Tagged: Tom Gorzelanny

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

National Pride

You would think taking 3 of 4 from the defending World Champs would be something to celebrate. And indeed it is. But the momentous news of the take down of Osama Bin Laden Sunday night should remind everyone of the context in which baseball victories stand. Sure, seeing Tom Gorzelanny pitch like Sandy Koufax is a treat. Yet the truly amazing and heroic performances are the ones that are undertaken every day, by unknown rough men standing ready on our behalf. And because of those men, in more ways than one, the past few days have been a National(s) victory for all.

Game 28 Natties:

Game ball(s): Gorzelanny. He has always had the stuff. Once and a while he can harness it and last night is the result you get when he does, especially facing a reeling Giants squad.

Goat(s): The Giants offense. To say it disappeared over the four game series is like saying Jimmy Hoffa merely took a long lunch.

Bryce Harper is a long ways off: Drew Storen closing out another win, making it clear to all that he has retaken the throne of Nationals closer of the here and tomorrow.

Current Record: 14-14. Back to .500 baby!

Out with the Belt

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Well, I now know what
happens when a waking Carlos Beltran crosses paths with Tom Gorzelanny. And it
isn’t pretty. Last night, the Washington Nationals had a chance to push their
record to .500, but came up short, falling to the New York Mets 8-4. And the
loss was due in no small part to Beltran’s two early home runs off of
Gorzelanny, who was making his much anticipated Nationals debut.

Hah.

In many respects, the
Nationals play last night left a lot to be desired. A sketchy start by
Gorzelanny backed by another subpar Brian Broderick appearance (who the
Nationals were forced to call upon with a depleted bullpen) mixed with a bad
Jerry Hairston error and stranding 17 runners doomed the team. If the Nationals
want to take the series today, they are going to need today’s starter Jason
Marquis to pitch deeper into the game than Nats starters have been going and
the offense is going to have to be more opportunistic.

Game 8 Natties

Game Ball(s): Carlos Beltran. Still has the bat if
the body cooperates.

Goat(s): Rick Ankiel. Left seven ducks on the
pond. Seven. Even PETA was pleased.

Bryce Harper is a ways off: Did you hear Harper got two hits in his
first game?

Current Record: 3-5