With the Nats on the cusp of their first 100-loss season, we will countdown to the momentous occasion here after each loss leading up to the milestone.
I almost — almost — feel bad for using this image of Shairon Martis watching Jorge Cantu round the bases after hitting a homer, because despite the Nats losing 2-1, Martis showed some serious promise, again. He pitched five innings, K’ed nine and Cantu’s bomb was the only earned run he gave up. This on the heels of his last start, in which he gave up two runs over five innings. So, Martis is 0-2 in two starts, but at 21-years-old, he’s shown that he might, maybe, please God, be a bright spot in this rotation next season.
Epic Failure of the Game: Paul Lo Duca, mostly for still trying to cling to a big league career, despite no longer being able to take steroids. He was kind enough to talk with Chico for a few minutes yesterday, during which he apologized to the Nats, yet again. Apology still not accepted, douchebag. Oh, and in his lone AB last night for the Marlins, he hit a single, tried to stretch it into a double and was thrown out at second. As Chico pointed out, it was an apt metaphor for his career.