May 04

Nationals First Inning Struggles Continue

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25)Well it was all set up for the Nationals to take over first place from the Atlanta Braves last night. The Braves went onto to lose their fifth game in a row, as they loss to the San Francisco Giants 3-1.  Tanner Roark, fresh off his best start in his career, on the mound against the sub .500 Philadelphia Phillies and then the bottom of the first inning came and went and saw the Nationals down 3-0 before Manager Matt Williams could blink.

If this was a once in a while occurrence of the Nationals getting down early maybe it could be over looked and Nationals fans could head into Sunday’s rubber game with their head held high looking forward to the rest of the season but it isn’t. In fact for the second game in a row the Nationals were down 3-0 before their own clean-up hitter could even see a pitch.

The most disturbing part of the Nationals two games in a row being down 3-0 is it is more than just two freak occurrences it has now become a trend. Read the rest of this entry »

May 04

Sebastian Vader: Past, Present, and a Promising Future

I have watched many baseball games in my life, and I have seen many great pitching performances. Most of these gems have been tossed by major league aces; I have witnessed guys like Chris Tillman, Jeremy Guthrie, Andy Pettite, and Stephen Strasburg overwhelm and overpower opponent lineups. However, one dominating performance that stands out was not thrown by an all-star. It was not even thrown by a major leaguer. It was the night of September 6th, as Ripken Stadium was hosting its first playoff game. The Aberdeen IronBirds were taking on the Tri-City ValleyCats, The pitcher? Sebastian Vader.
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May 04

Wizards second round playoff preview

DC rising

DC rising

We now know that the Washington Wizards will face the Eastern Conference’s number one seed Indiana Pacers in the second round of the playoffs. Just looking at the seeding would lead you to believe that Indiana is the favorite to win the series but I think you would be hard pressed to really make the case for them. Indiana’s biggest shortcoming is in the back court. No such trouble there for the Wizards. Read the rest of this entry »

May 03

Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Imaryland-football-uniforms-under-armour-5512magine being a fan or student of a college that could not afford to pay the expenses caused by athletics because of a new rule that colleges had to pay some of their athletes an extra bonus and therefore have to drop sports such as maybe football and basketball. This will be a reality for many students and fans if it is decided that college athletes, specifically football and basketball athletes, be paid. This possible rule change would cripple the players, the colleges, and all of college sports and that not putting this rule into effect would be the best solution. Read the rest of this entry »

May 03

Norfolk’s best game this year?

Eddie Gamboa became the first Tides’ starter to earn a win this season with his performance over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Friday night. Gamboa was helped by an offensive explosion by the Tides and won 10-0.
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May 03

Nationals vs Phillies 5/3/2014 Lineup and Things to Watch

100px-Washington_Nationals_logo_svgThis is Washington Nationals that were favorites to win the World Series this year as well as last year, currently 0.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East with a record of 17-12 and ranked 8th in the latest ESPN power ranking list. But with the Nationals continued struggles against the Braves they are going to have to beat the rest of the teams in the division to get enough of a lead over the Braves so their repeated losses to them do not cost them a chance in this year’s playoffs, like it did last year.

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May 03

Watch: Jimenez’s first Orioles win

May 03

Watch: Markakis’ first homer of the season

May 03

Orioles and Twins lineups game two and game notes

Photo: Greg Mac

Photo: Greg Mac

The Baltimore Orioles play the Minnesota Twins in the second game of the three game series.  The Orioles won last night 3 to 0 and climbed into first place in the AL East.  Manny Machado had his first hit since returning to the Orioles.

Ubaldo Jimenez had his first win as an Orioles last night and really had a fantastic game.  Jimenez line was 7.1 innings pitched, 0 earned runs and 10 strike outs.  Hopefully this is the Jimenez we see for the rest of the season.

Here are the lineups from a tweet from Brittany Ghiroli.

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May 03

Another win for the O’s!

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