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"The Winning Pitcher Is Hanrahan, Now 1-3"

The Washington Nationals today completed a game that lasted 11 innings and took precisely 65 days, five hours and 40 minutes. Between the first pitch and the winning run, the Nationals replaced six members of their bullpen, traded their pitcher of record (Joel Hanrahan), fired their pitching coach, sent their starting pitcher to the disabled list, activated him from the disabled list, and demoted Elijah Dukes while he stood on first base. Technically speaking.

As much a curiosity as a baseball game, today's 11-10 Washington win against Houston at Minute Maid Park -- the conclusion of a suspended game from May 5 -- resembled the sporting equivalent of an unearthed time capsule. Once upon a time, back at Nationals Park, the Nationals and Astros were slogging through the 11th inning of a 10-10 game... and then the skies opened up. Both sides waited out a 1-hour, 16-minute rain delay, until the umps called the game. Then both teams went about their merry ways, agreeing to resume this paused game in a new city, where the Nationals wore their road grays and used the visiting clubhouse but called themselves the home team.

The Nationals, once the game resumed, had some built-in advantages, and they came in handy. They had a runner on first, one out; the stadium PA announcer explained as much to the several thousand that showed up early. What the announcer didn't say, though:

On May 5, Dukes had stood on first. Now, Washington used Nyjer Morgan, its fastest player, acquired in a trade with the Pirates.

On May 5, Willingham was coming to bat with a .135 average. Now, he had a .290 average.

After just seven minutes, eight pitches, and one fielding error, Washington won the game. Willingham zipped a solid single to left, putting runners on first and second. With that, catcher Josh Bard came up to pinch-hit for Hanrahan, who'd just so happened to be part of the trade package that netted Morgan.

Bard chopped a 2-2 pitch from LaTroy Hawkins toward second base, an ideal double-play ball. But after taking the toss from second baseman Jeff Keppinger, shortstop Miguel Tejada sailed his throw above first baseman Lance Berkman. Morgan crossed home uncontested, and immediately exchanged high-fives with Willingham, all part of a restrained post-game celebration.

Up in the press box, the scorekeeper noted the final score and said, "The winning pitcher is Hanrahan, now 1-3."

Heck, if they'd known he was that good, maybe the Nats never would have traded him.

Suspended games are rare; this was Washington's first since moving to the District. They also concoct some bizarre scenarios. In advance of this game's resumption, Manager Manny Acta pulled out the original lineup card and glanced at his cadre of relievers. Already, he'd used five of them: Saul Rivera, Julian Tavarez, Garrett Mock, Kip Wells and Hanrahan. Only Tavarez was still on the roster.

"The whole bullpen is available!" Acta said, eyeing the re-stocked roster. "Except Tavarez, I've got a whole new bullpen."

When the Nationals arrived at Minute Maid Park today, a messy scorecard -- with names crossed out and circled -- was posted in the clubhouse hallway. Players needed a refresher. See Austin Kearns, playing right field? He entered as a defensive substitute for Adam Dunn in the top of the ninth. Dunn, speaking earlier this week, had forgotten that entirely. "I'm really disappointed," Dunn said.

"Now the real question," said reliever Jason Bergmann, pitching for Class AAA Syracuse on May 5. Do I get service time for all the consecutive days since May 5? Do I get paid for this game? That's the question."

By Chico Harlan  |  July 9, 2009; 7:32 PM ET
 
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Comments

This is hilarious.

Posted by: Howelsewouldateacherspendhistimeinthesummer | July 9, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Nice to get a W even if it took more than two months. (How many games have the Nats won since then? Not that many I'm sure), And maybe the most entertaining NJ post yet Chico. Thanks.

Posted by: Section222 | July 9, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Ain't baseball the greatest?

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | July 9, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

All right!!! Here we go!!! John "Big Game" Lannan is going to get us the 2nd victory of the day.

Posted by: big_game_lannan | July 9, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic! This (almost) makes up for all the losing this year.

Posted by: beardo1 | July 9, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Never start a closer in a suspended game. Strangest game I have seen live.

