Los Angeles 10 WASHINGTON 0 (ESPN Boxscore)
The Nats were 12-5 over their last seventeen games, making them one of the hottest teams in baseball and prompting Thomas Boswell to swing back a “the glass isn’t half full, it is overflowing! (The Post)” mood. As I mentioned yesterday, the AP wrote a story about their winning ways. So, what do they on the first game of the homestand? They get annihilated by superior competition. Beating up on NL Central teams is fun and easy, but the story is different when a real team, in this case the NL West leading Dodgers, comes to town. You can’t just put some guy in a uniform on the mound and expect to win.
L.A.’s Brad Penny shut the Nats down for 6 2/3 while Washington’s Jason Simontacchi gave up six runs and laughed at Manny Acta’s suggestion that he wasn’t as bad as his line.
Nationals ‘Had No Chance’ Vs. Penny – The Post
Nats thumped in return – The Wash. Times
1B Nick Johnson doesn’t know when he will return (The Post):
Immediately after the injury, Ben Shaffer, the Nationals’ orthopedist, predicted Johnson would be ready for Opening Day. But Shaffer and the team discovered that Johnson is an exceptionally slow healer, and the team has been reluctant to put out timetables since.
Johnson is a slow healer?! Goodness, I had no idea! For you see, I have been on Mars for the past decade, in a cave with my eyes shut, and my fingers in my ears.
In pitching, pitching, pitching news, John Patterson had a bullpen session yesterday and will see how he feels tomorrow. Levale Speigner is being dropped from the rotation (The Wash. Times) for at least Friday’s start because it is the only humane thing to do (The Free Lance-Star). This may open the door for Joel Hanrahan (The Post) who has been good in AAA when he isn’t hurt. Luis Ayala will be in town so the brass can determine his rehab.
I’ll be at tonight’s game in section 212.