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Good, Bad & Ugly: Nationals Bullpen Implodes (Again) in Loss To Pirates

Published by on May 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

"If I have to keep a Double-A guy out there because I don't want to go to my big league bullpen, then that's really scary."—Manny Acta, May 19, 2009

 

The Result

Ross Detwiler, making his second-career appearance and first major league start, pitched well enough to win, and his offense scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to give him a chance to win.

Unfortunately, that left four innings up to the bullpen. And as they have all season long, the bullpen provided no relief whatsoever, giving up a total of nine runs, and the Washington Nationals lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-7 before an announced crowd of 14,549.

Detwiler, 23, the Nationals first round pick in the 2...

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