Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Some Really Bad Baseball
Jordan Zimmeramann didn't have his breaking ball, but he kept on throwing it--to his detriment.
Willie Harris missed a grounder right at him, that took a wicked bounce, right into where it counts the most--sending Our Number 22 down and eventually allowing two Colorado Rockies runners to score in the bottom of the 4th. A frame in which JZ should have been out of trouble. Dave Jageler on WFED saying--from experience with talking to Willie before--Harris does not use the protective cup.
His loss now--as well as ours.
Our Washington Nationals again not hitting in the clutch with runners in scoring position and less than two out in the 5th, 6th & 7th innings.
Austin Kearns while attempting to steal in a tie 4-4 game, gets picked off 1st base in the 8th inning, but Colorado's First Baseman Todd Helton, drops the ball. No matter--Austin Kearns falls down while running and is tagged out to end the inning.
Our Defense was just terrible this evening. Harris with that crucial 4th inning error. Cristian Guzman with a booted grounder to his right in the 7th that he literally kicked into centerfield--when Our Number 15 didn't get himself in front of a routine play to his right hit by Troy Tulowitzki.
And after Julian Tavarez walked two straight Colorado Rockies batters in the bottom of the 8th with one out--Joe Beimel came on and induced a perfect back to the box one hopper--easy inning ending double play. The result--Cristian Guzman doesn't cover 2nd Base and Willie Harris catches the high throw which is too late on a relay to 1st. Not one single Rockie was retired on a sure out on that play.
Of course, Clint Barmes follows with a routine fly to centerfield that scores Carlos Gonzalez with the eventual game winning 5th run for Colorado.
A three run homer clouted by Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the 3rd (his 14th)--wasted. As well as a solo shot by Josh Willingham (his 10th). On another night in which Our Washington Nationals out hit an opponent--they lost again. The Colorado Rockies won this evening at Coors Field because DC's Team beat themselves with Some Rally Bad Baseball.
Having to be up early tomorrow--this one is just not worth recounting any more.
Final Score from Coors Field where Our Team missed all the lessons of baseball fundamentals this evening--The Colorado Rockies 5 & Our Washington Nationals 4. How fitting that Alan Embree garnered the win without throwing a single pitch. He picked off Kearns to end the 8th and won when Tavarez and Beimel & Guzman combined to let another game slip away for DC. Losing by simply being beaten is tolerable. But, giving the game away is inexcusable. As wonderful as last's night's 1-0 loss to Colorado was respectable--this defeat (number 57 in 81 games) was very hard to watch.
Major League Baseball was not played by Our Team this evening.
Just a really poor showing. An awful game to watch.
Tonight's InGame Photo--David Zalubowski (AP)