Posted by: EXTRA1E | July 9, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I am confused. Do we still have a losing streak or not

Posted by: EXTRA1E | July 9, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

So technically, that win counts as occurring on 5 May, right? So we're now actually 0-2 to start the second half?

Man, it's like I'm trained to look at the glass as half-full.

Posted by: JohninMpls | July 9, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Are we sure the quote was:

"The whole bullpen is available! Except Tavarez, I've got a whole new bullpen."

...and not:

"The whole bullpen is available except Tavarez. I've got a whole new bullpen!!"

Posted by: RicketyCricket | July 9, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

the only good thing the gas can man did for this team all year.

Posted by: surly_w | July 9, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Evidently the DC Ohio railroad runs in the other direction too:

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/07/reds-sign-kip-wells.html

Posted by: RicketyCricket | July 9, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey gang, our first sweep of the year was against the Houston Astros in May!

Okay, it would be funnier if we had gotten any other sweeps this year.

Posted by: Section506 | July 9, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Even when scoring 2 runs, the comedy continues...

Posted by: LeeM9308 | July 9, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I was at the preempted, rain-delayed 11 inning day game against Houston over at "Walgreen Field" that we completed today. Good to see the win, Natropolitans!

Posted by: P522 | July 9, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Lannan! Da man!

Posted by: JennX_ | July 9, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

And it would be more meaningful if it was a regular-length series...
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Hey gang, our first sweep of the year was against the Houston Astros in May!

Okay, it would be funnier if we had gotten any other sweeps this year.

Posted by: Section506 | July 9, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JennX_ | July 9, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Another 43 cents, Goozie, if you're mailing it in again tonight.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 9, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Dibble is awesome...just told the story about why he has Ichiro's initials and number tatooed on his buttocks! Now that's great broadcasting!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 9, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Special thanks to Rob Dibble for his contribution to "TMI Thursdays".

G-string. Running. Through Times Square. Just try and brillo-pad away that mental image...

Posted by: Ted_Striker | July 9, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

We pray for Dibble's family and his buttocks.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 9, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

@jd

First-class postage is now 44 cents.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 9, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I have been on vacation and missed Tuesday's yuk fest against the Rockies. Does anyone have links to Harris trying to field a ball with his crotch or Austin Kearns trying to swim to second? For some reason they weren't on the Nationals website when I checked Wednesday morning.

Posted by: twinbrook | July 9, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

>We pray for Dibble's family and his buttocks.

Look what happened to Colome. And his buttocks.

Johnny Boy is helping himself all over tonite. I still think he's our only all-star. But what do I know. Lannan was talking about playing small-ball w/Debbie before the game.

Posted by: Brue | July 9, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

@leetee1955: See what rooting for this team has done to me. I can't even add any more. No wonder Pepco turned off my juice last month!

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 9, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Is there REALLY no way we would trade Dunn? Really? Because if Morgan was in left, I feel like maybe Bergman gets to see that inning out.

Posted by: soundbloke | July 9, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

They really should trade Dunn ... Guzman ... and then Willingham ... they could live with Willingham in left, Dukes in right and Morgan in center.

Time to improve the defense at shortstop and second base. Hmmm Siracus has an all-star playing second with 12 or so homers ...

Posted by: periculum | July 9, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Maxwell hopefully eventually replaces Willingham. Morrerro replaces Johnson.

Posted by: periculum | July 9, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Dunn and Willingham should play winter ball and concentrate exclusively on fielding. Maybe they should open the purse strings and hire someone to train these guys how to field in the off season.

Posted by: periculum | July 9, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I really do wish the National League had the DH rule. We would be better off with some of our OF'ers who are excellent hitters but defensively challenged.

Posted by: bigmook | July 9, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Stepping away from bigmook, before the wrath comes down...

Posted by: Section506 | July 9, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Swimming to second ......now there is an idea......

Austin Kearns Slip-n Slide Baseball.. the new summer hit of 2009

Posted by: CBinDC | July 9, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

What happened? We were up 4-2 and my wife wanted to watch "The Office." Lemme guess -the bullpen went back to their May form, and no Nat can score after the 3rd inning.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 9, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo has 38 days until Strasberg goes to Japan.

