The Washington Nationals could only win one out of three against the Cincinnati Reds this weekend. The overall record is 4-2, but only 1-2 against MLB teams.
A 15-0 loss. Dan Haren’s Nats debut was simply Harendous! – (Nats Enquirer)
I’m glad I feel asleep on the couch as it was getting out of hand. Oof.
A 7-6 extra inning win that didn’t need to be in extras. SS Ian Desmond (he’s got about 4 on the season — we’re a week into it) made two errors. Bryce Harper made one:
— Post Sports (@PostSports) April 7, 2013
Mike Wise wrote about Harper too: Mike Wise: At 20, Bryce Harper has already earned the respect of baseball greats – The Post
Ross Detwiler pitched well, but the bullpen coughed up his 5-1 lead. Drew Storen gave up two runs (one earned, the other on account of Desmond) and Rafael Soriano blew the save. The Nats were saved by homers – lots of them, including a solo shot in the 11th by Desmond (some redemption) the game-winner by Wilson Ramos (his second of the day, 3 RBI), Harper (two-run shot) and Jayson Werth (solo shot). Werth’s was caught barehanded by a guy holding his toddler in the other arm.
Oh and there was a little bit of an issue with the Channel 9 (WUSA) broadcast… (Sportsrantz)
Aside from this amazing change up (Nationals Journal, The Post), Stephen Strasburg didn’t have it. He gave up 3 in the first and 3 in the sixth. He only went 5 1/3 innings. The bright spot – another homer from the 8th spot, C Kurt Suzuki hit a 3-run shot in the 2nd to tie it up. That was the only Nats scoring of the day off of Johhny Cueto or any other Reds pitcher. Final score 6-3.
I only listened on and off on the radio on account of fatherhood. Gravelly Point was awfully crowded yesterday.
THOMAS BOSWELL CHAT
No game on this Monday. That’s okay, sit outside and enjoy a refreshing beverage instead.
IN SCORES OF OTHER GAMES
Ovechkin has scored 16 of the Caps’ 45 goals since March 14. Caps were 10% to make playoffs then. They’re 80% now. OVI FOR HART.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) April 8, 2013
Alex Ovechkin had 5 goals over two nights. The Caps are in first place in the SouthLeast division.