Category Archives: BAD BULLPEN

GAME 53 REVIEW: Solo Shots Not Enough; Phils Top Nats 5-4

Roy Halladay continued his dominance of the Washington Nationals. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Through three innings on Monday, traditional roles were reversed. Livan Hernandez was working quickly, efficiently and dominantly, shutting down the Philadelphia Phillies prodigious offense.  On the other hand, defending Cy Young winner Roy Halladay was struggling with his command, throwing a lot of Continue reading

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GAME 48 REVIEW: Brewers Rally, Send Nats to Fourth Straight Loss

BULLPEN ALLOWS FOUR RUNS IN LATE INNINGS SPURRED BY WALKS
The Washington Nationals seemed to have things going for them last night, as they took a 6-3 lead into the late innings with a rested bullpen.  But as is their way right now, the Nats couldn’t seal the deal, and the Milwaukee Brewers scored four runs across the seventh and eighth innings to snatch victory from the Nats, 7-6, before 24,722 Continue reading

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GAME 47 REVIEW: Busy Day Ends in Embarrassing Loss

GORZELANNY POUNDED FOR THREE HOMERS IN 11-3 LOSS
Monday was an interesting — and busy — day for the Washington Nationals.
First came the reports that P Brian Broderick was claimed by the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that the Nats drafted him from during the Rule 5 draft over the off-season.  A little while later, the team announced that 1B Adam LaRoche was indeed placed on the 15-day Disabled Continue reading

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GAME 23 REVIEW: Snatching Defeat from Jaws of Victory

"You know, it’s a game of inches sometimes." — Nats manager Jim Riggleman
Washington, D.C. — Sean Burnett has been one of manager Jim Riggleman’s most trusted relievers the last two seasons, getting his job done many more nights than not.  In the ninth inning last night, it was a "not."
Burnett gave up three straight singles to start the inning to load the bases and, with Drew Storen warmed up Continue reading

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GAME 22 REVIEW: Nats Follow Familiar Script in 6-4 Loss to Mets

"We just couldn’t put a zero on the board there. That was an important inning." manager Jim Riggleman, on the two-run sixth for the Mets.

Washington, D.C. — As has been the case all season long, the Washington Nationals got an effort from their starting pitcher that "kept them in the game."  But not enough hits and the failure of two left-handed pitchers to do their jobs resulted in another Continue reading

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GAME 5 REVIEW: Another Fish Gets Away; Nats Fall to 1-4

THE RESULT:  As with so many game before this one with the Florida Marlins, the Washington Nationals found a way to lose.  Last night, they couldn’t find the knockout punch when they needed it, a veteran starter and reliever lost the umpire’s strike zone, and a bullpen that was supposed to be a strength of the team has once again been proven a liability for now.
Add it all up, and the Nats fell Continue reading

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GAME 3 REVIEW: Defense, Bullpen "Sloppy" in 11-2 Loss to Braves

"The game just didn’t have the same energy as the last two days.  That’s what was disappointing.  I just thought we would have carried a little more fire into this ballgame after yesterday." — Jim Riggleman

Danny Espinosa had a rough day in the field. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)
Washington, D.C. — The Washington Nationals thought they were over games like these.  Sadly, it was deja vu all Continue reading

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GAME 127 REVIEW: Marquis Good; Offense Absent in 4-0 Loss to Cubs

Jason Marquis acknowledges ovation leaving scoreless game in eighth inning. (Photo by C. Nichols/Nats News Network)
THE RESULT:  Despite seven strong innings from their starter, the Washington Nationals offense could provide no support whatsoever and they were shut out by Ryan Dempster and the Chicago Cubs 4-0, before 18,344 at Nationals Park.
The loss drops the Nats to 53-74 with 35 games Continue reading

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