"I thought it was an excellent outing for him, period. Something we haven't been getting lately -- a well-pitched ballgame." (Frank Robinson, via Washington Post, 6/24/2006)
Patterson impressive in return -- 6 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 3 strikeouts. 82 pitches -- but Nats lose 2-1 snoozefest in Baltimore.
Nick-less Nats' offense sputters and flails against O's Lopez.
No sign of a rivalry in sight. Just two second-to-last-place teams slogging along, really...
First time a baseball team from Washington has played a regular season game in Baltimore since 1971 and blah blah blah etc.
Did O's fans "reclaim their territory last night? The Sun's David Steele thinks so.
We were bored to tears by series opener. If not for Patterson, there really would be nothing to talk about -- unless you think starting Daryle Ward at DH instead of Marlon Anderson would have made a difference -- was that a "gut" decision by Frank, or did he flip a coin? Just wondering.
That's four straight losses. 11 games under .500. A half game out of last place in the NL East.
O'Connor vs. Loewen today...
Armas to 15-day DL, retroactive to June 20.
(Photoby Gail Burton/AP)