Archive for April, 2010

Nats break .500, Caps don’t clinch, Skins draft six

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

The Nationals broke the .500 mark with a win in the rubber game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. They had a strong seven-inning performance from pitcher Scott Olson. Last week the Nats split a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies, 2-2. During the ten-game home stand, the Nats went 6-4. Next up–six away games, three with the Chicago Cubs and three games with the Florida Marlins. The Nats are now 10-10 on the season after loosing to Chicago with a bases-loaded walk in the tenth inning.
Next home game is May 4 with the Atlanta Braves.
The Capitals series vs. the Montreal Canadians is now 3-3 with the Caps in the lead in the best of seven series. The all important game 7 will be Wednesday at Verizon Center. Big question: Will Bruce Boudreau start Jose Theodore or Semyon Varlamov in goal?
Last week marked the 75th NFL Draft. The Redskins drafted outside tackle Trent Williams from Oklahoma with the fourth pick in the first round. In April they traded there second round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for QB Donavan McNabb. They had no third and fifth round picks due to trades in previous years. In the fourth round they got linebacker Perry Riley from LSU. In the sixth round they got wide receiver Terrance Austin from UCLA. Lastly, they had three seventh round picks center Erik Cook from New Mexico, tight end Dennis Morris from Louisiana Tech, and outside lineman Selvish Caper from West Virginia. That wraps up the NFL draft for this season. The Skins still have a lot of work before the beginning of next season.

Caps 1-1 in playoffs, Nats hover at .500, United struggles

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Who would have thought, down 4-1 at the end of the second period, the Capitals would come back and send the game into overtime Saturday night at Verizon Center? The Caps did come back and won the game 6-5. The hero of the game was Nicklas Backstrom with a hat trick. He scored his third and the winning goal in OT.
Game 3 is Monday night at 7 p.m. as the playoff series shifts to Montreal for two games. Although they won Saturday’s game 2 in OT, the Caps had lost game 1 in OT Thursday night 3-2.
The Nationals are back to .500 baseball as they took 2-3 from the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park. Nats pitcher Livan Hernandez shut out the Brewers Saturday with an 8-0 victory. The Brew Crew salvaged the third game in the series on Sunday avoiding the sweep. Earlier in that week, the Nats lost a series in Philadelphia 1-2. Starting tonight, the Nats face a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park.
Still searching for their first win, D.C. United lost 2-0 to the Chicago Fire, Saturday night at RFK on a windy 55-degree night. YDC asked D.C. United head coach Curt Onalfo how the Fire defense frustrated his team. “[The Chicago Fire] have a lot of good attacking players. Patrick Nyarko causes havoc with his feet. Marco Pappa is one of the better midfielders in our league and an excellent passer with the ball, he has a great shot from distance. Collins John is a handful, and Brian McBride is a handful too. They caused us issues all night and are a dangerous team going forward,” Onalfo said.
D.C. United has three games at RFK Stadium–4/28, 5/1, and 5/5–to draw their first win.

Rock the red: Caps push to win first Stanley Cup in franchise history

Monday, April 12th, 2010

What a year it was for the Washington Capitals. They finished in first place in the Eastern Conference, and first place in the NHL, winning The Presidents’ Trophy with a record of 54-15-13 and 121 points. The trophy gives them home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Capitals were also Southeast Division champions for the third straight year. For the fourth time in five years, Alex Ovechkin scored 50 goals. His setup man, Nicholas Backstrom, recorded 101 points for a career best. The Caps had seven 20-goal scorers. Play-offs start against the Montreal Canadians Thursday at Verizon Center.
The Wizards have two games remaining on their 2009/2010 schedule: an away matchup at the New York Knicks, Monday at 7:30 p.m. and the season finale Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Center vs. the Indiana Pacers.
The Nationals went 3-3 in the first week of their new season. Losing the season series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies 1-2. Nevertheless they took two out of three from the New York Mets over the weekend.
Saturday April 10 marked a very special evening for the Philadelphia Union as they beat D.C. United 3-2 in their club’s franchise opener at Lincoln Financial Field. D.C. United is still looking for their first win. They have the opportunity against the Chicago Fire Saturday at RFK.

Opening daze and playoff puzzles: week of 3/28/10

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

In front of a crowd of 20,664, D.C. United’s new head coach Curt Onalfo made his RFK Stadium debut at the home opener on Saturday night. The New England Revolution turned to be Kenny Mansally show, as he scored two goals in the 80th and the 82nd min. That took the lead 2-0, and it was the final score of the game.

Also this week the Wizards snapped their 16- game-losing streak with a win over the New Orleans Hornets 96-91. They then lost the next night to the Chicago Bulls 95-87. There are seven games left in this season’s campaign.

On Tuesday, the Capitals lost in overtime 5-4 to the Ottawa Senators. They then won their next two games against the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1, and the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. The Caps have four games left on their schedule, with a fourth and final meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday at 7 p.m. It will be nationally televised on Versus .

As the NHL and NBA seasons are entering the playoffs, Monday, April 5, is Opening Day for Major League Baseball. The Washington Nationals begin their season at today at Nationals Park with a 1 p.m. first pitch vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. John Lannan takes the mound for the Nats against Roy Holliday for the Phillies. Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg is starting in the minors, for more practice with the Nats AA affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators.