Sunday, August 31, 2008
Reliever Jesús Colome has been a different pitcher for the Nationals since the all-star break. His before and after numbers -- he had a 5.48 ERA before the break; he has a 3.57 ERA since -- reflect the power of Colome's greatest step: Finally, he's learned to get ahead of batters. "Strike one," Manager Manny Acta said, explaining the right-hander's development. More reliable, Colome is now pitching in tighter games, a trickle-down that has helped the entire bullpen.THE NEXT THREE
|Today||1:35||vs. Braves||Colin Balester
|Tomorrow||3:05||vs. Phillies||Tim Redding
|Tuesday||7:10||vs. Phillies||John Lannan
Triples for Emilio Bonifacio, tied for the team lead. Bonifacio entered yesterday with 99 at-bats for Washington.QUOTABLE
"We've had a lot of tough times here, but we're starting to play well now. . . . We have a hard last month, but we keep playing like this, we can go into that NL East and shake things up."
Nationals LHP Charlie Manning