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Ugly, Ugly, Ugly

We're one-third done with this one, at least as far as innings go, and if you're looking for further drama this afternoon, keep an eye on this question: Will the Nationals mount a campaign to play the ugliest game in team history, or will they merely settle on playing the ugliest three innings?

The Mets lead 5-0 right now, and that comes despite twice leaving the bases loaded.

The score is nowhere as bad as the aesthetics. Take your pick -- pitching, defense. It's all been horrid. Start with the most emblematic miscue: In the first, Elijah Dukes couldn't catch a two-out flyball with two aboard, and it wasn't like he dropped the thing; it didn't even hit his glove, and when he noticed what happened he looked like somebody who just watched his bus fly by. Yeah, the sun was bad, but Dukes had his shades flipped atop his cap brim.

The defensive miscues piled up. Adam Dunn couldn't hit a cutoff man in the second. Nick Johnson threw wide of third base in the third, attempting to get the lead runner on a sac bunt play. Four of Cabrera's five runs were unearned, and Washington has now allowed 12 unearned runs this year, most in the NL.

Truth is, Cabrera deserved the damage, because he was just as bad as the defense behind him. His final pitching line: 2-1/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. The Walking Wild Pitch threw 86 pitches, 43 strikes. He went to three-ball counts on eight of the first 14 batters he faced, and 10 of 19 batters overall. Before the first inning was over, both pitching coach Randy St. Claire and Manager Manny Acta had already visited the mound. Oh, and Cabrera's velocity with the fastball was generally in the low-90s. (Though occasionally he hit 94.) Fittingly, Cabrera's afternoon ended when he walked Jose Reyes, loading the bases with one out in the third.

Jason Bergmann actually helped Washington escape the inning without further damage by getting Daniel Murphy to pop to third and Carlos Beltran to fly to left.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 25, 2009; 2:56 PM ET
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"Before the first inning was over, both pitching coach Randy St. Claire and Manager Manny Acta had already visited the mound."

Come again, Chico? Was one of these an injury visit? Otherwise this is not possible.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | April 25, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Milledge just don't get it. Even though he got three hits yesterday in Buffalo ( an amazing feat considering he is batting .238) he got thrown out on one of those hits by trying to stretch it into a double. On another hit he got picked off on first. I'm not saying give up on the guy, but I just think he needs alot more seasoning in AAA.

Posted by: PNatsFan | April 25, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

How many double plays can one team possibly ground into. Man, every time they show a glimmer of hope it is like an automatic GIDP

Posted by: amorris525 | April 25, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

How huge is that GIDP now... sigh.

Posted by: amorris525 | April 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't the velocity, it was the location. Or a woeful lack of it. He's his own worst enemy. When he threw a curveball in the dirt, the screen would flash 76, which meant that it was a 76 foot curveball. I don't know how many times that pitch ended up in the dirt. Like Dibble says, if you can't throw it 70% of the time for strikes, you can't throw it.

Posted by: Brue | April 25, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

heh, heh. tell us how you really feel, Chico. and we can't argue with any of it.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 25, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It's unbelievable how many ways the Nats are finding to give away runs.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 25, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

no Kearns?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 25, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

They're not who I hoped they were. Not eneough uglies in the title.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 25, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

One of the vagarities of baseball - Saul (gas-pump) Rivera allows two runs to score as a reliever (inherited from Bergmann), yet his ERA goes down. I must say, that this is the best game to pitch him in.

Posted by: BinM | April 25, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. This team bad..

Posted by: rachel216 | April 25, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Best part of that game was seeing our friend Wigi's question to Rob during the telecast!

Posted by: JennX_ | April 25, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

It seems appropriate that the game ends with a bases loaded strikeout...

Posted by: swang30 | April 25, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The Cubbies are playing shorthanded. We had this discussion last year several times. Inventive management? or Awful Roster Management?

Posted by: swang30 | April 25, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Just for funs, since this season is already anything BUT fun, check out this website:

to see if you can pick the day that Nats will lose their 100th game.

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 25, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Today is one of the days I have to remind myself that I take great pride in being a fan of a losing team. Anyone can be a fair-weather fan. I'm proud to tell people that I'm a Nats fan, b/c they immediately know that I'm a guy that will stick with someone through thick and thin.

Today's game should depress me, but it validates me as a fan, so I'll just hold onto that.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 25, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

My feelings exactly, Jenn. It was also good to see Bergmann have a more effective outing today, and he helped save the 'pen some innings.

That was ugly, for sure. But I'm going to stick with 'em, too, usmc.

Things learned today: sunglasses are not only a fashion accessory, they are also utilitarian; the yips seem to be contagious.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 25, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

In the immortal words of Charles Dillon Stengel, "Can't anybody here play this game?"

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 25, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 25, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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