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Cordero throws, feels no pain

Bill Ladson reports that Chad Cordero played catch on Monday and reported feeling no pain. It was the first time Cordero has thrown since injuring his shoulder back on April 29.

“Everything felt good. I wasn’t trying to blow it all out,” Cordero said. “I was a little nervous, too. When you have [an injury] like that, you don’t know how it feels until you go out there. My first throw was kind of nerve wracking. I had no pain. The only thing I felt was not throwing for four weeks.”

Manny Acta has previously said that Cordero will get his closing job back when he returns, which could be by the end of June, but Ladson reports that there could be a “closing controversy” when the Chief is healthy. It’s highly possible that either Cordero or Jon Rauch could be traded by the July deadline; it’s a badly guarded secret that many teams have scouted both pitchers in the past.


Around the Beast

Nationals 5-Brewers 1

Jeff Suppan pitched well for Milwaukee until the sixth, when the [long-absent] Washington offense came alive. After J.J. Hardy mishandled a double-play ball, the Nats broke through, scoring on doubles by Ryan Zimmerman and Jesus Flores and on a Lastings Milledge sacrifice ground ball. Wily Mo Peña his his first home run of the year earlier in the first inning, and Suppan drove in the Brewers’ only run of the game.

Odalis Perez pitched well for the Nationals (5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 84 P) but left with a no-decision. Brian Sanches, just called up from Triple-A Columbus, struck out the side in the sixth and was credited with the win. Saul Rivera, Luis Ayala, and Jon Rauch closed the door for Washington.

Rockies 5-Mets 4 (F/13)

The Mets dropped their fifth straight game as Matt Holliday hit a walk-off single in the 13th off of Aaron Heilman after homering off of Billy Wagner in the ninth to tie the game (Wagner’s second blown save of the year). It was a back and forth game as neither team dominated on the mound.

Oliver Perez was all over the place for the Mets, going 5 innings allowing 6 hits for 4 earned runs, walking 8 and striking out only 2, and allowing a home run on 110 pitches (just 56 for strikes). Rookie starter Greg Reynolds never dominated for the Rockies, going 6 full innings allowing 4 earned runs on 4 hits, walking 3, striking out 5, and allowing 2 home runs on just 84 pitches thrown. He left the game after allowing back-to-back home runs to Carlos Delgado and Fernando Tatis (who replaced the injured Marlon Anderson) in the 6th.

Driving in runs for the Mets were Luis Castillo, Delgado, Tatis, and Jose Reyes, who got in the home plate umpire’s face after being called out on a very low strike three in the 13th. Garrett Atkins, Clint Barmes, and Holliday drove in runs for the Rockies.

Astros 5-Phillies 4

Brandon Backe was superb for the Astros, giving up just one run in 7.1 innings pitched, striking out 6 and walking one. Adam Eaton didn’t pitch terribly for the Phillies (7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO,2 HR, 96 P), but couldn’t keep the ball in the park, giving up two home runs to Hunter Pence.

Also driving in runs for the Astros were former Phillie Michael Bourn (who also stranded three on base), and Carlos Lee (his 36th of the season). For the Phillies, Pat Burrell homered in his second-straight game and Pedro Feliz and Jimmy Rollins also drove runs in.

Diamondbacks 11-Braves 1

Doug Davis returned from cancer surgery in unbelievable fashion, shutting the hot-hitting Braves lineup down for 7 innings, allowing just one earned run on 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4 on 89 pitches. His team responded, taking batting practice off of Jo-Jo Reyes (5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 HR) and Chris Resop (2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR).

Homering for the D-Backs were Stephen Drew, Eric Byrnes, Conor Jackson, Chris Young, and Mark Reynolds. Whew. Kelly Johnson drove in the only Atlanta run of the night.

Giants 8-Marlins 2

Scott Olsen finally came back down to Earth, surrendering 5 earned runs off of 8 hits in just 3.1 innings pitched, walking 3, striking out 2, and allowing a home run on 81 pitches. Olsen drops to 4-2. He was relieved by Doug Waechter, Renyel Pinto, and Tyler Tankersley, who all pitched much more effectively. Dan Uggla homered for Florida (his 15th of the year) in the ninth, driving in both Marlins runs of the evening.

