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Ryan Zimmerman returns with a bang

May 1, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

Ryan Zimmerman rounding bases.jpgRyan Zimmerman hadn’t played in nine days with a bum hamstring, but he returned last night and hit
two home runs — both full-count blasts off Ricky Nolasco — to lead the Nationals past the Marlins. Zimmerman ended the night with
the two bombs, a double, a walk and three RBI.

The Mets, Nats and Phillies are all within 1.5 games of each other. The Marlins are three back. Despite their horrific skid, the Braves are only five back.

Like I said a couple of hours ago: the NL East is going to be fun times.

  1. Old Gator - May 1, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    What a horrible game – well, for the Feesh, anyway. 11-12 now, looking up at .500 and likely to be doing that quite a bit in the early going. I don’t think they’ll stay this bad: Coghlan, the unanticipated black hole in the lineup for most of the first month of the season, got a couple more hits and is close enough to the Mendoza line again that he can probably smell respectability like a muslin bag of jockstraps fresh back from the laundry. Hanley Ramirez, having locked that hideous “342” amulet Scrooge McLoria had made for him during one of his infrequent attacks of porphyria, still has to run off the curse it carried and hit his stride but I feel confident that he will do so. Maybin, to me the swing factor in this offense (and supposedly in this surprisingly execrable defense as well), especially once the Devil returns for Jorge Cantu’s soul, still shows no sign of getting locked in and staying that way. And again, tellingly, his power numbers are really bad for a guy with his strength.
    There’s a santera down the block here – there’s one down every block in Macondo – who could probably help Fat Freddy keep his job beyond the Allstar Bust. The guy uses Ginsu knives in his sacrifices, so it’ll be quick and clean, but Freddy will have to bring his own goat.

  2. Old Gator - May 2, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    There now, Saturday night was much better for the Feesh, although Zimmerman continues to hammer the ball – a booming double off the center field wall in the 9th that really looked like it was going out but sank like the Titanic at the last moment. Otherwise, Chris Volstad had hisself one of them “up” nights – 4 hits, 8 Ks, 1 earned run, complete game. The umpiring was delightfully atrocious, with the home plate umpire setting up a strike zone that lurched up, down and sideways all night, but the big guy kept his cool and the Gnats couldn’t really make much of him. In addition, the Feesh got some smart plays afield from Jorge Cantu, with Chris Coghlan – still struggling to find his footing at bat – channeling Jeff Francouer and throwing out Adam Kennedy trying to stretch a single from way back in foul territory in the ninth, making Zimmerman’s following double harmless. Then Volstad struck out Dunn looking to ice the game. No errors for the Teal Terrors tonight. Nice change of pace.
    Jorge Cantu took over the NL lead in RBIs with a 2-run homer, and Hanley Ramirez showed some sign of emerging from his funk with a three run no doubter. Just hope he never puts that crass “342” amulet on again. If it was cursed by the same Kreyol Kurtain houngan I think it was, he may never be able to take it off.
    The Fat Freddy termination clock grinds to a halt for one evening. Josh Johnson pitches on Sunday. Let’s see if he can move the hands back just a bit.

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