Final Score: Diamondbacks 5, Nationals 1
Dame of the Game:
Roger Bernadina: 1-1, 2B, R. He did nothing wrong, unlike everyone else.
Shame of the Game:
The whole offense: Ugly. So ugly they made Trevor Cahill look handsome. Well, not really.
Happy International Workers Day, everybody. Today is a day when we celebrate the proletariat, the poor, the downtrodden, the have-nots. And who has less than the Nationals offense these days? If runs were wealth, the Nationals would be living in a hovel made out of wealthy peoples’ litter, eating their own pets and drinking each others’ saliva. They’d be camping outside Nationals Park with signs that say “We Are the 99%,” which would be a total lie because they’re really only about the 3.3% of baseball players and everyone else gets a normal amount of runs.
But runs aren’t wealth. Money is wealth, and the Nationals hitters are making plenty of money. So they really have no right to be celebrating May Day by not scoring any runs in solidarity with the billions of oppressed workers worldwide. Yet that’s exactly what they did. These days, I don’t even bother to watch Nationals games until the 5th inning or so because I can be pretty confident that no one’s scored yet. Granted, today was another “let’s screw over Jordan Zimmermann” day, but even after the Mermann swam out of the game the offensive performance was underwhelming. “But maybe Trevor Cahill is just a fabulous, Hall of Fame-bound pitcher,” you say. Stop saying that, it’s stupid.
The only positive to take away from the game is further proof that Bryce Harper has the unique ability to throw a strike from just about anywhere in the world. He could probably be putting down a rebellion in Homs and simultaneously paint the black on the Nationals Park home plate. With both Harper and Rick Ankiel in the lineup, the Nationals have enough cannons in the outfield to take down a good sized castle. Let’s just hope other teams don’t start protecting their baserunners with star forts. Boom! 16th century warfare joke right there.
The Nationals have lost five games in a row. Davey Johnson has lost his car keys five mornings in a row. These two patterns might not be entirely unrelated.