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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

GB&U: Hill Hammered By Halos

RESULT: Nats fall to Angels 8-3.

GOOD: Power Display. The Nats only had six hits, but two were homers from Elijah Dukes and Wily Mo Pena. Pena's blast cleared the opposing bullpen in left center.

BAD: Lastings Milledge. He went 0-for-4, extending his slump to 1-for-29 over his last seven games. He's gone from .258 to .235 in that time.

Bonus BAD: Defense! Or I should say, lack thereof. Four errors, including two in the miserable first inning. LoDuca threw away the first ball hit at him in left field. Meathook booted two grounders. Willie Harris kicked one at second.

UGLY: Shawn Hill. In what may be his last appearance for the Nats for a while, he was absolutely hammered. 3 IP, 8 Runs, 6 ERs, 8 hits, 1 BB, 2 Ks. He's scheduled for an appointment at the Mayo clinic to examine his elbow and forearm. After the game, Manny Acta indicated Hill was headed to the DL, and the pitcher's words were despondent.

From the Post's game story: "I'm just not right." - and- "Maybe two weeks off, a week off, a month off, whatever it may be, I have no idea. I might come back and feel like a new guy, or [the rest] might do absolutely nothing. I have no idea."

NEWS: LoDuca had to leave the game in the second inning due to light headedness. I won't make a joke here. LoDuca called the trainers out in the middle of Vlad Guerrero's at bat in the second when he started feeling faint. He was taken to a hospital for observation. He received IVs and was reported to be feeling better later in the evening.

NEXT GAME: The Nats wrap up their series with the Angels. Tim Redding (6-3, 4.12) takes on Ervin Santana (9-3, 3.17).

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