Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Will the real Ryan Drese please stand up?

Washington 2, Pittsburgh 1

What an ugly ass game. Pretty much all the run scoring plays were at least an indirect result of bonehead fielding plays. Wilk got a bad read on a ball hit by Jason Bay in the first inning, which landed maybe twenty feet away from him for a double. Weird ass play. Daryle Ward singled him home, which was the only run Drese allowed.

The Nats took the lead in the fourth without getting a hit. Guillen was hit by a pitch, or that's what the home plate ump said at least. Vinny walked to put runners at first and second.

Now, I sometimes defend Frank when people criticize him. But telling Marlon Byrd to bunt with two on and no outs and the absolutely worthless carcass of Wil Cordero on deck is perhaps the stupidest thing I can imagine.

Luckily for the Nats, though, Byrd popped up the bunt, which Fogg fumbled, and then threw away at third base trying to get Guillen. The error allowed the run to score. Tie game.

Cordero managed to somehow find a way to drive in a run, scoring Castilla on a sac fly. That usually goes in the books as an RBI, but I'm going to petition that it be withheld from Cordero due to extreme suckiness. 2-1 Nats, and that would be it for the scoring.

Drese was lights out again. Without the fielding brain fart by Wilkerson, he probably throws shut-out ball. He pitched eight, allowing only five hits and a single run. He managed to somehow wiggle out of a two on, nobody out jam in the seventh. Drese's arm angle varied a bit, but when he held his arm closer to his head in the overhand position, his sinker and slider bordered on filthy.

So it seems like it's night and day with Drese. Three games isn't a huge sample size, but I guess if we can get tonight's version of Drese every other start, then that's not bad for a fifth starter.

Not to mention the fact that grinding out a win with Church and Johnson on the bench and Guillen hurting is a big accomplishment.


Blogger Brian said...

We got to see Ryan Jeckyl pitch this time against Pittsburgh. Let's hope Ryan Hyde stays far far away.

8:12 AM  
Blogger D said...

"extreme suckiness"

That's brilliant. Call up Prospectus, urge them to start tracking XSUK as a stat.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Basil said...

I agree and in fact think the whole sentence should be quoted as an example of some damn fine bloggin':

That usually goes in the books as an RBI, but I'm going to petition that it be withheld from Cordero due to extreme suckiness.

I like it.

9:13 AM  

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