Tuesday, June 21, 2005

And Sometimes It Rains

Pittsburgh 11, Washington 4

Not this time

Repeat after me. The. Sky. Is. Not. Falling. Don't go all Chicken Little on me, Nats fans. Even great teams have off days. And we're not even a great team.

To put it simply, the pitching didn't get it done tonight.

Let's start with Drese. Our newest acquistion followed up his 2-hit shutout debut with a three inning, five earned run debacle of an outing. Now before we get all nostalgic for Tomo Ohka, try to remember how many times the Landlord pissed us off. Ohka got smacked around last night too, allowing five runs (four earned) to the Cubs. We shouldn't have got too excited by one great game from Drese, and we shouldn't get too depressed by one bad game from him. It's a long season.

Luis Ayala had jack tonight. It seemed like he couldn't get anyone out in the seventh, and Matt Lawton's bomb was the fatal blow in that inning. Only a dandy throw from Wilkerson to nab Bobby Hill at the plate (not to mention a favorable call from the ump) prevented more runs from scoring.

I had lost interest in the game by the eighth, but Majewski got ripped again for four runs in that inning.

I think it's clear the bullpen is tired, probably from the Texas series. Even in the Texas game we won, the starter Sunny Kim didn't even go 5 innings. The pen pitched 10 and 1/3 of the 25 innings in the Texas series. Not a great figure, especially over three days. It caught up to us tonight.

And it's not like the hitting was all that good. Four runs is often adequate, but it's not like we didn't have the chance to get more. We left 10 runners on base, four of them in scoring position with two outs. The pitching isn't always going to carry the team, four runs won't always be enough.

Baseball is a game of patience, in just about every facet. There's no such thing as instant gratification, which is likely why it's not as popular as it used to be. But a 162 game season is a long one, and as Scarlett O'Hara said: "Tomorrow is another day."

Notes:
- Frank yanking Drese in the middle of a batter is a bastard of a thing to do. But that's Frank. Sometimes tough love works.
- The Phillies lost, thank the Lord. We didn't lose any ground to them.
- As of this evening, apparently Patterson is still hurting from his back problems. Another injury in the pitching staff is not good. If he can't go tomorrow, would Loaiza make the start?

3 Comments:

Blogger Yuda said...

If Loaiza can go, he's probably the best choice anyway -- it'd sure be swell to get 8 or 9 innings from our starter and give the bullpen (or most of it, at least) two consecutive nights of rest.

12:10 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

The options are:
(1) Patterson and his sore back
(2) Steve-Lo and his sore neck
(3) Sunny on short rest
(4) Wifebeater getting the old heave-ho in favor of an emergency SP from New Orleans (Ed Yarnall?)

8:47 AM  
Blogger El Gran Color Naranja said...

I'd sit "My Boy" in favor of Loaiza unless John's completely healthy. Loaiza hasn't pitched since getting killed by the Angels (and even then threw <70 pitches). He's the best bet to give our bullpen a rest.

I'm all for bringing Ed up. Based on the performances of nearly every Nationals pitcher, his first game should be a complete game 1 hitter.

Johnson, Esteban Loaiza
Cordero ain't going anywhere. He's a Frank-fave. However, If he were, may I suggest Mr. Rick Short as a replacement (1-2 last night with 2 walks). You may have heard me mention him before.

9:48 AM  

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