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With Harry Kalas' death, Chico is scrambling to write an extra story so the game update will be delayed. Meanwhile, post your game thoughts below. My current game thoughts, while sitting in the office: Those were two interesting catches we just saw by Milledge and Dukes.

And there is this, from The Bog.

Make that three interesting catches. Good God.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  April 13, 2009; 4:41 PM ET
 
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The Phillies color guy just stated "That catch and throw in by Milledge was just...disgusting."

Posted by: BoteMan | April 13, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

HR Dukes, thats what we've been looking for

Posted by: JDP_ | April 13, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Dukes has to play every day. It's as simple as that.

Posted by: jcj5y | April 13, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

If Acta puts Kearns in the lineup more than once a week from now on he should be unceremoniously canned.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 13, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

@jcj5y: You beat me to the punch...maybe that was the wrong choice of words...but you are correct. The fact that he is not starting is an absolute joke.

Posted by: TimDz | April 13, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Can Willingham play RF? If he can, it may make sense to shift Dukes between CF and RF, while alternating Willingham (in RF with Dukes in CF), Milledge (in CF while Dukes in in RF) and Kearns (in either CF or RF with Dukes in CF or RF).

Dukes needs to be in there more often than not.

Posted by: TimDz | April 13, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Man, one heck of a day to be relegated to Gameday Audio. If those catches were as amazing to watch as they were to hear, good grief.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 13, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Acta is the worst game manager in all of baseball. It's the 6th inning for God's sake and you already yank your best reliever.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 13, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

RickF - agreed. Why use Tavarez as a situational reliever against a catcher with a .154 average and a pitcher and take him out against Rollins who is batting .125.

I'm not comprehending that move.

And Hinckley seems to be more interested in plunking gophers than throwing strikes.

Posted by: DesertNat | April 13, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I'd get Milledge the heck out of CF. He seems totally lost out there. Put Dukes or Willingham in CF or something.

Posted by: BoteMan | April 13, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a reply of Dukes's home run. There are only about a dozen people in all of baseball that can hit that pitch out to left (Kearns is not one of them). Dukes is unbelievable.

Posted by: jcj5y | April 13, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

So, uh, Lastings - how's that aggressive leadoff approach working for ya?

Posted by: DesertNat | April 13, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

OH, and from the WTF department - using Hinckley essentially as a LOOGY in the bottom of the 6th???

Any bets on how long THIS year's bullpen holds up under Manny's (mis)management??

Posted by: DesertNat | April 13, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

...and then he burns Hinckley by pinch hitting Willingham in a non-clutch situation against a guy he's 2 for 24 lifetime off. Nice. Looking forward to that Kearns 9th inning rally killing GIDP in the 9 hole.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 13, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Saul - you plunked the wrong guy!

IT's UTLEY you are supposed to nail.

Posted by: DesertNat | April 13, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

O.K. thanks for the plunk, but how about a nice GIDP now. mmkay?

Posted by: DesertNat | April 13, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

ugh

Posted by: DesertNat | April 13, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Game. 0-7.

Posted by: BillyBeane | April 13, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

saul rivera must die

Posted by: sethf89 | April 13, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

There are a couple things that are very frustrating.

Why does Beimel now pitch the 7th against Utley, Howard and Ibanez? I forgot that Acta can only use Beimel in the 8th inning. What a joke. Ownership won' spend the money to fix up the bullpen so this is what we should have expected. I also can' understand why they thought they would get anything different from Cabrera than what he has done his ENTIRE career.

The Lerners did not step up when they needed to and we are going to have to watch these type of games all year because of it. Then when we are actually in a postion to win, Acta doesn't use the bullpen the way it should be used.

Posted by: Natstown | April 13, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"and we are going to have to watch these type of games all year because of it. Then when we are actually in a position to win, Acta doesn't use the bullpen the way it should be used."
Posted by: Natstown | April 13, 2009 5:56 PM
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Well, that's just it. I don't have to. DC has enough theater now, there's lots of other drama I can pay from $20-$100+ to watch. And indoors.
Although they won't bring you beer to your seat in the Harman Center. (Come to think of it, the beer selection at the Shakespeare Theatre sucks since they got the new vendors, so maybe it's not so different, just reversed.)

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 13, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I had suggested last year that Mr. Kasten remove the Canadian flag from the center field pavilion. I'd like to thank him for that, it had no place in our Nation's Capital's Ballpark. A few more suggestions: 1.No one can hear the player interview segments on the jumbotron. Even after the volume was turned up, it was still incomprehensible. The players need to be mic'd up better or the bass needs to be turned down.
2. Please leave the pitch speed up longer. You have a dedicated place for it, and if you don't whip your head around right after the pitch you miss the pitch speed. I spent a few inning with a friend, where I would continue to watch the plate to see what the umpire called the pitch and he would whip around to call out the speed - its impossible to do both.
3. Everyone loves the Live organist at the Caps games. Baseball has a strong live organist tradition. He/she could be anywhere, but I think the best place would be on the roof of the Red Loft, where the giant baseball was originally designed to go. Additionally, I imagine a translucent faux Capitol Dome (as construction blacks the few to the real one) If you light up the dome from below, when the organist is playing, you could create an awesome profile effect.

Posted by: vo_37 | April 14, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

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