Saturday, August 25, 2007
Even My Boy!! Pitched Well
That was some pretty fine pitching--Too bad it happened for Washington with the score already 5-1, Colorado with the lead. Our Manager Manny Acta called on Chris Schroder to put out a bases loaded, no out situation against The Colorado Rockies--and he delivered--BIG TIME. Inheriting a mess courtesy of Tim Redding in the 5th--Schroder continued to show some promise. A whipping fastball and the ability to place the baseball all over and around the plate. Movement on a rising fastball, not seen by many pitchers for Our Washington Nationals.
Our Number 45 struck out Brad Hawpe swinging--got Ryan Spilborghs on a first pitch liner to Ryan Zimmerman. Then, on a full count, crossed up Yorvit Torrealba on a beautiful off speed pitch--tailing away. This Man's got some stuff. And, continued to show promise the very next inning. Schroder's second inning of work--the Sixth Inning of this affair--which was just as delightful. Another 1-2-3 frame that included a nice strong "K" of The Rockies young stud shortstop--Troy Tulowitzki to end it.
Where exactly has this 29 year old been hiding for so long? Chris Schroder's got a live arm--what's taken him so long to develop? When Manny Acta sent him out for a third inning of work in the 7th this evening--he was as strong as ever. Don Sutton stating on MASN that Chris has CLOSER MATERIAL. Remember last season on August 19th, 2006, at Citizens Bank Park, when Schroder struck out five of six straight Phillies--including Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell in a row?
It's been well documented that Schroder does not pitch with the game on the line. Our Manager has yet to trust him so far this season. Maybe its time to find out what he can do. 2007 is all about finding parts--why not discover Chris' true talents? If he's good enough--value might be attained--whether for Washington on the field, or through a trade to another team.
Yeah--tonight wasn't much of a ballgame. Our Washington Nationals were shutdown by Rookie Rockie Pitcher--Ubaldo Jimenez. Just three hits over seven complete innings. Never did Washington really threaten. Not even MY BOY!! Jorge Julio could blow this one for Colorado. Now, how many of you were hoping for a reversal of last night's debacle in that 9th when Jorge came trotting out??!! I was--that's a FOR SURE.
Unfortunately--Julio did the job at Coors Field this evening. The Rockies 5, Our Washington Nationals 1--The Final Score.
All of which got The African Queen and I off on another tangent discussing Baltimore and Washington as Professional Sports Towns. With this ballgame all but over--we began switching back and forth to The Washington Redskins/Baltimore Ravens game on Channel 9. Being an innocent bystander--Sohna wanted to know why Washington Fans have never showed the GREAT ANIMOSITY toward The Ravens (Cleveland Browns) moving to Baltimore, like Orioles Fans and their Owner have showed toward Our Washington Nationals move from Montreal.
My only answer to her is that NO ONE IN DC--BEGRUDGES Baltimore for having their own Professional Teams. Everyone here realized the traumatic instances surrounding The Baltimore Colts moving to Indianapolis. A situation that The NFL, at that time--showed no backbone, to at the very least--allow The City of Baltimore to retain The Colts name and Its History. Plus, the granting to Charm City of a New Franchise at a later date. The Colts being allowed to move was shame for the sport. A very proud Franchise was taken away--in gut wrenching fashion.
Respect shown by DC Area Residents upon The Ravens arrival--quickly forgotten by Fans of Baltimore--and one certain Owner of The Orioles. Really, that's the whole difference. Baltimore Fans must have long forgotten how disappointing it was for Our Nation's Capital to lose its Washington Senators, so many years previously. Even a bad team--had a following then. Legions of Baseball Fans left with no Major League Team for over 30 seasons in The Most Important City in the World.
That's also a shame. And just our random thought, after a less than stellar ballgame in Denver.
Tonight's defeat shows how important last night's loss can play out on a team's fate. Having now dropped two straight, after winning 3 of 4 in Houston--there is a distinct possibility Our Washington Nationals may be swept tomorrow in Colorado. Limping to Los Angeles to play the very competitive Dodgers--this puts a potential .500 or winning roadtrip in serious jeopardy. All this worry--due to one very bad 9th inning last night.
Tonight's InGame Photos--(AP) David Zalubowski