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Nats-Os Live

It's the O's telecast so that pregame was ... well, never mind. It's over.

Amy will send more updates but I thought I'd get us started. The crowd appears sparse. Very sparse.

Top of the 3rd: And I have to quit this for awhile and do some other stuff, sad to say. I'll be back with updates from Amy and try to do a little more myself in a few. Sorry! Should have worked from home today. (Inning over, no runs...) Use BobLHead's link to the live box and we'll be back as soon as we can!

Bottom of the 2nd: Completely missed the leadoff guy but he popped out to second. Cabrera's strill twirling. Good lord, Bernadina just made an AWESOME catch. Wow. Seriously. The catch in the first inning was sweet. This was great. Really nice. Brian Roberts got a hit to left; even Bernadina couldn't have gotten to that one. Jones gets a hit, then steals second. Lotta steals today.

Here's Amy on Cabrera's first inning: Cabrera looked shaky to start. He allowed an infield single to Brian Roberts, a single to center field to Adam Jones, then, after getting a ground-out that scored Roberts, he walked two batters. With the bases loaded, he struck out Luke Scott and was rescued by left fielder Roger Bernadina, who made a diving catch of a ball hit by Felix Pie. So he escaped from the inning allowing just one run on two hits and two walks. The Os also stole a couple of bases. Not pretty.

Top of the second: See, already I'm behind. Castillo got on, not sure of the scoring but that might be a throwing error. And he just was driven in by Bernadina with a double. Score: 1-1. Maxwell strikes out. Nieves grounds out, 6-3. Guzman grounds out, 4-3.

Bottom of the first: Here comes Cabrera. Brian Roberts leads off with a screamer to first. Eldred slowed it down but didn't stop it so Roberts is on. (MASN is inserting an interview with Wieters here, which is not enjoyable if you're trying to see Cabrera's stride). Adam Jones gets a nice hit to center field; runners at the corners. Markakis grounds out, 4-3, Roberts scores, Jones to second. Jones steals third. Huff walks. Huff steals second. Walk loads the bases. (We interrupted the running for a call from Boz, who has thoughts on Cabrera. I'll try to get him send those and we'll post 'em.) Hey, Luke Scott strikes out. There we go. Oops. Visit to the mound and Detwiler is warming up. Ah, there's the third out on a great catch by, I believe, Bernadina.

Top of the first: David Pauley pitching. Guzman leads off with a hit (and I missed it). Cintron strikes out. Castro flies out. Eldred drops one in shallow left. Guzman's at third, two outs. Patterson ... nuts, I was distracted by my boss and missed it. He made an out, folks; no score. Sorry, this is an imperfect system.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  March 6, 2009; 1:54 PM ET
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Hooray for Tracee!

more, more, more....

Posted by: NatsNut | March 6, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Patterson struck out looking to end the bottom first.

Not sure whatever stride Cabrera is using is working, he's walked 2 or 3 guys so far.

Posted by: NationalsPrideMike | March 6, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

rather, top of the first

Posted by: NationalsPrideMike | March 6, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina makes a diving catch with bases loaded to stem the damage at one run for the birds.

Posted by: JennX_ | March 6, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Tracee!

Your boss should _not_ be bothering you during a baseball game. You can tell 'em that all of us here at NJ think you need to be left alone to concentrate on keeping us updated.

Posted by: OldDude | March 6, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Phew. I'm glad they fixed him.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | March 6, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, Uncle glass half-empty, he would have walked five or six without that stride fix

Posted by: Brian_ | March 6, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina RBI double to tie the game!

Posted by: JennX_ | March 6, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Quite a spring so far for Berdy

Posted by: nattaboy | March 6, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I kinda forgot about him and Maxwell with all the talk about our 90 outfielders. I hope the terp's career track doesn't get screwed. He's a good guy

Posted by: nattaboy | March 6, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

natta: proving the dangers of a small sample size... :)

Posted by: JennX_ | March 6, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

And another diving catch for Bernadina!

