GB&U: Another Loss and Roster Shuffles

Posted by Dave Nichols | Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | , , , , , , | 0 comments »

THE RESULT: The Washington Nationals fell to 4-15 on the season as they dropped a 7-1 decision to the Philadelphia Phillies last night at Citizen's Bank Park.

Nationals starter John Lannan took the loss, giving up six runs--just three earned--on nine hits and one walk, striking out two. He surrendered three home runs.

Washington had one credited error, but that number could have been higher, as the defensive miscues keep piling up. Alberto Gonzalez committed his sixth error of the season in the third inning, booting a routine grounder with two outs, extending the inning for Pedro Feliz to hit a three-run home run.

Adam Dunn also misplayed a fly ball at the wall in left field by that inning, putting Shane Victorino on base ahead of Chase Utley's two-run homer.

Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 17 games. It's the longest in the major leagues this season.

Before the game, Willie Harris was reinstated to the roster and Justin Maxwell was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. This morning, Cristian Guzman was activated from the DL and Gonzalez was optioned to Syracuse.

Also, before last night's game, manager Manny Acta announced that he would be going to a "bullpen by committee" in the wake of Joel Hanrahan's latest melt-down.

THE TAKEAWAY: Getting Guzman and Harris back will help, but they don't pitch. Gonzalez had a reputation for being an excellent defender and has been truly terrible. Folks, that's what happens when backups are forced to start in the major leagues.

The closer situation is interesting. The guess here is that they will play matchup in the eighth and ninth innings instead of having set roles, and the batting order will dictate who's left on the mound to get the save, should they ever get another opportunity.

Hopefully Beimel will be ready come back when he's eligible, giving Acta another arm to utilize.

THE GOOD: Adam Dunn hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season. And walked. Yes, he'll get his.

THE BAD: John Lannan. Despite the errors and defensive shenanigans, he still gave up three taters, two to the left-handed hitting Utley.

THE UGLY: 5-6-7 hitters. Dukes, Kearns and Flores combined to go 0-for-11 with one walk.

NEXT GAME: Tonight, the final game of the three-game series. Scott Olsen (0-3, 7.29) faces Brett Myers (1-1, 4.91).