(Reading Steve McCatty's lips: "WTF, Tom!?" Screencap via MASN/TV)
"Gorzo kind of had to take it on his chin." (Davey Johnson, via post game interview/MASN, 4/19/2012)
Astros 1, Nationals 4: Edwin Jackson blows up in 5-run first, recovers after rough start. Zim hits first HR to make it a 1-run game. And then Tom Gorzelanny pretty much soaked the ballgame in gasoline and lit a match.
Here's a video of Bryce Harper getting heckled while playing CF in a game last weekend against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies). "Nice stirrups, Nyjer" is apparently the best these AAA-Phillies fans could come up with. Harper has certainly heard worse; and he will hear worse.
"It's a different kind of pitching than he's ever had in the Minor Leagues. You have some hard-throwing prospects and you also have your veteran Triple A, 4-A type of pitchers that could really pitch and command their stuff. They are not the blazing fastballs, but they try to get you out in some way. Harper has a good approach and he is hitting the ball very hard. He'll make his adjustment. I'm not too concerned about it." (Mike Rizzo, via Nationals.com, 4/19/2012)
Perhaps the most riveting video so far of the 2012 Washington Nationals season? See above: Davey Johnson reacts to a fire alarm during his pregame press conference before Tuesday's Nationals-Astros game at Nationals Park (link to CSN Washington.com video here). Okay, maybe "reacts" isn't the right way to describe it.
Interestingly, Davey reacted the same way in the 9th inning Tuesday night with Brad Lidge on the mound holding a 1-0 lead. But it all worked out.
Gio Gonzalez and MASN's Kristina Akra survived Gio's postgame interview without the Gatorade bucket making an appearance.
Nationals 1, Astros 0: Gio gets the kind of run support Jordan Zimmermann dreams about, just misses hitting first career home run, tosses a gem (7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 91-57 pitches-strikes, 9-1 groundouts-flyouts), survives Brad Lidge in the 9th.
Of course AdaMVP LaRoche drove in the winning run.
Nationals 6, Astros 3: Lombo's big 4-5, 2 RBI night helped save Stephen Strasburg from a no decision. Strasburg shines for five innings, stumbles, picked up by his mates in the sixth, Strasburg's line: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 93 pitches-61 strikes.
Video above: Tyler Clippard falling down just before throwing his first pitch of the 11th inning on Sunday. Balk with men on base, but no harm done with the bases empty. Just a few pitches later, the Nationals were trailing by 3. Harm done.
"It’s just normal stuff I’ve been going through my whole career. It’s nothing out of the ordinary. I felt really good today. I’ve been feeling good every outing. They’ve been doing a good job of looking out for me. I can’t ask for anything more." (Tyler Clippard, via Washington Post, 4/15/2012)