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
If you had told me a little more than two hours ago that the Nationals would take down the Giants tonight, I would suggest that you had been hanging out with Ryan Mallett recently. If you had told me the Giants would be the team on the wrong end of a shutout, then I would have concluded that Janoris Jenkins slipped into your party as well. With Tim Lincecum toeing the rubber for the defending World Champs, and the Nationals proclivity for the strikeout, by all appearances it was going to be a tough night.
Indeed it was. For the Giants.
In 96 pitches, for one night, Jason Marquis outclassed the two-time Cy Young award winner, thoroughly stifling the Giants bats. Allowing only five hits and no walks, while tossing in an impressive seven strikeouts for the ground ball machine, the Nationals got all of the offense they needed with a two run homer from Laynce Nix in the bottom of the second. For good measure, Marquis brought the lumber too, driving in the third and final run in the bottom of the fifth, plating Ian Desmond with a single. All in all, a great night for the Washington Nationals.
Game 25 Natties
Game ball(s): Jason Marquis did it all tonight. Masterful pitching and even drove in one off The Franchise.
Goat(s): Any time you can beat Tiny Tim, there are no goats. God bless every one of those Nats!
Bryce Harper is a ways off: Ian Desmond. Who knew Manny was on to something. Having a kid does spark the bat.
Current Record: 12-13