Thursday, Jun 4, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT
?'s For The DC Faithful...
• Would Have Been Fun To Play One At Midnight, Right?
• Is Dunn Going To Pick It Up With Dukes Back?
• Pick A Pitcher That'll Prosper Under McCatty? Explain?
• Can The Nationals Get Through A Game Without An Error?
Don't Look At Randy When It's A Game Day...
#51 / Pitcher / San Francisco Giants
Sep 10, 1963
'09 Stats - (4-4, 5.71 ERA), 54 K's, 52.0 IP, 56 H, 33 R, 33 ER, 10 HR, 19 BB, 1.44 WHIP, .279 AVG.
vs DC - 10 GS, (4-3, 2.99 ERA), 3 CG, 72.1 IP, 69 H, 26 R, 24 ER, 7 HR, 14 BB, 101 K's.
This Day In Montreal Expos' History: The Other One That Got Away - (leftover from 6/3/09 PPD)
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988 and then traded to Montreal in November of '93 straight-up for IF Delino Deshields, 22-year-old RHP Pedro Martinez was in the Expos' rotation when the '94 season started and he finished the year 11-5, in the midst of a five-game winning streak when the strike brought an abrupt end to the campaign after only 114 games. On June 3, 1995, Pedro Martinez was (3-1) and coming off two no-decisions when he took the mound in Qualcomm Stadium against the San Diego Padres and proceeded to pitch nine perfect innings...in a 0-0 tie, forcing then-Expos' Manager Felipe Alou to send his 23-year-old ace back to the mound for the tenth, after Montreal scored in the top of the frame to make a 10-inning perfect game a possibility...Pedro had thrown 94 pitches to that point...he would only throw two more...
...Martinez's night ended quickly when he threw a 2-0 pitch to Bip Roberts, and gave up a double to start the home half of the frame, allowing for Pedro to finally be lifted, with the win at least, if not the perfect game. Martinez would pitch just two more seasons in Montreal, one a Cy-Young-worthy effort, after which he was traded to Boston, where he'd pitch for the next seven seasons, culminating with the '04 Sox' World Series win.
DC Starting Lineup...
- Alberto "The General" Gonzalez - SS
- Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
- THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 3B
- The Big Dunn-K - LF
- Elijah "Super" Dukes - CF
- AK - RF
- Ronnie B. - 2B
- Wil "Blocker" Nieves - C
- The Kid They Call Zim(n)!!! feat. 95 mph heat!!!
Nationals Stand In The Way Of History...
3 of the 299. Randy Johnson, the Montreal Expos' 2nd Round pick, 36th overall in the 1985 Draft, was born in Walnut Creek, California and drafted out of USC, and he recorded just 3 of his 299 career victories in a Montreal uniform before he was traded to the Seattle Mariners in 1989 along with pitcher Gene Harris and Brian Holman in return for Mark Langston. Twenty-one seasons, 4091.1 innings, 100 complete games, 37 shutouts, 4,843 K's, 33 balks, 106 wild pitches, 188 hit batters, 1 hit bird, 1 pushed camera man and 1 funny cameo at the end of a commercial later, Randy Johnson stands to become one of the last pitchers who'll reach the 300 win plateau, since the game has changed so much that any young pitcher today doing so seems improbable...But that doesn't mean I want him getting his 300th "W" in Nationals Park...
Before his start against DC earlier this year on May 11th, Johnson hadn't faced the DC/Monteal franchise that brought him into baseball since 2004, when the then-D-Back dropped a 4-0 decision to the Expos' right-hander Livan Hernandez. When the Nationals visited AT&T Park for a 3-game series from May 11th-13th, Johnson matched up against right-hander Daniel Cabrera, who has since left the Nationals' rotation and roster, so this time Johnson gets DC righty Jordan Zimmerman, who's looking for the third win of his own major league career...
Zimmermann's been looking for that third win since April 26th when he beat the Mets in Citi Field, but he's lost two of his last six starts with four no-decisions, and Washington's 1-5 with their 23-year-old right-hander on the mound over that stretch, which includes a May 12th outing in San Francisco in which Zimmermann gave up 7 hits and 5 ER. Overall in May, Zimmermann's given up 42 hits, 28 ER and 11 BB in 34.2 IP in which he's collected 29 K's and posted a 7.27 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and a .302 BAA.
The Nationals vs Randy Johnson...
Ronnie Belliard - 5 for 23, .217 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 7 K's.Elijah Dukes - 1 for 3, .333 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Adam Dunn - 1 for 12, .083 AVG, 7 K's.
Nick Johnson - 1 for 5, .200 AVG, 1 BB, 3 K's.
Austin Kearns - 2 for 5, .400 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Ryan Zimmerman - 2 for 3, .667 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Check the NatCast if you're heading to Nationals Park...
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