7-6 Loss Adds To Frustration

W – Tyler Walker (1-0)     L – Mark Hendrickson (1-2)     SV – Matt Capps (16)

Dave Trembley strikes again. Brad Bergesen started the game yesterday and clearly didn’t have his best stuff. He had to work hard to get through 5 innings, throwing 99 pitches. After the top of the 6th the Orioles had a 6-3 lead. Seemed obvious to bring in Mark Hendrickson to start the bottom of the inning but Trembley decided to leave Bergesen in the game and he gave up a single, triple, and another single to start the inning before Hendrickson finally came in. A sac bunt, a hit batsman, and two more singles scored two more runs to give the Nationals the lead they wouldn’t give back up. Trembley’s reason for bringing Bergesen back out there was that his bullpen was taxed and he didn’t want to overuse anyone. Well guess what? They wouldn’t be in that condition if you knew how to manage it. He just used six pitchers to get through three innings the other day after pulling Jeremy Guthrie after 90 pitches through six innings when he was pitching great. You can’t use that excuse when you’re the reason for the bullpen being unnecessarily exhausted. Koji Uehara wasn’t available and will probably wind up back on the disabled list, but thats another story. There are still six other pitchers out there. Bergesen’s final line was 5 innings, 11 hits, 6 runs, a walk, and a strikeout. Hendrickson got saddled with the loss after pitching the final three innings allowing 1 run of his own on 4 hits and 3 walks. At least the bullpen should be well rested for tomorrow’s game…

The offense got started right away, scoring two runs in the first inning. Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada hit back to back singles and Tejada moved to second on a wild pitch before Ty Wiggington singled them both in. We got two more in the 4th on a bizarre play. After Luke Scott reached on what was ruled an error but should’ve been a hit, Adam Jones hit a deep fly ball to the wall in center field. It should’ve been caught as the Nyjer Morgan leaped but it hit off his glove and fell onto the warning track. Morgan thought it went over the fence and turned away in anger, throwing his glove to the ground. The left fielder had to race all the way to the ball and fire it into the infield but Jones had already rounded the bases in time, sliding into home plate. It goes down in the scorebook as a two run homerun but thats a lucky way to hit homeruns in back to back games. I’m sure Jones will take it and so will I if it means he starts hitting. In the 6th Wiggington hit a real two run homer to score Tejada who singled again. Unfortunately we couldn’t muster any more runs to get back into the game. Markakis had a pair of singles. Matt Wieters, Cesar Izturis, and even Bergesen reached base on singles.

Player of the game: Ty Wiggington – 2-4, R, 4 RBI, HR (13) (.300 AVG)

In the rubber game Kevin Millwood (0-4, 3.65) continues to search for his first win of the season against John Lannan (1-2, 6.02).

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