Hot (in) Atlanta

I could probably write a bit about the grove Washington’s offense has found in Atlanta and how it led to yesterday’s 8-4 win.  Or maybe I could speculate endlessly about Stephen Strasburg’s battle against the sticky Atlanta heat.  Or I could just let you watch Bryce Harper’s opposite-field shot off of Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters, whose early career dominance has been highlighted by holding 236 lefties to a cumulative .186 batting average and just three home runs.  I like tv:

Impressive.

Game ball(s):  National’s hittersWith every starter but Tyler Moore getting a hit and the Nats scoring seven or more runs for consecutive games for the first time this season, the offense is beginning to roll.  What was most impressive yesterday were that 8 of the team’s 12 hits went for extra bases which bodes well for more future crooked innings.

Goat(s):  Davey Johnson, who predictably took less than 24 hours to announce that Chien-Ming Wang would replace Ross Detwiler in the rotation.  Hard to argue with the manager of a 28-18 team, but if you asked my parents, you would know why I’m just going to say that I hope it is the right move.

Bryce Harper is still only 19:  Tom Gorzelanny, who played long-man hero out of the bullpen yesterday, tossing three innings of scoreless relief.  After another short outing by Stephen Strasburg, Gorzelanny nearly got a four-inning save and would have if not for Davey’s quick hook after the first hitter reached base in the bottom of ninth.

Current Record:  28-18

2 comments

  1. weezie

    and his ridiculous quick hook of Stammen after one out and one more batter reached. Why even bring Stammen in if his leash is that short. Gorzelanny could have stayed in and as easily got it to a save situation for Clippard. He’s starting to look like Riggleman in his management of the pitching staff.

  2. Matthew Tracy

    Well, we are only a few weeks away from the time when Riggleman discovered he was too old to be disrespected and Davey is no spring chicken. Let’s hope his recent pitcher usage (Stammen has to be wondering what it takes to leave him in a game) isn’t a sign that he is going completely off his rocker.

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