Posted by: periculum | July 9, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

What is our closer doing in a game trailing 6-4 in the eighth? Earth to Acta? Earth to Acta? Come in please...

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 9, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

DH .....DH !!!! slowly I turned...step by step.....

Posted by: CBinDC | July 9, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

flynnie2:

Lannan was not his sharp self. The Astros got to him, and then Bergmann who came in, in relief.

Posted by: bigmook | July 9, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

What is our closer doing in a game trailing 6-4 in the eighth? Earth to Acta? Earth to Acta? Come in please...

Posted by: jdschulz50

I guess he figure if they are playing like little leaguers the game is only 7 innings long.

Posted by: CBinDC | July 9, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Come on Section506, tell me that just once this year (and in 2007 when the Meat-Hook was playing regularly), the thought of "what if the Nats could DH... (Dunn, Willingham,..." didn't cross your mind.

Posted by: bigmook | July 9, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Bigmook. We looked good for 7 minutes. God bless all here. I'm going to watch another game. May I be stunned by a Nats win.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 9, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Trade Dunn and whatever else they need to for a top notch closer. If anything this season has demonstrated how valuable Chad Cordero truly was.

Posted by: periculum | July 9, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

What is our closer doing in a game trailing 6-4 in the eighth? Earth to Acta? Earth to Acta? Come in please...

Posted by: jdschulz50

I guess he figure if they are playing like little leaguers the game is only 7 innings long.

Guys, I believe the thinking (flawed as it may seem to us) is to get our Closer some work before the 3-day All-Star break -- to keep him sharp. Problem is, MacDougall crossed Manny up and is pitching like crap tonite.

Posted by: bigmook | July 9, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

jdschulz, maybe you should put down the bourbon for a second and go look up how long it had been since said closer's last appearance.

"Earth to Acta" indeed.

On second thought, keep the bourbon; it's 9-4. But do go do that research before implying someone *else* is clueless, mkay?

Posted by: Scooter_ | July 9, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

"What is our closer doing in a game trailing 6-4 in the eighth?"

Giving up a three-run bomb to put the game out of reach, that's what.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 9, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

flynnie2: You're welcome. Is there a channel out there that broadcasts "Nationals Classics" from say the first half of the 2005 season? Ah, those were the days - in first place, making clutch plays & hits, Cordero closing out the 9th to save a close game hits, and Frank "Managing" the team.

Posted by: bigmook | July 9, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Ah, this is more like it. For a minute there I thought we might win 2 in an evening.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 9, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I think we can now say that the team has QUIT.

They were trying before even while losing in epic fashion but now they are lifeless when the smallest trouble comes.

Posted by: CBinDC | July 9, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

T: 3:59 (1:16 delay).

From the box score of the suspended game... Guess they were keeping careful stats.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 9, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

The question is: will a 3-day All-Star break make a difference in their attitude when them come back for the 2nd half of a very long season?

Posted by: bigmook | July 9, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

How close is the Houston main post office from Minute Maid Park? Because tomorrow morning, I expect to see a long line of men with navy blue "W" baseball caps in the lobby, letters in hand.

I understand Acta has named Lannan and Olsen the starters for Thursday and Friday vs. those North Siders. Thanks, Manny...Mr. Riggleman will take it from there.

Posted by: VPaterno | July 9, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

VPaterno: Is the "Manny Watch" back on? I pick: this Saturday, July 11th, 8:36 PM Eastern Time, in the pool.

Posted by: bigmook | July 9, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree VPaterno, especially as he turned Seattle around so successfully.

I mean, with this roster Acta is a clown for not having us 10 games clear in first.

Posted by: soundbloke | July 9, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

On Nats Extra right now, Dibble is tearing into the Nats -- about giving up, "mailing it in".

Posted by: bigmook | July 9, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Cristian "Mailman" Guzman.

I said it last night and Dibble is saying it tonight!

Posted by: ABHFGTY | July 9, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Dibble is a blowhard. He says guys are happy when they lose? Please. And he's praising managers who bench players or tell them to get out of uniform, but he won't say a word against Manny? And he wants Willingham who just arrived here this year to get in people's faces? Ray Knight at least knows it's up to Manny.

