Nationals, Game 1: Braves 2, Nats 0

2011 March 31
by Don Hammack

Record: 0-1. Standing: 5th, 1 GB. Streak: L1.

Loss

Feeling good: Big ups to the pitching staff, allowing just two runs. I’m a little worried Livan Hernandez only lasted 77 pitches, but you can’t argue with his results. Relievers put up nothing but zeros. The staff issued only one walk today. The Braves struck out only five batters, but Hernandez isn’t going to put up tons of Ks with his Bugs Bunny curveball. Also, Jayson Werth made a couple of good plays in the outfield and Adam LaRoche dove to his right to make a stop on a hard-hit groundball. Defense!

Feeling bad: The 3-4-5 hitters went 1-for-11 against Derek Lowe, et al., and it was rough from the get-go. After Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman singled with one out in the first to put runners at first and third (speed on the basepaths!), Adam LaRoche and Michael Morse couldn’t drive ‘em in.

Feeling shame: Shame on Mother Nature for providing such a downer weather day. Let’s do better Saturday, OK?

Nationals or Natinals: Even with the dreams of 162-0 dashed, they earned the ‘O’ today. Nationals.

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