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Pittsburgh at Washington

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Washington (11-26)0000500117114

Pirates take advantage of Nats' errors, bullpen implosion

CBSSports.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Jack Wilson already had a single and a pair of doubles when he ripped his first triple of the year, a drive into the right-field corner in the eighth inning.

"I'm not going to lie," the 31-year-old shortstop said. "I got to third base and said, 'I'm getting old."'

Not to worry. After all, it was a near certainty that the many of the Pittsburgh Pirates would get tired running the bases Monday night. They've been scoring runs aplenty, and no one gives them up like the Washington Nationals.

The Pirates have tallied 30 runs in a three-game winning streak, and they faced little resistance in a 12-7 win that opened a 10-game road trip. The Nationals made four errors and had another lead-blowing bullpen implosion, standard fare for the team with the worst record, pitching and fielding in the majors.

"It was just sad to see the way things are going with our bullpen. I've been in the game for a while, and I've never seen anything like it before," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "We have to change it up because it's not working. We went to young guys, veteran guys, and veterans or young, they're not getting it done."

A five-run sixth inning spurred Pittsburgh's win, which ended an eight-game road losing streak. Ross Ohlendorf (5-3) picked up the victory despite allowing four extra-base hits in a five-run fifth, and Craig Monroe hit a three-run homer.

"We're swinging the bats well," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said.

So are the Nationals, who have lost five straight despite scoring at least five runs in every game. But they also began the day with 37 errors, five more than any team in baseball, and wasted no time padding their lead.

Shortstop Cristian Guzman botched two ordinary ground balls in the first inning, first baseman Nick Johnson missed a pickoff attempt that hit him squarely in the glove in the third, and second baseman Anderson Hernandez bounced a relay throw that should have nailed a runner coming home in the sixth. All this from a team that lost Sunday when Hernandez moved out of the way of a throw on a bunt play, leading to a two-run error that cost his team the game.

The bullpen was also up to its usual antics.

Reliever No. 1, Garrett Mock (0-2), had a walk, a wild pitch, a hit batter and allowed Wilson's tying two-RBI double in just 15 pitches in the sixth inning. Reliever No. 2, Jesus Colome, allowed three hits in five batters as his ERA ballooned to 22.50.

At least the boos weren't loud in the mostly empty ballpark. The sparse crowd of 14,549 indicated that many in the D.C. area were unaware of the significance of the game, the first in major league history to have two starting pitchers with the first name Ross.

Nationals 2007 first-round draft pick Ross Detwiler, making his first major league start after getting recalled from Double-A earlier in the day, struck out six and allowed three runs and four hits in five innings.

Given the state of his bullpen, Acta was asked why he didn't let the rookie keep pitching.

"If I have to keep a Double-A guy out there because I don't want to go to my big league bullpen," Acta said, "then that's really scary."

Notes

  • Guzman had two hits to raise his average to .385. The team's leadoff hitter, he finally drew his first walk of the season, getting a fifth-inning pass in his 122nd plate appearance.
  • Brandon Moss' pinch-hit double in the sixth provided the game-winning RBI, but it was his only at-bat, ending his streak of five straight multihit games.
  • Nationals OF Austin Kearns appeared as a pinch hitter after missing three games with a hand injury, and CF Elijah Dukes sat out with a tight left hamstring.
  • Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman has reached safely in 36 straight games.
 
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Craig Monroe (18) busts a move with third-base coach Tony Beasley after the outfielder's three-run shot.  (AP)
Craig Monroe (18) busts a move with third-base coach Tony Beasley after the outfielder's three-run shot. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

