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Monday, August 15, 2005


Nationals Win 9-2! Sweep Colorado! Hernandez faces Myers tonight. Myers has an ERA of 1.35 against the Nationals at Home; Hernandez has an ERA of 13.5

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Patterson pitched another great game, and the Nationals had some fun in Colorado. Back-to-back home-runs by Johnson and Guillen. Wilkerson finally made it into the line-up, and he went 1 for 4 with 2 runs, 1 walk and struck out once.

Winning line-up:
Wilkerson LF 1 for 4, 2 Runs, 1 BB 1 SO .254
2B 3 for 4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI (27) .284
Johnson 1B 1 for 3, 1 Run, 1 HR (11) 4 RBI (54), 1 SO .315
Guillen RF 2 for 4, 1 HR (21), 2 RBI (65), 1 2B (25) .300
Wilson CF 2 for 3, 2 RBI (61), 1 SO .254
3B 0 for 4, 1 SO .241
Bennett C 0 for 3, 1 BB .231
Guzman SS 1 for 4, 1 R .190
Patterson P 0 for 3, 1 SO .050

ESPN.com recap, box score. Nationals.com recap.

NL East:
Braves 68-50
63-55 5.0 GB (Won)
Nationals 62-55 5.5 GB (Won)
Marlins 61-56 .521 6.5 GB
59-58 8.5 GB (Lost)

Wild Card:
Houston Lost.
Astros 63-54 (lost)
63-55 0.5 GB
62-55 1.0 GB
61-56 2.0 GB
59-58 4.0 GB

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Hernandez (13-5, 3.51) vs. Brett Myers (10-5, 3.46)

"Scouting Report:
After a run in which he gave up three earned runs or less in 18 of 19 starts, Hernandez has struggled in August, yielding four and five earned runs in his two starts this month and lasting less than seven innings in each for the first time since June 14. He has won only once in his seven starts since July 6.

After going 4-1 with a 3.32 ERA in July, Myers has stumbled in August. The righty has allowed nine in his previous two starts, spanning 13 1/3 innings." (from the probable pitchers page on Nationals.com).

Hernandez is 7-2 with an ERA of 3.44 on the road in 14 starts (1 complete game). He has pitched just 1 game against the Phillies, a loss. He lasted just 4.2 innings in Philadelphia, giving up 7 runs off of 8 hits and 2 walks (he also struck out 4 batters in that game) recording an era of 13.50.

Myers is 7-1 with an ERA of 4.14 at home in 13 starts. He has faced Washington 2 times, achieving an overall era of 0.66 in 13.2 innings, giving up just 1 ER, 4 walks and striking out 14 (and giving up 11 hits). At home he pitched 6.2 innings, giving up that 1 ER, 1 walk, 7 hits and recording 7 strike-outs for an era of 1.35.

ESPN.com stat pack. Nationals.com Preview.

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Drese (7-12) vs. Lidle (9-10)
"Scouting Report:Drese brings a five-game losing streak to his start against the Phillies. In fact, he has not won since a July 8 start against the Phillies, when he allowed four earned runs in five innings. His control has improved slightly since joining the Nationals, taking a 23-18 walks-to-strikeout ratio with the Rangers and turning it around to 22-26 with the Nationals.

Lidle allowed four runs -- three earned -- in five innings against the Dodgers in his previous outing. He was more upset with issuing six walks, his highest total since 2001."

Drese is currently 3 for 8 overall on the Road (including 7 games with the Rangers). With the Nationals, Drese is 2-4 with an ERA of 5.09 on the Road in 7 starts. Drese has started two games against the Phillies, once as a Ranger and once as a National. Both Away games (i.e. in Philadelphia). With the Rangers, he lasted just 2.2 innings and gave up 5 runs (giving him an ERA of 16.87 for the game). With the Nationals he lasted 5 innings, giving up 4 runs (giving him an era of 7.20 for the game).

Lidle is currently 3-5 with an era of 5.89 at Home in 11 GS. He has only pitched two games against the Nationals in 2005 (both starts) and they were two of his better games of the year. He is 1-0 with an ERA of 1.93 overall against the Nationals, but 0-0 with an ERA of 0.00 at home in 8 IP against the Nationals (5 hits, 1 walk, 7 strike-outs).

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Loaiza (7-8) vs. Lieber (11-10)

"Scouting Report:
Loazia has given the Nats quality starts in seven of his last eight starts, but he is only 3-3 during the stretch. A comforting trend throughout August has been his reliance on the ground-ball out, boasting a 32-17 ratio of groundball to flyball outs. "

Loaiza is currently 3-4 with an era of 4.46 in 12 away starts. Against the Phillies, Loaiza has pitched 3 games overall, and is 0-1 with an ERA of 3.48. He has pitched two away games against them (in Philadelphia), and is 0-0 with an ERA of 4.26.

Lieber is 7-4 with an ERA of 5.11 at home. He has pitched 3 games against the Nationals, 1 at home. Overall: 1-1 with an ERA of 4.58 in 3 games (17.2 IP, 21 H, 9 ER, 4 HR, 1 HBP, 6 BB, 11 SO). At Home: 1-0 with an ERA of 4.63 in 2 games started.

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Armas (7-5) vs. Padilla (5-11)

No scouting report yet. So . . .
Armas is 2-5 with an ERA of 6.35 on the road. Has not pitched against the Phillies in 2005.

Padilla is 4-6 with an ERA of 4.81 at home. Has not pitched against the Nationals in 2005.

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