Different Names, Same Results
[July 14th] - The more things change, the more they stay the same. Although Preston Wilson homered in his first at-bat with the Nationals, the team was able to manage only 3 other hits as the Brewers came from behind in the 8th inning to defeat Washington, 4-2. John Patterson reinforced his status as a top of the rotation pitcher, allowing just 2 runs over 6 innings, striking out 9 and lowering his ERA to 2.92. But that was it. After all was said and done, after all the tinkering by GM Jim Bowden, the Nationals continue to sputter offensively, and the Gary Majewski still seems tired and over-used as he gave up a two run double to Damian Miller in the 8th that ultimately sealed the Nats fate.
Ryan Church wasn't able to start, so there is still some offense to be injected into the lineup tomorrow night. Cristian Guzman was a case of subtraction by addition for the Nationals. The troubled shortstop went 0-3 and dipped below the "Mendoza line" once again; he's now batting .198.
Luckily for the Nationals, the Mets beat the Braves tonight, keeping the team's lead over second place Atlanta at 2.5 games. We can't make any observations based on just one game back following the all-star game, except to say that a major league team needs to get more than 4 hits in a game to have much of a chance to win.