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Game #67 Recap: Lack of Communication Opens Door for a Nats Win

by: Andrea Borrelli 

The Nationals power hitters came to play Saturday andsupported a strong start by Jordan Zimmermann. In what has become commonplace for the Nats so far this season the lead was squandered and the Nationals had to fight to pull out a 7-6 win.

The game looked like it might be a stress-free when Ryan Zimmerman and Jason Werth hit two back-to-back home runs in the first and Ian Desmond smashed a solo shot in the second. The top of the third brought two more runs, including Zimmerman coming home on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 5-0. Indians’ starting pitcher, Scott Kazmir, ended up being pulled after two and two thirds innings and 75 pitches. 

 

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A Quick Turnaround Story: The Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians were one of baseball’s biggestsurprises through late May, using a strong offense, decent starting pitching, and a good bullpen to record a 26-17 record at the 43-game mark of the season.

Although Cleveland has struggled since – the Indians have gone 6-16 over the past 22 games, mostly due to their offense slowing down –, the team’s season has still been fairly successful for a team with modest expectations coming into the season.

Much of the Indians’ success is due in large part to shrewd moves made in the offseason, mitigating the loss of Shin-Soo Choo by acquiring Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, and Mark Reynolds via free agency and Drew Stubbs and a few solid bullpen arms via trade.

The cost-benefit analysis and marginal upgrades behind the acquisitions of Swisher and Bourn, upon reflection, deserve particular praise.

 

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