This Day in Washington Nationals’ History: Bullpen blowup


WASHINGTON – The state of the Nationals’ bullpen has been a subject of concern for years, even within the World Collection season of 2019.

Many veteran relievers have been summoned to the bullpen in Washington, solely to see disappointment lurking out behind the right-field fence at house video games.

It was 10 years in the past immediately – on Jan. 26, 2012 – that the Nationals introduced the signing of Brad Lidge, who had saved 41 video games for the Phillies en path to an All-Star season and World Collection title for Philadelphia in 2008.

Lidge stayed with the Phillies via the 2011 season through which he posted an ERA of 1.40 in 25 video games with only one save.

Born in Sacramento in 1976, Lidge went to Cherry Creek Excessive Faculty close to Denver after which was drafted within the first spherical by the Astros in 1998 out of Notre Dame.

The correct-hander broke into the majors with Houston in 2002 and two years later posted 29 saves for the Astros.

In 2005, he was an All-Star for the primary time and recorded 42 saves.

His final season in Houston was in 2007 and the subsequent yr he helped the Phillies win the World Collection.

Alas, Lidge couldn’t duplicate that success whereas in Washington.

In 11 outings in 2012 for supervisor Davey Johnson, he did file two saves however he additionally posted an ERA of 9.64 whereas ending 4 video games.

On June 16 at house in opposition to the Yankees, Lidge gave up three hits and two runs whereas recording two outs within the high of the 14th inning.

He struck out Freddy Garcia for the second out of the inning, then was changed by reliever Mike Gonzalez.

Lidge was charged with the loss because the Yankees received 5-3.

It will be the final Main League sport through which Lidge would seem. That was the one resolution that Lidge logged in 2012 for the Nationals.

One other notable occasion within the historical past of the Nationals came about on Jan. 26 – in 2013.

In line with thisdayinbaseball.com: “On the Walter E. Washington Conference Heart throughout NatsFest, the Nationals introduce William Howard Taft because the fifth participant within the group’s iconic Presidents Race, a Washington, D.C. ballpark custom since 2006. The twenty seventh President of the US will compete in opposition to the Rushmore 4, George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy.”

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