Tagged: Jeff Samardzija

I Hate Notre Dame

Well, the so-so hitting caught up with the Nationals today, as they got shut down by Jeff Samardzija in a 4-3 loss to the Cubs.  Displaying dominant stuff, Samardzija wisely took advantage of an impatient Nationals lineup that failed to do much of anything, getting a first pitch strike on 25 of 31 of the hitters he faced.  The consequences were inevitable.

The Nationals did make it interesting in the bottom of the 9th after a two-out Starlin Castro error gave Washington a glimmer of hope.  And Adam LaRoche promptly turned that into a burst of hope with a two-run bomb to right, bringing the Nats within one.  However, it was too little, too late, as Carlos Marmol actually found a way to get an out, finishing off Xavier Nady and the Nationals.

As Washington heads off to New York for a 3-game series, hopefully, they can find their hitting stroke.  Otherwise, I may have to start a “When Is Jayson Werth Going to Get a Hit?” watch.

Game ball(s):  Samardzija.  I guess since Touchdown Jesus hasn’t been performing many miracles on the football field lately, he decided to throw one to Samardzija on Easter.  Isn’t that apropos?

Goat(s):  Nationals hitters.  They hit the switch too late in the game, managing only four hits.

Bryce Harper is not as far off:  Zimmermann.  He was largely on his game today, but my prayers for the bats to get going a little earlier seem to have gone unheard.  I hate Notre Dame.  And I hate spelling Samardzija.

Current Record:  2-1