Thursday, April 07, 2005

Today's game

I've gotten to watch parts of today's game. Loaiza looked good early, throwing four perfect innings before giving up a hit to Jim Thome to start the bottom of the 5th. Apparently, Loaiza fell apart in the 6th, giving up 3 runs, tying up the game. I saw the 7th, and he gave up another run before Horgan came in, with two outs and runners on first and second. Horgan gave up a four-pitch walk to load the bases, then induced a pop-up to get out of the inning.

Guillen has looked pretty good today. He hit a line drive to center field that took a sharp bounce past Lofton. Guillen legged out a triple, then scored on a Nick Johnson ground out to tie the game.

Wilkerson is 3-4 so far, and is batting .615 through the first three games. Castilla hasn't looked that good at the plate, but it's just one game. Guzman is hitless so far, and is .154 over the first three games.

Ayala replaced Horgan for the bottom of the 8th, and retired the side. Wagner is warming up in the pen. We'll see how this ends, but it could be the first game to hit extra innings.

Update #1
I forgot to mention that Wilkerson showed how he isn't in his best position as a center fielder, as he made a fielding error in the 6th, basically letting a ball bounce past him. He's now 4-5 though, and stole a base in the 9th. Too bad Guzman struck out pathetically to end the top of the inning.

Update #2
Cordero gave up a hit, but managed to get out of the inning without giving up a run. So we're into extra innings...

Update #3
Vidro untied it really quick, blasting a middle-in 1-2 pitch into the left field stands, with nobody out and nobody on. NICE. This is our third game in a row with 10 or more hits. A small sample size for sure, but it is still a strong start for a team where I was most worried about offense.

Update #4
Castilla is definitely today's goat. Nick Johnson just got on with a walk, and Castilla grounded into a double play on a 2-0 pitch, to end the side. Let's see if we can hold this slim lead.

Update #5
Yes. Even though we didn't win our first game, we won our first series, and currently sit on top of the NL East, uncontested, though by the end of the night we'll be tied with either Atlanta or Florida.

Vidro is the popular choice for Team Hero for his homer. I don't have my probability software running yet (need a few days to finish it... maybe in eary May). However, I think that Wilkerson is more deserving. He went 4 for 5 with a run and a RBI. Without a great Wilkerson performance, Vidro might not even have had the chance to tie it up.


At 2:42 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Extra innings and Manuel's already burned through Wagner.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Sam said...

1. First series win!
2. Would've loved to have seen that called strike 3 on Thome
3. Blogger is so slow, it really isn't that fun commenting in real time on the game; it seems like things just don't show up for minutes and minutes.

At 3:04 PM, Blogger tmk67 said...

Cordero's stuff was nasty in the 10th, whizzing through the second-best set of 3-4-5 hitters in the NL.

Loaiza did what we need him to do -- give solid innings that keep us in the game. The Nats pen is good enough to keep games close. Then all we have to do is pray for some offense.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Wilkerson is slugging his way towards NL Player of the Week.

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