Since our hotel in New York didn't have Internet service, I could not provide any details here from our weekend trip to New York. We saw Daniel Cabrera get clobbered by the Mets on Saturday, and saw the Caps do the clobbering of the Rangers Sunday.

Cheryl will have picture sets of new CitiField up very soon. It's nice, very intimate. The Jackie Robinson entrance rotunda, while a nice memorial, feels like a shopping mall or office lobby. And the concourse is pretty bland. But the biggest problem is the bullpen situation.

The Mets bullpen is in right center field. The Nats bullpen is behind that, meaning you can't see the Nats bullpen unless you want to walk out past the field and down a set of stairs. You have a better view of the chop shops across the street than of the visitor's bullpen. Poor planning, unless it was intentional.

So the Nats fell Friday 4-3 and Saturday 8-2, and won 8-1 behind Jordan Zimmermann, Jesus Flores and Austin Kearns on Sunday.

FRIDAY: Johan Santana dominated the Nats once again, allowing one run on six hits and one walk, striking out 10 in six innings. Scott Olsen battled, going six and giving up three runs--two earned--on nine hits and two walks, striking out four.

He then complained about the lack of support: "We were real consistent," Olsen said. "We got infield flies."

Nick Johnson homered off Santana, and Flores hit a two-run shot in the top of the ninth to get within one run, but Francisco Rodriguez retired Alberto Gonzalez, Alex Cintron and Anderson Hernandez to save the game.

SATURDAY: Daniel Cabrera needed 86 pitches to get seven outs, and he allowed five runs on six hits, four walks and a wild pitch with just one strikeout. The Nats also had three errors that led to runs, and the Mets just kept taking what the Nats gave them.

Elijah Dukes drove in Washington's two runs.

The Mets were credited with just four RBIs for their eight runs.

SUNDAY: Jordan Zimmermann earned his second win of the season in his second start, going five and one-third innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks, striking out five. His performance was followed by Michael Hinckley, Garrett Mock and Kip Wells, who allowed just one walk and no hits between the three of them.

Flores and Kearns each homered, with Kearns' shot a bomb to the center field batter's eye off Mets starter Oliver Perez. The Nats scored eight, but it could have been even worse, as they stranded 11 runners. Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

THE GOOD: Jordan Zimmermann. Not only was his performance good enough to make him a winner in his first two big league starts, but he wasn't satisfied with his effectiveness. He told the Washington Post that he wasn't happy with his control, that his fastball was "all over the place," and "It was a constant battle all day long." Good for him. Don't settle.

THE BAD: Saturday's defense was atrocious. Elijah Dukes flat dropped a fly ball, and let another sail past his head as he lost it in the bright sunshine--while his sunglasses were on top of his head. Normally reliable Nick Johnson tried a first-to-third throw that ended up in left field. And Wil Nieves, who hadn't been asked to play defense since April 10, short-hopped one into second that ended up in center field.

THE UGLY: Daniel Cabrera. 86 pitches for seven outs. Four more walks. ONE strikeout. His fastball was 89-90 all day. Chico at Nats Journal has some remarkable quotes from Randy St. Claire regarding Cabrera's lack of velocity. It's a must-read, and indicative of the huge mistake the Nats made signing Cabrera.

He's not doing what he's being told to do by his manager and pitching coach.

NEXT GAME: The Nats start a three-game series in Philadelphia tonight at 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (2-0, 4.11) faces Joe Blanton (0-2, 7.31) in the opener.