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Fifth Inning: Nats 1, Tigers 1

Midway through this afternoon's game, the Tigers and Nats are tied at 1. We've seen a grand total of three hits so far -- none in the first three innings.

Craig Stammen? Impressive. Maybe the Nats need a six-man rotation. (OK, I jest. Plus, we wouldn't want to start his arbitration clock.) He walked the lead-off man, then retired the next 10. The Tigers finally scored in the fourth, when Stammen issued a one-out walk and Miguel Cabrera doubled down the line, leaving Detroit runners on second and third. A Curtis Granderson ground ball to second scored the run.

Washington's run came a half-inning earlier, enabled when the Tigers botched the exact play they've probably practiced 1,327 times this spring. With runners on first (Ryan Zimmerman) and third (Cristian Guzman), Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello spun to first and caught Zimmerman flat-footed. Zimmerman took off for second, all but dead. But Cabrera, the Tigers first baseman, whipped the throw to second several feet too high, and it sailed into center field. Zimmerman was safe at second; Guzman cruised home.

Jason Bergmann is now on in relief of Stammen.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 31, 2009; 2:19 PM ET
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Maxwell in for defense, BOOM!

Posted by: nova_g_man | March 31, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

... I can't recall; does anyone know whether Ryan Z tradionally has a poor ST? How'd he do last year or the one before that?

... this year's low BA has me somewhat concerned, as others noted a few days ago. And now a base-running miscue to boot.

... I hope it's simply a small case of too much spring and not enough regular - seasons, that is.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 31, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

J-Max plays long-ball -- goes deep for his 2nd of the spring. I know the Nats are determined to ride Milledge's horsey to the finish line this year, but what are the chances we could see J-Max in CF on Opening Day 2010? I think he's the real deal.

Posted by: fischy | March 31, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Maxwell in for defense, BOOM!"

... with that kind of defence, we just might conquer the world.

Go Nats!!

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 31, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Just picked up today's mail, and in there among all the junk is a nice big four-fold color hard-stock flyer from the Nats, promoting the new mini-plans. Lots of pictures of fans, Teddy (the racing president, not the owner), Nat Pack members (thankfully not Clint) and three players. Zimmerman, Flores...and Milledge.

Just in case anyone needs further proof that they're not going to trade Milledge.

And I certainly hope that the mailman screwed up and dumped a whole neighborhood's worth of these flyers in JayBeee's mailbox.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 31, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Zimmerman is notorious for his slow starts. Perhaps they should trade him.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 31, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

j max our toolsy 2010 CF; Thrilledge and nun_habit are toolsy, but in a different sense?

Posted by: nova_g_man | March 31, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Jus-tin Max-well!

Yes, the Z-man has been a slow starter.

Speaking of mailers, we received another one of those general coupon packs (coupons for restaurants, lawn services, etc.) that included a Nats mini-plan piece among the offerings. This one prominently featured Adam (Git R) Dunn.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The article on Rizzo -- which gave me some much-sought-after, specific insight into why so many people hated on bowden -- was very good.

Thanx Cheek-Dizzle.

Posted by: tlynch44 | March 31, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha git er Dunn. I like that.

Also like the traditional Big Donkey.

Can we get a Furry Donkey to race the presidents please (two poeple in the costume for all four legs -- of course)

Posted by: tlynch44 | March 31, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The mailing I got was a stand-alone thing. Completely supercedes any general coupon pack insert. In addition to the mini-plan schedules, there is a complete schedule with TV listings and a promotions and events schedule.

Too bad the Nats don't do any marketing, isn't it?

Posted by: nunof1 | March 31, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Home Run Dimitri Young!

Posted by: usmc53 | March 31, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Da Meat with a 3-run shot!!

Posted by: wnorton81 | March 31, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Catcher50 - I think you posted about Burriss. Looks like he beat out Frandsen.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 31, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, tlynch. That would be an interesting race. If you're going to have a donkey, I guess you need an elephant, too.

Cool about the stand-alone mailing, nunof.

In other news, looks like the Nats were having a big inning until the heavens opened up. (Johnson 2B, Willingham BB, Young HR, AK K, Belliard 1B, Bard 1B, Maxwell FO, and an 0-1 count on Gonzalez in the top of the 7th).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Good for Dmitri! Count me in as one that hopes he stays healthy this year and becomes an asset to this team. Whether that means being a switch-hitting pinch hitter or by being traded to an AL team for prospects.

Stay healthy Meat!

Posted by: erocks33 | March 31, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Dang - took too long to type my summary. That would be 5-1 Nats before the rains came. Also, Meat Hook!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

new post ya'll

Posted by: NatsNut | March 31, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Jinx, NatsNut. Buy me a Coke.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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