It has been a week of crashing parties, as the Nats couldn’t resist but ruin Carlos Zambrano’s comeback by busting out offensively in a 15-6 victory Tuesday night.
This very well may have been the best night at the plate for the Washington Nationals this season, as the club combined for 15 runs on 14 hits. Most notably it was a great night for two hitters who had recently been struggling, Josh Willingham who went 4-4, and Elijah Dukes who hit a grand slam.
Nats batters last night:
-Willie Harris 0/4, 1 R
-Cristian Guzman 1/5, 1 R
-Ryan Zimmerman 2/3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HR
-Adam Dun 1/4, 2 R, 1 HH
-Josh Willingham 4/4, 5 R, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 2 HR
-Ronnie Belliard 3/5, 2 R,
-Elijah Dukes 2/3, 1 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HR
-Wil Nieves 1/4, 3 RBI
Nats fan Kyle wanted us to show Zimmerman’s support for another local team:
As we reported here last night, Livan Hernandez is back with the Nationals for the rest of the season. To make room for him on the roster the Nats sent down Ballester, who had been struggling. While Livan is hardly a big name pitcher, and really probably isn’t any better than the pitcher’s we’ve been throwing out there this season, people are excited because of what he used to be, and what he meant for this franchise.
Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog went back to the archives to look back at some of the old righties best memories:
"Last night's Livan Hernandez re-signing immediately made me scroll through some stories from April of 2005. Not that long ago, really--the stories are still on the Web, which really ruins the image of a dusty trip to the archives--but golly, does the tone conjure up a different era. Everything was soft and gushy and optimistic, bathed in that sweet RFK sunshine and the mild aroma of glorious stadium decay."
More info on the Hernandez signing is available here at Nationals Journal.
In other news, Mike Rizzo talks to Bill Ladson about Adam Dunn’s improving defense at first base.
"He has improved a lot over at first base," Rizzo said. "He is still a work in progress. Although he is working out in batting practice, it's hard to take live balls off the bat."