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Guzman Hobbled

One of the finest games of Cristian Guzman's career -- the shortstop went 5-for-5 -- ended prematurely. After reaching with a hit in the ninth inning, turning around first base, Guzman appeared to sustain a leg injury, and limped off the field. He was replaced by pinch-runner Alberto Gonzalez. This injury continues the relentless middle infield injury problems for the Nationals, who already are without Ronnie Belliard and Willie Harris.

Also -- the Nats just dropped this one, 9-8, despite Ryan Zimmerman's two-run homer with no outs this inning. Adam Dunn and Elijah Dukes both struck out, and Nick Johnson then grounded to first.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 13, 2009; 6:06 PM ET
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Bourbon on a Monday. Again.

Posted by: Section220 | April 13, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I was really pumped up at the end of the game... after the Zim's HR I thought we could pull it out, like last year. The last 3 ABs were horrible. First, Dunn takes three huge hacks and is retired. Expectable, but unwanted. Then Dukes, obviously tense, swings at a pitch about a foot off the plate and low, and later strikes out. Then Nick-the-Stick uses his incredible plate discipline to swing at the first pitch for a weak grounder to Ryan Howard to end the game.

Posted by: jaumiusk | April 13, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

How stupid must Manny Acta/Nats' front office feel now regarding their sitting Elijah Dukes to start the season?

When a player has already proved his ability to play at the major league level, spring training should be about getting ready, not winning their spot on the roster again.

It looks like - though this is a small sample - the Nationals are a good hiting team, but I refuse to believe that the pitching staff is as bad as they've shown thus far.

If they can just start to pitch up to their (modest) ability, the team can still win 73-76 games.

Posted by: rushfari | April 13, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was funny when Dibble said (at the time) "look on the bright side, we're only 4 games under .500" Everyday the number gets higher and higher until the number gets insurmountable.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 13, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a callup for Diamond Ian Desmond?

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 13, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Can we please get this day over with? Forget the game. First, Harry Kalas dies and now Mark Fidrych.

Posted by: baltova1 | April 13, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Starting OF should be: Dunn-Dukes-Kearns.
If Dunn's fielding ineptitude continues to cost us vitally important runs (as it did today), then play Willingham-Dukes-Kearns, with Dunn at 1st.

Either way, get Dukes into CF and Milledge to the bench.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 13, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

So about that training staff...

Posted by: NattyDelite | April 13, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Cruel irony that the Nats seem to have become the Rangers of the NL. Still, I'll absolutely take this team over last year's team.

Posted by: WMPete | April 13, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

You know, except the errors and Rivera, I'm pretty pleased with this afternoon. Guys hit the ball hard and they competed. This is a team worth watching. Guz needs to stay in the lineup - hope it's only a small tweek.

0-7, but I'm excited to go back to the Park and watch Dukes, Dunn, Zimm & co. rake.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 13, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree w/ Kev29. I loved being out at the Park today, and I'm looking forward to getting out there and watching them again.
If we could get some pitching...

Posted by: usmc53 | April 13, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

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