May 2014 archive

May 29

’05 Nats win 27 of 34 games

The Washington Nationals, the newest baseball franchise in D.C. ended a five game losing streak by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3 to 2. This one run victory would be the beginning of a five and a half week span that was one of the most enjoyable times in D.C. baseball history. The Nationals will …

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May 19

With rotation dinged again, Nats need quality starts – and good luck

Another week, another key injury for the Nationals. This time it’s Gio Gonzalez, who landed on the disabled list of for the first time in his seven-year career after being knocked around for a second straight start.  If you’re keeping score at home, that makes eight members of the opening day roster who have been …

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May 17

Charles Petty’s Bad Year

Charles Petty had a bad year in 1894. Charles Petty made his major league debut in 1889. Returning to the minors in 1893 he won 20 games for Savannah in the Southern Association. He signs with New York Giants. Petty pitches well and no doubt expected further success in 1894. The depression of 1893 is …

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May 14

The Big Train gives up First Earned Run in 55 Innings

May 14, 1913 – Washington Senators’ Walter Johnson streak of consecutive shutout innings pitched ended at 55 2/3 innings. The Senators star pitcher gave up a run against the St. Louis Browns in the 4th inning of the game that was played at Sportsman’s Park. Johnson improved his record to 8-0 as the Senators outscored …

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May 12

Parity? Nationals put disparity on display

Parity seems to be a buzzword in the major leagues these days. Much has been written about how the low-budget, small-market teams like the Oakland A’s are competitive with big-spending clubs. It was disparity, however, that best described last weekend’s series between Nationals and the A’s. It played out like a three-day infomercial for “Moneyball,” …

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May 09

“A big stiff!”

Did you hear the one about the fan who called a baseball player “A big stiff!” and was then tossed into jail? It happened at National Park on Saturday 14 April 1894 in an exhibition game. Washington defeated the local YMCA nine in a one-sided game. Fans might have remembered that Harry Colliflower was in …

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May 05

Hang on, help is on the way

What a frustrating weekend for the Nationals and their fans. After beating up on the hapless Houston Astros and another of their characteristic come-from-behind victories in the series opener in Philadelphia, the road trip went south in a hurry. The Nats’ bats fell silent at the hands of AJ Burnett and Roberto Hernandez in a …

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May 04

Spotlight on Nicholas Pivetta

The Suns defeated the visiting Lexington Legend 7 to 1 on Saturday 3 May in front of a sparse crowd at Municipal Stadium. The win gives Patrick Anderson’s high flying Hagerstown Suns a record of 20-7 in SALY League play. Anderson is best known for his highly successful work with the 2013 CGL Nationals. Anderson …

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May 03

Tearing Down the Chicken Wire

May 3, 1949 The Senators (3-11) arrive in Chicago (8-5) for a short two game series with the White Sox. The team is looking to snap a two game slide. In baseball, as in life, timing is everything. Before the 1949 season started the White Sox GM Frank Lane had a chicken-wire fence installed in …

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May 01

Hurst Responds

What Tim Hurst says places a somewhat different version upon the affair, states the Cincinnati Enquirer. He says the glass which he threw into the crowd, and which struck Cartuyvelles, hit him upon the foot as it rolled over the ground. Tim also asserts that a second glass was hurled from the grand stand, and …

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