My apologies for the dust that has been collecting around here this week. Things have been on the crazy side, so much so that if I had written about the Nationals on either Thursday or Friday, I would have been able to stick with my original title: No Runs For You. Fortunately, the Nationals ran into the Orioles pitching staff last night.
After being shut out both games by the Bernie Madoff Mets, the reeling Nationals offense found Lance Armstrong life last night, putting up two touchdowns and a field goal on the Orioles. Sure, Jason Marquis was far from sharp in his four innings. But once again the Nationals bullpen was strong, and well quite frankly, pitching hasn’t been the problem with the Nationals this season. It has been their offense, and more aptly, the lack of one. So the 17 run outburst was a welcome sight, even if Adam LaRoche managed somehow to artfully post another 0-fer.
Game ball(s): When you put up 17, it is hard to choose just one player. But two home runs and four driven in will clinch it for Werth.
Goat(s): The Orioles pitching staff. Giving up 17 runs to the Nationals these days is like getting lapped in the pool by the fat kid. Oh excuse me, the food secure kid.
Bryce Harper is a long ways off: How could I not give a shout out to the latest Nationals fan, my new pup, Cooley : )
Current Record: 21-23