Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Josh Willingham can be excused for his misplayed fielding error tonight at AT&T Park in the bottom of 5th inning--his first error in two seasons of Major League Baseball. It happens.
But Daniel Cabrera is not excused for walking four straight batters after Willinghams' miscue. Neither is Logan Kensing for walking the first San Francisco Giant he faced upon relieving Cabrera. The five unearned runs scored by The Giants were the game changing results this excruciating evening. The sum total of the most painful inning watched all season long involving Our Washington Nationals.
Really, it was hard to watch. And sad too because it clouded an otherwise terrific offensive night at the plate by Ryan Zimmerman. Even outweighing a tremendous 9th inning comeback attempt by Washington's Batting Order.
D-Cab going 4.2 innings, giving up 8 runs, three earned--8 hits, 6 walks while throwing one wild pitch.
Logan Kensing--1/3rd inning pitched--two hits allowed, one walk and two more earned runs. His ERA now 13.14.
Even Joel Hanrahan gave up one run on three hits in his sole frame pitched.
Washington can't compete if Our Pitchers don't give our now potent offense the opportunity to feel like their hard work is paying off. At some point Our Batters are going to be discouraged. Downcast over the very fact that no matter how well they play, it's mostly all for naught.
That crestfallen belief that you are always running uphill and getting nowhere. Slamming 15 Hits, 4 Home Runs and Scoring 7 Runs with nothing to show for it can be pretty discouraging.
Tonight in China Basin--despite all that offensive support--Our Washington Nationals played a baseball game they really had no chance to win. A Beat-Down mostly of their own doing. Thanks to more poor pitching and one key defensive mistake self-guiding the damage and putting this affair out of reach early in The City By The Bay--despite fighting back until the very last out was recorded.
Final Score from Gorgeous AT&T Park, where one awfully pitched 5th inning by Washington included an error, intentional walk, walk, walk, walk & walk--all in order--ruining the night. And there is no excuse for that. The San Francisco Giants 11 and Our Washington Nationals 7 in just an ugly game.
Sadly, completely overshadowing the effort put forth by Ryan Zimmerman--who added to his now 29 Consecutive Games Hitting Streak with a single off Randy Johnson in the top of first. Then, powered out his 7th homer to left center in the 6th also off The Big Unit. And finished off another fine night at the plate with a clean single to center in the 8th and another three run homer in the 9th. A fabulous Four for Five evening, with four RBI and two runs scored. The Z-Man never gives up. Now batting .364 for the season. Clearly becoming A Great Young Star--arguably the best third baseman in The National League--no matter what The New Yorkers' want to proclaim about The Mets David Wright.
Tonight's InGame Photos--Paul Margot (AP)