Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Homers? What Homers?

Despite Jose Guillen's protestations, the Dodgers (as did the Astros) are proving that it is quite possible to hit homers at RFK.

The Dodgers had just six hits, but four of them fell over the wall, giving the visiting team another win against the once-dominant, now hapless Nationals.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jose Vidro 'doubled' with two outs. His hit went towards the gap, but Bradly cut it off, fired to second and threw out Vidro to end the game, but somehow Vidro slid around the tag, and was called safe.

That put the game in Jose Guillen's hands.

There's been no bigger whiner on this team about the difficulties in hitting in this park. Given his extreme home/road split and the opposing team's ease of hitting, it's clear that it's entirely in his head. During the last homestand, he measured the fences himself (apparently not believing the surveying crew the WaPo shamed the Nats into hiring) all while claiming he didn't really care.

Uh... yeah.

Then, he did as he's done all-too frequently this season in these sorts of situations. He grounded out. Game over. Nats Lose. Banged. Zoomed.

For yet another unclutch hit, Jose Guillen wins the Lame Duck.

  • Jose Vidro almost took the award from him. Had he been thrown out, which he really should've been, he'd have locked it up. That would've been his second bone-headed baserunning error of the game. Earlier, in the first, he was doubled off first on Guillen's dying quail to right.

    He even threw in an error for good measure.

  • Esteban Loaiza wasn't sharp. It was strange though. He didn't throw a lot of pitches, or give up many hits. It's just that the ones he did throw went a long way.

  • Nick Johnson had a chance to tie it up in the 8th. His would-be tie-making drive died at the warning track.

    The key to getting homers there is to hit line drives. If the ball has much air underneath it, the currents really eat it alive.

  • I'll be there tonight to see if Ryan Drese can remember how to pitch. It's amazing how night and day he can be depending on whether he can keep his arm angle high.

    If it's up, he's dominant. If it's down, he's the poor man's Zach Day.

    I really don't want to see Sunny Kim pitch tonight!

  • 5 Comments:

    • Interesting - ESPN and mlb.com has Armas pitching tonite.

      By Anonymous Scott M. Collins, at 8/03/2005 11:30 AM  

    • Maybe it's Armas then? That's what I get for trusting Yuda...

      Drese went before Armas last time through the rotation. Maybe they're skipping him with the offday?

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 8/03/2005 11:40 AM  

    • Yes Drese went before Armas last time thru the rotation so maybe Drese's last two shellings got him a day off. Seems like RFK would help him...

      By Anonymous Scott M. Collins, at 8/03/2005 11:54 AM  

    • Now Guillen will just try harder and look all the more stupid.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/03/2005 2:29 PM  

    • And Marquis Grissom became available today. Now that there are whispers about getting Bret Boone...Bowden should look into getting Grissom as well. When they're on the field together at least we'll be spared the false sense of optimism about winning a game.

      By Anonymous A wary fan, at 8/03/2005 4:12 PM  

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