Wednesday, April 11, 2007
If only Our Washington Nationals did not come out the gate in typical fashion for their early season doldrums this evening.
If only Jerome Williams, tonight's Nats Starter had control of his pitches.
If only Williams early struggles had not cost him dearly tonight. Right off the bat in the first inning after issuing a leadoff walk to Kelly Johnson, Chipper Jones unloaded on a high change up, depositing the ball deep into the right field bleachers for a early 2-0 Atlanta lead.
If only Our Washington Nationals had put together some Offense against Atlanta Braves Starter Chuck James. They couldn't.
If only Andruw Jones had not made it OFFICIAL (Once Again), absolutely CRUSHING a Ryan Wagner pitch DEEP into the left field bleachers in the bottom of the 7th inning--a three run shot, his 14th Home Run against Our Washington Nationals in two plus years of play against Atlanta. The Nationals were only down 2-0 at the time of his homer. And, Atlanta's starter Chuck James was out of the game and Washington was facing The Braves less than stellar bullpen.
If only Andruw's Home Run did not hurt more. The fact that Wagner had recorded the first two outs of the inning, before Edgar Renteria and Chipper Jones kept the inning alive for Andruw's BLAST!!-- that one hurt big time, and proved costly.
If only after The Nationals Bats came alive against reliever Rafael Soriano- scoring three runs on a Dimitri Young Double, Austin Kearns Single, Ryan Church double scoring Young and a Ronnie Belliard single scoring Kearns and Church pulled Washington back into the game with three runs, all with one out--had Brian Schneider showed some patience and not swing at the very first pitch he saw from the struggling Soriano for a force out. Come on Brian, Rafael Soriano was on the ropes. You have to show better discipline at the plate.
If only Robert Fick, pinch hitting for Wagner, did not meekly fly out to finally kill that late rally.
If only a very overtaxed bullpen did not have to take it on the chin tonight.
If only, after Ryan Wagner struggled badly, Jon Rauch did not come on and have a bad inning himself, giving up three earned runs to close out the scoing for an 8-3 Atlanta Braves win over Our Washington Nationals. Your Bullpen just can not continue to pitch half of every game. By the end of April, This Bullpen is going to need reinforcements.
If only we could put together a complete all around game.
If only we could have some better luck.
If only we could hold the lead for one pitch in ANY GAME.
If only we were not 1-8.
If only we COULD START THE SEASON OVER!!
If only for Manny Acta. He deserves better.