Monday, April 20, 2009
This has to be one of the best baseball parks ever created. But starting of 1-10 again has got to be the worst. And that is where DLR draws the line concerning the Washington Nationals. The last 3 game the Nationals was leading in the 9th inning and guess what happened??
That's right they lost.
Washington led for about three hours yesterday at Nationals Park. The final two innings, though, full-nelsoned the Nationals into a 7-4 loss and cost three relief pitchers their jobs. The Nationals, finally, could tolerate no more. Not after Saúl Rivera's 44-pitch self-destruction in Florida's four-run ninth. Not after their bullpen's ERA climbed to 6.48. Certainly not after they fell behind by 9 1/2 games in the National League East.
Minutes later, Acta and acting general manager Mike Rizzo retreated to the manager's office, tucked just down the hallway from the clubhouse, and summoned the relievers one by one: First, righty Steven Shell, designated for assignment. Then lefty Wil Ledezma, designated for assignment. Then the once-reliable Rivera, who has lost all ability to throw strikes. Each returned to a locker he no longer owned. Shell hurled his car keys and a piece of paper against the wall. "I just feel like the bullpen is the reason we're losing all these games," Shell said, "so I guess they've got to do something."
Wizards, Redskins, Nationals.... Man does DC have any talent on these teams, they don't even look like they can beat themselves.... AAAAGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does anybody have any answers??