Barry Zito finally got his first win of the season, giving up just one earned run in 6.1 innings of work, walking 4 and striking out 5. Bengie Molina and Jose Castillo homered for the Giants. Aaron Rowand drove in three runs, and Rich Aurilia drove in two more for San Francisco.

Brett Carroll had to leave the game in the fourth inning after separating his right shoulder. He’ll be placed on the 15-day disabled list.


Postgame: Nationals 1-Mets 0

What a great pitchers’ dual today, between two very unlikely hurlers. Mike Pelfrey had a no-hitter going for 6.2, and pitched a gem (7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 100 P). Jason Bergmann pitched out of his mind in his first start back with the parent club after a stint at Triple-A Columbus (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 103 P), combining with Luis Ayala (who picked up his 11th hold of the year) and Jon Rauch (who picked up his 9th save) to shut out the lifeless Mets offense.

Aaron Boone broke through for the Nationals in the seventh, and was promptly thrown out by Ramon Castro in a bid to steal second base. Jesus Flores subsequently hit his way on base and was driven home by Felipe Lopez.

The Mets looked to rally in the ninth, but were shut down on two great defensive plays. After Carlos Beltran singled to start off the inning, Ryan Church fouled a ball out to left. Willie Harris ran the ball down and made a spectacular catch for the first out. Next up was Carlos Delgado, who lined a ball directly to Rauch, who lined the ball back to third where he caught Beltran (who was running) for the last out.

David Wright and Jose Reyes combined to go 1-8 today. Some serious problems are afoot for the Mets, who are headed to the Bronx tomorrow to face as Johan Santana squares off with Darrell Rasner in the Subway Series. If there was ever a time for the stopper, it is now. Shawn Hill and the Nationals head to Baltimore to face Garrett Olsen and the red-hot Orioles in the Battle of the Beltway tomorrow night.

Saturday Division Roundup

Diamondbacks 10-Mets 4

Mike Pelfrey did not pitch well for the Mets, throwing more than 100 pitches in 5 innings, allowing 5 earned runs, walking 4 and striking out 1. He was charged with the loss, and is 2-2 on the year Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb pitched well enough, but was not dominant, giving up 5 runs, 4 earned, on 7 full innings of work with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Augie Ojeda, replacing the injured Orlando Hudson,  terrorized the Mets, driving in 6 runs. For the Mets, Carlos Delgado hit a 3-run shot, but was one of the only Mets whose bat showed up. Combined, Jose Reyes and David Wright were 0-7 with a walk on the day. Duaner Sanchez‘s line on the day: (0.1 innings, 4 H, 5 ER) Ouch.

Nationals 9-Pirates 8

The Nats barely squeaked one out against the Bucs, as mediocre pitching gave way to clutch offense from the Nats. Cristian Guzman was a triple away from hitting for the cycle, and totaled 6 RBIs on the day. Guzman and Felipe Lopez jumpstarted the Nats offense, combining to go 6-9 on the day in the 1 and 2 spots. Matt Chico might have bought himself some more time to try and fix his pitching woes, but was not all that good, going 4.1 and letting up 5 runs, 4 earned, with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Jesus Colome picked up the win and Jon Rauch notched his 7th save of the year.

Giants 3-Phillies 2

The Phillies lost a heartbreaker as Bengie Molina hit a go-ahead RBI double off of Rudy Seanez in the 10th. Brett Myers pitched very well, going 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs, walking 3 and striking out 10. But he received almost no run support other than home runs by Chase Utley (again) and Geoff Jenkins and an RBI from Pat Burrell. Giants starter Matt Cain was very effective, shutting the Phils down on 7 innings of 3-hit ball, striking out 8 and walking 1.

