Today's Top 5:
5. E: 60-61: E: 60 - It happened again. This time in the first. A bunt with a runner on. Adam Dunn tries his best to get to the high throw from Atilano, but can't. Throwing error on Atilano, his second E, the Nats' 60th. Two runners on to start the Tigers' first, but Atilano gets a DP grounder from Magglio Ordonez and a swinging K from Miguel Cabrera to "Early-2010-Livan" his way out of trouble...E: 61 - Two-out line drive to left from Brennan Boesch with Ramon Santiago on first after a leadoff single to start the third. Willingham's charged with a tough E when the ball gets by him allowing Santiago to take third, but Nats' right-hander Luis Atilano gets an inning-ending groundout from Carlos Guillen to end the bottom of the third..Josh Willingham's 1st Error of 2010? Good work, Hammer. Nats' 61 in 66 games. Neither of these errors cost the Nats runs, but it's unpleasant aesthetically speaking...
4. The Backup Catcher And Cabrera: Know this, Miguel Cabrera owns the Washington Nationals. It's a fact. Entering play today, the 27-year-old former Fish was hitting .331/.411/.648 in 84 games against the Expos/Nationals in which he'd collected 17 doubles, 1 triple, 21 HR's and 75 RBI's. Cabrera's 2 for 5 with a run scored and 3 RBI's this afternoon, doubling in the Tigers' third and fourth runs to chase Luis Atilano and scoring the fifth to break a streak we'll discuss in no.2...Atilano allows three straight one-out hits in second, the third a two-run double by Tigers' catcher Alex Avila, then does the same in the fifth before Cabrera's double ends his afternoon...(after he'd saved his replacement the trouble of an intentional walk...) • Atilano's Line: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 83 pitches, 53 strikes.
3. Cy Bonderman: Tigers' right-hander Jeremy Bonderman retires the first 11 batters he faces before Ryan Zimmerman breaks up the no-hit bid with a two-out single in the fourth. Zim's stranded though, when Adam Dunn flies out and Bonderman puts the Nats down in order in the fifth for his fourth 1-2-3 inning of 5.0 IP. Ian Desmond doubles to lead off the Nats' sixth and scores on a one-out single by Cristian Guzman for the Nats' first run of the game, but Bonderman's up 5-1 at that point, and 7-1 a frame later when he gives up Adam Dunn's 16th HR...
• Bonderman's Line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7 K's, 1 HR, 95 pitches, 65 strikes. `
2. Storen Allows Inherited Run To Score: After he'd saved Stephen Strasburg from a few earned runs against in a game against the Indians on Sunday, Nats Insider.com's Mark Zuckerman reported (via Twitter @markzuckerman) that the Nats' second '09 1st Round pick, Drew Storen, had stranded 12 of 12 inherited runners since making his debut in St. Louis on May 17th...That streak ended today when Storen entered the game in the fifth and gave up an RBI single to Carlos Guillen that drove Miguel Cabrera in after he'd doubled off Atilano.
1. SHAKE N BAKE!!!!: Adam Dunn hits another one. The third time in his last four games, and sixth in his last nine. Adam Dunn has 16 HR's on the year after taking a slider over the middle of the plate and low from Jeremy Bonderman and driving it out to right-center to make it 7-2 Tigers in a game that ends 8-3 with Detroit having swept the three-game series with Washington in Comerica Park, and the Nationals are now 31-36, 18-26 in May and June since going 13-10 in April. The Nats drop five of six on the road against the Indians and Tigers after sweeping the Pirates in three-straight and head home with Stephen Strasburg once again on the mound in position as the stopper when he faces the White Sox' Mark Buerhle tomorrow night in Nationals Park.
• Miss The Game? The DC Faithful Were In Rare Form....
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Final Score: Tiger 8, Nats 3. (AND SERIOUSLY CLICK THAT LINK BACK THERE<<<<, THE BLESS YOU BOYS' SWEEP PIC IS HILARIOUS)....