In a season that is slowly slipping away from its preseason goals and aspirations, Coach Davey Johnson and General Manager Mike Rizzo finally decided to shake up the roster in letting go a couple of the more disappointing pitchers in the bullpen and finally, to the excitement of many fans, 2B Danny Espinosa out of his misery by placing him on the Disabled List with a left wrist injury and lingering problems with the rotator cuff that he decided not to have surgery on last season. He was given a cortisone shot for his wrist so maybe he could have a Ryan Zimmerman-esque improvement whenever he returns to the big club. Also, Stephen Strasburg joined Bryce Harper on the disabled list with the strain in his lower back. Hopefully they will both be back within the next 2 weeks or so. Also release d were struggling relievers Henry Rodriguez and Zach Duke. Most Nats fans would exhale and say “FINALLY!” when speaking of the former. Rodriguez has scintillating talent but it never translated into on the field success and I for one, am glad he has been showed his walking papers.
Tropical Storm Andrea wrecked havoc on the schedule as well as 2 consecutive games were postponed (Wednesday vs the Mets and Thursday vs the Twins) so the team was only able to play 3 games this week. In Tuesday’s Game 1 vs the Mets, The Nats completed a 2012-like 9th inning rally as Steve Lombardozi closed out the 3-2 win with a Sacrifice Fly. Against Mets closer Bobby Purnell , Ryan Zimmerman led off with a double to right-center, barely beating the tag at second. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and tied the game on Adam LaRoche’s single. Ian Desmond doubled and Roger Bernadina was intentionally walked to load the bases with none out for Lombardozzi. . Lombardozzi didn’t get much of the ball, but his flyout down the left-field line was more than sufficient to score LaRoche. In Game 2, Dan Haren continued to live down his $13 million dollar offseason deal, as he was rocked for 3 HRs and 5 runs as the team was dominated 10-1.
After the 2 day mini vacation caused by Tropical Storm Andrea, The Twins came to town along with former Nat Josh Willingham. Gio Gonzales pitched well enough to win but shotty defense in the 4th inning, the lack of timely at bats, and a taxed bullpen that consistantly walked the leadoff man in each late inning, which finally cost the team a victory as the Twins scored a run in the 11th for a 4-3 win. Twins slugger Ryan Doumit smacked a single off Craig Stammen that scored Pinch Hitter Chris Hermann from 2nd base.
Player of the Week:
Denard Span – 6 hits , 1 double, 3 runs in 3 games this week.
a Sunday doubleheader vs the Twins and a road trip to Colorado for 3 games and Cleveland for another 3 game series.