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Werth, Maya Subdue The Mets

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

You could almost hear the sizzle of doubt at Nationals Park last night: uber sub Jerry Hairston was being shipped to Milwaukee, Jason Marquis was considering boarding the red eye for Arizona, Roger Bernadina and Drew Storen were wondering whether they should make plans to rent an apartment in Minnesota and (worst of all), Yunesky Maya was preparing to take the mound for the slumping Washington Nationals. So there it was: a loss for sure.

But just hours later, Maya was celebrating his best outing of the year (and preparing for a stint on the disabled list — or in the minors), Davey Johnson was going on about “a very good ballgame,” Jayson Werth was being interviewed as “the player of the game” on MASN — and Roger Bernadina and Drew Storen were still plying their trade for the Washington franchise.

The short story is that Jayson Werth won the Nationals’ tilt against the New York Metropolitans with an attitude-lifting three-run first inning homer (it was all the Nationals would need in their 3-0 win), Maya pitched effectively through 5.1 innings and closer phenom Drew Storen registered his 26th save. It was hard to determine who was more happy: Werth or Maya.

“I’m tired of saying I’m close, but I’m working in the right direction,” Werth said following the victory. “I know why, I guess — it’s just a matter of having the right swing during the game.” Like Werth, Maya was in a sort of a rehab — spending most of the season trying to command his fastball and pick up his in-game pitching pace. On Saturday, all of that worked well: he threw 78 pitches, 52 of them for strikes.

Those Are The Details, Now For The Headlines: Wilson Ramos went 3-3 in last night’s 3-0 win, proof positive that he remains amongst the Nationals’ most streaky hitters. He’s 5 for 6 over his last two games, which follows a stint in which he went 1 for 24. The Twins must have “traders” remorse. We read somewhere that Ramos’ name has been mentioned as one of the players the Twins would like to get in any trade for Denard Span. That would be a “no” . . .

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Four Run 1st Downs The Nats; Hairston Heads To Milwaukee

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Chien-Ming Wang’s debut with the Nationals was marred by a four run first inning, as the New York Mets downed the Nationals, 8-5. Wang went on to allow six runs (four of them earned), in four innings. It was Wang’s first appearance in a major league game since he went down with shoulder problems in June of 2009.

Despite the loss, both Wang and the Nationals seemed positive about the outing. “I was excited and a little too happy to get back on the mound,” Wang said. “I was a little bit out of control, so the balls weren’t down in the zone. That’s what happened in the first inning. Overall, I felt fine.” Wang pitched well after the rocky first, getting eight of the next nine batters out. The Nationals’ loss, however, was their sixth in a row — and the team is now tumbling into their April funk.

Skipper Davey Johnson was frustrated by the losing streak: “It’s getting old hat,” he said after the loss. “We are looking at things we can do to help the ballclub. We are still in that building mode. We have a couple of guys who are knocking on the door — pitchers in particular. Depending on what happens the next couple of days, we’ll see a new young arm up here.”

The Metropolitans, on the other hand, are on the upswing. The victory at Nationals Park was their fifth in a row, and are they now four games over .500 — far better than they were expected to do at the beginning of the season. D.J Carrasco was the Mets’ hero, as he came in in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded to strike out Danny Espinosa and Ryan Zimmerman. Jason Isringhausen pitched the 9th for his 298th career save.

Those Are The Details, Now For The Headlines: The Nationals are starting to make some moves as the trade deadline nears. This morning the Nationals sent Jerry Hairston, Jr. to the Brewers, according to ESPN’s Chris Singleton. As of this writing, the Nationals have not yet made the trade official, but it’s now reported that the Nationals have acquired Double-A outfield prospect Erik Komatsu . . .

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Nats Derail The Dodgers, 7-2

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Southpaw pitcher John Lannan threw 6.1 lights-out innings, homered into the right field seats, and then watched as Washington’s ace relief corps derailed the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2 in the City of Angels on Friday night. The win brought the Nationals to 3-4 on their current road trip, and provided a badly needed win after the team dropped two of three in Houston.

Lannan’s performance on the mound was memorable, but not nearly as memorable as his surprising home run into the right field seats, which came with two outs in the second inning. It was the first home run Lannan has hit since he was 15. “I just got a pitch to hit,” Lannan said. “I wasn’t trying to hit a home run. I was trying to put the bat on the ball and it went out. It’s kind of a blur right now.”

The Trolleys kept the game close, despite Lannan’s pitching and hitting heroics. Dodger righty Hiroki Kuroda struggled in the early frames, but then settled down to hold the Nationals to a single run lead. But his teammates couldn’t solve the Nats’ pitching, registering just three hits in their 56th loss. Kuroda, who is 6-12 (but with a snappy 3.19 ERA) has been mentioned prominently in trade talks.

The Dodgers have struggled to score runs recently, despite having some heavy hitters (including triple crown candidate Matt Kemp) in their line-up. Don Mattingly showed his frustration with his team’s lack of production during a post-game interview. “We’ve gotta put some numbers on the board,” Mattingly said. “We had the one inning there, but we just really didn’t mount a whole lot of charges after that. The main thing we have to do [as a team] is throw some numbers up there.”

The Nationals finished strong: Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen combined to hold the Dodgers’ hitless in relief of Lannan, and uber-sub Jerry Hairston collected a ninth inning grand slam that just cleared the left field fence. Hairston’s dinger put the game out of reach.

Those Are The Details, Now For The Headlines: Kuroda is the Dodgers’ lead candidate to be traded, undoubtedly for a package of prospects. The righty is a steady starter, but he’s 36. He says all the trade talk doesn’t bother him: “I have to really concentrate on the game that I pitch,” Kuroda said following his loss to the Nationals . . .

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