Not a whole lot went right in new Washington manager Davey Johnson’s debut, well, not enough went right. The Nats dropped Davey’s debut 4-3 to the L.A. Angels despite Michael Morse, Ryan Zimmerman and Danny Espinosa all delivering solo bombs, Espinosa’s coming in ninth-inning heroics to push the game into extras.
But what is a 68-year old to do with the likes of Sean Burnett who gave up the game winner to the Angels, John Lannan who had his “worst game” in seven starts if you can even really call it that or $126 million man Jayson Werth and his 0-for-5 performance which only put more frosting on his June slump. He only has another day or two before it becomes a June AND July slump which isn’t good.
I guess the one thing Johnson can take from last night’s loss is this rare jewel: he got DH Matt Stairs on base. Of course Stairs went 0-for-2 , struck out twice and lowered his average to .111, but he walked and touched first base which is like him taking a step on the moon or something awesome like that.
Baby steps, Johnson, baby steps. Tonight is another 10 P.M. EST game and another night of baseball at an ungodly hour.