Saturday, July 24, 2010
He Deserved A Few More Hacks
Craig Stammen again was cruising through nearly five complete, then had trouble recording the third out in the bottom of the 5th inning. Tyler Clippard didn't look sharp during his brief stint on the mound, nor did Sean Burnett, each allowing two runs apiece. Pitching was the issue last night at Miller Park in Milwaukee, not Our Washington Nationals offense or their defense. D.C.'s Team scored more than enough runs to win. But even after sleeping off the latest 7-5 loss to The Brew Crew, the only thought that comes to mind is why was Michael Morse taken out of this game on a double switch in the bottom of the 6th?
To that point, the man that Our GM Mike Rizzo originally stated can "flat out hit" was having a career night at the plate. A three run blast to left in the top of the 2nd inning and a solo shot to dead center in the 4th, both off The Brewers' Chris Narveson. Morse had been Washington's offense. When any player is in the groove, you can't take him out of the game. Despite the fact the pitching spot in the batting order was scheduled to hit second in the top of the 7th, swapping Roger Bernadina for Michael weakened Washington's offense. There was still three full innings to be played, plenty of time to get back into this game. Yet Our Manager Jim Riggleman chose to take out his hot bat.
Understanding Our Washington Nationals were playing one man short after Luis Atilano was placed on the Disabled List, patience shown by leaving Michael Morse in the lineup would have been a virtue. Pinch hitting for the pitcher in the 7th would have sufficed. Morse has done nothing but sock the baseball around and out of every park he's played in during his limited stints in Washington's lineup. Michael deserved a few more hacks, not a seat on the bench as this game was lost.
Last night, Michael Morse's potent bat could have been a difference maker.
But he wasn't given the chance to be one.
Last Night's InGame Photos--Morry Gash (AP)