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Numbers far bigger than we're used to

We've got some serious offense on display right now. This is almost Sunday softball-style bashing. The Nats are up 8-2 in the middle of the fourth. Already, they've driven Atlanta starter Jo-Jo Reyes from the game. The third included four consecutive singles and a Bobby Cox ejection, and it's never a good sign when the greatest sign of a team's life comes from the gesticulation of a 67-year-old manager.

Some notes about the offense.

* This game guarantees that Washington will have its first three-game stretch all season in which it's scored more than six runs every time out.

* Reyes faced 17 batters. Eleven reached base, seven with hits, four with walks.

* By the third inning, Willie Harris had already reached base three times.

* Through four, Austin Kearns has scored three runs and hit one homer.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 20, 2008; 3:04 PM ET
 
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12-2 now... and its only 3 minutes after the post.

Posted by: natsinthevalley | July 20, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Home run hitters in the outfield? What team is that in the Nationals uniforms? :-)

Posted by: nsfw | July 20, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Funny. Odalis Perez is in the middle of his best chance to win a game since May, yet he is pitching his way out of a chance to be traded to a contender.

They'd better not lose this game.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | July 20, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Perez has completely lost his move to 1st base. he must have the yips after the balk calls last time.

Now he is going to lose the victory. We can't even enjoy a true laugher.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | July 20, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Uh, bullpen?

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 20, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I think that I have to return to my original, offline, listening position. Not that I'm superstitious or anything. :D

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 20, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I jjust got home from church. Who are these pod people wearing Washington uniforms?

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 20, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is happening!!!

Posted by: natsinthevalley | July 20, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I gotta be dreaming : > )... 14 runs in 5 innings...how did this happen? They've gone a week without scoring that many runs! I'm not complaining though, believe me!!

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | July 20, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Save some runs for San Francisco, guys. But the way Odalis is pitching, you may have to tack on some more runs.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 20, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Finally.

Posted by: Paul in 105 | July 20, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Flores is now 4-4 with 2 RBIs. I swear, if I see Estrada or PLoD back there more than 1x per week, Bowden needs to be shot. We aren't going to get squat for either of them even if they get hot over the next week. Let Flores develop and cut lose those 2.

Posted by: Nats fan in NJ | July 20, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

They haven't scored 14 runs since July 13, 2007 vs the Marlins. Won that game 14-10.

This game is only the 2nd time since coming to Washington that the Nats have scored 14 runs.

Posted by: natsinthevalley | July 20, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow. This is great. They needed a game like this.

Posted by: JOhn | July 20, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Good news: The Padres are winning too, so we're still tied for first in the Strasburg Sweepstakes.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | July 20, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Flores has 4 hits, a new career high.

Posted by: natsinthevalley | July 20, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

no offense soch,

but i want the nats to start bringing in college-trained, close to major-league ready position players rather than draft another pitcher. this team needs infielders and outfielders in the pipeline.

Posted by: natsscribe | July 20, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

15-5

The most runs the franchise has scored since the Expos beat the Mets 19-10 on July 26, 2004.

Some highlights of that game...
Tony Batista - 4-5 with 6 RBIs + 2-Run HR
Jose Vidro - 1-4 with a 3-Run HR
Ron Calloway - 2-4 with a 2-Run HR
Brad Wilkerson - 3-5 with 2 RBIs
Luis Ayala with the win
John Patterson with the ND

Posted by: natsinthevalley | July 20, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh yea, and the attendance for that game was 6,643.

Posted by: natsinthevalley | July 20, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow. After this series, I take back every bad thing I said about the lineup on Friday night. Fun to be on this side of a blow-out!

Posted by: JennX | July 20, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

No offense taken. Strasburg has the buzz as the best player available in the 2009 draft, but who knows where it'll be next June.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | July 20, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

the nats scored 29 runs in this series...who knew?

Posted by: natsscribe | July 20, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

You're a stand-up gal to say that, Jenn.

