Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The Little Things Matter
Odalis Perez fails to cover first base on a hard smash to Nick Johnson at first base.
Perez allows a two out, two strike, two RBI Single to The Houston Astros Pitcher--Roy Oswalt--in the bottom of the 4th.
Mike O'Connor doesn't realize the situation at hand when Roy Oswalt slams a liner right back to the box with runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out. A liner that Our Number 54 freezes on, and fails to pull off an easy double play to end the inning--with every Houston runner well off their respective bases.
Third Base Coach Tim Tolman sends Wily Mo Pena home from second base--with two outs--in the top of the 7th on a single up the middle by Felipe Lopez. A stroked hit that is quickly picked up by The Houston Astros Centerfielder Michael Bourn. A decision by Tolman that results in Wily Mo being gunned down at home--EASILY--in a tie ballgame. Unless it's the the 8th or 9th--why risk such a move? Especially with the hotting hitting "Guz" next?
Joel Hanrahan walks the very first hitter he faces in the bottom of the 7th. Velocity is one thing--control is far more important. Our Number 38 has quite the arm--but no command at times.
Then--Hanrahan walks the leadoff hitter in the crucial bottom of the 9th. Moments later--Hanrahan fails to throw out Kaz Matsui--leaning on a steal attempt. An advance to scoring position that sets up Carlos Lee's single to center when Jesus Colome replaces Joel. A relief effort directly leading to The Houston Astros victory over Our Washington Nationals 4-3.
This was a fundamentally poor game played by DC's Team which erased a fine performance by Ryan Zimmerman. "Z" slamming two home runs and providing all three RBI's tonight for Washington. A hopeful turnaround performance by Our Franchise Player. A nice sight to see after an otherwise glum team performance.
Unfortunately, other than Ryan Zimmerman--not much good about this ball game tonight.
The Little Things Matter and Our Washington Nationals failed to execute those skills this evening. Practiced precision that leads to winning any Major League Ball Game.
Tonight's InGame Photo--(AP) Dave Einsel