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Tuesday, May 10, 2005


Hernandez Wins 100th Career Win, Guzman Injured

Nationals win, 4-3 and raise their record to 18-14, and Hernandez wins his 100th career win, raising his career record to 100-96 with an career ERA of 4.13 (ESPN; Nationals.com; Washingtonpost.com (for some reason I've lost the link to the Washington Post's recap); Washingtontimes.com; ESPN box score). Nationals picked up their first run in the top of the third, then added 2 more before the Diamondbacks scored their first run in the bottom of the seventh (unfortuanately, two more Arizona runs also scored that inning). Hernandez shut down the Diamondbacks for six innings, but was unable to repeat his complete game performance, and was pulled after giving up three runs in the seventh (though he did complete that inning). Carrasco came in for the 8th and only allowed 2 hits, and then Cordero came in to close out the game, picking up his seventh save.

Carroll's performance at the plate started to come back to earth, hitting just 1 hit in 5 at-bats. On the other hand, Church went 3-for-3 and upped his average to .302 (and hit his 3rd double, 3rd home-run (with 0 on and 2 out in the sixth) and recorded his 13th RBI; as Mark Zuckerman of the Washington Times notes: "That was Church's third hit of the night and left the rookie a cool 11-for-17 on this road trip -- a .647 average"). Before leaving the game injured, Guzman lowered his batting average to .222 by going 0-3. Hernandez showed why he won the hitting as a pitcher award last year, by getting 2 hits in 3 at-bats, raising his average to .250 (one of those hits was a double). Not to be overlooked, Johnson went 3 for 4, hitting 1 home-run (his 4th; took him a long time to get that first, and now he has 4), and 1 double (his 8th).

Overall: New Boswell article. "The Nationals should be falling apart. They have every excuse. But so far they're not." The GM's scared because the Nationals have 10 players on the DL. Guillen needs to start wearing pads, after he "was drilled by his fourth fastball in a week -- all in almost the same spot on or near his left elbow."

Injury News: Vidro was placed on the DL and Armas was activated off the DL. Then Guzman became injured in last night's seven inning and will be likely out 5 to 7 days. It is reported that "[i]n Guzman's absence, Jamey Carroll will play short, and Carlos Baerga will play second base."

Apparently rehapping starting pitcher Claudio Vargas flew with Mateo to join the team. Mateo knows that he has been activated, but Vargas, as of last report, has not had anyone tell him why he was told to fly up with Mateo. It appears that Vargas will join the starting rotation, maybe as early as Wednesday.

Along with trade talk concerning Day, it appears that Robinson believes that Chavez might do better with a change of scenery.

Game 2 of the series. Tony Armas, jr. will make his first start of the season, while he and the rest of the batters face Shawn Estes (2-3, 3.86). Nationals.com preview. ESPN.com preview. ESPN.com stat pack. The Nationals.com verison of the "stat pack," the "Gameday Press Pass," still has yesterday's information up on the system (of course, that is something that you need to sign-in for).

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