Archive for May, 2010

Long road trip to follow Battle of the Beltways, Sun clouds Mystics’ streak, DC United hosts AC Milan May 26

Monday, May 24th, 2010

After falling below the .500 mark for the first time since early on in the season, the Nationals are back above it. This weekend was the three-game Battle of the Beltways as the Baltimore Orioles visited Nationals Park for the first interleague series of 2010. The Nats won the series Sunday in dramatic fashion as Josh Willingham hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to win it 4-3. He did that after Matt Capps blew his first save in 16 tries when he allowed two Orioles to cross the plate in the top of the ninth. The Nats travel to the West Coast for three-game series with the San Francisco Giants, May 24-27, and San Diego Padres, May 26-30. Next, they travel to Texas to play the Houston Astros Memorial Day and June 1-3. They come back home June 4, when fans hope Stephen Strasburg will be called up to the big leagues.
On Friday, the Washington Mystics won their home opener at Verizon Center 77-61 defeating the New York Liberty. The Mystics started the season on fire, 3-0. In Friday’s game they were down by ten points and clawed their way back to win. They played in front of a loud house of 10,158 at the Phone Booth. The Mystics’ leading scorer was Lindsey Harding with 21 points. She led in minutes playing 37:57 in the game. After starting the season 3-0, The Mystics fell Sunday to the Connecticut Sun, 80-65.
Also, DC United continues its struggles to put the ball in the back of the net as they fell to the Houston Dynamo 2-0. Wednesday, May 26, United plays a friendly as AC Milan comes to RFK Stadium. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m.

Nats welcome Storen to the bigs, United in big hole, Backy signs big

Monday, May 17th, 2010

After winning its series against the New York Mets, The Nationals had a very strange series at the Colorado Rockies. The Nats won the first game of the four-game series 14-6 in a rainy evening at Coors Field. That game was called in the eighth inning due to field conditions. The game on Friday night was postponed setting up a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Both the day game and the night game went to the Rockies. The Nats tried to split the series on Sunday afternoon. The game was tied at 1, but the Nats bullpen failed to keep the tie and gave up the go-ahead run in the late innings. The Nats travel to St. Louis for a quick two-game series. The Nats come back home for a two-game series with the New York Mets at Nationals Park May 19 and 20.
This weekend marks the Battle of the Beltway. The Baltimore Orioles come to Nationals Park for a three-game series as interleague play starts.
DC United continues to struggle whether it is at RFK Stadium or on the road. They lost Saturday 1-0 vs. the Colorado Rapids at RFK. Sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 1-7 record, United has allowed 16 goals and only scored four goals on the season.
Some other D.C. news: The Nationals promoted 2009 first-round draft pick pitcher Drew Storen to the big leagues. He will be in the bullpen for the St. Louis game today. The Capitals re-signed Nicklas Backstrom to a 10-year deal. Tarik El-Bashir, The Washington Post Capitals Insider, reports that it escalates to a total $67 million over the life of the contract. Finally, the Redskins added some depth as they signed defensive lineman veteran Vonnie Holliday, a free agent who played for the Denver Broncos last season.

Congrats to Nats, rivalries and OTAs for Redskins, United ISO victories

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The Nationals played the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins last week, winning both three-game series. Sunday, Matt Capps pitched his 13th save of the season, which leads the majors. Josh Willingham hit the go ahead home run to take the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth. The Marlins had tied the game in the top of the eighth. Next up for the Nats is a nine-game road trip with stops in New York, Colorado and St. Louis.
The Redskins finished up their second mini camp this past weekend. There are a lot of high expectations going into next season. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan told Redskins.com’s Gary Fitzgerald, “There is competition at every position, competition for roster spots, competition to make the Redskins better. One of our goals, once we do start training camp, is to have our top 80 guys.” Next up for the Skins are voluntary organized team activities in May and early June. June 18 starts mandatory mini camps.
After a few games at RFK Stadium, DC United tried its luck to get some victories on the road. However, that did not happen. They lost 1-0 to FC Dallas, Saturday night. Jeff Cunningham scored in the 68th minute to take the 1-0 lead. That turned out to be the only goal of the evening. United comes home to RFK Stadium May 15 to play the Colorado Rapids.

DC United uneven, Nats post best April in DC, Caps exit playoffs

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Wednesday at RFK Stadium, DC United won the US Open Cup play-in game against FC Dallas 4-2 in front of a crowd of 2,804. 17-year old rookie, Andy Najar scored a goal and an assist on the evening. On Saturday, United lost 2-0 against the New York Red Bulls, the MLS Eastern Conference top team. Next up for United is on Cinco De Mayo vs. the Kansas City Wizards at 7 p.m. at RFK.
The first month of the 2010 season marked one of the best April records for the Nationals since they moved here from Montreal in 2005. They had a record of 13-10 to close out the month. Although April was a good month for them, May did not start off so well. They lost 7-1 to the Florida Marlins on Saturday night and 9-3 on Sunday in Florida. With an off-day on Monday they come back home for a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins. Tuesday is also a t-shirt Tuesday for the first 10,000 fans that walk through the turnstiles.
The Capitals season ended earlier than fans expected as they fell in Game 7 of the playoffs to the Montreal Canadians, 2-1. It was an awful way to end the series on home-ice after leading the series 3-1. The Caps power play was the best in the regular season at 25 percent effectiveness. In the playoffs, it was 1-33. The most used sports saying that Caps fans can say again is, “There is always next year.” Hopefully they will have another exciting run to the Stanley Cup playoffs next season.