Nats Endure Injuries, Mother Nature and a Roster Shakeup


Tropical Storm Andrea wreaked havoc on the Nats’ schedule during week 10 of the season; two consecutive games were postponed (June 6 against the N.Y. Mets and June 7 against the Minnesota Twins). The team was only able to play three games during the week.

(June 4-5) Washington Splits Series—1-1 Against Mets

In Game 1 against the Mets on June 4, Washington completed a 2012-esque 9th inning rally as Steve Lombardozi closed out the 3-2 win with a sacrifice fly. Against Mets closer Bobby Purnell, Nats star bat Ryan Zimmerman led off with a double to right-center, barely beating the tag at second base. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch and tied the game on Adam LaRoche's single. Ian Desmond doubled and Roger Bernadina was intentionally walked to load the bases with none out for Lombardozzi. Lombardozzi didn't get much of the ball, but his flyout down the left-field line was more than sufficient to score LaRoche.

In Game 2, starting pitcher Dan Haren continued to disappoint after signing a $13 million dollar offseason deal. He was rocked for three home runs and gave up five runs as the team was dominated, 10-1.

(June 8) Washington Defeated by Twins

After the two-day mini vacation caused by Tropical Storm Andrea, the Twins came to town along with former Nat Josh Willingham. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzales pitched well but shoddy defense in the fourth inning, the lack of timely hits, and a taxed bullpen that consistently walked the leadoff man in each late inning, was too much to overcome as the Twins scored a run in the 11th for a 4-3 win. Twins slugger Ryan Doumit smacked a single off Craig Stammen that scored pinch hitter Chris Hermann from second base.

Team Adjustment Analysis:

In a season that is slowly slipping away from its preseason goals and aspirations, team manager Davey Johnson and general manager Mike Rizzo finally decided to shake up the roster in letting go a couple of the more disappointing pitchers in the bullpen. Finally, to the excitement of many fans, second baseman Danny Espinosa was put out of his misery by being placed on the Disabled List due to a left wrist injury and lingering problems with the rotator cuff that he decided not to have surgery on last season. He was given a cortisone shot for his wrist so maybe he could have a Ryan Zimmerman-esque improvement whenever he returns to the big club. Also, Stephen Strasburg joined Bryce Harper on the disabled list with the strain in his lower back. Hopefully they will both be back within the next two weeks or so. Also released were struggling relievers Henry Rodriguez and Zach Duke. Rodriguez has scintillating talent and potential but it never translated into on-the-field success so Nats Nation is probably glad to see him get his walking papers.

Player of the Week:  Denard Span
Span recorded six hits, three runs and one double-hit in three games played during the week.

Next-up: Washington will take a road trip to Colorado for three games against the Rockies on June 11-13 and then onto Cleveland for another three-game series against the Indians on June 14-16.

Nats Endure Injuries, Mother Nature and a Roster Shakeup

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