GB&U and GAME DAY: Fightin the Phils

Posted by Dave Nichols | Saturday, May 16, 2009 | , , , | 0 comments »

THE RESULT: Nats find new/old way to lose. The bullpen gives up five runs in the sixth and seventh innings, they four in the 12th to drop the first game of a four game set against Philly.

Colome and Beimel were the victims of the early blow up. All-Day Colome gave up a run and a walk without retiring anyone, then Beimel let 'em in, surrendering three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

In the 12th, Kip Wells walked the bases loaded before Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz doubled them all home.

All that spoiled a good start by John Lannan, and a ninth imming come-back, capped by Willie Harris' two-run double.

THE GOOD: Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-6 with two runs and an RBI. Wil Nieves went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

THE BAD: Bullpen management. Manny ran through the pen last night like [stuff] through a goose. For a game that went to 12 innings, Mock and Villone only faced one batter each in the sixth, and Colome just two in the seventh. Manny used every single member of the pen and all the bench players.

I was hoping for the tie in the 12th just to see who would pitch the 13th.

THE UGLY: Elijah Dukes left with a strained hamstring. Hope he's a quick healer, we've got a double-header today (weather permitting).

NEXT GAMES: Today. 1:05 pm and 7:05 pm. First game: Scott Olsen (1-3, 7.00) faces Brett Myers (2-2, 4.81), Second game: Daniel Cabrera (0-4, 4.98) was supposed to face J.A. Happ, but he got the win last night after three innings of relief work. No new starter has been announced yet.