No, that's not the name of the favorite in tomorrow's Kentucky Derby. It is merely the summation of what happened to the Nats after the first inning today.
You see, in today's Nats/Cubs game at Wrigley Field, the Nationals were aggressive in the first inning, scoring more first inning runs than they had all season thus far. As a matter of fact, their 4 first inning runs today TIED the total number of first inning runs they'd had all season put together! Lopez with a leadoff triple, Belliard grounding out and scoring Lopez, Zimmerman walked, Church setting the table with a double then Kearns homering. What could be more easy? This baseball stuff is fun! Even pitcher Jason Bergmann singled in the second! Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano wasn't having a good day.
But then......nothing. At least not from the Nats. The Cubs, however, took a couple of innings to warm up, and then they slowly strung enough runs together to tie and then take the lead in the 4th. Zambrano calmed down and finished 6 innings and the Cubs bullpen surrendered only two hits and no runs. Alphonso Soriano, Derek Lee, and Jacques Jones combined for 6 of the Cubs 10 hits, with Derek Lee's home run being the most devastating.
The Nats Jason Bergmann threw 99 pitches in 6 innings and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits. He struck out 4 and walked two. Not a brilliant outing, but hardly a disaster.
The "Bad News Nats" made a brief visit to Wrigley, committing two errors. The Nats rallied briefly in the 7th, with the bases loaded and two outs, but Austin Kearns grounded into a fielder's choice.
Ryan Report: Church and Zimmerman each went 1 for 3, both with doubles. Church walked once, Zimmerman walked twice. The newest Ryan, Langerhans, went 0 for 1.
Hopefully, the Nats can find some answers and fulfill some promise tomorrow afternoon.
Friday, May 4, 2007