Drew Storen debuts for the suddenly slumping Nats

The Washington Nationals have hit their first rough patch of the 2009 season. Their six game road trip along the I-70 corridor started well with a 11-6 win over the Colorado Rockies, but has been downhill since. The have lost 4 in a row, the first 3 to the Rox and now game 1 of a two game series with the St. Louis Cardinals (The Post). Craig Stammen gave up 4 runs in the first inning. With the heart of the Washington order going 0-14 with a walk, that deficit was too much to overcome. Final score Cardinals 6 Nats 2.uis Cardinals

Last night’s upside — Drew Storen made his major league debut out of the bullpen. The rookie, who is probably up a little earlier than the Nats wanted him to be, faced 3 batters. The first, Felipe Lopez (the infamous F-Lop!) fouled out. Storen plunked the second batter, Ryan Ludwick and then struck out Matt Holliday on a full count with Albert Pujols in the on deck circle.

Here is Mark Zuckerman talking about Storen for CSN:

The Nats play the final game of their road trip tonight, the 40th game of the season. Much has been made about the first 40 games — they have kept their heads above water, but they nearly did more. Having been 5 games over .500 last week, this road trip has been a dud. A win tonight would mean coming home two games over .500 with the Mets and Orioles looming.

By the way, I support the termination of Rob Dibble (Mr. Irrelevant) too.

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