Braves 9-Reds 1

Yunel Escobar led the Braves to a hit parade Saturday as he went 3-4 with 2 runs and an RBI. The Braves had 15 hits on the day compared to 4 for the Reds. Jo-Jo Reyes pitched well for Atlanta, allowing just 1 earned run on 5.1 innings, striking out 5 and walking 3. Brian McCann had 2 RBIs for the Braves, who now sit just a game below .500.

Padres 7-Marlins 2

Young Ricky Nolasco continues to struggle for the Marlins, giving up 10 hits over 4.2 innings of work yesterday as Padres ace Jake Peavy cruised. Peavy went 5.2 and struck out 8, allowing just 2 earned runs. Mike Jacobs‘ 2 run blast in the bottom of the first was all the offense the Marlins could muster. After a hot start, the Marlins are just 4-6 in their last 10.

Nationals Postgame: 5/1 vs. PIT

The Nationals defeated the Pirates 3-2 tonight winning their fourth in a row, and are just a game in back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Odalis Perez had his finest start of the year, going 7 full innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, 0 BB, 4 SO). Both runs came off of solo shots, one from Freddy Sanchez (his first of the year) in the top of the 4th and the other from Ryan Doumit in the 7th.

The Nats rode on the bats of Wil Nieves, who drove two runs on a single in the bottom of the 2nd and Austin Kearns, who broke the 2-2 tie open with an RBI single in the 8th.

The Nationals bullpen continued to roll despite the injury to closer Chad Cordero. Luis Ayala picked up the win, pitching a scoreless 8th, and Jon Rauch notched his 6th save of the season.

Zach Duke pitched well for the Bucs, going 7 full innings and receiving a no-decision (5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO). The loss was charged to John Grabow, his first of the year.

The Official Ryan Zimmerman Watch: 0-4, 2 LOB

By the way, Perez’s ERA is down to a very respectable 3.18 on the season. Not bad at all.

Nationals Pregame: 5/1 vs. PIT

The Game: Pittsburgh Pirates (11-16) at Washington Nationals (11-17)

The Matchup: Zach Duke (0-2, 5.34) vs. Odalis Perez (0-3, 3.31)

The Story: The streaking Nationals look to push their win streak to 4 in a row as they open up against the mediocre Pirates. Perez looks to regain form after starting the season slowly, and if recent times have been any indication, he should get more run support this time than in his previous starts. The Nationals bats are starting to heat up on the backs of Ryan Zimmerman, who is slowly improving from his slow start, and Felipe Lopez, who has been a key part of the Nats offense.

The Nats have been riding on their bullpen, especially on the backs of Saul Rivera, Luis Ayala, and Jon Rauch, and it should be interesting to see how much longer those workhorses can hold up, especially tonight in relief for Perez.

The Bucs are coming off of a 13-1 whopping of the New York Mets, but look for their bats to quiet down significantly this weekend barring any Nats pitching meltdown.

Braves at Nationals BEASTOFF Postgame

Nationals 6-Braves 3

W: Rivera (2-1)   L: Boyer (0-3)

Ryan Zimmerman led the Nationals with 3 RBIs, bringing runs home on a solo shot and a 2-run RBI double. The Z-Man provided the spark that the Nats offense has been lacking. Nick Johnson also homered for the Nationals and Lastings Milledge drove two in as well.

Tom Glavine returned to the hill for Atlanta and pitched well, going 6 full innings (6 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 BB, 2 SO) but did not get the run support he needed to defeat the last place DC club. Glavine came away with a no-decision (the loss was awarded to Blaine Boyer) For the Braves, Mark Kotsay, Chipper Jones, and Kelly Johnson drove in runs, with Chipper going yard in his return to the lineup.

For the Nats, Tim Redding continued to pitch well, also going 6 full innings (4 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 BB, 2 SO), but did not pick up the win. The bullpen was mostly flawless, with Saul Rivera picking up the win, and combining with Luis Ayala, Chad Cordero, and Jon Rauch for 1 earned run over three.

The Nationals have now won five of their last seven and have reason to be celebrating tonight (NL Beast may have spotted Ryan Zimmerman at a DC bar after the game).