Congrats to AK on his career 100th HR and 400th RBI.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 20, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

p.s. Charlie and Dave said that Georgia guy Willie Harris had a big contingent of friends and relatives attending the series. Wonder whether that was them I heard cheering on the radio?

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 20, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The Nats head to SF with the ability to field a lineup with all 8 positional hitters averaging .220+!

Hooray for small miracles.

Kearns is on fire since his return from the DL hitting .327 w/ 3 HR & 11 RBI in 13 games. I wonder if he is getting any legit trade interest?

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | July 20, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

You'd think he'd be man enough to repay the Nats' loyalty by stopping drinking, or at least by being clever enough not to drink in public. He's got demons he can't control.

Posted by: dc social club | July 20, 2008 6:40 AM
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Please clarify.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

In other news, the Friars lost.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 20, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Call me Coverage is Lacking, Jr., but I just looked at the Sports page (online) and see an article about the Orioles losing for the umteenth different time on a Sunday and NOTHING about the Nationals win...
WTF?

Posted by: TimDz | July 20, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

[quote]but i want the nats to start bringing in college-trained, close to major-league ready position players rather than draft another pitcher. this team needs infielders and outfielders in the pipeline.

Posted by: natsscribe | July 20, 2008 4:11 PM [/quote]

please, no. you draft the best people you can draft. this is not the NBA draft. you don't draft for need, especially at the top of the draft. you draft the best guy there.

even college guys w/4 years of college level play need time in the minors. guys who put in less than 1yr in the minors are by far the exception, not the rule.

now, i can see saying, "if we're not sure which one to pick, take the close to ML ready position player over the HS pitcher." but if there's any significant difference, take the better guy period.

Posted by: 231 | July 20, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

from what i'm reading, strasburg would be the #1 starter on our staff easily. probably right now.

Posted by: longterm | July 20, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

There's an AP story there now, TimDz. No doubt the Post gamer will show up at some point, and this is a getaway day, methinks.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/sports/

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 20, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I watched this game with my jaw hanging down to the floor. Amazing. I will take back by snide comments on the lineup from Friday night. Austin Kearns is actually hitting like a freaking clean up hitter. Willy Harris is becoming my favorite Nat. I don't know what finally possessed Manny to play Flores over Estrada. Maybe the Angel of Baseball Logic finally touched him. Heck, maybe this same Angel has touched Bowden as well as evidenced by finally sending Dimitri away to get in shape for the 2010 season. (There is no way you can convince me that he can get in shape in less than two months.) Now if someone can convince me of the logic of Lo Duca....

Posted by: Dale | July 20, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

So...is the clubhouse looser and more relaxed without some of the personalities on the DL in house? Or is that just a coincidence, connected solely to a post-break renewal and/or a couple of wins?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 20, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

1a, I think that what TimDz was saying is that for a while this afternoon there were no Nats links on the Post's main Sports page at all--no links to last night's gamer either, even before the AP story today might have been ready to put up. And Steinbog wonders why...

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | July 20, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Touches finger to nose...ala charades...
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1a, I think that what TimDz was saying is that for a while this afternoon there were no Nats links on the Post's main Sports page at all--no links to last night's gamer either, even before the AP story today might have been ready to put up. And Steinbog wonders why...

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | July 20, 2008 7:44 PM

Posted by: TimDz | July 20, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Awesome series, don't know how were doing it but can't wait to see what the team will look like once Zimmerman comes back into the lineup

Posted by: extremenats.com | July 20, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

After these last two games, I don't think that Acta should even mess with the lineup of the last two games. Let the order stand until they go cold.

Posted by: charlie | July 20, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Great game today. Need a little help here...Where is Phil Wood now? Dan (The little man) Snyder buys WTEM, and poof!, Phil is gone. There are fewer and fewer reasons to listen to them anymore.

Posted by: Section 425 | July 20, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Ah, thanks for the interpretation, CiL, and the confirmation, TimDz.

