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Bergmann: Pecked to death

Let's say this right away: Jason Bergmann appeared to throw the ball pretty well against the Tigers today. But he just departed after 5-2/3 innings, and the Tigers have seven hits.

(Here comes Joel Hanrahan. I forgot to mention that Manny Acta referred to Hanrahan as the surprise of the spring.)

Bergmann: He allowed a run in the first because Cristian Guzman committed his sixth error of the spring, a throw that Nick Johnson likely would have scooped out but Dmitri Young did not. That run was unearned.

Bergmann then would have had a 1-2-3 second, but Young dropped a throw from Guzman, an error on Dmitri. No damage in that inning, but it shortened his outing.

Bergmann then allowed a run in the third on Miguel Cabrera's two-out single to left, a ball that just got through the infield. He allowed another run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to Marcus Thames. But all the hits he allowed were singles, and only three of the 17 outs he recorded were on fly balls.

Final line: 5-2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.

And if you wanted to see the most remarkable sight of spring training, you had to see Paul Lo Duca hit a double down the left-field line in the second, and then watch Dmitri Young take off from first. He huffed, and he puffed, but he scored standing up. A remarkable accomplishment.

Right now, Tigers 3, Nationals 1.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 24, 2008; 2:25 PM ET
 
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Comments

30 minutes and I'm first?!

Nice to see Hanrahan have another good outing so far. We are going to have a stacked bulpen AGAIN this year. SP's only have to make it a 6 inning game.

Posted by: Former 425'er | March 24, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Guzman is an error machine this spring.

Posted by: Tom Lynch | March 24, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Guzman is an error machine this spring.

Posted by: Tom Lynch | March 24, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Against that all-star studded line-up that is a great start for Bergmann.

Posted by: Nats Fan in KC | March 24, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Against that all-star studded line-up that is a great start for Bergmann.

Posted by: Nats Fan in KC | March 24, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Against that all-star studded line-up that is a great start for Bergmann.

Posted by: Nats Fan in KC | March 24, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Against that all-star studded line-up that is a great start for Bergmann.

Posted by: Nats Fan in KC | March 24, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Hill?

Posted by: 307 | March 24, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Echo

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | March 24, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

GameDay says that Pete Orr is now catching. Is this true? If so, does this mean he'll stay with the club as the utility IF/OF/3rd catcher?

Posted by: e | March 24, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Great job, Bergmann. And Hanrahan too. Not a bad showing at all. Impressive.

Posted by: NatsNut | March 24, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Orr is not catching, Flores is. Gameday's mistake.

Posted by: 307 | March 24, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Call the fire department. Cordero poured gas on another fire. Do I hear an offer? Bag of balls, torn ticket stubs, anything?

Posted by: Section 425 | March 24, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Nats load 'em up in the 9th but then the game ends with a DP when Flores is tagged out at the plate trying to score on a flyball to left. Bleck.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | March 24, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Barry, how deep was Guz's fly ball? Should Tolman have sent the slow-footed Flores? Or was the throw that good? Is Tolman in mid-season form?

Posted by: e | March 24, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

So I'm listening to HOU-FLA on XM and in the 9th inning a discussion starts on the Marlins radio team. If Houston needs another pitcher and has a choice of Roger Clemens vs John Patterson, which do you choose? Kicking it back and forth they said, Clemens is comfortable in their clubhouse and they have a relationship but you have off field issues with Clemens, and he wasn't that effective at the end of his last season; whereas Patterson has never been as good as Clemens for even one day, spent all last season just trying to be Patterson, but he costs less and brings less controversy. They left it hanging for a while but with the impression they favored Patterson by elimination. Then they finished up by saying they agreed on "No on Clemens." They said they just don't want to deal wth the issues, blowback from Congressional hearings and so forth, just don't want to deal with that. So Patterson got the wholly worthless by-default hypothetical endorsement of the enemy radio team for a situation that hasn't come up yet. I thought the NJ crowd might be amused with this for various reasons ranging from schadenfreude to morose delectation.

Posted by: Natty Bumppo | March 24, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

hadn't read the texas news on patterson being picked up before i posted. my only defense is, neither had the fla marlins radio broadcast team...

Posted by: natty bumppo | March 24, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Not at all, N'Bump. Good post, and nice close, especially.

Posted by: MIB edits, too | March 24, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Dimitri Young needs to go on a diet. The Nats are paying him a generous $10 million dollars over the next two years and his physical condition is pathetic. He can't even bend over to scoop a throw out of the dirt. Young keeps justifying his 300 pounds by saying it is caused by his diabetic condition. That is BS. He has type two diabetis and that is CAUSED by obesity. It is a self inficted disease. If Young would eat heathy and get his weight down to 200 pounds, all his health problems would go away. His problem is that he is a pathetic foodie.

Posted by: phil dunn | March 24, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

thanks for sharing, Mahatma

Posted by: Anonymous | March 24, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Phil Dunn, try to google diabetes and learna little bit about it, please. Thanks.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | March 24, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

glad to know that *all* of his health problems would go away if he weighed 200lbs. if only his doctors had your information, they could cure him!

Posted by: 231 | March 24, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'll give dimitri's number to dan marino and he can get him on nutrisystem.

Problem solved.

Posted by: davidson | March 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I guess that would explain why bodybuilders are smuggling diabetes medication to gain weight...

Posted by: natrat | March 24, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I guess that would explain why bodybuilders are smuggling diabetes medication to gain weight... *sarcasm off*

Posted by: natrat | March 24, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | March 24, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Dr Phil is Dunn

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | March 24, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

To continue the discussion on Lopez: I agree that his comment about not being happy on the bench is very disappointing. He's easily behind Belly and Guzzy (Christian's throws yesterday notwithstanding) but he's passable at either middle infield position and would be a good player to replace either in a late inning or injury situation. For all he could add to the team on-field, I worry that his off-field 'tude could drag things down.

To contrast, Dimitri Young is at the opposite end of the same table. Knowing that he's behind Johnson in terms of performance, yet still being upbeat and a team leader makes him that much harder to get rid of.

Posted by: i hate walks | March 25, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

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