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Thursday, August 17, 2006


The Braves relief pitcher (Villarreal) is better than the Nationals Relief Pitcher (Bergmann)

The Nationals and the Braves put up two relief pitchers as starters today, and the Braves came out ahead in the relief pitcher as starters duel. Villarreal lasted 1 inning less than Bergmann, but gave up just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4 and allowing no runners to score (all on 65 pitches). Our relief pitcher as a starter, Bergmann, actually lasted a relatively respectable 6 innings, but ended up giving up 4 runs, most of which scored in the 5th inning. Meaning that our relief pitcher did well for longer than most relief pitchers pitch in relief (can I somehow throw in more uses of the word relief?), in that he pitched 4 solid innings and gave up just 1 run in those 4 innings. Unfortunately, Bergmann gave up three runs in the top of the fifth to give the Braves a 4-0 lead. The Braves would tack on one more run in the top of the 7th off of reliever Schroder (whose ERA is now 6.75, and the reliever that hit a batter) and win the game 5-0. The Nationals score zero runs off of 4 hits and left 8 runners on base.

The proclamation that announced that Escobar was the starting center-fielder from here until the end of the season was lying, as Church started today in CF. Church went 1 for 2 with the team’s only walk and only double, and left 1 runner on base. Lopez, Kearns, and Escobar (PH) picked up the other three Nationals hits.

The wind was 7 mph out to RF and the temp was 81 degrees F. It was also sunny.

All of the above was gathered by watching the game-day as the game unfolded, and therefore I have nothing that I can link to at this time.

Oh, but there is something that I can link to: Ladson plays with fire by announcing that Johnson has avoided the injury bug all season:
The 2006 season marks the first time since 1999 that Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson hasn't been placed on the disabled list
- what’s Ladson trying to do? Get Johnson hurt?

No news yet on the Soriano/Armas/Astacio on waivers deal.

Braves even series, win two, Nationals win two. Now off to Philly. I will not announce the probable pitchers, just so I can have at least a one-liner for tomorrow's blog (Armas vs. Myers - ok, now I have nothing to write about tomorrow).

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