Nats Bulletin: Back to .500


Orioles come up short vs. Nationals – Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

“The game was effectively lost when the Washington Nationals scored four runs in the sixth inning Saturday, knocking out an ineffective Brad Bergesen, who couldn’t hold three different Orioles leads, and then putting up two more runs with Mark Hendrickson on the mound…But the groundwork for this defeat was laid in the previous two days when Orioles starters couldn’t get deep into the game, a pattern that Bergesen fell right into, and the bullpen was taxed to the extreme. With what he described as only a “3 1/2-man” relief corps Saturday, Orioles manager Dave Trembley watched a three-run lead in the sixth inning turn into a grueling 7-6 loss before an announced 30,290 at rainy Nationals Park.”

Nats Stage a Comeback – Gene Wang, Washington Post

“That they rallied twice and overcame an embarrassing fielding gaffe — as well as an injury to their starting catcher and the ejection of a coach — to outlast the Baltimore Orioles explains why Adam Dunn called the 7-6 triumph perhaps the most significant this season…The slugging first baseman had a lot to do with the Nationals winning for just the second time in nine games and getting back to .500. His two-run single in a four-run sixth was the difference, putting Washington ahead to stay and completing a comeback from a 6-3 deficit. The Nationals (22-22) also had trailed after the first inning, 2-0.”

Despite Nyjer Morgan’s gaffe, Nats win 7-6 – Ben Goessling,

“The Nationals recovered from the second inside-the-park homer hit against them in four days – a play on which Nyjer Morgan slammed his glove on the center-field grass, thinking the ball had gone over the fence, while Josh Willingham raced past to retrieve it from behind him – and climbed out of a 6-3 hole to beat the Orioles 7-6. They won for just the second time in nine games, got back to .500 and gave themselves a chance to win a series against the team with baseball’s worst record.”

A Ballclub United – Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

“There were plenty of things to like about this game. Dunn’s clutch hit, resulting in only his sixth and seventh RBI of the season off a left-hander, was tops on the list. Roger Bernadina and Michael Morse each had big hits earlier in the sixth to ignite the rally. Tyler Walker, Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps combined to allow one Baltimore player to reach base in 3 2/3 innings of sparkling relief.”

Washington Nationals Won’t Quit, Beat Baltimore Orioles, 7-6 – Patrick Reddington, Federal Baseball

Nyjer Morgan Meltdown Continues, Gets Ugly: Adam Jones got an 0-1 fastball up and in from Nats’ starterCraig Stammen with two out and one on in the fourth, and drove it to deep center. Nyjer Morgan tracked it, leaped at the wall and had it bounce off his glove. Morgan clearly thought the ball had gone over the wall and while he threw his glove to the ground in frustration, the ball sat on the track next to his hat which had popped off on the play. Josh Willingham tried to tell Morgan and finally just recovered the ball himself and threw in but by that time Jones was rounding third and for the second time in a week, a misplay on a fly to center became an inside the park HR against the Nationals.”

Game 44: Orioles 6, Nationals 7 – Daniel Moroz, Camden Crazies

Adam Jones hit his second two-run homer in as many days, but this one was of the inside-the-park variety. Jones hit a deep flyball to center that Nationals’ outfielder Nyjer Morgan tried to catch with a leap at the wall. The ball bounced off his glove, and it looked like Morgan assumed it had gone over the fence since it bounced behind him and he reacted by slamming his glove and walking away. The left-fielder backed it up, but Jones slid in safely on one of the crazier plays I’ve seen in a while.”

Bullpen falters again, Nats squeek by O’s – James Baker, Oriole Post

“With all the good feelings from yesterday the Orioles were still unable to get the win. As I mentioned  above, the Orioles took a three-run lead into the sixth inning. Brad Bergesen labored through five innings, he not at his sharpest. He came back out for the sixth and promptly put a man on and gave up a RBI triple. Bergesen was replaced with Mark Hendrickson, who is normally reliable. Hendrickson gave up three more runs on four more hits all were well-placed grounders that just got past the infielders and before you know it the Orioles were down a run and they would never get back.”