Posted by: Section222 | July 9, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

>The question is: will a 3-day All-Star break make a difference in their attitude when them come back for the 2nd half of a very long season?

Only if Stan and the Lerners get enough balls to fire Acta.

Otherwise

The attitude won't change

guaranteed

Posted by: Brue | July 9, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Some of Dibble's comments are not very accurate. However, anyone who watches Guzman play can see that he is not trying all that hard. His approach to the game is severely lacking, and his quote about the all-star game was disconcerting.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | July 9, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Someone earlier asked about video clips from the Rockies game ... a couple of days ago on the Rockies website there was a clip of the play involving Kearns' belly-flop. Don't know about a Willie clip, though.

Posted by: MCarroll63 | July 9, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

There was a spot in the game (actually 2) where if a manager with some fire ran out there, it would have turned the game around. Or set the next game up with a little fire. Additionally, had Manny pulled Guzman after his first booting in Denver (or even his second) and did it really publicly, the attitude might have changed. BUT that is not Acta. Unfortunately, the Nats are not the gifted and professional team he thinks he is managing.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | July 9, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Manny sure didn't sound like he thinks the team quit on him. More like "we got beat, they have some good hitters." No fire at all. So which is it Rob? Are you going to thrash Manny for not giving his team hell, or leave it up to Josh Willingham?

Posted by: Section222 | July 9, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Manny also said he had a young team and they make mistakes since they are young. Using what Manny says after any game to substantiate an argument seems foolish to me.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | July 9, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Not necessarily defending Manny, but we're gonna be sorry when he's winning championships for with the Mets. I'd just like to see him manage a more complete team. Just saying!

Posted by: big_game_lannan | July 9, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh I agree that nothing Manny says is worth anything. It's just inconsistent for Dibble to go off on the team, accuse them of quitting, lying down, etc, and then refuse to put any responsibility on Manny, even when Manny isn't seeing a quitting team at all. I'm sorry, but Dibble's schtick is getting old. He changes on a dime, talks nonsense, and is totally inconsistent from day to day. For him, everything is obvious and has the same answer -- if you play hard all the time, you will win every game, get a hit in every clutch situation, strike out every batter now matter how good a hitter you're facing. If you fail, you aren't trying, you aren't playing hard. In baseball, even the best teams lose more than one out of every three games and even the best hitters don't get on base 6 of every 10 times.

I'm not making excuses for the Nationals. They are terrible. But Dibble acts like there's an easy solution that these players could find if only they tried harder. I'm pretty sure that isn't the answer. We need better players, that's all there is to it.

Posted by: Section222 | July 9, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't know. Manny can't manage a team that has no clubhouse leader. He did ok when Dimitri filled that role. But when Young got hurt (i.e. too fat), the wheels came off. As it is right now, the Mets have no clubhouse leader.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | July 10, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

222, I cannot disagree with you. I call him Dingle sometimes as in Dingle-berry for some of his comments. Dibble could have thoughtful analysis (sometimes does) but he gets pretty lazy with the commentary on too many occasions.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | July 10, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks ABH. Your points are well taken too. I wish Ray Knight wasn't so smitten with "Dibs." Ray knows a heckuva lot more about baseball, even though he has a hard time staying objective and tends to turn everyone who makes a good play or bit hit into a hall of famer.

Posted by: Section222 | July 10, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

If we're going to brag about it, I said it two weeks ago. I'm not sure I want that credit, though, I would rather be wrong about that.

Posted by: Section506 | July 10, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Reading about Rob D and Ray K's rant last night just makes me say.................This is not news!

Many of us have been seeing these issues for over a year. Rob and Ray saying it brings some light on it but it is not new. One thing I disagree with them on is Manny. Acta has become a huge part of the problem. He is the face of losing and once the front office decided he could stay and lose every night the team decided why not them too? This is much like Jimbo now.....it is going to take the FBI and a scandal to get Lerner and Stan to admit they are in charge of a farce of a baseball operations and that is months away.

Posted by: JayBeee | July 10, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

No Jason.. The real question is why you're in the major leagues in the first place.

Posted by: podline6 | July 10, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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