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Washington Nationals
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Saturday, May 30, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Shairon Martis vs Cole Hamels

Mostly clear. Game time temperature around 75.

?'s For The DC Faithful...

• Smarty vs Hamels? Who You Got?

• Can Dukes Please Come Back...Soon?

• Who Do You Start In The Outfield Tonight?

• 120 Pitches? Think Strasburg Should Be Shut Down For '09?

• Was That Really An Entire Game In Philly Without A HR Last Night?


Stephen Strasburg Suffers First Loss Of '09, Nationals Lose 34th, 5-4 To Phillies.
The Nats Scapegoat-Manny Acta
Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals Linked to Steroid Report

Complete Coverage >


Cole Hamels Is Going To Stare At You Now...

Cole Hamels

#35 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies





Dec 27, 1983

'09 Stats - (2-2), 8 GS, 42.1 IP, 50 H, 23 R, 22 ER, 9 HR, 9 BB, 43 K's, 4.68 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, .299 BAA.

vs DC - (5-3), 13 GS, 83.2 IP, 66 H, 19 R, 18 ER, 7 HR, 24 BB, 87 K's, 1.94 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, .216 BAA.

His Name Is Cole Hamels, And He Dominates DC...

Cole Hamels rolled his ankle fielding a bunt 4.1 innings into his last start against the Washington Nationals, and after attempting just one pitch from the rubber, the Phillies' left-handed ace disgustedly tossed the ball to Phils' Manager Charlie Manuel as he walked off the mound. The Nationals hadn't scored a run on Hamels, who walked 2 and K'd 4, continuing his dominance of DC, which started last season, with the 25-year-old '08 World Series MVP surrendering just 1 run in 3 starts and 22.1 IP in which he posted a 0.40 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP, and held the Nationals to a .177 AVG.

The Nationals vs Hamels...

Ronnie Belliard - 6 for 25, .240 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 8 K's.

Adam Dunn - 1 for 9, .111 AVG, 1 2B, 2 BB, 5 K's.

Cristian Guzman - 3 for 8, .375 AVG.

Nick Johnson - 3 for 13, .231 AVG, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K's.

Austin Kearns - 6 for 23, .261 AVG, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K's.

Justin Maxwell - 2 for 5, .400 AVG.

Josh Willingham - 2 for 13, .231 AVG, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI's, 2 BB, 7 K's.

Ryan Zimmerman - 11 for 39, .282 AVG, 2 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI's, 1 BB, 8 K's.

(5-0) On A 13-34 Team, We Call Him Smarty!!

Shairon Martis walked 4, K'd 3 and gave up a 8 hits, 1 HR and 7 ER in 5.0 IP last time he started in Citizens Bank Park on April 27th, but the Nationals' 22-year-old righty received no decision in what was eventually a 13-11 DC loss. In his only other start against Philadelphia, (Martis made a relief appearance against Philly in '08), Martis beat the Phillies in DC's Nationals Park for the Nationals' first win of the 2009 season.

Martis vs The Phillies...

Ryan Howard - 2 for 5, .400 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI's.

Raul Ibanez - 4 for 6, .677AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI.

Chase Utley - 2 for 4, .500 AVG, 2 BB.

Shane Victorino - 2 for 6, .333 AVG, 1 BB.

DC Starting Lineup...(courtesy of the Washington Post's Chico Harlan).

  1. Anderson "Elvis" Hernandez - 2B
  2. Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
  4. The Big Walky - RF
  6. AK - CF...AK - CF???
  7. Alberto "The General" Gonzalez - SS
  8. Wil "Blocker" Nieves - C
  9. Smarty - SP.

Manny Acta vs Jerry Manuel...

Eric Simon from the SBN's New York Mets blog, Amazin' Avenue, posted an article yesterday entitled, "Jerry Manuel vs Manny Acta: The Quotes" where Mr. Simon compared the progressive stat-based approach of the Nationals' Manager Manny Acta to that of the old school Mets' Manager Jerry Manuel by placing quotes on a variety of subjects side by side and asking the reader to identify who made each statement. I don't think you'll be surprised whose approach Mr. Simon prefers...

Acta's Not Going To Yell...

Washington Post writer Chico Harlan talked to DC Manager Manny Acta recently, and he writes about the conversations in an article entitled, "Acta Sees No Need For Alarm", in which Mr. Acta explains exactly how he arrived at his unwavering calm over the course of his career.

NOTES: (ed. note - "I'll add my wittyless observations here throughout the day, so check back or add your own in the comments, and I'll add them here as well...")

• I was multi-tasking last night, and maybe wasn't paying as much attention to the Nationals' game as usual, but was it just me or did the misplays in the outfield have as much to do with the loss as anything Ross Detwiler did?

• Kearns in center? Shoot for the gaps, Phils!!!

For A Phillies Fan's Perspective, Check Out The SBN's Philadelphia Phillies Blog:

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