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It All Falls Apart For Washington

BALTIMORE, June 26 - On Friday night, a video screen at Camden Yards showed Baltimore Orioles' mascot running around downtown Washington. In the video, the outsize oriole turned a District resident into an Orioles' fan by giving him a jersey and also placed a Baltimore cap on the head of Abe Lincoln at his memorial.

It was insult to injury.

The Washington Nationals played inept baseball - unable to hit, unable to field and unable to save themselves with a bullpen that has regressed - falling to the Orioles, 11-1, before 45,024 at Camden Yards.

The Nationals (21-50) struck out eight times. Starter Ross Detwiler (0-4) threw a sinker that did not sink. They made two fielding errors. And not only did the Nationals' dismal performance dampen the signs of hope that emerged recently against other American League East opponents, but it raised more red flags about the relieves who have failed to provide relief.

There was a time when Joel Hanrahan was part of the solution for the Nationals' bullpen. On Friday, he strengthened the argument that such is not the case. In an eight-run sixth inning that made the difference, Hanrahan gave up four runs on three hits in an appearance that lasted only one-third of an inning.

"It's very frustrating," Hanrahan said. "I know I'm better than this."

Baltimore starter Brad Bergesen (5-2) continued to look impressive, working six innings and allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Washington (21-50) could not solve the surging 23-year-old starter, routinely induced ground balls by keeping his pitches low in the zone.

Catcher Josh Bard, who was hitting .381 in June entering last night, again served as a bright spot for the Nationals. He went 2 for 3, bringing in Washington's lone run with a single in the second inning.

By Mark Viera  |  June 26, 2009; 8:24 PM ET
 
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Comments

Ugh, I seem to be the only one who dislikes Josh Bard. Overall, I prefer offensive abilities to defensive ones in terms of what makes a good team, but you have to have a solid defensive catcher.

Posted by: Section506 | June 26, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

"It's very frustrating," Hanrahan said. "I know I'm better than this."

I know he may be better but we have not seen it from him in very long time. I would also add I wish he would work out of it but he looks so lost when he pitches. At times he reminds he of Albert Brooks in Broadcast News when filling in on the weekend anchor role. All flop sweat and deer eyes.

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Losing Flores was critical, hopefully we can trade Bard for a prospect at the deadline

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 27, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

So why hasn't Hanrahan been sent down yet???

Posted by: Juan-John | June 27, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

'gas can' is the next to go

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 27, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

This is pathetic. We beat the Blue Jays twice, the Yankees twice, the Red Sox once (and played them strong all three games), and then implode against a lesser team than those other three. Incredible. Incredibly bad.

Posted by: samantha7 | June 27, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

If Acta is back for next year, my 5-year 4 full season tickets run is over. Acta does not inspire his club, he is not some miracle-working tactician, he places players in bad roles and, most importantly, his club has basically played poorly in every facet of the game for hundreds of games. The Nats often lack focus and cohesion and often play with little confidence. This club is lost. It is beyond time to find new dugout leadership.

The stench of losing is not gonna come off of Acta, not here not now. Boz can kiss his ass as some genius-in-the-making when he gets it together in KC or Florida or wherever some day, but Acta will not be a winner in DC. The Lerners cannot possibly sell this guy to us again, try though they may.

The coaches have all flipped, Bowden is gone, there is twice the talent and depth that they had last year and the Division is a stinker, yet the Nats stink to High Heaven night after night. Under Acta's leadership the club has under-performed in record fashion. I can only take so much.

Stan, pull the trigger and get this done for crying out loud!

Posted by: dfh21 | June 27, 2009 2:35 AM | Report abuse

guess you ran out of the dew, maybe next time , til then see you in the series

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 27, 2009 12:05 AM
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Not quite buddy. Just had to get my bicycle out of the garage and bike down to the Mini-Mart to pick up another Code Red and a Snickers. Gotta love the nougat.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 27, 2009 2:45 AM | Report abuse

This is pathetic. We beat the Blue Jays twice, the Yankees twice, the Red Sox once (and played them strong all three games), and then implode against a lesser team than those other three. Incredible. Incredibly bad.

Posted by: samantha7 | June 27, 2009 1:02 AM
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It's always gonna be sour grapes with you, 'til you get right with jesus.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 27, 2009 2:48 AM | Report abuse

lol dfh21 thinks if there was a different manager the Natinals would be in the hunt for the NL East.

Up with hope, down with dope, dfh. That's what I say. Lay off the narcotics, pal.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 27, 2009 2:50 AM | Report abuse


"Losing Flores was critical, hopefully we can trade Bard for a prospect at the deadline"

Posted by: jpt1002 |

Let's try to see the logic in this--lose your number one catcher, trade your number two catcher? That would leave Nieves as your only catcher--never a good thing for a ballclub. It's not like we have a bundle of major league ready catching talent at Syracuse.

