pass elsewhere in the stadium? Obviously I understand I'd have to pay the difference if I move to a different area. But am I stuck with the tickets I have?

Posted by: mrlogical | April 3, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

You've got kinda big teeth, Dana, but that's okay.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 03:18 PM


But I've got some good child-bearing hips though.

Posted by: Dana Jacobson | April 3, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Back to reality...ouch. Seriously--bullpen is a concern.

Posted by: GoNats | April 3, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

If the Nats do wind up coughing this one up, there will be more than one source of irony.

Like Manny giving away a baserunner with the double steal.

Or the stalwart bullpen giving up inherited runs, their own runs, Bergmann's chance at the win, and eventually the game.

Or the fact that all six Nats runs come not against the bullpen, but rather against Moyer.

Posted by: John in Mpls | April 3, 2008 03:19 PM
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Sounds like a BUNCH OF EXCUSES for a stinky-team losing to me.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 3, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

What's the point of putting the shift on Howard if they can't keep the ball in the (slightly expanded) infield?!?

Posted by: Juan-John | April 3, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"But am I stuck with the tickets I have?"

Why don't you call the ticket office and ask? They would know that better than anyone here (including O's Exec).

Posted by: Section 419+1 | April 3, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

New post

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 3, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Juan-John -- I still like the double-steal, even if it cost an out. We were up by five and keeping the pressure on 'em. No reason to be anything but agressive in that situation, imo.

But we better have another one of those five-run innings soon, because I have to get on a bus in half an hour.

Posted by: i hate walks | April 3, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

As I said previously, this game and this season has a long way to go well, maybe not this game. We can't win them all (darn it!)and two out of three is'nt bad.

Your thoughts on the over/under when out resident troll gives up the ghost with the median being 40 games. I say 35. The Nats will have about 16-18 wins and the O's about 10. At that point the Troll will go away because it will be soooo easy to ignore him.

Posted by: A Hardwick etc etc | April 3, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

If we just ignore now, he'll just go away anyways. Remember he's gotta get his entertainment somewhere, it's certainly not being satisfied at camden.

Posted by: Mark | April 3, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

two questions:

who's the long m,an for extra innings games such as this one?

aren't some of our relievers going to be running on fumes by memorial day?

Posted by: natsscribe | April 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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