Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: AdamKilgoreWP and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Sports and Redskins  |  RSS

Entering The Fifth: Nats 2, Marlins 1

The Nationals lead right now, 2-1. (Through four innings.) They should be leading by more. Which is the reason their lead feels so precarious.

Though the Nats scored twice in the first thanks to some station-to-station singles from the middle of their lineup, they should have scored more. With the bases loaded and one out, catcher Jesus Flores struck out. Then Alberto Gonzalez grounded to the pitcher.

Two innings later, the Nationals repeated that scenario -- without the runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Flores struck out. Gonzalez grounded to third. Six LOB in three innings is way too much against a guy like Chris Volstad, a keep-it-low righty who entered the day having allowed just five hits in 12 innings.

If it even bears mentioning, squandering those opportunities are particularly tough when Daniel Cabrera is your pitcher, and inning-by-inning, you never quite know what to expect. But so far today, Cabrera has been solid, despite his walk-walk-wild pitch trifecta in the fourth. He's been mostly around the plate. Through two innings, he had thrown just 21 pitches and faced seven hitters.

Florida's lone run so far scored in the third, when John Baker, with two outs and a runner on, slashed a sinking liner to left field. Even with a three-foot mitt, Adam Dunn wouldn't have made the diving catch. But that didn't stop him from diving. When the ball scooted by him, Volstad (on base with a hit) was able to score. Alberto Gonzalez, taking the relay throw from Dunn, tried to throw Volstad out at the plate, but fired about two zip codes high of home, committing his fourth error in a six-inning span.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 19, 2009; 2:58 PM ET
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Bernadina, Maxwell, Manny
Next: Another Blown Save, Another Loss

Comments

Cool, Volstad pulled in the 5th. Not that it's any better facing the reliving corps of the Marlins...

Posted by: swang30 | April 19, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

1st+3rd >>> bases loaded?

Posted by: swang30 | April 19, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

So much for the vaunted reliving corp. How can you walk the opposing pitcher in 4 pitches? But hey, still no ERs in 20+ innings. (Dunn charged to Volstad)

Posted by: swang30 | April 19, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Cabrera got on base!! His first base ever!!

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I get the game plan for the Fishies. If the Nats have RISP, then walk the bases loaded and sit back and watch as no runs cross the plate.

Posted by: swang30 | April 19, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Auditioning, Closer #1, Steve Shell. He of the 6.75 ERA...

Posted by: swang30 | April 19, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

No match-up pitching today; The bullpen is short-armed, so the remaining b'pen has to do what they can. C'mon Shell!.

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

To quote Han Solo: I've got a very bad feeling about this...

Posted by: HotNats | April 19, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

No kidding, not feeling confidence in Shell at all right now.

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I spoke too soon-good job, Shell!!

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

WOW! What a pitch! Holy shamoly, crisis averted!

Posted by: HotNats | April 19, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Shell with the K - YES!

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Does Zimmerman keep trying to steal? There were a lot of pickoff attempts for him earlier too.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Dukes out for Maxwell on a double-switch?

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Dunn caught stealing? What is going on out there?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Is Hanrahan gonna blow it in the 9th again? If we win today that COULD'VE been 4 in a row, if Hanrahan didn't blow those two saves. That disappoints me, they're definitely playing better, but they still can't hit with the bases loaded, hopefully that doesn't come back to bite us in this game.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 19, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Nice job Hinckley!

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Hanrahan is not pitching today, he's pitched three days in a row. So who has a guess as to who our set up/closer is today?

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing Hinckley will come back out for the 8th (because of the double switch). If he can get through it, then that will leave...Rivera (?!?!) to close?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Nats have six BB from the 2 through 6 hitters. That's a lot of pitches seen by our best hitters. And it's one reason Volstad was chased in the fifth - he was over 100 pitches, averaging over 20 an inning.

Seven BB in all for the Nats through six innings. Nice.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 19, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

@nervous:
In character, as always.

The bench had a double-steal on play, regardless. Dunn had the play beat, but overslid the bag.

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Or Ledezma...

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Despite the fly-out just now, nice to see Kearns get above the Mendoza today.

Posted by: HotNats | April 19, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Awesome DP!!!

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. It is like Groundhog Day with this team.

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

DP was just in time or the Nats would be down by 2...

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | April 19, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't freakin believe it!!!! this team is snakebitten!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 19, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Ouch!

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | April 19, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Taverez - STAT!

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

That was bound to happen. They left the bases loaded 3 times, it came back to haunt them. Now they will probably lose in extra innings for the 3rd time in a row.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 19, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Holy shamoly shiznit, that was unexpected to put it mildly...

Posted by: HotNats | April 19, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick of free baseball.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 19, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Hard to tell, but it looked like Amezega (sp?) slapped the plate, before the (cue benny hill music) homeplate runaround... we might've been gifted a call there...

Posted by: HotNats | April 19, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Taverez - STAT!

