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NATS DIGGING DEEP HOLE, MAY BE HARD TO GET OUT OF WITH 9-2 LOSS TO CARDINALS

[May 1st] -- The closest thing in Sunday's game between the Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals was this play at first. Another loss, another big loss, 9-2.

Zach Day looked great for four innings, but that nasty 5th took him out of the game. That's standard practice for so-so pitchers. They don't get bombed in each frame. No, they look good for four, perhaps even five innings. Just when you think they're going to pitch a great game, the floodgates open and really bad things start to happen. So what is the difference between the Rockies' Zach Day and the Nationals' Zach Day? Apparently, just the color of the uniform.

The first four players in the Nats' lineup, Alfonso Soriano, Jose Vidro, Nick Johnson and Jose Guillen, went a combined 0-14. That's not good.

On a positive note, Ryan Zimmerman got two more hits and hit a long home run off of Cardinals' starter Jeff Suppan, his fourth of the year, and the rookie now has 17 RBI's for the season. How can a guy with a .240ish batting average have so many RBI's? Because the guy hitting in front of him, Jose Guillen, is leaving them all on the bases. But that's okay; right now, I'd rather have Zimmerman look good in the box score than Guillen. Zimmerman doesn't think he's worth $10 million per year.

No rest for the weary, as the Nationals move on to play the first place Mets again. I would normally insert some superlative here to help suggest that the Nats will gave a great chance of winning the game, but you know as well as I do that Ramon Ortiz is starting for the Nationals.

Crap.


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