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Martis Through Three: 9 Up, 9 Down*

Added the asterisk there because Shairon Martis has allowed one baserunner through the first three innings, but it was a mere infield single to Adam Jones in the first, and Martis promptly picked him off.

Otherwise, Martis has been perfect, aided by a stellar backhanded stab by first baseman Brad Eldred and a sliding catch by left fielder Roger Bernadina in the third.

Meantime, the Nationals are up 1-0 on Orioles starter Koji Uehara, after Bernadina tripled into the right field corner to lead off the game, then scored on Kory Casto's sharp single to right. Uehara, though, just struck out Wily Mo Pena and Corey Patterson to open the fourth, giving him seven K's.

[UPDATE: Uehara just got lifted, this being his first appearance since March 9 due to a hamstring injury. Matt Albers came on to close out the fourth.]

Oh, and Amy Shipley was nearly decapitated by a foul ball off Patterson's bat that screamed into the press box and destroyed a plastic wall-rack directly behind Amy's head.

By Dave Sheinin  |  March 24, 2009; 1:47 PM ET
 
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Wait a Minute Please has struck out twice on 6 pitches total. Nice effort there.

Posted by: fischy | March 24, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmmm, pitching and defense. They go together like free iced tea and lots of lemon.

Posted by: BobLHead | March 24, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Bases juiced with 2 down for Weiters... real test for Martis right here.

Posted by: sec307 | March 24, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Lazy F8. Nice work young man.

Posted by: sec307 | March 24, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Get that woman a batting helmet.

Whew. Martis worked his way out of that one.

mmm...bases-loaded jam...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 24, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Why does the Post have two sportswriters at today's game, with Chico back home working out the calorie counts on the dinner menu and Boswell (as usual) MIA? Is it because they're playing the Post's REAL team, the Orioles?

Posted by: spamcastin | March 24, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Nats kept Chico back in order to do a baseball-evangelizing intervention.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 24, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I know. That was wrong, so very wrong.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 24, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

This young man, may just end up in the rotation. I would be OK with a roation of:

Lannan
Olsen
Cabrera
Zimm Reaper
Martis

I would prefer a solid veteran in there to take some pressure of the kids but, what the heck, let's see if the young bucks can handle the bigs and grow into the job.

On another note, WMP needs to go. All he is doing is taking AB's away from someone who is worth a damn.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 24, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

or make that "rotation"

Posted by: Section505203 | March 24, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Martis looking good, you can mark him down as a member of the rotation. Though it's not the 66 birds he's facing, he is sounding good over the air by the bird broadcasters.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 24, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Is Chico on hunger strike today? Or is he just bitter because Schneider got traded and Patterson got cut before he could collaborate with them on the cookbook "162 Healthy Clubhouse Snacks: Eat Your Way Straight to the Pennant"?

Posted by: spamcastin | March 24, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Five shutout innings for Martis. And a single, SB, RS for Maxwell. The Chiefs are looking strong so far today.

Posted by: BobLHead | March 24, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

... Amy almost had the ultimate in 'bobble-head', er ... should that be our very own BobL

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 24, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm betting that Martis will start the season as the #4 starter and the Zim Reaper will start in AA or AAA to push back his arbitration clock. This is not being cheap, this is smart - keep the top talent you have under team control as long as possible! 5-6 starts in '09 will seem like nothing compared to 3 starts in 2016.

Martis would require a lot longer in AAA since he was up last fall. It would be best to start the season with Balester in the bigs and Martis and Zimmermann in the minors, but he more than either of the other two, needs the time in the minors to straighten himself out. Maybe if Rizzo has some really big brass balls he'll use Bergmann as the 4th starter and bank Shairon AND Jordan in April/May.

Posted by: estuartj | March 24, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we could convince Chico to pay more attention if we re-named our AAA affiliate the Syracuse Chefs.

Posted by: BobLHead | March 24, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Did a foul ball take out the game day unit? It seems to have frozen up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 24, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Now you're cookin' with gas, BobL.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 24, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Shairon Martis Mafia!

Posted by: Zornado | March 24, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the old two leadoff walks trick.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 24, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I walked away from my desk for a minute and came back to hear the O's announcers interviewing Gregg Zaun. I figure it's between innings. Then it kept going and going and going, so I figure they're in a rain delay so to fill time they're running this interview.

Interview is now over and they come back to say that the Nats have the bases loaded and no outs. I realize this is ST, but shouldn't the radio announcers do some announcing during the game?! I'm not an O's fan, but even if I was, why would I care what Zaun has to say?!

Posted by: erocks33 | March 24, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Shai-ron's a-fire-on!

I'm not even sure Strasburg could crack this rotation. Clearly, Lannan, Zimmermann and Martis are the new Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz. Now if we could just get some of our fielders to hit, or our hitters to field, we'd be all set.

Posted by: BobLHead | March 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to keep hitting refresh until you post that the Nats have hit a grand slam, erocks.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Argh, new post. That's the way it goes.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Wil leaves for the Bard.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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