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Schedule@ Arizona@ PhiladelphiaAtlantaSan Francisco: L 1-4 W: Lincecum L: Lannan S: WilsonNew York MetsFlorida@ Chicago
LineupRHP DHDanny EspinosaIan DesmondRyan ZimmermanJayson WerthAdam LaRocheRick AnkielLaynce NixIvan RodriguezMike Morse
RHPDanny EspinosaIan DesmondRyan ZimmermanJayson WerthAdam LaRocheRick AnkielLaynce NixIvan RodriguezPitcher
LHP DHDanny EspinosaIan DesmondRyan ZimmermanJayson WerthAdam LaRocheRick AnkielIvan RodriguezJerry Hairston JrMike Morse
LHPDanny EspinosaIan DesmondRyan ZimmermanJayson WerthAdam LaRocheIvan RodriguezJerry Hairston JrMike MorsePitcher
Stephen StrasburgLivan HernandezJason MarquisJohn LannanJordan Zimmerman
Nationals drop Opening Day game to Giants, 4-1.
The Nationals' Lannan would pitch a successful first inning as Washington threatened early in the game getting Desmond on base and stealing 2nd base with Zimmerman at the plate. Zimmerman struck out and Werth would line to left field but Desmond was held at third as the throw was offline and Manager Knight was pissed that he held him. LaRoche struck out looking and ending and threats until Werth would strike a homerun on a hanging curveball in the 7th inning and nothing more.
The Giants took advantage of the Nationals starting pitcher as Lannan threw some mistakes and SF capitalized, the second inning Lannan had the rookie Belt down in the strike zone and left one over the middle and he duck farted for an RBI double. With a runner on in the 3rd inning, Lannan again had Cody Ross down in the count and threw a mistake over the middle for a 2R HR as the Giants took a 3-0 lead. In the 6th inning Freddy Sanchez took advantage of his mistake pushing the lead to 4-0. The Nats barely missed out on at least 3 homeruns that could have gotten them back into the game and maybe momentum to comeback and win.
Knight after the game"I made a mistake before we started the game and sent Lannan out there when it should have been Strasburg, that won't happen again. Give credit to the Giants for hitting the mistakes we threw to them and we simply didn't capitalize on our chances, we feel they came in here and stole one. That is something that can't happen when battling in this NL East division and in the National League, as we believe every game is very important especially for our playoff chances!"
Nationals get into the win column, beat Dbacks 7-0Third Inning: Mike Morse infield single, Hernandez moved him over with a sacrifice. Espinosa flied for a single scoring Morse, Desmond homers scoring 3 in the inning.Seventh Inning: Hairston reaches first on a fielders choice and Pitcher Livan Hernandez doubles scoring Hairston, 4-0.Eighth Inning: Zimmerman lined to left for a single. Werth grounded to left for a single, LaRoche homers to right. 7-0Livan Hernandez pitches a complete game shutout with 12 Ks
Nats perfected by the Phillies and Cliff Lee, 2-0Cliff Lee and Stephen Strasburg battled and Lee came up with the game of his life, striking out 19 and not allowing anything to happen. Strasburg K'd 12 but gave up 4 hits, a crucial pop fly by Lee allowed him to double (SMH, sorry that is an out) and then Rollins triples to score him. In the fourth inning Strasburg let a fastball get away and Dominic Brown hammered it over the wall for more than enough for Cliff Lee today.
Nats' Bats Awake Momentarily to Beat the Braves, 4-3Jordan Zimmerman got off to a slow start as his first pitch deflected off of him as Prado reached base, McLouth would single to the oufield and then Chipper Jones would hit a sacrifice fly to center, Prado would score but Manager Perry's lack of baserunning skills would let McLouth get doubled up. McCann would end the inning with a flyout.The second inning Zimmerman had more control issues this time the ball would leave the yard as Heyward went deep to extend the league, 2-1. The Nationals would be held down to the 6th inning and the pitcher himself would get it started with a single. The next batter would strike out and then Ryan Zimmerman would double to the gap and would end up on third as Jordan Zimmerman would score. Jayson Werth hit a hard ground ball to third and Zimmerman would try to score and get gunned down at home.Perry went to the bullpen in the 7th inning and Venters would replace Hudson, who was pitching a gem. Ankiel would take the first pitch deep and then Rodriguez would do the same. Perry went to the bullpen again but it didn't matter as Nix took another pitch over the fence to make it back-to-back-to-back home runs and a 4-2 lead.In the eighth inning the Braves would push one across the plate by manufacturing, bunt steal and base hit to get the run in. Zimmerman would be finished after the inning and his line would read: 8 IP, 5 Hits, 3 ER and 11 Ks. Enter Drew Storen and he strikes out three and picks up his first save on the year.
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