A departure from the press box after 2 a.m. sure doesn’t lend itself well to early morning blog posts. But I figured I had plenty to discuss after last night’s wackiness.
Blake Treinen will make his first major league start tonight.
Who will the 25-year-old oppose? Only the best pitcher on the planet in Clayton Kershaw.
What type of lineup will Treinen face? One that features Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Dee Gordon (don’t scoff, he’s hitting .342 and has stolen 19 bags already) and possibly Yasiel Puig, if he’s healthy enough to play.
Go get ‘em, Blake.
The Nationals are calling on Treinen after their marathon night last night, in which they sat through a 3-hour, 17-minute rain delay and picked up a well-deserved 4-0 win.
That would have been a tough one to lose last night, after taking an early 2-0 lead on Anthony Rendon’s blast and waiting out the delay.
But the bullpen was tremendous, allowing just three hits over five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and no walks, and Danny Espinosa provided some late insurance with a two-run shot into the home bullpen.
What do players do in the clubhouse during a rain delay of more than three hours? Probably along the lines of what we all do.
“We were kinda watching the Wizards and Pacers game and kind of going back and forth,” Aaron Barrett said. “Drew (Storen) and Gio (Gonzalez) were kinda rooting against each other, so that was kinda fun.”
Storen is an Indianapolis native, hence the Pacers love.
Once that was all done with and the players could actually retake the field, only a few dozen fans remained in the stands. Those who stayed were loud, but the radio broadcast could be heard echoing from the concourse through the entire stadium, and each individual comment made by those behind the dugouts was received loud and clear by the players.
“You can hear every word at that point,” Espinosa said. “It’s like a back field spring training game.”
“Felt like spring training, when you’re in Kissimmee or something like that,” Barrett said.
It’s not easy to gear back up mentally and have to get in game mode after a delay that long, and it’s not easy to stay locked in when the number of people left in attendance is about that of some Little League games. But the Nats came away with a nice win in the series opener, and now will hope Treinen can go out there and bring the goods today.
Quick note: Today is the final day for fans to nominate an outstanding teacher at AllStarTeachers.com for the chance to represent their favorite team at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis.
On June 6, three finalists representing the Nationals will be announced, and fans will be able to vote for the Nationals’ All-Star representative throughout the month of June.