Sunday, May 22, 2005

Found em!

Nats 9, Jays 2

Canadian customs finally cleared our bats, and the Nats actually got some hits today. Thirteen of them to be exact. And we continued our pattern of getting huge explosions of runs in a single inning. The Nats sent ten hitters to the plate in the fifth inning, getting 5 runs, highlighted by Guillen's bases clearing double.

Ohka, getting the emergency start for Patterson, was very good. He mixed his pitches real well, getting strikes on the edges of the strike zone. His lone major mistake was grooving a fastball on the inner half of the plate to Hillenbrand in the fourth. It doesn't sound like it's going to happen just yet, but Ohka's has got to go back in the rotation for Vargas.

-Ryan Church has to play every day. I hope I'm not the only one who thinks this is obvious. He was 4-5 at the plate today and made a couple nice plays in the outfield. We're going against two left-handers in Cincy starting tomorrow (Milton and Claussen) and I really hope that Church gets to play! A guy needs a chance to hit lefties in order to learn from experience. He's also red-hot right now.
-Church will probably play tomorrow, but for the wrong reason. Wilkerson sat out today with an injured forearm, and it sounds like he might be out for a bit. Castilla and Hammonds both left the game today with injuries. No word yet on their status.
-The Nats have dealt with some tough injuries already this year. Sledge, Vidro, Eischen, Tucker, Wil Cordero, Wilkerson, Castilla, Hammonds are all hurt. Time to suck it up and go into Cincy and pound the Reds.


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