Tuesday, July 05, 2005

I Am Your Daddy

DC 3, NY 2

Soy el padre de Pedro

Well, that was (almost) exactly what the doctor ordered. A day after the Nats dropped a game largely because the bullpen was overworked, Loaiza was superb. He took a shutout into the ninth, alowwing only six hits and one run while striking out eight. Chief Cordero did his thing, working out of jam in the ninth to nail down save number 30. That's it. Every other pitcher in the pen got the night off. We needed that badly.

The Nats employed their trademark offensive style again. Petey Martinez pitched pretty darn well, but in the second Castilla led off with a double; Cepicky pushed him to third with a well placed grounder; Schneider snuck one past the glove of Marlon Anderson to score the run. 1-0 Nats.

And look who's back! In the seventh, good ol' Vidro doubled in what proved to be a huge insurance run, later scoring on Guillen's single.

Trademark Nats. Scratch out a run early; get to the starter late once he tires. Hold the opponents at bay with quality pitching. Win by one run.

Wonderful win. Yesterday, the fatigue showed. And it was probably the right decision to rest the bullpen, even at the expense of the game. But that only works when the team responds the next day. The Nats sure did that today, beating one of the top starters in the game. Now, the pen is rested for tomorrow, and that will go a long way in ensuring a successful run up to the All-Star break.


Blogger mr. met said...

I should have kept my mouth shut. The Mets were owned.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Rocket1124 said...

no hard feelings, I hope. I've gotten used to the taste of foot, too.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Yuda said...

You've got a quality Mets blog over there, Mr. Met. Keep up the good work.

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Bote said...

...and how about that Loaiza, the batter? Hmmm? Hmmmm?

Spanked one for a base hit to move the runner over. Too bad it didn't amount to anything that inning, but ya gotta love the effort nonetheless.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Metstradamus said...

Loaiza was money. Pedro was good but he had the swords while Esteban was Indiana Jones with the gun.

I actually saw Cepicky play a game in New Orleans last month, smacked an opposite field triple off a lefthander. He's not bad.

12:49 AM  

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