Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Making Up For Slacking Off

I was lazy and didn't dole out the awards for the series with the sailfish.

On a unrelated note, if you see me buying a large piece of furniture at Ikea, please kick me in the shins and remind me how much I hate assembling that crap.

Congrats to Tony Armas for winning the Lame Duck. He went six innings, giving up four runs. That's not horrible by itself, but the first inning from hell, which was capped by a Paul "Heart And Soul" LoDuca bases-clearing triple had everyone all-but turning off the TV. You knew they couldn't win then. And they didn't.

AJ was dominant. The team didn't really have much of a chance. But the few chances they did have were yakked on by Ryan Church, the winner of the Lame Duck. In a 3-0 loss, he left three runners in scoring position. If he gets just one of those hits, it's a different game. (Which they probably still lose anyway!)

Livan Hernandez wins a Majority Whip. It was far from his best outing. He didn't have his good stuff. He looked tired from inning one. And he had all the speed and energy of a sedated elephant seal.

But he pitched eight innings, threw almost 150 pitches, and got the Nationals a much-needed win.

He is El Gran Caballo!


  • Boo! Picking on Ryan Church.

    On Saturday the only reason Ryan had all those 2-out RBI situations is because Vinny fanned on all those 1-out RBI situations. He got out everytime before Ryan with men on base. At least Ryan got a hit.

    By Blogger El Gran Color Naranja, at 8/02/2005 2:33 PM  

  • I had the TV turned off before Lo Duca's triple even hit the ground in the gap Friday night.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 8/02/2005 2:41 PM  

  • I just hold Ryan to a higher standard. ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 8/02/2005 3:40 PM  

  • In fact, I haven't watched the team since then. I'm only going to watch them tonight because I've already got tickets; I figure there's no sense wasting the money.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 8/02/2005 3:43 PM  

  • Come on, Yuda. Esteban's been pitching too well to be this down. Think of it as you're going to see Esteban Loaiza pitch.

    Man, I never thought I'd say that.

    By Blogger El Gran Color Naranja, at 8/02/2005 3:47 PM  

  • That's Esteban Loaiza, the Two Time All-Star!

    Now how many pitchers can say that, huh? HUH?

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 8/02/2005 4:20 PM  

  • Scott Cooper would be the position player analog, no?

    By Blogger Basil, at 8/02/2005 4:41 PM  

  • How dare somebody pick on the sacred cow that is Ryan Church! He only got out because those stupid pitchers threw the ball all screwy...

    I'm no Frank apologist, but Church has been struggling lately off the bench.

    By Blogger WeatherMike, at 8/02/2005 5:56 PM  

  • Oh, he's been bad (or more accurately injured and returning to his actual level of talent which nobody believes is .360/.400/.600 he put up in June/July) I just don't think he deserved this award.

    By Blogger El Gran Color Naranja, at 8/03/2005 12:11 PM  

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