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Saturday, August 13, 2005


Nationals Win! Nationals win 4-2

Last Night's Game:
Quote in the Washington Post recap by Robinson: "At least two. It's a must. We don't have to sweep, but to win two is a must. Anything less than that, it's a bad series. We got to pick it up. We have to start winning series."

Winning Line-up in mile-high Denver:
Watson LF 0 for 3, 2 BB 1 R 1 CS .154
Vidro 2B 2 for 3, 1 BB 1 R .272
Johnson 1B 1 for 3, 1 2B (25) 1 BB 1 RBI (48) 1 R .310
Guillen RF 2 for 4, 2 RBI (61) 1 SO .297
Castilla 3B 0 for 3, 1 BB 1 R .243
Schneider C 1 for 4, 1 RBI (32)
Wilson CF 0 for 4, .248
Guzman SS 1 for 4, 1 SO .189
Loaiza P 0 for 3, .200

The Nationals scored three in the top of the first and lead throughout the game. They tacked on an insurance run in the 4th, but only needed the first three to win. Rockies scored once in the 2nd and once in the 8th.

Loaiza pitched a very solid 6 1/3 innings, giving up just 5 hits, 1 run, and 3 walks and striking out 4 batters in 103 pitches and is now 7-8. Ayala came in and pitched 1 inning and gave up 1 run and 2 hits. Eischen relieved Ayala and pitched solid 2/3 innings. Then Cordero came in and recorded his 38th save, still the best in the majors.

Wilkerson sits: quote from him: "I have no idea why."
Robinson from the Rocky Mountain article: "Robinson said Wilkerson is "banged up" and that a day off could help. "

ESPN.com box score. Nationals.com recap. "Rocky Mountain Memories" article on Nationals.com.

NL East:
Braves lost 8-0 against Arizona.
Marlins lost to Giants 1-0.
Phillies won.
Mets lost.

Braves 66-50
Phillies 61-55 5 games back
Nationals 60-55 5.5 games back
Marlins 59-56 6.5 games back
Mets 58-57 7.5 games back

Wild Card:
Houston won 6-0 over Pirates.

Astros 63-52
Phillies 61-55 2.5 GB
Nationals 60-55 2.5 GB
Marlins 59-56 4 GB
Mets 58-57 5 GB

O's at RFK:
Washington Post print article: "Nationals, O's Make a Date for '06 Season" by Barry Svrluga. The O's are tentatively scheduled to play a three game series at RFK on May 19-21, and the Nationals will play three games at Camden Yards in 2006 (date unknown).

"That's going to be our natural rival," said Nationals President Tony Tavares to the Washington Post by telephone.

Starting Pitchers:
The Nationals ERA continues to fall each month, despite their losing record.
April: 4.31
May: 3.95
June: 3.65
July: 3.42
August: 3.12

Armas (6-5, 4.64) vs. Kim (3-8, 5.05)

ESPN.com stat pack. Nationals.com preview.

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