Just a couple quick updates from this one, a 9-8 Nationals loss:
- Cristian Guzman strained his left hamstring while running out his base hit (his fifth of the day) in the ninth inning. Manny Acta said it wasn’t as serious as originally feared—the strain was lower on his leg than the Nationals expected. Guzman will receive treatment on Tuesday and be re-evaluated Wednesday. I’d expect him to be out at least a day or two, though. If it’s any longer than that, the Nationals will have to think about making a roster move to give their battered middle infield some depth, assuming Ronnie Belliard’s sore back keeps him out a few more days.
- The Nationals and Phillies discussed calling off Monday’s game after the death of beloved broadcaster Harry Kalas before the game. Team president Stan Kasten said he talked to Phillies president David Montgomery, but said the decision was made tougher by the fact that most fans were already in the stadium. “There’s no manual for what to do in these circumstances,” Kasten said. “We had to act out of respect for Harry and respect for the 40,000 people who were already here.”
- Adam Dunn said the double by Eric Bruntlett to lead off the eighth, which eventually became the Phillies’ ninth run, got away from him because the grass underneath his foot gave out. “The feet are fine,” he said. He also took responsibility for the fourth-inning error that led to another Phillies run, and when asked if there’s a point when losses demand a moment of panic, reaction, what have you, he said:
“That’s hard for me to answer, because I expect to win every single day. I know people (go), ‘Yeah, right, whatever,’ but it’s true. We’ve had chances to win every single game, probably, I’m assuming. They got the big hit and they made the big pitch, and we haven’t, and that’s why we’re oh- and-whatever.”