Wednesday, June 02, 2010
"It Has Not Been Pretty"
As the bottom of the 8th inning at Minute Maid Park was about to begin, Radio Broadcaster Charlie Slowes perfectly summed up the game being played by Our Washington Nationals against The Houston Astros tonight: "It has not been pretty."
13 Washington Batters struck out by the time this game ended.
10 more runners were left on base. Washington also left the bases loaded twice.
Ian Desmond committed three errors--his 12th, 13th & 14th of the season.
And John Lannan wasn't helped by those mistakes--although he wasn't perfect himself--giving up a towering two run homer to Carlos Lee in the 3rd inning.
Just a bad ball game all around for Our Washington Nationals. One in which D.C.'s attention span seemed to wane again at key moments.
Final score from Minute Maid Park where it appeared as if D.C.'s Team lost its concentration: The Houston Astros 5 and Our Washington Nationals 1. Loss number 28 of 2010 put Washington two games below .500 for the first time since they were 3-5 after eight games played. Washington's 26-28 record at the 1/3rd point of the season is better than what most expected after two straight 100-loss seasons. But that feeling is hollow tonight because D.C. Team's is beating themselves. At times Washington looks distracted. They've lost some of the momentum gained through the first six weeks. And after playing consistently well for the first 45 games--it has not been pretty over the last nine.
Our Washington Nationals need to tighten things up a little bit. And they need to pay a little more attention to detail.
Tonight's In-Game Photo, David J. Phillip (AP)