Hernandez Keeps Nationals Rolling – The Post
Some people may argue that he never left, but I have to disagree. Nevertheless, I cannot help but be joyful that ¡LIVAN! has returned. Last night he pitched six strong innings, giving up only two hits and not allowing a runner past second base. He did not have any walks either. In his final inning, as his pitch count got over 90, he faltered a little and gave up three runs, but in the context of a 10-4 (with 16 hits) rout, it was all okay. ¡LIVAN! has pitched well in his last three starts, going at least seven innings, giving up no more than 3 earned runs each outing. He has a two game winning streak.
About that rout — Alfonso Soriano is still on fire, hitting another homer and stealing another base. In short, Jim Bowden got lucky and still needs to go.
The sixteen overall hits and ten runs were RFK records for the Nats. They have won four in a row and six of their last eight.
Boxscore – ESPN
Groups at odds over parking – The Wash. Times
More on the parking garage dilema at the new ballpark. While it is dissapointing that the Lerners are applying a suburban mall sensibility to parking, the planners should not have put the garage behind left field in the first place if they did not want it there.
T(H)OM LOVERRO – It’s worth checking on Schuerholz – The Wash. Times
Loverro wants the Nats to see if Atlanta GM John Schuerholz would be interested is coming north. There are indications that two of his deputies, Dayton Moore and Frank Wren are already being looked at for the D.C. job.
NATIONALS NOTEBOOK – Team Finds Backup Plan To Be Limited – The Post
C Brian Schneider is back (2 for 4 last night) from the DL which means that Nats now have one legitimate MLB catcher on the roster and two other guys who own the equipment. C Wiki Gonzales cleared waivers and has returned to N’awlins.
More from The Wash. Times: Schneider returns from 15-day DL
Don’t forget that the Nationals are playing this afternoon. The reason? A FOX telecast (Ch. 5 locally), which means you can actually watch them on TV, though it looks like a beautiful day to be at the ballpark, with highs in the low 80s.