Florida 7 WASHINGTON 1 (ESPN Boxscore)
Last night the final pitcher in the Nats rotation, Jerome Williams, made his 2007 debut. He started off sharp, going three innings without giving up a run. Would the Nats finally get a quality or at least decent start? No, they wouldn’t. In the 4th two runs (one unearned) got home. Okay, that happens now and then you can’t always expect a shutout. Williams got through the fifth, but gave up a Chris B. Young 3 run homer in the sixth. Despite this, Williams had the best outing for a Nats starter in the young season. He will be swtiching spots in the rotation (The Wash. Times) with Jason Bergmann, who was lectured by GM Jim Bowden (The Post) during batting practice yesterday.
Making his debut for Arizona, Micah Owings was effective in his five innings. The Nats only got one hit off of him. In fact, the Nats only had one hit until the ninth inning when Ryan Church homered to get the home team on the scoreboard. Two more hits followed only to become the eighth and ninth baserunners stranded.
When Ryan Zimmerman was at bat in the 1st inning either Bob Carpenter or Don Sutton mentioned that the 3rd baseman had only one strikeout this season, so naturally he struck out. Later on he was charged with a throwing error that allowed a run. He struck out again too.
Austin Kearns also had a tough game and The Post write-up focuses on it. His list of miscues: “A play up against the wall. A dumb base-running play. A low liner that was in the lights that I tried to stay with.”
The Nats have been waiting all week for a chance from their starting pitching. They finally got one and they threw it away.
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