Dale, I called the Willie Harris' mother role a few posts back, but you can jump on board the fan wagon. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 20, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

All hitters are streak hitters. Good to see law of averages catching up with AK.

Posted by: Tom | July 20, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Alas, Stephen Strasburg will prove to be an apparition. Nats pitching is way to good for them to get first pick in the draft.

Posted by: Ira | July 20, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Credit where credit is due: Austin Kearns is the man right now. With Zim, Milledge, and Dukes on the way back, I honestly think we're going to have a tough time locking up that #1 pick in the draft.

Posted by: Jason | July 20, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope that Zimmerman is not coming back before he has regained his hitting eye. The reports of his hitting progress on the farm teams have not been glowing. Wily Mo was rushed back too soon after his injury and it did not help him or the Nats. And perhaps more importantly shall we assume that Zimmerman has fully healed his shoulder?

Posted by: Dale | July 20, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I dont know why some people keep bashing Jim Bowden he is a great GM he asks for the moon in every trade thats why i like him i would rather a GM do that than make a trade just to make one sure he looks funny somtimes but all of you guys who think you can trick other GM's to trade for hurt players (Gary Majeskew) or however you spell his last name are idiots.

Posted by: j_dog | July 20, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I dont know why some people keep bashing Jim Bowden he is a great GM he asks for the moon in every trade thats why i like him i would rather a GM do that than make a trade just to make one sure he looks funny somtimes but all of you guys who think you can trick other GM's to trade for hurt players (Gary Majeskew) or however you spell his last name are idiots.

Posted by: j_dog | July 20, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

nice comment from jerry coleman, former "all-purpose reporter" (steinberg's description) who was recently let go by WTEM after they were acquired by snyder.

==
What changes/ would you make if you were running a sports talk shop in town?

I would dedicate more time to baseball. D.C. has a Major League team that deserves attention, no matter how bad. It's not Triple A.
==

Posted by: 231 | July 21, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

San Diego 37-62
Washington 38-61 (1GB)
Seattle 38-60 (1.5GB)
San Francisco 40-58 (3.5GB)

Posted by: #1 Pick in 2009 | July 21, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Also, in light of Dale's comment above, I'd be curious of the reasoning behind expediting the return of Milledge (as reported in the Personnel Dept. item on p. E7 of today's dead-tree edition). Wouldn't want to see him rushed back if he wasn't 100 percent.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 21, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Curious about, rather. Daggone online editing.

Also, new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 21, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Say, did you notice that the Redskins got a new player? On the second day of fricking TRAINING CAMP?!??

Meanwhile, the Nationals score more runs in a real, live baseball game than they have since they came here from Montreal. But you'd never know it by glancing at the front page of the sports section today.

This is truly idiotic. In a year in which offense has been week, the Nats go on an offensive tear in a regular season game, and the WaPo treats it like it's some weekend high-school game.

Shame, shame on the Post for such insulting coverage of our MLB team.

Posted by: shepdave | July 21, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Of course, this is a year in which our offense has been weak, not week.

Although yesterday's game provided about a week's worth of offense.

Coverage is, however, still lacking.

Posted by: shepdave | July 21, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone actually think from this point, 20 July and forward the Nats would be located any other place except buried on page 6 or 7? They could score 20 runs and win 10 in a row and it will fall on deaf ears and blind eyes now the the varsity has taken the field.

Don't believe me, here is a quote from Steve DeShazo who writes for the "The Free-Lance Star"

"Lets not kid ourselves though; the Redskins are and always will be the stars of DC Sports. As great a hockey player Alexander Ovechkin is, he'd have to score 75 goals, cure cancer and find Osama Bin Laden to approach the same popularity".

As long as that is the prevailing attitude amongst the scribes, and talkies then it doesn't matter what the Nats, Caps or Wiz do now or in the future.


Posted by: tippy canoe | July 21, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I believe that is an accurate assessment, tippy.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 21, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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