Posted by: HALjr | March 6, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Link to the "live" boxscore (which seems to be slow, at best):

Posted by: BobLHead | March 6, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Gawd, Cabrera sounds pretty shaky. It's only due to Bernadina that this isn't a blowout already.

Posted by: JennX_ | March 6, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks BobL.

Thanks more, Tracee. Despite your distractions you're much faster so far...

Posted by: nattaboy | March 6, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Zing quotes from the O's broadcast team:

"That's two walks in a row. Cabrera is in mid-season form."

"In the past 5 years, Cabrera has lost 8 miles per hour on his fastball. Remember that one game last year where he was throwing 88? He was still walking and hitting guys."

Posted by: dclifer | March 6, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I just got in and put the game on the tube. Is it me, or is Detwiler getting squeezed by the umpire? There have been at least 5 pitches to two different batters that could have been called a strike. Has the ump been calling these this close all game long?

Posted by: erocks33 | March 6, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Freel and Javier Valentin. Two more ex-Reds. Thank goodness Bowden is gone!

Posted by: dclifer | March 6, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

erocks, he's getting squeezed a little, but he's also doing a lot of nibbling. I like the curveball but he won't throw it over the plate, so he falls behind and then they sit on the fast ball. One thing to note: he faced three lefties in that inning, and didn't get any of them out. A walk and two hits (I know one was an infield hit). I'd like to see be a little more agressive.

Posted by: baltova1 | March 6, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Detwiler looks awkward on the mound, like he is just chucking the ball. Not imposing at all. Disappointing...

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | March 6, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Cabrera looks like a starter all right. A fire starter. A real arsonist. Let's all pray to Randy, patron saint of Engine Company No. 9.

Posted by: BobLHead | March 6, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JennX_ | March 6, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This links to this quote by Huff. I waas sent this by an O's fan just before the game.


Orioles first baseman Aubrey Huff said he knows exactly how he's going to attack Nationals starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera today.
He's not.
"I've told Daniel a thousand times, 'If I ever face you, I'm just going to stand there. If you can throw three strikes, that's great.' Then, just for fun, I'm going to steal on the first pitch."

I though it was funny at the time, not so much now.

Posted by: Stu27 | March 6, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"... these aren't our starters... these aren't our starters..."

Posted by: JennX_ | March 6, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Classic, Stu. For those without access to the box, Huff's line today: 2 BB, 1 SB (not sure it was on the first pitch though).

Posted by: BobLHead | March 6, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

it happens every spring, mama said there would be days like this.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 6, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Bob L - thanks for the link to the box score!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | March 6, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I think the Nats have decided they don't want to walk home to Vierra, or to first base either. 21ABs, 0BB, 6H so an OBP of .286.

Posted by: estuartj | March 6, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Wish I had a better box score to link you to, Patty!

Posted by: BobLHead | March 6, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Great job on the updates by Amy and Tracee.

Loved Bernadina's two catches (and the two doubles weren't shabby either).

Repeating after Jenn (hi), these aren't our starters...

Also (seeing as how we lost), it's only spring training...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 6, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Bernie seems to be the one player standing out amongst the crowded outfield. Obviously he wouldn't be a starter but could be a good situational player and defensive upgrade. I am afraid the WMP's and AK's if not traded will take a roster spot that Bernadina is earning so far.

Where he needs to upgrade is on his steals. He is probably the fastest outfielder but expects to use his speed on the base path to get steals instead of better jumps off of the pitcher. A 57.1% steal ratio is not great.

Last year he was .000 in bunting for a base hit too. With that speed, he can create opportunity for himself and the team if he can become a great bunter.

The intangible for him is he has a great attitude, is hungry, and eager which is nice to see when compared to some of the guys that just expect it all.

Posted by: dmacman88 | March 6, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to mention the new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 6, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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