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The Marlins beat the Nationals last night 7-5 in a rain-shortened game at Land Shark Stadium. While the Nats looked strong on the offensive end, they ran into trouble with their bullpen and defense. Adam Dunn inched closer to home run 300 with a two-run blast in the fifth to give the Nats a 5-1 lead. He sits on 298. Starter Craig Stammen looked strong pitching, and helped his cause by driving in two runs on a single in the fourth, but he faltered in the sixth when the Marlins cut the lead to 5-4 on a home run by Hanley Ramirez. In the seventh, Ramirez again did some damage with a two-run, two-out single with the bases loaded. Jorge Cantu hit an RBI base hit before the game was suspended due to rain.
“It couldn’t happen an inning before?” Dunn said. “You’ve gotta think the baseball gods really do hate us.”
In other Nationals News:
– More details about yesterday’s trade
The 2009 NatsTown Bobbleheads have been selected for the two Saturday home games in August. The Nationals enshrined “The Capital Punisher” and slugger Adam Dunn into the Bobblehead Hall of Fame. You can get your Dunn Bobblehead August, 8th against the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can complete the coveted two-piece set two weeks later with the Frank Howard Bobblehead on August, 22nd when the Nats battle the Brewers.
The Dunn Bobblehead is him with a slight smile after he blasted a ball to souvenir city with the word “Nats” in the Washington Monument half of the DC skyline. The Howard Bobblehead is his stance with an intrepid stare before he launched a ball into the upper deck at RFK Stadium with the word “Town” in the Capital Dome half of the DC skyline.
The Bobbleheads are limited to the first 15,000 fans at each game. Purchase your tickets HERE.
John Lannan completed the New York circuit by beating the Mets and Yankees. The New York native tossed his first career complete game against the Mets on June 6 and less then two weeks later, he kept the Bronx Bombers at bay. The Nationals capitalized on John Lannan’s 8.1 innings of 4-hit ball and beat the Yankees 3-2 Wednesday night. Things got tight when Lannan, who dropped his ERA to 3.38 on the season, gave up a ninth inning homer to Johnny Damon, the 73rd home run hit to right field this season at Yankee Stadium. The solo shot brought the Yankees within one run. Mike MacDougal relieved Lannan and with runners on the corners, got Robinson Cano to ground into a game-ending double play. Lannan improved to 4-5 and MacDougal picked up his first save since July 16, 2006 against the Tigers.
The Nationals’ bats contributed as well. Adam Dunn blasted a solo shot in the fourth and Nick Johnson drove in two runs with a triple in the fifth. Dunn’s homer gave him 296 for his career. According to Elias, Jason Marquis is the only other New York State-born pitcher to beat the Mets and the Yankees in the same season. The Long Island product did it with the Cardinals in 2005.
In other Nationals news:
– The Nationals make room by trading Michael O’Connor to Padres.
– With pitching being their main focus, the Nationals are developing young pitchers that will make an impact soon.
– With his family in attendance, John Lannan was impressive in his return to New York.
The new Yankee Stadium has replaced Coors Field as the most generous hitter’s ballpark. The Nats start a three-game set with the Yankees tonight in their first trip to the Bronx in team history. There are sure to be plenty of fireworks. There have been 115 home runs at the new stadium already, 25 more than the second friendliest stadium, Camden Yards, and 79 more than Turner Field. There have only been 49 HR at Coors Field thus far in 2009. Of the 115 bombs, 64 HR have been hit by Yankees players and 51 HR by opponents. Mark Teixeira leads the pack with 13 blasts to souvenir city.
It is a short hop to the right field fence (314′) and the ball carries extremely well down the line. Routine fly balls turn into home runs. There have been 70 HR to right, five to center and 40 to left. It could be a fun series for slugger Adam Dunn.
Here’s a look at how the new stadium compared to the old stadium.
HR hit at Yankee Stadium (Through June 15 in 2008 and 2009)
HR 66 115
Games 32 32
HR/gm 2.1 3.6
With 49 regular season games remaining at Yankee Stadium, it is on pace to record 291 HR. Just short of the record set in 1999 when 303 HR were hit out of Coors field.
The Nats are also a much better home run hitting team when they leave the friendly confines of Nationals Park. There have only been 58 home runs at Nationals Park, 18th among ballparks.
Nats Home/Road Splits (Through June 15)
Games 33 29
HR 29 35
AB/HR 38.2 29.3
The MLB Average is 33.5 AB/HR.
The NL All-Star ballot update was released today. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is seeking his first selection to the Mid-Summer Classic but needs help from you, the fans. For the third week in a row, he sits in second place behind Mets third baseman David Wright by approximately 336,000 votes. Outfielder Adam Dunn ranks 12th in the voting for the second straight week. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times HERE until July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show on July 5.