Monday, June 29, 2009
The water/perspiration free flowing over and down Scott Olsen's cap on the mound tonight at recently renamed (AGAIN!!) Land Shark Stadium (and if there was ever a good reason to dislike Naming Rights--this is the ballpark to use as Exhibit A) was funny to watch--almost comical. It reminded me of those cartoons or comic pages where the artist drew drips of water running off a face to best describe a hearty effort taking place. Someone trying as hard as they possibly could to succeed.
Our Starting Pitcher this evening in South Florida was drenched thanks to a misting rain and sweat. The water so heavy on the brim of his Blue Curly "W" Cap you could clearly see the various shades of Navy Blue soaking wet near his hat's edge. Rings of water drowning the fabric.
Whenever Our Number 19 looked into Wil Nieves for the sign--Scott put his pitching glove directly in front of his face--his customary setup position. And in doing so probably drenched his glove well before Olsen retired from the mound after seven very strong innings. His water logged cap very funny and entertaining to watch--just like the amusing performance Olsen demonstrated on the mound against The Fish. Clearly, after giving up two runs on six hits and walking no one--this southpaw went to Washington's Clubhouse tonight knowing he pitched his finest game of 2009. One in which was his first start in The Big Leagues after six full weeks spent on the disabled list.
Scott Olsen dominated at times--at one point retiring 12 in row before allowing a two out single in the 7th.
Too bad his counterpart tonight, former Florida Marlins' teammate Ricky Nolasco, was equally as hot while throwing one inning better. A full eight frames, allowing just two runs, on just four hits and also walking no one. Nolasco retiring the final 13 Washington Batters he faced. Together, both pitchers had combined to retire 25 of the final 26 consecutive batters faced.
Scott Olsen & Ricky Nolasco were no laughing matters this evening.
Too bad the comic relief soon followed.
As has happened most all season, Our Manager Manny Acta hands Scott's game over to our struggling bullpen. A tie ball game that was soon no fun to watch at all. Just three batters into the bottom of the 8th, The Florida Marlins scored what turned out to be the game winning run off Ron Villone. Four batters after that not too amusing moment, Julian Tavarez walked in The Marlins' insurance run.
Another excellent start by a Washington pitcher wasted. The African Queen and I chuckling over the consistency.
As quickly as this game was turned over to Our Bullpen, Our Washington Nationals had been defeated again for the 7th consecutive time this season by The Fish. And Emilio Bonificio was once again a catalyst. Mediocre against most every other team in baseball, Our Former 2nd Baseman Of The Future--plays like a Hall Of Famer against DC. A triple which became the game tying run in the bottom of the 3rd, followed by the game winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 8th.
Final Score from that stadium where The Miami Dolphins play NFL Football now on it's 6th Name Change--The Florida Marlins 4 and Our Washington Nationals 2 in an affair rained delayed by 37 minutes. Another defeat so similar to the many others that have come before this night in 2009. Strong starting pitching giving way to a weak bullpen. And our offense struggling to score runs with the game on the line. Only Ryan Zimmerman's 13th Home Run Of The Season and Josh Willingham's continued hot bat (two hits, one run scored) doing any real damage this evening in hot & humid, and sometimes raining, South Florida.
The very sight of Scott Olsen's Cap Brim streaming water--almost comical.
Watching a game from a ballpark named Land Shark Stadium--almost comical.
Being beaten by Emilio Bonifacio again--almost comical.
Losing for the 52 time in 74 Games--not funny at all.
PS--Land Shark Stadium previous titles: Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin (note no "s") Stadium and now Land Shark Stadium (partnership between Miami Dolphins New Owner Stephen Ross with Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville & Land Shark Lager Beer).
PPS--Official Attendance Tonight, 10,623. If there were actually 2000 folks on hand, that would be a comical surprise.
Tonight's InGame Photos--Lynne Sladky