N. Johnson
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Pittsburgh

J. Wilson
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Delwyn Young, RF6122032 .351
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5110022 .307
Nate McLouth, CF4111012 .293
Craig Monroe, LF5113011 .244
Adam LaRoche, 1B3200212 .230
Robinzon Diaz, C3100101 .318
Andy LaRoche, 3B4111011 .261
Jack Wilson, SS4342100 .293
Ross Ohlendorf, P2000012 .059
   a- Brandon Moss, PH1111000 .255
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000001 .254
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   c- Ramon Vazquez, PH1012000 .190
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals39121212410  
a-doubled for Ohlendorf in the 6th
b-grounded out for Gorzelanny in the 8th
c-doubled for Grabow in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (6, Colome), Jack Wilson 2 (6, Detwiler, Mock), Brandon Moss (6, Colome), Ramon Vazquez (1, Hanrahan)
3B - Jack Wilson (1, Wells)
HR - Craig Monroe (3, Detwiler)
SH - Andy LaRoche (2)
RBI - Delwyn Young 2 (7), Nate McLouth (29), Craig Monroe 3 (14), Andy LaRoche (16), Jack Wilson 2 (13), Brandon Moss (7), Ramon Vazquez 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth (7), Andy LaRoche (4), Ramon Vazquez 2 (3)
CS - Freddy Sanchez (1, 2nd base by Detwiler/Bard), Robinzon Diaz (1, 2nd base by Wells/Bard)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-LaRoche
PB - Robinzon Diaz (2)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ross Ohlendorf (W,5-3) 5655312 4.31
Jesse Chavez (H,3) 1.2200110 2.20
Tom Gorzelanny (H,1) 0.1000010 0.00
John Grabow 1211110 5.50
Matt Capps 1111100 7.62
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 91-51, Jesse Chavez 26-14, Tom Gorzelanny 5-3, John Grabow 33-16, Matt Capps 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 5-7, Jesse Chavez 3-1, John Grabow 2-0
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 22, Jesse Chavez 8, Tom Gorzelanny 1, John Grabow 6, Matt Capps 5
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS4120102 .385
Nick Johnson, 1B2213300 .336
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5121002 .358
Adam Dunn, RF3001112 .286
Josh Willingham, LF5020012 .221
Willie Harris, CF5210002 .244
Anderson Hernandez, 2B3010001 .277
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- Austin Kearns, PH1000011 .216
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Josh Bard, C4122001 .208
Ross Detwiler, P1000000 .000
   b- Alex Cintron, PH1000001 .080
    Garrett Mock, P0000000 .000
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
    Ronnie Belliard, 2B1000110 .200
Totals35711764  
a-struck out for Beimel in the 8th
b-flied out for Detwiler in the 5th
Batting
2B - Cristian Guzman (9, Ohlendorf), Ryan Zimmerman (14, J. Chavez), Josh Willingham (5, Capps), Willie Harris (2, Ohlendorf), Josh Bard 2 (2, Ohlendorf, Grabow)
HR - Nick Johnson (4, Ohlendorf), Ryan Zimmerman (10, Ohlendorf)
SF - Adam Dunn (1)
RBI - Nick Johnson 3 (24), Ryan Zimmerman (31), Adam Dunn (31), Josh Bard 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Johnson 3 (8), Ryan Zimmerman (10), Josh Bard (1)
CS - Cristian Guzman (2, 2nd base by Ohlendorf/Diaz)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Cristian Guzman 2 (5, Misplayed grounder), Anderson Hernandez (4, Throwing), Nick Johnson (5, Missed catch of throw)
Washington Nationals
Ross Detwiler 5432061 3.60
Garrett Mock (BS,2; L,0-2) 0.1133100 6.92
Jesus Colome 0.2322000 22.50
Kip Wells 1.2211120 6.00
Joe Beimel 0.1000000 4.50
Joel Hanrahan 1233220 6.75
HBP - McLouth (by Ross Detwiler), Diaz (by Garrett Mock)
WP - Garrett Mock (2), Joel Hanrahan (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 84-61, Garrett Mock 15-7, Jesus Colome 20-12, Kip Wells 30-16, Joe Beimel 3-3, Joel Hanrahan 32-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 4-7, Garrett Mock 1-0, Kip Wells 1-1, Joe Beimel 1-0, Joel Hanrahan 1-0
Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 22, Garrett Mock 4, Jesus Colome 5, Kip Wells 7, Joe Beimel 1, Joel Hanrahan 7
Game Information
Attendance - 14549
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Chad Fairchild