Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Insert Running Shtick Here

Eh... you watched the game or read about it.

Esteban Loaiza pitched great, and easily wins the Majority Whip. He struck out a bunch of batters again -- a really good sign, especially because no one can blame it on the setting sun.

For the longest time, it didn't look like the Nationals would score any runs off Scott Erickson, who was doing the time warp back to 1995.

Carlos Baerga's corpse spanked a pitch to right to score the go-ahead run, probably keeping his head off the chopping block for another month.

Brian Schneider added a bunt single on a misplayed sacrifice to set up a couple of runs. The Dodgers had held a mound conference to go over the bunt defense with runners on first and second. Apparently something got lost in translation, because it rolled into no-man's land between third and pitcher.

Jose Guillen added another homer in the 9th to blow the game open. (Well for as much as the Nats can actually blow a game open)

WTF Frank Senior Moment
Not so much a WTF moment, but a huh? kinda move.

In the 7th inning the first two batters reached, bringing up Loaiza. He, despite pitching well, was starting to look fatigued. The camera also showed a shot of him in his batting gloves looking like he was going to grab a bat. That scared the bejeesus out of us, not so much for him hitting, but for the thought of him going back out to pitch -- the same mistake Frank made in SteveLo's last start.

Instead, Frank called him back and made a series of slight improvements. First, he brought in the aforementioned cadaver to bat for Loaiza. I don't mean this to be flip, but is Baerga really a much better batter than Loaiza?

Then, once the stiff lumbered to first base, Frank brought in a pinch-runner: Tony Blanco. Yeah, that Tony Blanco. Is Tony Blanco really that much faster than the corpse? (who admittedly is slow as hell!)

Either way, Frank used two players to make two separate incremental improvements. It's not really a bad thing -- just a funny thing.


  • Six innings is enough to get you a Whip? Yeah, I did it for Ohka, but I got a wicked crush on him.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 5/03/2005 11:25 AM  

  • Yeah, but Ohka was pitching against a fourth-place club.

    Loaiza pitched well against the team that's number 2 (or 3?) in runs scored and on the road.

    Besides, who else do I give it to? Carlos Baerga could go 8 for 2 with 14 home runs and he still wouldn't get it.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/03/2005 12:13 PM  

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