Posted by: BinM | April 19, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Come on Zim!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 19, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Tavarez pitched the last two days, you think they'll put him in over Rivera?

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh lord, here we go again!

Posted by: rxs85 | April 19, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Just three outs... That's all. Three outs.

Posted by: nattydread1 | April 19, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

So who is it going to be...Saul? Oh boy...

Posted by: HotNats | April 19, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Nope, Rivera is in there. Hopefully he can do the job.

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | April 19, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Nice start to the inning...

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Just, wow

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I give up

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 19, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

carpenter thinks that maybin is faster than boni; he's alone in that opinion.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 19, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

They just can't get it done!

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | April 19, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I heard that too, nova. Boneheaded Bob's at it again!

Posted by: HotNats | April 19, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

this can't be happening.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I swear Rivera would be on the first thing smokin to Syracuse,you walk a guy that's been in a slump and then groove a two strike pitch send his azz to the "Cuse".

Posted by: dargregmag | April 19, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

c'mon nervous, you kind of new it would happen!

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I'd love for Dibble to start throwing things at that damn donkey Florida fan I keep hearing over the broadcast...

Posted by: HotNats | April 19, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I am always optimistic. Until the bullpen crushes me. Again.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Bye bye, Nats.

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | April 19, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

well then, that's that.

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

And again.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Was Tavarez available?

Posted by: RickFelt | April 19, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow I didn't realize Rivera had thrown 40 pitches this inning!

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

43... and counting

Posted by: HotNats | April 19, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Man, just when you think you know what it feels like to have your heart ripped out...

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 19, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

what happened in these last three games are a big part why attendance and tv ratings are way low!

Posted by: rxs85 | April 19, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Was Tavarez available?"

He pitched the last two days, but in hindsight he was probably the better choice.

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I seriously think the Nats should consider cutting the entire bullpen and bring up 2 or 3 of the best relievers from each minor league team. It is unheard of to have a bullpen blow three consecutive games.

Posted by: dcsportsfan13 | April 19, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Pretty smart bringing someone with an 8+ ERA who it looked like the Marlins' lineup was hitting about .500 off. Tavarez was obviously the better choice.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 19, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me someone will get demoted after this. At this point, I don't even really care who it is. I can only imagine what Manny will say today if he was deflated yesterday.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Tavarez was warming up in the bullpen a few minutes ago.

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | April 19, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

We lead MLB in blown saves.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 19, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The young guys are the reason the bullpen hasn't been doing well, the veterans (the couple that there are) are getting the job done.

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This bat will never catch up with that speed.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 19, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

skippy - If you consider today's performance "getting the job done", then yes.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 19, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If someone does get demoted, it has to be Rivera and/or Hanrahan. One of those two has to go!

Posted by: rxs85 | April 19, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

what, skippy?

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 19, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Rivera did the Nats a favor by giving up the three-run double. The bullpen couldn't endure extra innings again.

If you're going to blow the save, may as well blow the game, too. Atta boy, Saul.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 19, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Okay nervous I'll give you Rivera as a veteran not doing well.

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

rivera's carera over?

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 19, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Son of a...
I've got McEnroe screaming in my head "you can't be serious!"

Posted by: HotNats | April 19, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

This evening could be interesting. The Nats already had to make a move to make room for Zimmermann. They might make a few now.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 19, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

overa?

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 19, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"Rivera did the Nats a favor by giving up the three-run double. The bullpen couldn't endure extra innings again.

If you're going to blow the save, may as well blow the game, too. Atta boy, Saul."

Haha I guess this is true, it would have been prolonging the inevitible if he let it go to extra innings!

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I think the entire bullpen needs a mental adjustment. Their job is to get outs. It doesn't matter HOW they get the out.

These guys are trying to out think the batters instead of concentrating on throwing good pitches.

I mean - you get 5-6 good innings from a starting pitcher. At most a reliever needs to get 3 outs. They can't even do that.

The last three games we were leading going into the 9th. Florida was able to win every one by scoring 13 runs in the 9th and later innings.

Amazing.

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | April 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

BRING BACK FRANK!!!!

Posted by: amorris525 | April 19, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

BRING BACK FRANK!!!!

Posted by: amorris525 | April 19, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Uhh.. this team suckkkkkksssssssssss

Posted by: rachel216 | April 19, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The way this is going, things could get pretty ugly pretty quickly with this team. Ownership cannot afford to be too patient with this situation. Manny, I hope your resume is updated - altho not all of this is your fault. You will be the sacrificial lamb. And Saul, you might work on yours too. Don't be too surprised to hear the phrase "Designated for assignment".

Is it too early to start the countdown to 100 losses again?

Posted by: LeeM9308 | April 19, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Later this evening the Marlins will be coming over to kick my dogs.

Posted by: Section220 | April 19, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Manny says they'll have a brand new bullpen tomorrow. We'll see what happens.

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | April 19, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow he really said that?

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 19, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

JZ has got to be thinking no less than complete game will get him a victory.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | April 19, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company