Archive for June, 2010

Nats suffer two sweeps, Strasburg sets record, United wins, Jamal Brown joins Skins, Haynesworth snubs mini camp

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Not a very good week for the Nationals as they got swept twice–by the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park and by the Chicago White Sox at Nats Park this past weekend. Even with the 2-1 lost, Stephen Strasburg pitched a no-decision on Saturday with seven strong innings. He pitched 10 strikeouts and no walks in front of another sell-out crowd at Nats Park. Strasburg now holds the MLB record for most strikeouts in his first three major league starts. This season at Nats Park, he has 24 strikeouts and no walks. His next outing comes Wednesday vs. the Kansas City Royals with a 4:35 first pitch at Nats Park.
DC United played a friendly match at RFK on Saturday against the El Salvador national team. United beat them 1-0 as Adam Christman scored a goal in the 51st minute. United’s next match will be played away with the Columbus Crew at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Some Redskins news as the team made a trade to get offensive linemen Jamal Brown from the New Orleans Saints for a 2011 draft pick. Jamal Brown was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2008. Also, Albert Haynesworth did not show up at mandatory mini camps this past week. He issued a statement June 23, 2010, that mentions the main training camp opening next month, “Despite my current differences with the Redskins, I have always planned to attend training camp and honor my contract. As I have previously said, I am continuing to prepare for the season individually and will report on time, in shape and ready to play football. Any issues I have with the club I will discuss privately and therefore do not plan to make any further public comments about this matter.”

Mystics win at home, Strasburg adds eight Ks, Storen shines in save, United signs Boskovic

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Saturday, June 12, the Mystics beat the New York Liberty by 17 points at the Verizon Center winning the game 82-65. YDC asked Mystics Head Coach Julie Plank what she said during the time out after NY had cut the lead to four. “We just needed to keep focus,” she said, admitting that she couldn’t remember her exact words.
Eight more strikeouts and another win added to Stephen Strasburg’s rookie season. He went five and one-third innings giving up one solo home run Sunday, June 13, in interleague play on the road. Strasburg only gave up two hits but walked five batters. He seemed to have problems with the mound at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Slipping off it several times after releasing the ball could have affected his confidence. When he left in the sixth inning the bases were loaded, but rookie teammate Drew Storen shut the door. He retired Russell Branyan with a pop fly and fanned final batter Jhonny Peralta stranding three. The final score was 9-4 in favor of the Nats.
YDC bets Strasburg’s next outing will come Friday against the Chicago White Sox at Nats Park with a 7:05 first pitch. In the middle of the three-game series, Fox gives the Nats national exposure Saturday with a 4:10 first pitch. This is a stand that could bring President Obama to the park.
Coming up this week are mandatory mini camps for the Washington Redskins, which will last two days.
Saturday June 19, DC United hosts a friendly match with the El Salvador national team at 7:30 at RFK Stadium. United announced Monday the signing of midfielder Branko Bošković from Rapid Vienna. He’ll be a designated player. Bošković captained Montenegro’s national team, which failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Strasburg dominates, Nats tap Harper, United notch three wins and a tie

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Rookie pitcher, Stephen Strasburg made his major league debut Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 40,315 at Nationals Park. There was so much hype leading up to the game and Strasburg gave us what we were all looking for. He won the game pitching seven strong innings. The biggest stat of the night: he struck out 14 batters. And he walked zero. The final seven batters he faced struck out. He did give up a two-run homerun in the fourth inning, but was superb after that.
After the Nats were down from the home run Strasburg gave up, Adam Dunn homered to the upper deck in right field. Josh Willingham followed with a solo shot to left field. This helped the Nats win the game 5-2.
Strasburg’s next start is Sunday in Cleveland against the Indians with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.
Although the Nats won big against the Astros (14-4) in Houston Memorial Day. The Astros took the four-game series at Minute Maid Park by winning the next three games. The Cincinnati Reds took two of three games at Nats Park, June 4-6.
Bigger news Monday night, June 7, was off the field. The Nats used the No. 1 draft pick to snag 17-year-old power hitter Bryce Harper.
D.C. United’s three-game win streak came to an end as they tied Real Salt Lake on Saturday with a 0-0 final score. United travels to the West Coast where they are meeting up with Seattle Sounders FC, Thursday night at 10:00 p.m That game will be broadcasted live on ESPN 2.

Memorial Day weekend full of good news for fans of Nats, DC United and Mystics

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The news finally broke as the Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo announced that pitcher Stephen Strasburg will make his major league debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park, June 8, 7 p.m.
Memorial Day, the Nats climbed back to .500 with a win over the Houston Astros, 14-4. A day earlier, the last game of the San Diego Padres series made a very special day for third basemen Ryan Zimmerman. He hit his 100th and 101st career home runs. That was not enough as the Nats fell in extra innings, 3-2. Zimmerman hit three home runs in two games. The Nats closed May with a record of 26-26, but tied for fourth place in the National League East Division, only 3.5 games out of first place.
D.C. United had two big wins this week as they defeated AC Milan at RFK Stadium 3-2 on Wednesday, May 26, in front of a crowd of 30,367. After that match they had to play Chivas USA on Saturday at RFK Stadium. United defeated them as well, 3-2. Next, it’s United vs. Real Salt Lake, June 2, 7:30 p.m in a U.S. Open Cup game at RFK Stadium .
After three losses on the road, the Mystics came back home to victory at the Verizon Center over the Connecticut Sun Sunday afternoon. They won the game 69-65.The Mystics are in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-3 record and are 2.5 games out of first place.