- Egypt rights center raided, 2 Mubaraks acquitted
- New Mexico Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage constitutional
- Blame Bush: 5 years later, that’s still the mantra, pollsters find
- Dutch prostitutes demand same retirement benefits as soccer stars
- John McCain to Harry Reid: I’ll ‘kick the crap’ out of you
- Dogs that talk: Researchers seek $10K for ‘No More Woof’ technology
- 1,000 firefighters called to battle stubborn Big Sur wildfire
- Black Friday brouhaha: Millions of Target shoppers hit by credit card theft
- Britain orders airplane to rescue citizens from violent South Sudan
- Mega Millions winner emerges as Georgia mom, in ‘disbelief’
Orioles’ young players show supremacy
Question of the Day
BALTIMORE The problems that beset the Washington Nationals on Saturday night were mostly the problems that have beset them all year - a starting pitcher learning on the job, an offense that leaves runners on base too often and a bullpen that seemingly gives up one run too many on a good night.
The Baltimore Orioles don’t have those issues to the same degree, which is why they are a few steps ahead of the Nationals in their sort-of rivalry.
Saturday night’s 6-3 Baltimore victory was the latest example of that. The home run that Josh Willingham never saw was merely the difference in a game the Orioles commanded because they didn’t fall into the same traps as the Nationals.
Baltimore’s win clinched the Orioles’ first season-series victory against the Nationals and was a primer in the difference between the two teams. Both are in last place, but the Orioles’ record is 11 1/2 games better because they have several more young players in place, a few reliable pieces in the bullpen and an offense that mostly comes through in important situations.
The Nationals fell short in all of those areas Saturday, missing a chance to break the game open after their first four batters reached base. That inning ended just like the sixth - on a bases-loaded double play off the bat of a player not likely in the Nationals’ future plans.
“Tonight, those guys that got into those situations [Ronnie Belliard and Austin Kearns], they’ve been struggling all year,” manager Manny Acta said. “So that was kind of convenient for them. The main thing is, we’ve got to take a step back and revisit the hitting approach we’re having.”
Six days after getting beat up against Toronto, Nationals starter Shairon Martis was only slightly better Saturday night. He threw 57 strikes in 98 pitches, the sixth time in eight starts he has failed to throw 60 percent of his pitches for strikes.
Martis overcame his early control problems, striking out Luke Scott after he loaded the bases in the first inning and stranding runners in the third and fourth. But he gave up a homer to Gregg Zaun in the second, the first of two homers the Orioles hit off Martis.
The second homer was decidedly more bizarre.
With two on and two out in the fifth, Reimold squared a change-up from Martis and lofted it deep to left. It hung in the air for what seemed like minutes as Willingham tried to distinguish it from the dozens of circular white lightbulbs glaring back at him.
Willingham put his right hand and his glove up in the air, signaling he had lost the ball, and it reappeared a second later - just over the left-field wall. Though no one in the Nationals’ clubhouse said he thought Willingham could have pulled the ball back, he never got a chance to prove them wrong.
“I saw where the ball was going,” Willingham said. “I knew it was coming at me. But as far as depthwise, I had no idea.”
The three-run shot put Baltimore up 4-3. That lead would grow to two in the seventh, when Joe Beimel - brought in to face left-handers Nick Markakis and Aubrey Huff - gave up a solo home run to Huff.
Washington’s offense, presented with numerous opportunities to seize control, only scored enough runs to bring Orioles closer George Sherrill out in the ninth to shut the Nationals down.
“I think [the toughest inning] was the first one,” Acta said. “We had [Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie] on the ropes, bases loaded with no outs, basically, and we ended up scoring one run after that. The sixth inning was the same thing. But the first inning set the tone.”
About the Author
- T'wolves receive post-Christmas gift
- Back in Minnesota, Saunders sees Wizards stumble
- Nationals sign veteran Marquis
- Nats' buzz at meetings is change of strategy
- In Cleveland, Acta's stock still climbing
Latest Blog Entries
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Fourth Amendment says Obama is not at liberty to collect metadata
- Calling prison term disparities unfair, Obama commutes sentences for 8 crack offenders
- Homeland Security helps smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.
- Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!
- Armed response, not restrictive gun laws, brought swift end to school shooting
- Bill Gates: The Secret Santa disguised as a 'friendly fellow' on Reddit
- Obamacare 'pajamas boy' gets roundly mocked
- Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely for gay quip
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- U.S. Army mulls wiping out memory of Robert E. Lee, 'Stonewall' Jackson
- BOLTON: Nero in the White House
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Paul Rondeau exposes the propaganda, media tricks, and government policies that undermine our families, faith, freedom…and even life itself
Implement these actionable tips, how-to’s and best practices in 10 minutes or less to leverage online communications and technology for brand, business and career development.
The world impacts us. What happens in our towns, cities, states, country and on this planet makes a difference to us.
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow