It wasn’t a great weekend for the Washington Nationals, but it ended well. After missing out on a sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night, when they blew a 5-1 lead to lose in extra innings 6 -5, the Nats continued their losing ways Friday and Saturday against the Florida Marlins. Friday night was another extra innings loss after coming back from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits.
Saturday, ¡LIVAN! gave up a homer to Mike Stanton that accounted for all scoring as Anibal Sanchez dominated DC. Jayson Werth was on third base as the potential tying run and Adam LaRoche on first when the game ended.
Yesterday, the Nats bounced back in a big way with a six-run 1st inning. That would be all Jason Marquis needed as he went 6 2/3’s, giving up 4 runs, including 2 in the 7th. He is also swinging the bat better than anybody on the team other than newly recalled Roger Bernadina — two more hits raised his average to .333. Marquis was tied for the NL lead in wins at the end of the game.
The Nats hung a #3 Killebrew jersey in the dugout, in honor of Harmon Killebrew (baseballreference.com) who just entered a hospice. “Killebrew, in a statement released by the Hall of Fame gracefully explained that he was stopping treatment for esophageal cancer. Killebrew began his career with the Washington Senators in 1954 as a bonus baby. He did not see much action until 1959 when he clubbed 42 home runs and made his first All-Star game. In 1960, he missed 40 games, but hit 32 homers. After that season, the Senators moved to the Twin Cities to become the Minnesota Twins because Calvin Griffith was a racist.
Killebrew is honored with his name on the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame banner beyond the outfield and his name on the mezzanine in Nationals Park. TV cameras have shown his name in close up during the last two broadcasts.
UPDATE: The Early Lead, The Post: Nationals, Twins pay tribute to Harmon Killebrew
THOMAS BOSWELL: With Drew Storen and Co., The Nats’ bullpen is mightier than the untoward – The Post
Is Bos overselling the Nats bullpen? Of course he is!
The first of two consecutive two games series begins tonight with the Pittsburgh Pirates coming to town. Tomorrow, they play in the afternoon — $2 tickets may still be available. I got mine, now hopefully it won’t rain. Then they go to Queens for two games with the New York Mets.