Sunday, July 19, 2009
Before Alberto Gonzalez played matador defense on a routine grounder--waving the baseball past his glove.
Before Alfonso Soriano swatted out his second home run in as many days--moments later.
Before The Chicago Cubs used Garrett Mock and Julian Tavarez for Batting Practice.
Before six straight Cubbies reached base safely in the top of the 4th, and eventually nine of 10--scoring seven runs.
Before The Presidents Race had even started, Our Washington Nationals were down by six.
And before a significant amount of fans actually got up and left Nationals Park immediately after Abe crossed the finish line to win for The 21st time in 2009--Ryan Zimmerman pulled off a terrific double play in the top of the first inning.
And Nyjer Morgan continued to show he can be a catalyst at the top of the order--two hits, two more stolen bases (one more if 2nd Base Umpire Gary Darling had not blown the call) and one run scored.
Other than those two bright spots--most everything else witnessed today by the 34,574 in attendance had come before. Another bad loss decided well before the 9th inning was played. The 65th defeat in 91 games this season.
Not wishing to re-hash the same thing, over and over, The African Queen and I are going to take the night off--relax at home and watch a movie.
A picture show we haven't seen before.
Final Score from Nationals Park where "Mr. Enthusiasm" lost his job today--being Designated For Assignment probably well before this game ended--The Chicago Cubs 11 and Our Washington Nationals 3 in nine less than stellar innings. Julian Tavarez's roster spot to be taken over by Logan Kensing. He of the earlier season trade from The Florida Marlins. A two week tryout on the Major League Level at that time that did not go well for Logan. Transformed and dominant these past two months at AAA Syracuse, Kensing will get another shot through that ever revolving door known as Washington's Bullpen.
One time Cleveland Indians 1st round pick from eight years ago, J.D. Martin, will make his Major League Debut tomorrow night at Nationals Park for Washington. Replacing the now disabled Scott Olsen heading to Birmingham to see Dr. James Andrews, Martin has spent years recovering from injury and has been very effective pitching for AAA Syracuse in 2009. Interestingly his mound opponent will be the erstwhile former National--Livan Hernandez--pitching for The New York Mets.