If I were looking to trade for prospects I would trade everyone on the team who can not field their position. (Bard would be included but we are barren at catcher.) Guzman, Dunn, Willingham and Dukes would go. The pitching will be here and looks ready in 2010. Putting a lineup of defensive liabilities on the field is someone's idea of perpetuating the failure that is the trademark of this very inept team. Of course what I expect to see happen is that we will trade away pitching for more Dunn-type of players. Build a team that has defense and speed to go with the good pitching and you will see a lot more wins in Natstown.

Posted by: driley | June 27, 2009 6:15 AM | Report abuse

So why hasn't Hanrahan been sent down yet???

Posted by: Juan-John | June 27, 2009 12:36 AM

Hi, Juan-John - I guess too young and too much potential to give up on, although it seems like Manny is calling the front office on Hanrahan and Villone.

"Hanrahan is out of options, so he would need to designated for assignment or released by the team" Mark Viera's gamer in this morning's Post

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 27, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Groundhog Day, this from after the last time the Nats allowed 11 runs, June 23rd, Mark Viera:

After the Washington Nationals' 11-3 debacle tonight against the Boston Red Sox, Manager Manny Acta did not seem pleased. Not that you would expect him to seem pleased after any loss, but Acta appeared particularly annoyed with the bullpen.

After the game, Acta suggested the Nationals might need to shake up the bullpen in order to solve the issues that have bogged it down this season. Specifically, he said, Washington is in search of a reliable option among relievers Joel Hanrahan, Kip Wells and Jesus Colome.

"Somebody has to step up out of those three guys," Acta said. "Because I can't pitch the same four guys."

Those four guys: Ron Villone, Julian Tavarez, Joe Beimel, Mike MacDougal

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 27, 2009 6:59 AM | Report abuse

And now, everyone will have to wait any see if there is any fallout from that performance or for any similar performances in the near future.

By Mark Viera | June 24, 2009; 12:26 AM ET

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 27, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say "falls apart," because that phrase assumes that there was once was a well-oiled machine that failed last night due to a lack of maintenance or spare parts.

I would rather say the Nats played at their usual skill level last night. Stan the Plan has brought Atlanta to Washington, alright, but he forgot to bring John Schuerholz with him.

Posted by: JohnRDC | June 27, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

>I would rather say the Nats played at their usual skill level last night. Stan the Plan has brought Atlanta to Washington, alright, but he forgot to bring John Schuerholz with him.

Or Bobby Cox. 21-FIFTY that's some good suck on it and like it

Posted by: Brue | June 27, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

I am not and never will be a fan of the AngelO's. They were forced down our throats for more than 30 years before the Nats came south of the border. But there is one thing I admire about the organization. They're not afraid to make hard choices and stand by their decisions. This is illustrated in the tale of two pitchers - Daniel Cabrera for the Nats and Adam Eaton for the O's. When O's management decided they had enough of Eaton stinking up their rotation he was banged out of Baltimore no ifs, ands or buts. After Cabrera dropped to 0-5 with no hope of showing even minimal competency the Nats hemmed and hawed and dawdled even moving him to the bullpen before finally realizing what most of their fans already knew - that the guy was a waste of money and a roster space. In a roundabout way that brings me to question why Gas Canrahan is still on the roster? He can't start, he can't close and he can't pitch middle relief with runners on base. Like I said last night, it's like the Nats are afraid if they DFA the guy he'll one day figure it out and be for another team the pitcher that the Nats hoped for. God bless Hanrahan if he goes somewhere else and figures out that he needs to stop throwing that "hit me, please" slider and he become successful. Right now, like Cabrera, he's taking up a roster space and there is no immediate indication that he can help this team become even moderately successful. I know Rizzo still has "interim" affixed to his title but he's got to be willing to make the hard decisions about this roster and not look back.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 27, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

O's exec posted:

"lol dfh21 thinks if there was a different manager the Natinals would be in the hunt for the NL East.

Up with hope, down with dope, dfh. That's what I say. Lay off the narcotics, pal."

Get a grip. Where did I claim the Nats would be dominant but for Manny? Didn't happen. The dope/hope cliche you so cleverly spun is off the mark. Acta is not getting the most out of this club, he's failed in every facet of his job (excepting nice-guyness, thouhg he is doing very well at the correlary finishing last category) and the Nats are getting crushed by what is a mediocre, at best, NL East Division.

Acta's Nats are SIX and 27 against the NL East (where no team has a winning record versus the other Divisions). The Nats should be winning more games, had maybe you not been watching, that is without question. Acta needs to go and he needs to go yesterday. No dope, no hope either.

Posted by: dfh21 | June 27, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

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